Let me take you back to a not too distant past and share with you a personal story from the life of my good friend Tom. It was the summer of 2010 and Tom had started regularly hanging out with a great group of close friends that he had spent the previous bitter cold winter months gettingto know. Every Friday night like clockwork, Tom and friends would get together for dinner, drinks, discussions of the universe, and of course some high quality (pun intended – you’re welcome) pot smoking. Our Bong, Dizzy Gillispie (watch this video and you’ll understand the reference) danced his way around the party, helping to keep the good times burningwell into the early hours of the morning. Tom really enjoyed smoking with his friends as it led to many wonderful nights of laughter, adventures, and lasting memories. However, as the weeks and months rolled by, Tom began to notice one big thing he didn’t expect and that none of his friends had warned him about.
Tiredness. Haze. Short-term memory loss. While not life threating by any means, they were enough to negatively impact Tom’s daily routine. Tom started having trouble getting going in the morning with the same level of energy he used to have and that would stay with him right into work as he found he was forgetting things he would usually remember with ease. Tom found himself writing more notes to himself as reminders and drinking more caffeinated beverages to try to counteract these negative side effects. This helped a little, but ultimately it only frustrated Tom more that he was now struggling to operate at what he considered his normal baseline without drinking coffee and writing notes like a mad man.
He wanted to smoke pot with his friends, but he really didn’t want to deal with what essentially was a “pot hangover” the next day. Tom began to realize that none of his friends ever really talked about the negative impacts of smoking weed. They had fun smoking, and that seemed to be enough for them. Period. It’s not that Tom felt strongly enough about the negative consequences to give up smoking, but he wondered if he was the only one who was getting these pot hangovers. He wanted to find a healthier way to incorporate smoking into his normal routine without having to change things to compensate. Let’s be honest weed hangovers might not be a factor for everyone, but depending upon how much you smoke, how long you have been smoking, and your unique genetic chemistry, they most definitely could be a factor over time.
[quote_right]“Everything in life requires moderation.”[/quote_right]
Refusing to give up the amazing high times with his close friends, Tom decided to use his Google skills to figure out how he could greatly reduce or altogether eliminate the after effects of smoking. Now by this point you might be questioning who Tom really is in the context of my life, but I’ll leave that to you to wonder. The important takeaway here is what Tom discovered that ultimately helped him to smoke cannabis without the after-effects.
I’m going to say a magic word that Tom would tell you changed everything. That magic word is vaporizer. I’ll say it again for emphasis – vaporizer (as according to the latest globaldrugsurvey.com, only 8% of users vape). Using a vaporizer will almost always give you a much cleaner high and for good reason. Vaporizing cannabis emits a vapor that is 95% smoke and carcinogen free while only releasing the cannabinoids (what gets you high aka the stuff you want) in gas form. As a bonus, your lungs will also be much better off long-term since there is no smoke. They will thank you for it, I promise. In short, this cleaner high provided by the vaporizer eliminates many of the harmful byproducts that typically get taken in while smoking and will more than likely give you a better come down with less of a hangover the next day. If you don’t want to spend money on a new vaporizer then another simple way to reduce these byproducts is to clean your bong or piece every now and then with some rubbing alcohol and salt. Clean bong, clean lungs, and a clean mind. While not as effective as vaping, it still could help alleviate symptoms. Definitely worth a try if your typical routine is no longer working for you.
While vaporizing is a must, Tom found that in addition to reducing harm with vaporizers the night of he could improve recovery the next day as well. It turns out the act of sweating for 15-20 minutes can do wonders for shaking that tired hazy feeling that is all too common the next day for many who smoke. There are a number of ways to accomplish this whether it be doing a little exercise to get the blood pumping via jogging, biking, hiking, weightlifting, or something completely different like standing in a hot steamy shower for 15 minutes. The key is to get a good sweat going and maintain it for the duration of about 15-20 minutes. This helps immensely, which Tom has found to be the quickest way to shake any lingering effects from the night before.
So whether you’ve experienced similar after-effects to smoking as the ones mentioned you’re looking for ways to avoid such problems down the road, combining the use of a vaporizer with a good 15 minute sweat the next day (your choice of method) should definitely help you do just that. Give it a try and leave your feedback in the comments along with any other helpful tips you find work for you. Tom is dying to hear about them on his never-ending quest to perfect his own pot smoking ritual. I’ll leave you with this last thought, which is about moderation. Everything in life requires moderation. Whether we’re talking about cannabis or cheeseburgers, it’s all the same. One needs to set limits and stick to them. If you begin to experience any of the negative effects from smoking highlighted here, it’s important to consider smoking less frequently and in smaller doses. Moderation will make a big difference in how you feel long-term. The biggest lesson Tom learned through all of this was to always remember to maintain a healthy balance.
Side note: Tom needs your help! He’s doing extensive research on the varying degrees of the drug lifestyle and more specifically the recovery methods people are using today to maintain a healthy self long-term when smoking cannabis. His end goal is to use the research gathered to build a community that encourages safe drug use and tries to provide more relevant and practical advice to the next generation of upcoming pot smokers. If you have three minutes, I would seriously appreciate your feedback through our marijuana usage survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R76DKXR. It’s anonymous and will take less than 3 minutes to complete. To stay up to date on all our research and projects to come, be sure to follow us @psychdelicfit.