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Optimizing your Cannabis Consumption

The Downsides Of Over-Consuming Cannabis, From A Daily Cannabis Consumer

By: Max Simon

Every day, I take cannabis to manage my ADD. I also run the world’s largest cannabis education company – so I’m obviously in the pro-pot camp.Yet even as a cannabis believer, I’ve also had periods where I’ve been an over-consumer. In those moments, I’ve been foggy, off my game and less sharp than desired. While the downsides of this haven’t been nearly as bad as the sensationalized media that surrounds it, I do think it’s time that we start discussing what happens when people over-consume cannabis, and how to avoid that from becoming a commonplace practice. Below are five aspects of over-consuming cannabis that most people aren’t talking about. These points will help you understand overconsumption of cannabis and how to prevent it.

#1) Respect the Potency of Cannabis
The first and most important golden rule with cannabis is: “Respect the potency of this plant.”
For example, when I was building the Chopra Center products division, we were working with an enormous suite of natural substances and herbal supplements like ashwagandha and amla berry. With some of this stuff, you could take 1000 mg, and you wouldn’t notice any adverse effects. Contrast that with cannabis. Even 10 mg can be an extremely potent experience on the mind and body, especially for somebody who’s new to the plant. Take 50 mg, and you’ll be entering an entirely different universe in the cosmos. I fully support a person’s freedom to do what they want with their body, but I also think that we have a responsibility to be conscious and mindful cannabis consumers.

#2) Too Much THC

When we talk about overconsumption of cannabis, we’re usually talking about THC and its mind-altering properties. These psychoactive experiences can be fantastic at the right place and time. But when someone is too high, all day, every day, it’s likely that you will begin to experience some of the negatives of overconsumption. For example, THC affects your working memory and parts of the brain that are useful for everyday functioning. So, if you’re consuming too much THC, you might find yourself being more forgetful, or making silly mistakes. Heavy consumers may develop a tolerance to these effects, but that doesn’t make them go away.You need to get really honest with yourself about your habits and pay attention to how your consumption impacts your daily performance. Once again, these side effects can be mitigated by consuming a little bit less.

#3) When Cannabis Becomes a Crutch

Cannabis can be great for whenever you’re feeling stressed, anxious, uncomfortable or bored. However, when you’re constantly using it as your go-to solution in these moments, it can also become a crutch. This isn’t to say that cannabis doesn’t have mental health applications as a tool to better manage depression or anxiety or simply to relax. However, are you using cannabis to lean into life or to numb out? If you lean on the herb a little too hard and a little too frequently, it can trap you in a loop of complacency, where you’re comfortable zoning out from problems or challenges in life instead of addressing them. Too much cannabis, too often, can rob you of your motivation or your courage to face difficult situations or better your circumstances. Using less can still help with anxiety or depression without that side effect of trapping you in your comfort

zone. So ask yourself: “What is that big thing you want to do in life, and how can cannabis better serve you as a tool rather than a crutch?” I believe a happy and successful life is about growth and development, which requires facing an element of discomfort.

#4) The Biphasic Effects of Cannabis

It turns out that there is already some solid science behind why it’s better to avoid over-consuming cannabis. The biphasic effects of cannabis come into play when we’re training professionals on how cannabis consumers can best optimize their dosage levels.For example, I use cannabis for my ADD. Up to a certain point, it helps. However, if I take too much at the wrong time, it will actually make my ADD worse.The same thing is true no matter what you’re using cannabis for – diminishing benefits after a certain dosage threshold has been exceeded.Once you pass that threshold, you will get fewer benefits with cannabis and more side effects (such as fatigue, anxiety, mind-racing, and paranoia).This can also be the case over the long term when the cannabinoid receptors in your body are flooded and down regulate because they simply don’t need anymore. Instead of being cannabinoid-deficient, you have swung too far the other way and your body is now cannabinoid-saturated.The name of the game is balance. This is why a lot of heavy consumers – once they develop enough courage and discipline to take a break – usually feel surprisingly fresh and more energetic. Those who cut back also find that lower tolerance levels allow them to get by with much less.

#5) Do a Cannabis “Check-In” with Yourself

If you want to experience the maximum benefits from cannabis, it’s important to make sure that it is adding value to your life as a tool and a wellness substance. Regular cannabis consumers need to look in the mirror every so often and be honest. Are things on the up and up? Or do you need a break or cut back a little? Right now, the world is paying very close attention to cannabis and its benefits and downsides. The world should see the value of this plant and the benefits this plant can provide.

Surprising side-benefits of Glucosamine for Cardiovascular Health

A new study published on May 14 in the British Medical Journal has found a surprising side-benefit of regularly taking the supplement glucosamine for osteoarthritis symptoms: Long-term usage also strengthens cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of heart attack death by 22 percent.

The prospective study of approximately 466,000 subjects showed that people who took glucosamine for an average of seven years had an 18 percent lower risk of heart disease; a 15 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke; a 22 percent lower risk of heart attack death; and a 9 percent lower risk of stroke.

“Either side of this equation is a win-win for patients,” says board certified internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, a leading expert in treating chronic pain and fatigue. “Glucosamine is clearly one of the most effective non-pharmaceutical treatments to decrease heart attack and stroke risk safely and naturally, and the only side-effect is that it reduces or totally eliminates arthritis pain.”

“With major studies showing that arthritis medications cause 30,000 – 50,000 US deaths annually, it’s time to rethink how we treat pain,” explains Dr. Teitelbaum. “Offering benefits for one condition while creating side-effects that can kill you is not good medicine!”

“Although arthritis medications (NSAIDs) can be worthwhile when natural remedies are inadequate, simply using the natural remedies first for a six-week trial could save upwards of 70,000 US lives every year.” According to Dr. Teitelbaum, major studies have shown that glucosamine combined with chondroitin was essentially equivalent in effectiveness to Celebrex.

Other studies have shown that a combination of the botanicals curcumin and boswellia was even more effective than Celebrex for arthritis; and this herbal mix is also associated with significant cancer protection and other important health benefits.

“Botanicals have been used as medicine for centuries,” says Dr. Teitelbaum, “and now research suggests that they’re also the medicine of the future. Especially today, the public and physicians are desperate for safe alternatives to opioids for effective pain relief.”  

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is the best-selling author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery), Pain-Free 1-2-3, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution, Real Cause Real Cure, Diabetes Is Optional, and the Beat Sugar Addition NOW! series.  He is the lead author of four groundbreaking research studies on effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia using an integrative treatment approach called SHINE. His research on ribose, a unique 5-carbon sugar, showed an average 61 percent increase in energy at 3 weeks