5 ways that cannabis can help to soothe what ails you this summer

Published Jul 18, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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It’s that time of year again when we start to get the itch to venture outdoors and do fun things that we’ve been waiting all winter for the chance to do, but the amount of activities that we enjoy doesn’t make some of the problems that we run into while doing them any easier to deal with. Luckily, if you keep just a few cannabis products on hand, you can avoid many of the stresses of summer, and today we’re going to show you how to do it in 5 simple ways.

1. Mosquito bites

With the warmer weather comes the creepy crawlies, and that means that mosquitoes come out in full effect, and they’re always looking for their next snack. These small and delicate yet vicious bugs are irritating, and they can have ghastly effects on the skin when they bite, leaving behind bright raised red welts that itch and burn for a few days or more.

To treat mosquito bites, the best cannabis product to have on hand is a bit of topical CBD oil. All you have to do is apply a small amount to the entire surface of the bite and using a cotton swab can keep this task as mess-free as possible. Use the cotton swab to run the lotion in circular motions until the sting and itch go away, which should only take a few minutes at most.

The CBD oil will help to immediately relieve the burning and itchiness which can make the wounds easier to ignore and ultimately lead to faster healing, and the powerful element CBD will help by reducing swelling and inflammation. Though it isn’t an instant cure, it sure is a good cannabis product to keep on hand when you’re spending time outdoors this summer.

2. Sunburns

One of the most popular activities of choice as the warmer months move-in is hitting the beach, as the soft cool waves, and hot sand offer the ideal combination for a stellar tan and a cold swim. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat, but it’s also where we tend to run into problems with burning, and that can be painful and comfortable to deal with as it heals.

For this summer ailment, you have two options for cannabis products, including one that can help to ward off the possibility of a burn, and another that can treat the damage that’s been done by the glaring sun. Before you head out, you’ll want to cover yourself in CBD sun lotion which can be made from scratch with little to no effort at all, and for afterward, a moisturizing CBD burn treatment can work wonders.

So, whether you forget to head out with protection from the sun, or you want to place an effective guard between you and the damaging UV rays, cannabis can help you out. It’s also great for moisturizing and rejuvenating the skin, which will give you a glow and it’s whole body safe so that you can use either product from head to toe to get relief or protection when you need it most.

3. Lack of appetite

With the warmer temperatures comes a reduction in appetite, which is why we tend to gain more weight in the winter. That’s right! It’s not just that you’re getting out there and exercising more frequently, it’s also the fact that you feel hungry more often in the cooler months. Unfortunately, we tend to need the most energy in the summer months when we are burning calories and doing things, so losing your appetite can lead to a host of issues like a lack of motivation and dropped energy levels.


To fix this problem, one of the fastest and easiest home remedies that work is to smoke a big fat joint and in particular, one that’s filled with a strain that is known to induce what we stoners like to call the munchies, to get the appetite going. The only thing that you have to remember is to reach for healthy foods that will give the body expendable calories so that what you eat is actually improving your health for the summer.

4. Stress

Summer is full of exciting plans to exotic and interesting destinations that can be halfway across the world, or in your very own backyard, but most people find that their to-do lists get longer at this time of year and as a result, their stress levels peak leaving them less time and energy to simply enjoy the insanity that comes with summer.

Whether you’ve got a big project to get done or the fast pace of summer is just getting to you, a really great way to deal with the stress is by using a little bit of cannabis. You can do this by smoking it, dabbing it, vaping it, or through more health-conscious choices like infused drinks or edibles, and you’ll find that in no time, all of the stresses just melt away leaving you in pure bliss so that you enjoy the heat.

5. Trouble sleeping

As the months get warmer, those without luxuries like central air, struggle with maintaining a comfortable level of control over the temperature of their home, and even those with those special features can end up feeling the heat, especially when we try to sleep. After you crawl into bed, the first thing that you’ll want to do is get wrapped up in the covers, which is why it’s common to wake up sweating and uncomfortable throughout the night.

If you can’t sleep and you want to know how to fall asleep fast without the aid of pharmaceuticals, then a great place to start is with cannabis, but it is important to know what to look for if you don’t want to make the problem worse. Cannabis has two primary cannabinoids that are in flower, concentrates, and other products and they are THC and CBD.

THC is an excellent sleeping aid, especially if you find a sedating strain that packs a powerful enough of a hit to knock you out for the night, but CBD has the opposite effect. It can leave you waking regularly, or entirely sleepless, so while you can use almost any kind of cannabis product to treat this issue, it’s best to stick to high THC options for the absolute best results.

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