The following health tips can help weed smokers stay stoned and healthy.
Have you ever had irritated gums, been susceptible to colds, or felt run down for no clear reason? Smoking too much weed can have a negative effect on your health, both physically and mentally.
Of course, we all want to be in the best physical condition that we can while enjoying the cannabis lifestyle, so in this article we explore the health implications of smoking weed and what vitamins smokers need.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Marijuana depletes Vitamin C levels in your body. A deficiency of Vitamin C can result in the problems mentioned above, as well as reduce the rate at which you heal, cause headaches and joint pain, in addition to nausea and vomiting. Vitamin C deficiency can even cause you to lose your teeth and hair. Vitamin C deficiency is better known as scurvy. So, if you smoke weed every day, you’d better take a Vitamin C supplement.
Vitamins and Nutrition
It's fairly easy to correct vitamin deficiencies, as long as you know what you’re doing.
It might help to understand a little bit more about vitamins and nutrition. There are five basic categories that classify food: Vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and starches and sugars. Your diet should be balanced with all five. However, if you eat like most Americans, you probably don’t have a balanced diet (and unfortunately, people who get the munchies have some of the worst diets).
Vitamins can be separated into two kinds—water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins are basically harmless. These vitamins (Vitamin C and B vitamins) easily pass through your body, quickly eliminating what your body doesn’t use. Because these vitamins quickly pass through, they must be replaced every day. So, if smoking has depleted your Vitamin C level, you could have a Vitamin C deficiency.
Fat soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D and E), on the other hand, can be harmful if you take too many. Instead of being quickly eliminated, they can collect in some organs in your body. Some of these vitamins can even be toxic if they’re taken in certain proportions to each other.
Vitamin B Deficiency
B Vitamin deficiency is also a serious disease (typically caused by using hallucinogens like mushrooms). If you smoke cannabis often, you should take daily vitamin supplements to prevent Vitamin B deficiency. The ideal dosage is taking a pill once a day which should contain all the vitamins you need every day. It should keep your vitamin level above the point where smoking might cause it to become depleted. In addition, you should also take 500 mg of Vitamin C every day.
Daily Vitamins Plus a Balanced Diet
Vitamin supplements are wonderful but on their own they aren’t enough to maintain good health. Your body requires a healthy diet to function properly. Don’t substitute vitamins for meals. For one thing, vitamins won’t be properly absorbed into your body if your diet is unbalanced. Also, if your diet is unbalanced, you won’t be getting the five basic food categories that include minerals, proteins, fats, and starches and sugar.
If you’ve ever had the munchies, then you know starches and sugar well. Think baked goodies, candy, sodas, and pizza. Did you know that Americans consume 150 times as much sugar as just about any other nation with a traditional diet? The American diet consists of 30% to 50% starch!
Remember the old saying, “Diet is either directly or indirectly responsible for all human illnesses.” Starches contribute to tooth decay, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as obesity. Sugar gives immediate energy but it’s energy that our bodies don’t have to work for.
Eat Whole Foods, Not Junk Foods
Back to the munchies. Munchies are mainly starches and sugars without any natural fiber. Processed refined starches and sugars are easy to digest and pass through our digestive tract without our bodies doing any work. Natural fiber not only helps eliminate food, but also food additives and toxins from our colon. Without that internal cleansing, chemicals can simple collect there. The only sources of natural fiber are fresh fruit and vegetables, and unprocessed grain.
Staying healthy while enjoying cannabis is easier than you might think. Just make sure to eat the whole foods whenever possible (fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, milk, and eggs) and avoid junk foods that are high in starch and sugar.
And, if you're doing toking on the daily, don't forget to take your vitamins! You'll feel better, have much more energy, and look better if you take good care of yourself. Stay high and healthy!