Before we know it, it’ll be spring! This comes with both the good and the bad. It means warmer weather, longer days, and baby animals. But it also means that we’ll be older. That whole not being able to control time thing is super lame. People ring in spring in different ways. Some break out all their summer clothes and then complain that they’re cold as they don a tank top in fifty-degree weather. Some start to landscape – they go crazy planting flowers and evicting the leaves from the rooftop eaves. And some dive into spring cleaning - that once a year, top to bottom thorough scouring of the house. If your spring involves the latter, cannabis can help. Why? Because, while some people do enjoy decluttering, organizing, and a good scrub-a-dub-dub, most of us find it to be a nuisance. When science invents a self-cleaning house, we’ll be the first to buy.
How Cannabis Helps You Spring Clean
Cannabis helps in a few ways. First of all, weed makes us happy – we’ll whistle as we work through all the dust that’s accumulated since August. Not only that, but weed can energize us too. This goes against its reputation – the lazy, unmotivated pothead is a mainstay in stoner lore. Yet the more we come to know about cannabis, the more we know that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all herb. Different strains have different terpene profiles, different levels of THC and CBD, and different impacts on our mind and body. So, what are some of the best strains to imbibe in as you get out the dustpan and broom? Toke up with the following:
Four Energizing Strains and One Not So Much
Neville Haze is a strain that hovers around 21 percent THC. It’s a strong sativa that offers euphoria and lots of giggles. The pizza that your toddler shoved in the couch cushions? The supreme that’s been there since June? The one with the mold and weird smell? You’ll find it hilarious. Too much imbibing with this strain isn’t recommended for those who want to stay focused. Consume in low doses to keep your eye on the prize. This strain may also elicit some creativity as well, which is always a bonus when you’re organizing.
If you’re cleaning your house in one foul swoop, Dutch Dragon isn’t the best choice – it tends to put you in a slumber an hour or two after use. It’s sativa-dominant with THC that ranges between 15 and 20 percent. The high is very cerebral and quickly puts users in fits of giggles, happiness, and creativity. The indica effects kick in soon after, which shortens the timeframe in which you can be uber-productive. So, if you’re cleaning a little at a time, this strain is a good option. Organize the basement today and the attic tomorrow…...just watch out for the ghost.
Chiesel offers a relaxing high – it’s sativa-dominant and 17.5 percent THC. Users feel uplifted and energized. In higher doses, the body-numbing effects are more apparent. In lower doses, users tend to feel creative, happy, and social. It also tends to bring a fierce case of the munchies. But go ahead and eat to your heart’s content – you worked up a sweat cleaning all those baseboards.
With around 15 percent THC, Thai Titanic makes users feel warm and happy. It clears the mind and allows users to think more creatively and effectively. It’s often used by people who are stressed or anxious, feelings that cleaning can elicit. If that’s the case for you, give this strain a whirl. It probably won’t remove your worries entirely – if you find out that a mouse has been living in your pantry, you’ll probably still care – but it can take the edge off.
One of these is not the like the other! Shark Shock isn’t really known for its get up and go. It’s a 20 percent THC indica. It does offer some euphoria and relaxation, but it really makes this list for its sedative properties. It’s not for everyone – if it leaves you too drowsy you might spend more time in bed than making beds. But if you can maintain your regularly scheduled program while imbibing, more power to you. After all, sedated is what many of us what to be when cleaning!
Other Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring cleaning is a hassle (for those of us who aren’t Monica Gellar), but there is something to be said for a tidy house – it’s much nicer to come home to cleanliness than a house where you’ll step on Legos (barefoot) every time you walk down the hall. Even so, the act of cleaning takes some getting used to (or – as mentioned above – some pre-medication). So what other tips can you embrace? Here are a few:
Organize during downtime
Spring is generally the less busy of all the seasons. Winter has the holidays, summers have the kids, and fall is packed with back-to-school and sporting events. Remind yourself of this and clean during downtime (in other words, just get it over with). Come summer, you’ll be glad you did.
Look at it as a stress reducer
Many of us have things we don’t need (thank you Amazon!) Decluttering not only “de-craps” our home, but it can also help relieve stress. It’s easy to feel less anxious in a house that is organized than in one that is filled to the brim with the latest gadgets and gizmos. Decluttering doesn’t mean throwing away, however. Donate what you can or have a garage sale. Garage sales = weed money.
Hire a professional
If you want your house clean but you don’t want to be the one to clean it, hire a professional to scour and organize. Depending on the size of your residence, this probably won’t come cheap. But, to you, it may be worth it. A clean house where you didn’t have to dust or mop? Priceless.