Why Cannabis & Cold Therapy Don't Mix
Now, let me start by saying that I am not a doctor. What I am about to share comes from my personal experience alone. However, there is not much for research in the way of combining cannabis and cold therapy. It is my intention that this will help others in their pursuits.
I went to my local community center and did a sauna/cold plunge sesh having consumed no cannabis. I went into a dry sauna for as long as I could handle, which can be anywhere from 5-10 minutes. You really have to use your intuition and body awareness to know what is comfortable for you on any given day. Then I went into a cold pool for 45 seconds. That first dip currently sends a rush of energy throughout my whole body, including a rush of blood to the head. Why did Coldplay just come into my head there? I do this two more times, increasing the length of time I spend in the cold pool each time.
I went a week later and followed the same sauna/cold pool ritual above, only this time I smoked a Jean Guy pre-roll about 10 minutes prior. As I was in the cold pool, I felt an extreme rush of energy through out my entire body, including my head. It is when I went to relax in the sauna that I became aware of how heightened my high had become, it was almost too intense. However, I closed my eyes and did my yogic breathing and was able to calm my nervous system down. However, I would not recommend that a beginner or even novice consumer attempt to do this, or anyone who has high anxiety or are prone to panic attacks. It could easily trigger an attack.
Cold therapy in and on its own is amazing feeling. You did not need any additional elevation to what is already a unique, natural high. The cannabis high and the cold plunge high are very different, yet equally pleasurable. I would encourage you to do cold therapy on its own.
Let me just say that I have been late to get on the cold therapy train. All I can say so far is that I am discovering the benefits more and more each time and my body actually starts to crave a cold plunge if that makes any sense to anyone. I am a person who loves the heat. I taught yoga in a hot room for over a decade. I just can't get enough of the sun or the heat. I had an extremely difficult time even with a short, cold shower at one point. Now I have myself doing 3 minutes in the cold pool. I never thought that was possible before. So anything truly is possible.
In my personal experience, it best to keep cannabis and cold therapy separate. If anything, a CBD gummy or tea an hour or so after a session. A relaxing Indica, like Tom Ford Pink Kush is amazing to meditate on, then go to sleep.
I share this information to help you be safe if you are consuming cannabis and taking part in cold therapy. The elevation I experienced was intense and I am a regular consumer. Combining cannabis and meditation, and gentle yoga, hell yah. I will get into some other activities where cannabis does and does not mix in future posts. Sign up to the newsletter if you don't want to miss out. 😉
Until next time,
This article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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