Most people who use marijuana for its recreational and/or medicinal properties consume it via the traditional ways – smoking, vaping, or eating it in the form of edibles. nowadays, it's also more common to consume marijuana through CBD oil for insomnia and other purposes. While marijuana tea is a lot less common, it's a much healthier alternative to smoking, and brings other unique benefits as we'll describe in this post.
What is Marijuana Tea?
Marijuana tea is made from the cannabis plant, and its key benefits are derived from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content in the plant. THC ideally binds to the pain receptors in the brain, which makes it a natural pain reliever, and offers other therapeutic benefits.
Plus, marijuana tea lets you enjoy your marijuana without the known risks associated with smoking it. It is therefore a perfect solution for patients who suffer from conditions that affect their throat, lungs, mouth, or have other respiratory problems. It can also enhance the effect of CBD Oil for sleep and other conditions.
Taking a quick look at the historical profile of marijuana tea, it's quite evident that this is far from an invention. A number of ancient cultures would consume brews infused with marijuana for the anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Marijuana tea was used as a treatment for all kinds of conditions, including epilepsy, and during childbirth to offer relief from headaches and nausea.
Benefits of Marijuana Tea
1. Pain relief
Marijuana is a known powerful analgesic and has been in use for centuries to treat painful conditions like muscle pains, arthritis, and other chronic illnesses. The active compounds in cannabis have been shown to bind to various receptors in the central nervous system where they can block pain effectively.
The good thing about how cannabis works to relieve pain is that it does so without the negative side effects associated with the conventional pain killer medications. For instance, marijuana is not as addictive as morphine, codeine, and oxycontin, and there's no any dose-related fatality ever recorded from using marijuana.
Medical experts are increasingly agreeing that cannabis is an effective and safe way to alleviate pain and manage painful conditions like migraines, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc. Cannabis infused tea is quite a great delivery method considering that when marijuana is absorbed through the digestive tract, it has much longer lasting and holistic effects.
2. Marijuana Tea has a Neuroprotective Effect
Previously, the Drug War hysteria tried to link the use of marijuana with brain damage and memory problems. However, the evidence is contrary. Recent studies have found out that marijuana seems to produce a neuroprotective effect. Precisely, THC appears to block or slow down the production of beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are widely thought to be the predecessors of Alzheimer's.
And while the research has, until now been performed on animals only, the preliminary results suggest that cannabis helped mice perform much better at certain memory tasks. Now, it's being speculated that cannabis might be helpful in opening new doors for the prevention of cognitive decline.
3. Promotes Digestive Health
When cannabis is smoked or vaped, the active compounds shoot straight into the bloodstream and the brain. This is why the effects are normally felt immediately, usually after one or two hits. However, the brain isn't the only organ that can be affected by cannabis. The endocannabinoid receptors are spread out all over the body, including the digestive tract.
Upon taking marijuana tea, the active compounds of marijuana can provide instant relief from many digestive problems, from constipation to diarrhea, to acid reflux. And just as different ancient cultures did when they needed relief for digestive troubles, you can use marijuana tea to reap these beneficial properties as well.
4. Helps with Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Anxiety and depression are caused by many factors. The persistent trigger of our "fight or flight" response, neuronal inflammation, or a neurotransmitters deficiency may impact mood. Fortunately, cannabinoids can help with these major factors that contribute to depression and anxiety.
Cannabis infused tea is great for people prone to increased anxiety. The tea makes for a less psychoactive and more mellow high in comparison to smoking cannabis. The relaxing effects of the tea will also last much longer.
5. Alleviates Sleep Disorders
Marijuana can serve as an effective sedative, based on the kind of marijuana you take, this probably explains the recent popularity of CBD oil for insomnia. The sleep-inducing effect is ideal for people suffering from continually disrupted sleep or insomnia. With a good cup of marijuana tea, you can go back to a restful, uninterrupted sleep and you will wake up feeling refreshed.
6. Eases the symptoms of Nausea
While nausea can be really uncomfortable, it's actually one of the natural defense mechanisms of our bodies. It helps the body fight toxic substances. However, if nausea becomes chronic, it can be problematic. For example, people undergoing chemotherapy experience nausea quite regularly.
Fortunately, THC has been shown to relieve nausea and stimulate appetite. Marijuana tea essentially helps you reap the anti-nausea effect of THC and is easy on your gut. As a bonus, marijuana tea may increase your appetite in the process.
Women have come a long way in redefining beauty to be more inclusive of different body types, skin colors and hair styles, but society's beauty standards still remain as high as we have always known them to be. In the workplace, professionalism is directly linked to the appearance of both men and women, but for women, the expectations and requirements needed to fit the part are far stricter. Unlike men, there exists a direct correlation between beauty and respect that women are forced to acknowledge, and in turn comply with, in order to succeed.
Before stepping foot into the workforce, women who choose to opt out of conventional beauty and grooming regiments are immediately at a disadvantage. A recent Forbes article analyzing the attractiveness bias at work cited a comprehensive academic review for its study on the benefits attractive adults receive in the labor market. A summary of the review stated, "'Physically attractive individuals are more likely to be interviewed for jobs and hired, they are more likely to advance rapidly in their careers through frequent promotions, and they earn higher wages than unattractive individuals.'" With attractiveness and success so tightly woven together, women often find themselves adhering to beauty standards they don't agree with in order to secure their careers.
Complying with modern beauty standards may be what gets your foot in the door in the corporate world, but once you're in, you are expected to maintain your appearance or risk being perceived as unprofessional. While it may not seem like a big deal, this double standard has become a hurdle for businesswomen who are forced to fit this mold in order to earn respect that men receive regardless of their grooming habits. Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is all too familiar with conforming to the beauty culture in order to command respect, and has fought throughout the course of her entrepreneurial journey to override this gender bias.
As an internationally-recognized women's advocate, Elting has made it her mission to help women succeed on their own, but she admits that little progress can be made until women reclaim their power and change the narrative surrounding beauty and success. In 2016, sociologists Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner conducted a study on the positive association between physical attractiveness and income. Their results concluded that "attractive individuals earn roughly 20 percent more than people of average attractiveness," not including controlling for grooming. The data also proves that grooming accounts entirely for the attractiveness premium for women as opposed to only half for men. With empirical proof that financial success in directly linked to women's' appearance, Elting's desire to have women regain control and put an end to beauty standards in the workplace is necessary now more than ever.
Although the concepts of beauty and attractiveness are subjective, the consensus as to what is deemed beautiful, for women, is heavily dependent upon how much effort she makes towards looking her best. According to Elting, men do not need to strive to maintain their appearance in order to earn respect like women do, because while we appreciate a sharp-dressed man in an Armani suit who exudes power and influence, that same man can show up to at a casual office in a t-shirt and jeans and still be perceived in the same light, whereas women will not. "Men don't have to demonstrate that they're allowed to be in public the way women do. It's a running joke; show up to work without makeup, and everyone asks if you're sick or have insomnia," says Elting. The pressure to look our best in order to be treated better has also seeped into other areas of women's lives in which we sometimes feel pressured to make ourselves up in situations where it isn't required such as running out to the supermarket.
So, how do women begin the process of overriding this bias? Based on personal experience, Elting believes that women must step up and be forceful. With sexism so rampant in workplace, respect for women is sometimes hard to come across and even harder to earn. "I was frequently assumed to be my co-founder's secretary or assistant instead of the person who owned the other half of the company. And even in business meetings where everyone knew that, I would still be asked to be the one to take notes or get coffee," she recalls. In effort to change this dynamic, Elting was left to claim her authority through self-assertion and powering over her peers when her contributions were being ignored. What she was then faced with was the alternate stereotype of the bitchy executive. She admits that teetering between the caregiver role or the bitch boss on a power trip is frustrating and offensive that these are the two options businesswomen are left with.
Despite the challenges that come with standing your ground, women need to reclaim their power for themselves and each other. "I decided early on that I wanted to focus on being respected rather than being liked. As a boss, as a CEO, and in my personal life, I stuck my feet in the ground, said what I wanted to say, and demanded what I needed – to hell with what people think," said Elting. In order for women to opt out of ridiculous beauty standards, we have to own all the negative responses that come with it and let it make us stronger– and we don't have to do it alone. For men who support our fight, much can be achieved by pushing back and policing themselves and each other when women are being disrespected. It isn't about chivalry, but respecting women's right to advocate for ourselves and take up space.
For Elting, her hope is to see makeup and grooming standards become an optional choice each individual makes rather than a rule imposed on us as a form of control. While she states she would never tell anyone to stop wearing makeup or dressing in a way that makes them feel confident, the slumping shoulders of a woman resigned to being belittled looks far worse than going without under-eye concealer. Her advice to women is, "If you want to navigate beauty culture as an entrepreneur, the best thing you can be is strong in the face of it. It's exactly the thing they don't want you to do. That means not being afraid to be a bossy, bitchy, abrasive, difficult woman – because that's what a leader is."