It makes so much logical why people want to avoid grief. The side effects can be ruthless: stomach emptiness shortness of breath, palpitations, muscle weakness, lack of energy, insomnia, headache to name a few. And the psychological responses—fear, anger, feelings of depersonalization, or worse.

Processing Grief with Cannabis

“…cannabis is beneficial for managing many emotions derived from grief”. Cannabis helps us stay in our grief by stimulating cannabinoid receptors and making the present more tolerable. Humans have intricate endocannabinoid systems that regulate mood, appetite, and sleep—all of which become compromised when we grieve. According to Silvi Saxena, “Our body makes and maintains natural endocannabinoids and our body has receptors all over to process and distribute these molecules. With cannabis consumption, our body uses these same receptors to give you the feeling of being relaxed and less anxious and depressed, which oftentimes drives the emotions related to grief.”

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Scientists have proven that our bodies naturally respond to the chemical components found in cannabis. In the ’90s, scientists discovered that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Research shows that cannabis directly affects our ECS. It plays a role in functions, including sleep, mood, and appetite.

Cannabis is composed of cannabinoids. Beyond cannabinoids, each cannabis strain has a distinct terpene profile. Terpenes are what give each mary jane strain its unique smell. These individual profiles work together with the ECS to provide each user their own experiences when high. You may discover certain strains uplift you, and other strains induce anxiety.

Cannabis can provide relief from distress. However, it is essential to remember that healing your heart goes beyond sparking up a joint or two throughout the day. Cannabis should not be a replacement for regular mental health care and a licensed physician’s help.