Ah, 2018 – the year flying cars and teleporting will finally become a thing (you heard it here first!). Or not. But 2018 is sure to offer plenty of excitement and great Saturday Night Live skits (thank you, Trump administration). And it will likely feature cannabis progress as well. For those who are already fans of the ganja, ringing in the New Year can be a real trip (ba-dum-tss!). Not only does cannabis allow you to welcome January 1 on a “high” note, but it allows you to mix marijuana into your New Year’s resolutions. And this just might up the odds you stick to them.
So, how do you do this? Start with the following:
Incorporate marijuana into your workout routine
Sure, getting in shape is the New Year’s resolution of everyone and their mom. We all hit the gym come January 1st, only to retire our sweat suits on January 2nd. That quick workout after a long day at the office? Let’s do happy hour instead!
There is no surefire way to stick to your workout routine other than to force
yourself to hit the treadmill, take to the stair climber, and sign up for Jazzercise. But using pot as your personal trainer can help. A few good strains to aid you in your attempt to get energized include Durban Poison, Sour Diesel, and Green Crack.
Another common New Year’s resolution is to increase the amount of money in your nest egg (or start a nest egg, to begin with). It might sound counterintuitive to say that marijuana can help you do this – after all, pot costs money. But taking advantage of dispensary sales can benefit your bank account. Check online for prices before you head out the door – this helps assure you go to the shops with the best dope deals.
You might be thinking that cannabis is the enemy of this New Year’s resolution and you might be right – the munchies aren’t so much “health food” as they are “heaps of food.” But marijuana can help you eat better with a little proactivity. In short, when you know you’re going to imbibe, ditch the junk food and surround yourself with fruits and vegetables. You might normally never dream of touching kale, but marijuana makes you hungry enough that you’ll eat anything……even the stuff that’s good for you.
If you want to avoid the munchies altogether, stick to strains that are low in THC – they tend to amp up the appetite to a smaller degree.
Take time for you
Most of us are part of the rat race, the 8-5 competition aimed at getting ahead and making ends meet. Employment isn’t usually optional, leaving all of us working the proverbial 40 hours a week (or more). This can make time for oneself a luxury, especially if you have outside commitments and children. But self-care can do wonders for one’s well-being; it can improve body, mind, and soul, and Mary Jane can help you embrace it. Have you ever tried yoga while high? What about meditation an hour or two after taking an edible? Try it and see what the craze is all about. You probably wouldn’t mind some mindfulness in your life. So, go and get it.
It’s no secret that cannabis is good for you – Momma always said to eat your vegetables! But what we know about the health benefits are just the tip of the iceberg – we haven’t even seen what it can do. Still, there’s certainly more to good health than Mary Jane – exercise, eating right, and stress reduction matter too. In other words, you can’t just smoke a bong and expect to live forever. Cannabis is supplemental to health; it’s not an end all be all.
Make new friends
When you smoke the right strain, cannabis is very conducive to forming social relationships, allowing you to form bonds with people you meet at parties and other functions. Remember the saying we learned as children? Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold. Well, there’s an adult version of that too: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is Silver Haze and the other’s Cali Gold.
Find a job you love
There’s an old Drew Carey joke that goes something like, “Oh, you hate your job? There’s a support group for that. It’s called “everyone” and we meet at the bar.” Indeed, many people find their job to be a chore. If you’re among them, cannabis may be a saving grace.
As more areas around the United States embrace recreational weed (and medical weed for that matter), the demand for workers in the industry increases. It’s not always an easy market to break into – everyone wants a piece of the pot pie. But if you’re truly passionate about pot and you’re hankering for a career change, cannabis just might give you one.
Win the lottery
Okay, so marijuana won’t directly help you win the lottery, at least not until blunts wrapped in lottery tickets become a thing (note to self: new business idea). But weed lowers our inhibitions. Who knows? The next time you go into the local Mini-Mart after a little imbibing, maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to buy a scratch ticket or twenty. Then you can thank your cabbage for that extra cheddar.