Breakups are hard — some even so devastating that it makes getting out of bed difficult. And, while a pint of ice cream, sappy love songs and stalking your ex’s newsfeed, can all be part of the process of getting over your former beau — what about getting high? Does weed help a broken heart?
From getting a good night’s rest to calming your nerves, here’s how smoking a little herb just may be your secret weapon against the agony of a heart-wrenching break up.
Weed Helps Those Lonely Sleepless Nights
Ah, post-break up sleep. The time where every single memory of your ex races through your restless mind while you try your best not to think about the empty side of the bed glaring at you in the dark.
If you’re struggling with getting a good night’s rest after parting ways with your other half, you may want to consider getting your hands on an Indica-heavy strain. Cannabis has been shown to be a highly effective sleep aid, especially Indica and high-CBD strains that give users a deeper relaxation.
Marijuana Can Pull You Out of a Post-Breakup Funk
It’s common to fall into a funk after a break up — even depression. In fact, a study from Virginia Commonwealth University found that particularly rough break ups are even linked to a higher risk of major depression than other painful events, such as the death of a loved one.
While antidepressants may be the go-to remedy for some battling the blues, certain prescription meds have been linked with dangerous side effects such as sexual dysfunction, insomnia and even suicidal thoughts. Cannabis, on the other hand, may help ward off depression through the same effect on the serotonin system that many antidepressants target, say experts.
In a 2015 study from University of Buffalo which examined the effect of marijuana on depressive symptoms, lead author Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane explains “Using compounds derived from cannabis — marijuana — to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression.”
Cannabis Stimulates Post Breakup Appetite
Let’s face it, breakups can turn your stomach in to knots, which can obviously make eating unbearable at times. Luckily, if you’ve ever smoked weed, you know that it not only increases your appetite, but some say it can even make food taste much better.
Just be careful not to overindulge in the munchies, the last you want is to run in to your ex packing too much post-breakup weight.
Cannabis Can Ease Heartbreak Anxiety
We all know that smoking weed has long been the ultimate way to relax for many a stoner, but how effective is cannabis for getting over a break-up without feeling like you’re drowning in anxiety?
According to a 2017 study, regular pot smokers had less levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) than non-smokers, and a better response to stress resulting in less anxiety. So, when those stressful thoughts about your ex start to flood your mind, cannabis could be key in helping you relax.
Marijuana Can Lift Your Newly Single Mood
After a heart-wrenching break up, it’s easy to feel independent and confident one moment and lost and alone the next — which is why some smokers turn to sativa strains to stabilize their mood.
Aside from being an energy booster, sativa strains are also known to produce a more creative, awake and uplifting high, which may allow you to get through your post-break up days (or months) without feeling like the world is on your shoulders.
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