Missouri’s heat wave seems to have arrived early this year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to break any time soon. Today, we’re sharing three quick tips for keeping your cool with cannabis this summer.
Did you know that cannabis drops your body temperature?
That’s right! Remember, your endocannabinoid system’s job is to keep your body balanced. This means that if you’re feeling hot, your body will send a bunch of little messengers, AKA endo-cannabinoids (the cannabinoids your body naturally makes as they’re needed), to your skin, sweat glands, hypothalamus, and more to help you cool off and reach balance again.
If your body isn’t making enough endo-cannabinoids (‘endo-’ meaning inside) on its own, you can supplement with phyto-cannabinoids (‘phyto-’ meaning plant) like THC and CBD. Below are our top three tips for getting the most out of your cannabis this summer.
1. Use a vaporizer to cool down quickly
Compared to other methods of consumption like tinctures, edibles, and topicals, inhalation has the fastest onset time with just 0-5 minutes. That said, smoke is hot when inhaled — it can be anywhere from 700-1600°F! Use a temperature-controlled vaporizer like the PAX or Airo to avoid adding any extra heat to your day.
PS. If you’re using a glass bong or pipe, be careful not to leave it in the sun too long. Glass can quickly overheat, risking a burn followed by a catastrophic drop — or the glass could even shatter in your hand!
2. Keep cannabis out of your hot car
It can be tempting to keep a joint handy in your glove box, but the heat will convert all that wonderful THC into CBN — the cannabinoid known for making you sleepy. And that’s not the effect you want on your summer adventure! It will also dry out your terpenes, causing your flower to lose its flavor.
To keep your cannabis fresh, store it in an airtight jar (like the ones we have at Feel State!) out of direct sunlight and in a temperature controlled room.
Warning! If your edibles melt, be very careful when dosing — especially when it comes to chocolate. THC binds to the oils in chocolate, and those oils often re-settle after melting.
If this happens, melt your chocolate again and pour it evenly into a flat container. Once it’s rehardened, the cannabinoids will be evenly settled across the bottom — and then you can cut vertical pieces to better know the dose you’re taking.
3. Stay hydrated with juicy munchies
THC can cause dry mouth by inhibiting the production of saliva. This is different from being dehydrated, but it can nonetheless be uncomfortable — especially on a hot day.
In addition to drinking plenty of water, consider switching out your sweet and salty munchies for juicy fruits. Sugary snacks increase inflammation (AKA internal heat), and salty foods will only make you thirstier.
Pro tip: Prep refreshing snacks like grapes, oranges, strawberries, or cucumbers ahead of your summer sesh!
Disclaimer: The information in this post is meant for educational purposes only. Medical decisions should not be made based on advertising. Consult a physician on the benefits and risks of particular medical products.