Why cannabis consumers are more comfortable during this lockdown

Published Apr 25, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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The world is changing in a way that is difficult to predict, as we face an unprecedented virus that spans the globe, this is the very first time that the entire world has been dealing with the exact problem and at the same time. Of course, we’ve had viral outbreaks in the past, with the most recent on record being the Spanish flu, which killed just over 50 000 people in Canada alone, but none have had the reach and impact that we see now from COVID-19.

No matter which country you look at, the response has been similar once cases started surfacing. The first impacted industries were airlines as federal governments stopped just over 40% of flights by the beginning of March, but it didn’t take long for others to follow suit, as officials around the world were faced with the arduous task of deciding which essential businesses could remain open to the public. The reduction in open businesses was one of many steps that we have taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, and now, much of the population is out of work and stuck in isolation at home.

The first few weeks, a great number of people refused to take the virus seriously, despite stay at home recommendations by health experts, but now that it’s been more than a month for most who are living under lockdown, it is quickly becoming clear that some people just can't handle the pressure that comes with spending so much time indoors. Some are shouting for businesses to reopen, and others find themselves reduced to tears as they attempt to homeschool children or find new ways to pass the time.

Concerns surrounding the mental impact of this epidemic on people’s mental health are now at the forefront of most individual’s minds, and there is no denying that for the most part, our lives have changed significantly, in a way that was forced, and painful, but some groups are having a slightly easier time than others, and one of them is the relaxed cannabis enthusiasts.

Reasons why

There could be thousands of reasons why cannabis consumers are seemingly ok with this major inconvenience, but we think that we’ve figured out the top five, and here we’re going to share them with you.

1. Better sleep

One of the biggest things that people are struggling with right now is a good night's rest and that’s for several different reasons. It’s a scary time, and many are losing income and physical exercise that they would normally get through regular day to day activities. This lack of exertion on top of stress is enough to cause anxiety that can keep anyone awake all night, but cannabis, as we all know, can help with that. All it takes is a good sedating strain, and a comfy bed and most stoners will have no trouble getting a good night’s sleep.

2. Time warping

It’s already been a little more than a month under lockdown for much of the world, and the end doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight. Now, normally we’d use things like a good work routine to get through each day, until the end of the glorious week, but for most people, that’s just not a viable option anymore. What is available, however, is some fantastic heavy hitting weed strains that can make days seem like hours, as you get lost in your thoughts or a project, and this is something that a lot of cannabis enthusiasts are taking advantage of, whether they realize it or not.

3. Uplifted feelings

A lot of people are feeling a little out of touch with the world, which can cause feelings of sadness, depression, and loneliness, and since we aren’t supposed to be reaching out and spending time with our closest friends right now, we have few options to quell the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Cannabis consumers, on the other hand, have access to hundreds of unique, uplifting strains that are well known for inducing giggles, and leaving you with a giant smile for hours on end.

Though this euphoric elation is generally short-lived, you will always have the option to go back for more, and this small change can often be enough to give you an entirely different outlook on the day, which is important if you want to protect your mental health while living under lockdown. It might not be able to cure depression or negative feelings, but it sure can make them a whole lot more tolerable.

4. Appetite

Another common problem that people experience while living under such extraordinary circumstances is a lack of appetite, as stress releases cortisol which in turn reduces appetite. So even if you feel like you’re in a stellar mood, and managing to get some exercise here and there, you might have a hard time consuming a healthy meal, which is still incredibly important despite the lack of physical exertion.

This is just another one of the many things that cannabis can truly help with, as it tends to induce a little thing called the munchies, which is an overwhelming urge to eat pretty much everything in sight. It can also make things smell and taste better, enhancing the natural characteristics of almost any food, and that can help you to maintain a healthy appetite and a boosted immune system throughout a lockdown.

5. Most cannabis stores remain open

The world has watched in amazement as governments all over the world make it clear that cannabis is an essential need that cannot be stopped during this pandemic. This is excellent news for stoners and medicinal patients who rely on the benefits of cannabis to make it through times like these, but not everyone is so fortunate, as many use hobbies, and other interests as vices to relax and unwind, and most stores that sell things that you’d need to do, those things have closed down for the foreseeable future.

This article was not intended to diminish the struggles that many cannabis consumers around the world are facing today, but instead, it is a light-hearted sharing of the facts, which seem to imply that stoners and medicinal patients are sitting in a much better position than non-consumers, simply because they choose to get high, and that’s pretty amazing!

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