Achieving Your Wellness Goals with Cannabis and CBD
Cannabis has been an important wellness tool for humans for at least five thousand years, so it should come as no surprise that purposeful cannabis and CBD consumption can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Marijuana for Wellness
According to the World Health Organization, wellness is “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Wellness is an active process: you learn how your lifestyle choices can impact your health and longevity, and then you use that knowledge to make decisions that improve your well-being.
Jointly is a new smartphone app that merges the wellness and cannabis industries in a unique way, and is sure to become a cannabis user’s new best friend.
With Jointly, health conscious cannabis users can track their CBD and cannabis consumption, learn about new routines and products, and make changes in how they consume cannabis in order to achieve their personal wellness goals and eliminate side effects.
We assessed all of the ways in which people use cannabis to improve their health and well-being, and distilled them down into eleven holistic wellness goals:
Jointly users can choose up to three wellness goals, and rate how effective a product is at helping them achieve those goals.
Why Is Cannabis Better Than Alcohol for Relaxing?
After a long day at work, many people have a drink to relax and unwind, but that habit is not without risks. Increasingly, studies show that even moderate drinking can be associated with worse health outcomes. In July of 2020, the U.S Dietary Guidelines for Americans reduced the maximum recommended servings of alcohol from two units per day to one unit per day for men. This modification was the first in 30 years.
Ever-growing interest in wellness may shift our culture towards more health-conscious ways of unwinding. People are beginning to switch their after-work glass of wine for a dose of cannabis or CBD. Marijuana products can produce similar effects or “goal states” as alcohol, but with less severe health effects and less risk of physical and psychological dependence.
But what really separates cannabis from other legal recreational drugs like alcohol is that the plant contains “over 400 chemical entities of which more than 60 of them are cannabinoid compounds, some of them with opposing effects.” Some of these compounds are active and others are “inactive” metabolites and related molecules.
THC and CBD are the most well known cannabinoids, but you will also see CBN, CBG, THCa, CBC and others listed on cannabis products. Terpenes, aromatic compounds responsible for the scent of citrus fruit, lavender and hops, are also found in marijuana in varying degrees.
All these compounds work together synergistically to create an additive effect called the “entourage effect,” such that “one molecule is unlikely to match the therapeutic…potential of cannabis itself as a phytochemical factory.”
The specific ratios of these cannabinoids and terpenes vary widely between strains, brands and product types, and different combinations can produce different therapeutic effects.
Manufacturers often design cannabis and CBD products with certain purposes in mind, like aiding sleep or relieving anxiety. They try to create products with specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles that they hope will achieve these goals. But due to federal prohibition, there aren’t many scientifically rigorous studies about the effects of different cannabinoids and terpenes, so we don’t truly understand which cannabinoids and terpenes produce which effect.
So how do you know if that edible advertised as a sleep aid actually helps people sleep?
Find Cannabis and CBD Products that Work
Jointly allows users to look up legal, licensed cannabis and CBD products in their state. You can see how other users like you rated the product on a scale from 1-10, based on whether that product helped them achieve their wellness goals. Given the dizzying array of products you have to choose from, the product-rating tool will become increasingly useful as more community members contribute data.
Let’s say you use Jointly to find a delicious Indica gummy that people rate highly for Improve Sleep. You try it and find that sometimes it works perfectly and soothes you into a gentle slumber, but other times it makes you anxious and prevents you from sleeping.
As you report your cannabis experiences, you see that when you eat the gummy on a full stomach, it has the desired effect, but if you eat it on an empty stomach, you feel anxious. Jointly will suggest adjusting your routine based on this data, so that you can eliminate the anxiety and achieve restful sleep every time. The more often you record your cannabis experiences on Jointly, the more precise and personalized your in-app suggestions become.
Cannabis can be a highly effective wellness tool when it is consumed purposefully. But what does it mean to consume cannabis purposefully? At Jointly, it means that we use cannabis and CBD to improve our wellbeing, we track the factors that can impact our experience, and we adjust our routines and product choices based on that data in order to optimize our experience, eliminate side effects and get the result we want every time.
By creating a Jointly account and tracking your experiences, you can optimize how you use cannabis or CBD in order to eliminate side effects and achieve the results you want. You are also contributing to the Jointly community by giving other users valuable information about what impacted your experience and what products were effective or ineffective for your goals. Download the Jointly app today and start accomplishing your wellness goals with cannabis and CBD!
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