My son woke up every 1 to 3 hours a night, consistently for three and a half years, there were some days I really thought I’d end up in the hospital. Actually I did once, just a little over a year ago when my son was literally waking up every hour for 3 months straight and I had a complete breakdown. My blood pressure skyrocketed so I called the nurses hotline, they told me to go to the ER just to be sure. The most wonderful intake nurse sat me down and told me I was just fine, I was simply exhausted and she would happily take me home with her so I could get some rest, because she felt for me and I felt embarrassed (secretly I wanted to be admitted just so I could get some damned sleep!) I may have felt embarrassed but I was so grateful to that wonderful nurse for giving me the emotional strength to get through that very low moment.
You better believe I used cannabis to get me through it! I’m here to not only teach you how, but to give you permission, cannabis can really help calm frayed nerves, it helps ease stress and brightens your mood.
When you’re having one of those days (or weeks, or months…hell, years)
When you’re having one of those incredibly stressful days, maybe the kids have ear infections and you haven’t slept at all but you still have to take care of cranky, fussy and difficult kids all the while feeling like your insides are screaming. Somehow you have to keep them entertained and safe, but what about you? You’re exhausted, probably have their virus yourself, likely have no help and now you have to drag your stiff, achy body through the day and I’m guessing you’re sneaking away to the bathroom for just a moment to breath and probably cry.
Welcome to your savior; microdosing with low temperature vaping.
It’s exactly as it sounds, you take very low doses of THC so you don’t feel any intoxication but you do feel the therapeutic effects of cannabis. This is best accomplished with low temperature vaping. Vaporizing is my recommended method, it’s gentler on the lungs, it’s much easier to control the strength of THC, only lasts about 20 min and it doesn’t have the permeating smell that smoking does. Vaporizing has less of a burn out factor as well, when used at a low temperature. Weed Mama has a whole page dedicated to vaporizing!
How it’s done
There’s a sweet spot with vaporizing and that’s 170C/338F, it’s when just enough cannabinoids are released into the vapor to feel it but it’s low enough that you don’t feel high. CBD vaporizes at a temperature of 180C/356F, so if you’re using a high CBD strain you’ll need to turn up the vape to a medium temperature, however high CBD strains often have low THC so you can safely crank up the vape a bit. I recommend using a sativa or a sativa dominant hybrid in the day, when you need to rest in the evening, use an indica or indica dominant hybrid.
Microdosing means you only take 1 to 3 hits off the vape (at a low temperature) depending on your tolerance. Play around with temperatures and how many times you need to inhale with a given strain, to get to that place where you feel relaxed without any impairment. Think of it like when your back feels out of alignment and you can stand up straighter after you crack it, microdosing is like putting your emotional self back into alignment, so you feel the way you’re supposed to feel or as Weed Mama calls it, feeling proper.
Perfect for napping
As all of us parents know, when the kids sleep there’s still shit to do but even if you decide to put your health first and lie down for a nap, you’ll just lie there thinking about all that shit you have to do and stay awake in that torturous, too-much-adrenaline-to-sleep-even-though-your-body-is-begging-or-it feeling. I’ve been there, so many times I can’t even count but this is when a little cannabis can help you rest.
Low temperature vaping is the Weed Mama way
Even in the evening I don’t ever go over a temperature of 182C/360F and I mostly hover around 177C/350F and I’m careful how much I inhale. If you sit there, mindlessly puffing on the vape while scrolling through your instagram feed until you’ve used up the whole bowl, you’ll get high, maybe too high. With THC the amount you inhale matters even more than the temperature, so be aware about absent-minded vaporizing as I’ve done that many times and regretted it when I felt anxious after inhaling too much.
One way to combat accidentally taking too much THC is to take some CBD. I like to think of CBD as scrubbing bubbles that clean up the edges of THC. CBD breaks down THC in your body so it helps reduce the symptoms of THC. CBD capsules usually peak around an hour or so, tinctures and vaporizing CBD is the quickest acting method. However taking CBD in capsules about an hour before you decide to vaporize will help reduce the negative side effects of THC.
They can be expensive, I know
The big, fat downside of vaporizers is the cost, the good ones are around $200 and up. That’s a big investment when you aren’t even sure you’ll like it. There’s cheaper starter vapes you can get that are under $100, they tend to be a bit hot when inhaled so look for vaporizers you can adjust the temperature (some you can’t) and be able to attach a bubbler, this will help cool the vapor. The glass piece mouthpiece that comes with vapes are often too short and harsh, getting a longer stem for your model, especially if it’s bent will help cool it down as well.
Concentrate pens, the easiest way to microdose in the day
Concentrates aren’t legal yet, they’re supposed to be coming by late 2019 however I can introduce you to them now because they’ll be a game changer for many of you. Concentrate pens are small, the size of a felt pen and they easily fit in your purse or pocket. You take a draw right from the pen without having to load it our heat it up, it’s fast acting and you can get concentrate pens in CBD only, a great way to manage symptoms of stress in the day and reduce anxiety. They’re cheaper than buying a vaporizer, especially if you buy a rechargeable pen, then you just replace the cartridges when it’s used up. If you read the article in Chatelaine “Why I traded in my wine for weed” you’ll see her mention Dosist pens frequently, they’re concentrate pens you can only buy in the States.
Other products they have in the States but we don’t have here yet are mouth sprays, you can spray a low dose mist into your mouth giving you the lovely relaxing feeling without the high. When concentrates and other products become available, Weed Mama will announce it via the newsletter so sign up to find out when they come on the market!
So my tired, stressed out Cannamama’s and Papa’s, it really is ok to give yourself a little THC.