Temperatures seem to rising. Can marijuana help you with the heat?
July 3rd was the hottest day of record on the planet, until July 4th came along. Scientists are warning the temperature records are likely to be a trend for the next few months. El Niño phenomenon is cited as part of the reason for extreme heat. It was so hot, a piece of the interstate buckled in Louisiana.
High tempertures can play havoc with your body. Extended hot weather days can cause poor sleep, lack of appetite, hot or damp skin, headaches, loss of motivation, irritability and more. Staying cool and keeping your body at a reasonable temperature of 97° – 99° is key. Can marijuana help when the heat wave has you boiling and miserable?
Yes, cannabis actually does reduce your body temperature—temporarily. Several studies indicate marijuana can, reduce the body temperature short term. Food like spicy mustard, chili flakes and wasabi can also provide quick relief. The cannabis cool effect is thought to happen because of the way THC interacts with a receptor called TRPA-1. This receptor controls important functions, including pain relief and body temperature.
Not all weed is created equal when it comes to body chilling phenomenon. According to some consumers, switching to tinctures and edibles rather bongs, pre-rolls, or other methods involving heating the product helps move to a cooling response quicker.
You can also replace drinking alcohol at home with cannabis beverages. Consuming this way is refreshing and as potent without dehydrating your body.
Cannabis is popular as a non addictive sleep aid. In hot weather, some struggle with both falling and staying asleep. The sleep-promoting effects of cannabinoids are due to their interactions with cannabinoid receptors in the brain. When cannabinoids bind to these receptors, they send messages to increase levels of sleep-promoting adenosine and suppress the brain’s arousal system. Together, these effects may help cannabis users feel sedated or sleepy.
Here are some other ways to help stay cool during a heat wave.
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
If possible, avoid being out in the heat of the day
Drink plenty of water
Avoid heavy meals
The best way is to build your day around not being in the heat and monitor your body so you don’t develop serious issues.