I’ll admit that I indulged in recreational weed before marijuana was legalized for adult 21+ consumption.

I was delighted when I could finally shop at any of the dispensaries in the state without requiring an MMJ card.

I now have access to a wide array of products and consumption methods. Initially, I strictly shopped for the enjoyment of it. I like smoking a joint after a long day of work. I prefer to drink a cannabis-infused beverage rather than alcohol at a social event. I’ve found that a few hits off a vape can help to motivate me for a run. Over the years, I’ve realized the medicinal benefits of marijuana. As a plant-based remedy, there are none of the harmful side-effects associated with synthetic drugs. The cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant closely mimic the cannabinoids produced by the human body. These cannabinoids influence CB1 and CB2 receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system. The ECS or endocannabinoid system is a network within the brain and body that is responsible for homeostasis. It regulates mood, sleep, pain, focus and so much more. Different combinations of cannabinoids affect these receptors in unique ways. Terpenes also play a part in the therapeutic opportunities. I’ve realized that I can use cannabis-infused topicals for localized relief of sunburn, bee stings, bruises, cuts, joint pain and acne. I buy indica strains of edibles to lessen issues with insomnia. Specific tinctures are helpful in alleviating headaches. I regularly consult with the budtenders at the dispensary for recommendations. They are a wealth of knowledge and cannabis offers incredible potential for improving health and wellness.

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