Using cannabis to deal with quarantining for yet another holiday

Published Dec 21, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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The holidays are here, even if our plans look slightly different from what they might in a normal year. However, we're all getting excited because the Christmas spirit is contagious, but so is COVID-19. For the first time, many of us are making the difficult decision of choosing whom to include or exclude from our festive celebrations, and it's stressing us out.

If you aren't changing your plans, and instead, you're opting to gather against public health recommendations, then you're also probably worried about how the neighbours might feel about your choice. Either way, there just doesn't feel like a single good decision to be made this year, and it's dragging us down even further into the dumps of COVID-19 fatigue.

It's hard on everyone

Many will be staying at home this year, face timing with older relatives and distant cousin to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but even those who aren't will be struggling. Do we see mom and dad during this one time a year that we've never missed for anything in the world, or do we play it safe and stay at home until all of this blows over? The answer isn't clear, but one thing is, and it's that this whole situation is hard on everyone.

One of the most important things to remember over the holiday season is that Christmas is cancelled for millions worldwide. It is a struggle, but it's one that we're in together, so we must do our best to make the most of it. We need to take this time to appreciate what we do have and to revel in the silence that leads us to our deepest thoughts because right now, that's all there is. A positive state of mind will go a long way to getting us through this quarantining, but cannabis can also help.

How cannabis can help

Right now, many of us are angry, stressed, filled to the brim with anxiety, or having difficulty achieving a good night's rest. These are some of the most commonly reported symptoms since the very beginning of the pandemic from perfectly healthy individuals who are suffering the after-effects of having the threat of a virus and strict public gathering restrictions weigh down on them. It's a lot to handle, even more so than the regular hustle and bustle of everyday life, and most of us could benefit from some reprieve.

Cannabis might not make you forget about quarantining, but it sure can make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable. It can improve mood, boost motivation, relieve aches and pains from a lack of exercise, increase appetite, and soothe anxiety or stress. It might not be quite enough to make you forget that this Christmas is cancelled, but it might help to take the edge off, as long as you're using the right strains to get the job done, and of course, all appropriate moderation.

Everything in moderation

Cannabis can be an excellent tool for those who want to deal with some of the agitating effects of being cooped up for the better part of a year, but only if it's used appropriately. Now that we're all spending so much time at home, it can be really easy to overindulge, which can have the opposite results that you seek. Too much can be addictive, lead to a lack of motivation, and increase antisocial behaviour, all of which are not conducive to what we're trying to achieve by using cannabis.

How much is too much will depend on who you are because every person is different. For some, any more than a joint or two each day might be debilitating, whereas others cannot function on less than four due to a medical condition or some other symptom that is being managed with cannabinoids. In the end, too much is any amount that might be detrimental to your financial, mental, or emotional good, so be sure to keep that in mind if you decide to rely on weed to get you through this holiday season.


Other coping strategies

This change is hard, and we will get through this. It is essential to focus on what we have to look forward to in the future to do it. However, other coping strategies can work just as well as or in conjunction with cannabis to reduce the stress we're feeling this year. Here, you'll find some helpful tips and tricks that should help to pass the time as we await the arrival of better news and a better day.

  • Eat nutritious food

  • Get plenty of exercises

  • Stay hydrated

  • Pick up a new hobby

  • Try yoga

Basically, you just need to keep moving and doing the things that make you happy, and if you do, with or without the help of cannabis, you'll make it through this with a bit more of your sanity intact.

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