Want to try boosting your mood from home? From CBD to pillows to gummies, here are 11 items to try if you want to feel better. These 12 cannabis strains will heighten your sensations, free your mind, and level up your sex life.
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With Omicron cases on the rise and many of us going back to self-isolating, it’s okay to not feel 100 right now. Depending on the circumstances, the symptoms of a bad mood — sadness, restlessness, loss of sleep — can oftentimes be addressed through easy at-home methods and items that don’t require a prescription.
Certain brands are helping increase awareness of ways that you can take time for yourself and help boost your mood naturally. Each year the stigma around discussing mental health becomes less taboo, and there are things you can add to your day-to-day routine to help release stress and feel a little bit more like yourself.
For Zak Williams, son of the late actor Robin Williams, the loss of his father in 2014 spiraled his anxiety “into overdrive” and led him on a six-year search for ways to cope more naturally. “[After my father died] I found myself depressed, anxious and unable to cope with daily life,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I found myself trying to treat the chronic stress and anxiety I had with alcohol and cannabis products, which left me feeling numb, disconnected and addicted.”
On a search to find healthier ways to cope, Williams discovered the benefits of adaptogens and amino acid complexes that are said to help “recalibrate” the body and brain. “I spent the next two years innovating on compounds, taste, bioavailability and accessibility to create a safe, natural and effective anxiety and stress relief product,” he says.
Last year, Williams officially unveiled PYM (Prepare Your Mind), a “mental health support brand” that launched with the release of a tin of “mood chews,” designed to help calm nerves and anxiousness, especially in uncomfortable or overwhelming situations. According to PYM, the fruit-flavored gummies naturally target your body’s hormone levels, to effectively manage stress and anxiety. It’s not a one-dose-fix-all solution, but if you need a little boost, Williams says a couple chews could go a long way.
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And while everyone’s relationship with mental health is different (and ever evolving), Williams says the important thing is to not leave your feelings unchecked. “Your mood is your body’s barometer on what your needs are,” he says. “If you are not taking care of yourself, your moods will be inconsistent and will not be balanced. In my case, when I neglect my well-being, I end up responding disproportionately and make mountains out of molehills, I get defensive for things I shouldn’t be defensive about, and I find myself getting resentful over silly things,” he says. “When I take care of myself and listen to what I need, I can get to being joyful and am able to manage challenging situations and scenarios with ease.”
“When I’m able to check in with myself and actually understand how I’m feeling, I’m able to provide myself with the things I need to balance me out,” Williams continues. “And when I’m feeling balanced,” he says, “I can show up for others as I would want others to show up for me.”
Whether you’re looking for a way to relax, something to help calm your nerves, or something to cheer you (or a friend) up, we’ve rounded up ten products that can help bring some lightness and levity back to your life (Note: we don’t profess to be medical professionals, so if you’re experiencing severe mood swings or anxiety, it’s always best to speak to a doctor). For everyone else, scroll through this list to find a few easy ways to get a little lift this week.
You don’t have to wait until you’re in total crisis mode to take advantage of therapy. Get out what’s on your mind with one well-reviewed teletherapy option, used even by celebs like Michael Phelps and Demi Lovato—Talkspace is a subscription based therapy service that you can even use from home. When you sign up, you’ll be matched with a therapist from their network of licensed professionals, and communicate through live video sessions, text messages, phone calls, as well as picture and video messages in a private, text-based chat room. Not only is it accessible, with the ability to reach out to a therapist 24/7, but affordable too—Talkspace accepts many major insurance plans such as Cigna and Humana.
2. Apollo Neuro
Wrist watches aren’t just for tracking your fitness goals or even helping you sleep anymore — these days, companies like Apollo are making wearables to help relieve stress.
We like this Apollo Neuro wearable, which works by delivering smooth, gentle vibrations to your wrist or ankle that the brand says activates a nervous system response, helping get you out of a “fight or flight” state of stress. Connect it to the Apollo app, which features seven modes based on how you want to feel, like “Clear and Focused” or “Sleep and Renew”. You can customizable settings for duration (the battery can handle up to 8 hours of continuous use) and intensity.
It’s recommended that you start out using the Apollo Neuro for at least 2 hours a day for 30 days to feel the full effects. Remember – consistency is key here, because you’re essentially retraining your nervous system so that you can eventually manage stress a little easier on your own.
3. Sunday Scaries
The team at Sunday Scaries believes that the key to improving your mood could start from eliminating the “manifestations of worry.” According to Sunday Scaries, their CBD products are for the everyday worries in life, like dealing with your annoying coworkers, rush hour traffic, and yes, even those Sunday night moral hangovers. Sunday Scaries’ CBD gummies contain 10mg of third party-tested broad spectrum CBD, along with vitamin D3 and vitamin B12.
The Side Piece bundle also includes their 500mg CBD Oil, for anyone looking for a nighttime calming reinforcement. But their original CBD gummies can be incorporated with other daily vitamins as well. Take a gummy as needed when you feel moodiness symptoms creeping in—it’s like how you’d feel after getting a good pep talk from a friend. As Sunday Scaries says on its website, these are made to support a “relaxed and focused vibe” for any day of the week.
The Best Cannabis Strains To Smoke If You’re Looking To Enhance Your Sexual Experiences
Smoking weed makes sex better. That’s not even really a question, THC is a vasodilator — meaning it dilates blood vessels — allowing for a quicker and better flow to the areas that need it. Above all else, it’s a major sense enhancer. That’s why music, food, and even boring people who you have nothing in common with are better, more interesting, and more enjoyable when you’re a little high. Cannabis is also an uninhibitor, it melts stresses and anxiety away and allows you to get more in touch with the physical sensations you’re feeling without all the baggage of your overactive thoughts getting in the way.
The best sex comes from awareness of not just your body but your partner’s body and the sensations you’re sharing. Weed and sex-focused weed products help with that.
Unlike booze — society’s favorite social lubricant — weed doesn’t numb you out and dry you up. Instead, THC allows you to zero-in on your senses, which you might imagine, is sort of perfect for sex. While we’re happy to sing the praises of THC’s potential effects on your sex life, it’s also important to point out that there isn’t a single strain of weed out there that is proven to increase your libido, “put you in the mood,” or turn you into a sex god/goddess — that’s not really how it works and if anyone tells you otherwise, they’re straight up lying to you.
Strain choice is important, and we’ll get to that in a second but first let’s talk about the science. If you don’t care about the studies, feel free to skip the entire next section but there is some interesting stuff.
PART I — What The Studies Say About Weed & Sex
If anecdotal evidence isn’t enough for you (but seriously, ask your stoner friends, they’ll vouch for it) there are a few studies to back up the claim that THC can be a potent sex enhancer for both men and women. A large study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine consisting of data collected from 28,176 women and 22,943 men, found that participants using cannabis were having more sex than their non-cannabis smoking counterparts, showing a 22% increase for men and a 34% increase in women. So even if smoking doesn’t necessarily make sex better, you’ll at the very least be having more of it and practice makes perfect!
A few studies do in fact indicate that cannabis has a positive effect on sexual satisfaction though, particularly for women. According to Psychology Today, researchers at Missouri’s St. Louis University conducted two separate surveys of adult women that in both cases found that women reported that casual use enhanced both their libidos and the quality of their pleasure. A more recent study centered around marijuana’s relationship to sexual function in women and published in the medical journal Sexual Medicine found that most women in the study reported an increase in sex drive, improvement in orgasm, and a decrease in pain with women who used marijuana before sexual activity having higher odds of satisfactory orgasms than women who reported no marijuana use. Notably, women also reported that THC didn’t necessarily result in a change of lubrication, but guess what, there are cannabis products designed to do just that.
As cannabis continues to be legalized nationwide, we’ll undoubtedly get even more studies exploring THC’s connection to sexual wellbeing. Having said that, it’s always important to remember not to overdo it.
PART II — Choosing The Right Strain For Sex
When it comes to choosing the right strain for sexual enhancement, it’s less about the strain (indica, hybrid, sativa) and more about the terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in cannabis that make you feel relaxed, euphoric, and relieve pain. If you like the way a certain strain makes you feel, that’s most certainly down to the terpenes.
Strains high in the terpene Limonene tend to fill you with feelings of euphoria, tamping down anxiety and depression. Linalool on the other hand is a calming mood booster that puts you in a state of relaxation and enhances your senses. Caryophyllene decreases inflammation and pain. Notice that none of them explicitly enhance sex — so what strain you choose is a very personal choice. To learn more about cannabis terpenes and their effects, check out our terpene guide here.
You may find that you and your partner would be better off using entirely different strains, depending on your role that night in the bedroom — so feel free to experiment, that’s part of the fun. The only thing you really need to worry about is getting too high which can increase sedation, paranoid, and frankly make you too lazy to want to have sex. Keep the THC% low and limit yourself to a handful of hits, not a full bowl that’ll get you blazed and make your eyes bloodshot. Bloodshot eyes aren’t sexy, fam.
Now that we’ve exhausted you with technicalities, here are 10 strains that will help set the mood in just a few hits, with a focus on strains that smell and taste as good as the sex you’re about to have.