By now, we’re all feeling a bit stir crazy from quarantining ourselves while trying to stay on top of our daily tasks, going to work or finding a job, and figuring out a way to have a social life while still practicing social distancing. Times are tough for everyone and the added stress of living in “uncertain times” just makes everything that much harder, especially if you’ve been deemed an “essential worker”. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make yourself a priority and to give yourself the care you give everyone else, because you deserve it. For those of us who are used to always being the caretaker, we can often forget the importance of self care. However, practicing self care during the coronavirus pandemic is not just a nice thing to do for yourself, but a necessity. If you’re someone who enjoys partaking in the herbal variety, there are many ways to add cannabis to your self care routine.
Add CBD Products to Your Bath
After a long day, a bath is a sure way to help your body relax, especially if you smoke a bowl before you jump in the warm water. If you’re looking to add a little something extra, adding CBD products to your bath time routine can promote relaxation, reduce inflammation, and make your experience overall more enjoyable. Our friends at WhiteCoatHempCo.com carry a Tru Organics bath bomb called “Relax” that will help melt away the troubles of your day. They also carry a CBD face mask made by Joy Organics that will hydrate your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. In addition to bath and skin CBD products, WhiteCoatHempCo.com carries some of the biggest CBD brands on the market and offers tinctures, capsules, and lotion.
Clean Your Smoking Gear
It’s a fact: The more organized your space is the less anxiety you feel. For those of us who are avid smokers, our smoking gear can get pretty dirty more often than we realize. It’s important to keep your bongs and pipes clean so they continue to hit right. Plus, in the coronavirus era, cleanliness should be your top priority. If you don’t have pipe cleaning solution on hand you can make your own for just pennies by mixing rock salt and rubbing alcohol. Once you’ve made your glass pipe cleaning solution, find a container big enough to fit your glass pipe. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub away the gunk with an old toothbrush and rinse the pipe under hot water. Depending on how long it has been since you cleaned your pipe, you may need to repeat this process a few times.
After you’ve cleaned your glass pipes, go through the rest of your smoking arsenal to see what you can get rid of. Do you have old pipes or rolling paper booklets you haven’t used in awhile? Maybe you tried a new brand of flavored rolling papers and they just aren’t your favorite. Don’t forget to check the back of your junk drawer for spoon pipes or lighters that you’re not too fond of anymore. Just like with clothes, it’s always a good idea to get rid of things you haven’t used in awhile and gift them to your friends who might like to try something new. Like the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
Unplug and Light Up
Instead of putting on Netflix again or playing a game on your phone, the next time you’re looking to unwind, consider putting down the technology and instead try analog ways to destress. Taking a walk around your neighborhood with your favorite sativa cartridge is a great place to start. If you’re looking for a good deal on cartridges, Territory Dispensary in Mesa offers 20% off concentrates and cartridges on Wednesdays!
Being in nature helps us appreciate the world outside the four walls we live in and smoking a little greenery while you’re out there will make everything a little nicer. Once you return home, pick up one of the books you’ve been meaning to read or dust off your journal and write down some things you’re grateful for.
If you’re quarantined with other people, try out some cooperative analog activities like assembling a puzzle, playing card and board games, or working on a coloring book page together. As kids, we loved these activities and they are often forgotten as we become adults. It’s important to remember to do activities we enjoy, simply for the fact that we enjoy doing them. We can get so caught up in needing to be productive, and forget to enjoy the simple things in life.
Treat Yourself to Some New Smoking Accessories
A luxury we have nowadays is the ability to do all of our shopping from the comfort of our own home. Online shopping gives us a way to leisurely browse products with no pressure. A great way for avid smokers to help alleviate some stress is by buying smoking products from your couch in your pajamas. Better yet, some online smoke shops have subscription boxes that offer recurring shipments of smoking accessories. This means that all you need to do is “set it and forget it”, and you’ll never run low on your favorite rolling papers and pre-rolled cones again.
If you are looking for a budget friendly online smoke shop, check out ThePuffPack.com for hemp wraps, rolling papers, and a modest selection of glass pipes. Plus, you can choose anything from their “mart” to have shipped to you monthly. Another option, for the cannasseurs who enjoy the finer things in life, is HippieButler.com, a friend of Cannabis Cactus. HippieButler.com offers a wide range of smoking products from flavored rolling papers to ROOR bongs, in addition to their themed smoking subscription boxes. Whether you’re a concentrate enthusiast or prefer smoking flower, HippieButler.com has something for every type of smoker.
For some, practicing self care is already an important part of their daily routine. However, for others, it is a foreign idea. The truth is that practicing self care is a necessary part of keeping ourselves healthy and happy. Even taking a few minutes a day to practice breathing exercises before you load a bowl can be beneficial long term. It’s all about being mindful of how your body and mind work together. For stoners, it’s easy to incorporate cannabis into your self care routines, no matter your budget. If you use any of these self care tips: if you and your quaranteam play games, or you fill in our coloring sheet, tag us on social media @CannabisCactus and use #StonerSelfCare for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page!
Erinn Holman is a millennial writer who is passionate about alternative medicine, the cannabis industry, and the Oxford Comma. Erinn is based out of Tempe and is always exploring the Copper State with her pup, Sophia, on the weekends. She enjoys spending her time reading fantasy novels or books about life, the Universe, and everything. Follow her cannabis-fueled adventures on Instagram @itscannabliss.