Cannabis may help you to combat the stresses of online learning

Published Sep 20, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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The world is embracing technology now that we’re being faced with uncertain circumstances. Some people are working from home instead of the office, and others are now rotating shifts with fellow employees to maintain a safe distance. Colleges, and universities were also impacted, running off an online platform from March until the end of the last school year, and now that September is upon us, it seems like very few students will be returning to a regular version of education anytime soon.

The new normal

This year, most universities and colleges have decided to completely rearrange how they do things, by keeping most students out of physical classrooms as much as possible, and they’re accomplishing this by moving most courses over to online learning platforms. Though some professions that require hands-on knowledge will be accommodated to attend their educational facilities in person when necessary, most no longer need to reside on campus to make it to classes, and while at first glance, this might seem like a good thing, the reality is that many students will struggle with this transition.

There will be new challenges with online courses

The traditional class setting leaves much to be desired, but it does offer things like extra support, socialization, and an engaging conversation that might include things like questions or answers that students need. It also provides things like a steady internet connection, a quiet working space, computer access, and a vast selection of literature to use to learn. In some cases, the only reason that a student leaves home every day is to attend class, something that reinforces a healthier lifestyle, but all of these things and more will soon be stress to students who are caught in the middle.

How to use cannabis to reduce stress from online learning

We don’t advocate for spending however many months that this will be our new reality, stoned in an attempt to deal with the ill effects, but there are healthy ways that you can use cannabis products to cope with the pressures and stresses of online learning, assuming of course that you're above the minimal legal age.

1. Take breaks as needed

It doesn’t matter if you’re getting frustrated with setting up your home classroom before you even start, or if you’re upset with the lack of answers and interaction you’re getting while class is in session, it is important to take breaks as needed to maintain your sanity. These breaks might include a few puffs to take the edge off or a dose of CBD for energy, but either way, as long as you’re taking the time to breathe, you’ll feel better.

2. Toke for inspiration

There are going to be times where you’ll be feeling like you have this online learning thing under control, and then there will be others when it makes you want to pull all of your hair out. Brain block is real, and it’s frustrating, and increasingly more common when you aren’t leaving the house every day to go to school for inspiration. Since you’re at home anyway, this might be the perfect time to smoke a strain that improves focus, and it could be just what you need for a boost that gets your mind moving.

3. Wind down in the evening with a bowl

Smoking during class isn’t always recommended, especially when it comes to technical subjects where the most minor of details are of the utmost importance, but once all of your work for the day is done, if you find yourself feeling more stressed out than usual, it is totally ok to wind down with a steaming cup of coffee and a smoking bowl in hand. It will help you to feel better as you sit back and appreciate the events of the day, and it’ll help to ensure that you get a good night's sleep to take on tomorrow.

4. Party hard on the weekends (if you want to)

Even with limited online learning, you might find that the days get away from you because you’ll be left with plenty of homework that will need to be submitted, and it’s easy to get distracted when you’re at home. As a reward for staying on track and completing another week of online courses, there is no better way to let loose than with a bag of weed, plus you won’t have to worry about an annoying handover on Monday, which might keep you from your studies.

5. Use cannabis as a motivator to get out of the house

After a few hours of staring at your computer screen, you probably won’t have moved very much, and you’ll be tired and achy from it, which might make it tempting to curl up in a comfy spot and have a nap. Of course, on some days, this can be just what you need, but if you find that you are struggling with getting out of the house, then you might want to check out some of the many motivating cannabis strains that can help to get you moving.

Cannabis strains that can help

Students will be experiencing something that most had never dreamt would be a possibility before now, as they are forced to adapt to online learning, but there are some strains, in particular, that might be able to help with whatever problems come your way, so keep this list handy for when you need it the most.

Strains to reduce stress

  1. Sour Diesel

  • White Widow

  • Girl Scout Cookies

  • Jack Herer

  • Grandaddy Purple

  • Strains to increase focus

    1. Green Crack

    2. True OG

    3. Harlequin

    4. Zskittles

    5. Mother’s Helper

    Strains for motivation

    1. Cinex

    2. Chocolope

    3. Lemon Haze

    4. Jillybean

    5. Cali Mist

    Other tips and tricks to reduce stress

    Online learning will be challenging, and there are only so many ways that cannabis can help you with that, so to ensure that you’re well equipped to handle what’s to come, it’s a good idea to find other ways to naturally relieve stress.

    • Get fresh air and exercise every day
    • Maintain regular social interactions
    • Set attainable goals
    • Exercise
    • Find a relaxing hobby
    • Eat well and stay hydrated
    Cannabis strains that can help to melt the stress away


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