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Cannabis and the Great Outdoors
When most people think of the ideal scenario for using cannabis, it’s typical to imagine yourself lazily melting into the couch in pure relaxation. However, one of the best ways to enjoy cannabis and take advantage of its therapeutic properties is to get outside and into nature.
A wealth of scientific evidence shows that being in nature is not only beneficial for physical health but also mental health. Merely walking through a park or viewing vast landscapes can drastically improve our overall mood.
Combining both nature and cannabis can create a combination of pure bliss. It will enhance not only your experience with cannabis but your experience in nature too. In this article, we’ll show you the three ways that cannabis can improve your adventures in the great outdoors.
Before we dive in, we need to remind you always to be responsible when you consume cannabis, especially if you’re going to leave your home. Never smoke cannabis in a public place and take extra care to follow all local laws and guidelines. Always be aware of your surroundings. Stay safe when out in public or exploring outdoor terrain.
#1 Enhancing The Senses
“What’s not widely known is that cannabis can stimulate our visual senses, which can enhance the way that we see the world.”
Our visual sense mostly dominates humans in terms of stimuli. For this reason, looking at grand vistas, or dense forests can reduce stress levels, heighten calmness, and promote a better state of mind. Even strolling through a park or a ‘green space’ can have the same effect.
We are encapsulated continuously by scenes or objects that pique the interests of our eyes. What’s not widely known is that cannabis can stimulate our visual senses, which can enhance or change the way that we see the world.
Researchers have discovered that there are many CB1 receptors in the eyes, which are part of the endocannabinoid system. That means that THC has an impact on the eyes, and research suggests that it might change the way our eyes respond and react to light.
You can experience this firsthand by consuming your favorite THC gummies and taking a hike out into nature. Once the THC begins to set in, your blood vessels will dilate, which will send more blood to your eyes. This process will lower the overall pressure in your eyes, which can give the world a slightly more contrasted look.
Those incredible views of everything from vast mountains to small gardens will be further magnified after the THC kicks in. If looking around in nature wasn’t already pleasing enough, with cannabis, the experience becomes even more intense.
Our sense of touch and feeling is known as the tactile sense, part of the somatosensory system. Cannabis can amplify our physical sense in a way that makes being in nature wonderful.
Imagine sitting on the soft sands at a beach or the edge of a lake. You dig your hands into the sand, and the silky grains feel amazing against your skin. Or, you are sitting on the grass, and a cool breeze races over your skin, sending you into another dimension of enjoyment.
Taking a dip in a lake or swimming among the waves in the ocean are never the same after consuming a THC gummy. Cannabis connects people to nature in profound ways, and that’s thanks in part to the way THC acts on our tactile senses.
#2 Feeling At Ease In Nature
Studies show that merely being around trees and forests can naturally relax us through compounds that trees and other plants release. Combining the already comforting effect of the woods with cannabis can create a perception of complete tranquility.
"Having a picnic at the park, or spending a day at the beach are perfect ways to be in the great outdoors without having to work up a sweat."
You don’t need to go on an epic adventure to get the relaxing benefits, either. Going on a walk through the park with your significant other or alone can be the perfect way to feel at peace while being mobile.
Popping a cannabis gummy while being out on a long trek can help to feel at complete ease in the outdoors. Of course, movement is not completely necessary to enjoy the relaxing benefits of cannabis in nature.
Having a picnic at the park, or spending a day at the beach are perfect ways to be in the great outdoors without having to work up a sweat.
#3 Reaching For The Peak
“[cannabis helps with exercise] by soothing sore muscles, increasing focus, and speeding up metabolism.”
Cannabis is excellent for winding down at the end of a long day, but it’s also beneficial for being active. Going on a hike through the mountains might feel effortless and relaxing while under the influence of cannabis rather than straining.
Often, when out on a hike in the mountains or a walk along a river, it can be a grueling physical process. Research has shown that using cannabis and performing exercise can go hand in hand. The synergy works by soothing sore muscles, increasing focus, and speeding up metabolism.
Since the endocannabinoid system is directly involved in the pain pathway, consuming THC and CBD can help decrease our perception of pain. Consuming THC gummies before a long walk can help your legs feel less fatigued. Try not to go overboard, though, since injuries can still happen even if you don’t feel much pain.
The CB2 receptors in our brain can also help increase focus when interacting with cannabis. Going on a long trek can be a repetitive process, so the added focus should help keep you on the trail for a longer time.
The Green Outdoors
With all the added health benefits of being in the great outdoors, it’s a no-brainer to start a non-sedentary lifestyle by trying to get into nature as often as possible. Of course, you don’t need to sacrifice consuming cannabis to do so.
Now is the best time to grab your favorite cannabis gummies or syrup and head for the hills! Make sure to stay safe and be aware, particularly when combining cannabis and the rugged outdoors. If you remember to know your dose and your surroundings, you should have an incredible experience exploring nature.
Before we dive in, we need to remind you always to be responsible when you consume cannabis, especially if you’re going to leave your home. Never smoke cannabis in a public place and take extra care to follow all local laws and guidelines. Always be aware of your surroundings and stay safe when out in public situations that could potentially be dangerous without foresight.