The side effects of cannabis are generally mild, though they are still present for the majority of users. Of course, the amounts, as well as the frequency marijuana is consumed contribute to the degree of side effects experienced.
Individual body chemistry also plays an important role in how users experience both the effects as well as the side effects of cannabis.
I know some people who can smoke weed all day and never feel fatigued or burned out while others have a hard time getting their energy, drive and focus back after smoking any amount of weed.
I personally began to notice an increase in some side effects such as anxiety and fatigue after a few years of regular smoking. The reason for this is how THC acts in the brain. When cannabis is consumed the THC excites certain receptors in the brain which eventually get worn down after repeated use. This causes the effects to be diminished with the side effects being increased for many users. Fortunately, since using vitamins and supplements I have been able to enjoy cannabis side effect free for the most part. Below are some supplements which are beneficial in order to minimize marijuana’s side effects and maximize its positives.
Fortunately, since using vitamins and supplements I have been able to enjoy cannabis side effect free for the most part. Below are some supplements which are beneficial in order to minimize marijuana’s side effects and maximize its positives.
Vitamin C – The anti-oxidant.
Vitamin C is a great naturally occurring vitamin found in many fruits such as oranges or pineapples. It is essential to take especially if you consume your weed by smoking it. Smoking anything causes irritation and damage to the lungs. Vitamin C has been proven to assist your body in repairing its lungs. It is a potent antioxidant so it protects the immune system also from the effects that smoking can have.
Vitamin E – Alleviates the pressure.
One study found that vitamin E deficiency can cause cannabis users to experience anxiety. Vitamin E is already well known for the positive effects it can have on cognition as well as health. Vitamin E is thought to have a positive effect on the endocannabinoid system within the body helping to regulate the receptors and maximizing the medical benefits of marijuana while minimizing the side effects. Since I have started taking a vitamin E supplement once a week I have noticed a major reduction in anxious thoughts when I smoke weed. Natural sources of Vitamin E include almonds, raw seeds, kale, swiss chards, and other leafy greens.
Magnesium – The enzyme reactor.
Magnesium is a mineral which many are lacking in their diets. It activates over 300 biochemical reactions and regulates a lot of human vital functions. Magnesium deficiency has been proven to cause symptoms such as anxiety and muscle tension. Taking magnesium helps relax the mind as well as the muscles in the body. Magnesium is also a slight NMDA antagonist which means that it acts on the brain in a way which helps to reduce tolerance to marijuana. Some natural sources you can get magnesium from are dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more
Omega-3’s/Fish Oil – Cardio in a bottle.
Omega-3 fatty acids which are most commonly found in the form of fish oil supplements have been shown to help repair and rebuild the endocannabinoid system. This can lower tolerance as well as lessen negative side effects. Most western diets are lacking in omega-3’s so heading down to the nearest vitamin store or even convenience store and buying a bottle of fish oil pills will only benefit your health. For those on a vegetarian diet omega-3’s also comes from plant sources like flaxseed, chia seeds, or hemp seed oil.
Choline – Helping the brain with that memory loss.
Choline is essential for the brain to have proper memory and function. If marijuana leaves you feeling mentally hazy and burnt out, choline may fix this problem. Choline is even often used by doctors to treat Alzheimer’s patients due to the effects it has on increasing and helping memory functions within the brain. Choline also relieves muscle tension within the body helping to add to cannabis’s relaxing abilities.
Ginseng – The crouching tiger.
Ginseng is a natural occurring supplement that is known as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a herb which acts like a tonic, helping those that take it to feel more energy throughout their entire body. I personally have found that the energetic properties of ginseng help to bring back the motivation to do things which a marijuana high often take away. Ginseng has also been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine along with cannabis making it one of the most used supplements for taking with cannabis.
Always start low when taking supplements, and let us know of any other vitamins or supplements you have found to go along with the use of cannabis.