There are so many varieties of cannabis strains, products, and methods of consumption that it can be challenging for new users to understand what works best for them. Going at it blindly week after week, month after month is not the best choice.
You may have had a strain last time that you loved. You felt great, energetic, and happy so you did what anyone else would do, you purchased it again. For some reason, the second time you didn’t have the same experience. Maybe it gave you anxiety, cottonmouth, or made you sleepy. Why is that?
Cannabis affects each of us differently and can vary from time to time depending on what foods or drinks we’ve consumed, how stressed out we are, and what we have to do that day. Keeping a strain tracker journal or cannabis journal can help you outline each experience, what strain you had, and how much you consumed. This will help you prepare for next time or figure out what actions you want to avoid in the future.
What is a Cannabis Journal?
A weed strain journal is like any other journal. It could be a notebook you bought from the dollar store or a leather-bound journal from a bookstore. The most important factor is that it’s something that is convenient and simple for you to write in.
You want to structure the information in your journal so it’s easy to flip through and revert back to a previous strain and find out how it impacted you.
Benefits of Keeping a Cannabis Journal
Now let’s take a look at the four main benefits of keeping a cannabis journal.
1. Track Likes and Dislikes
The most obvious benefit is being able to track your likes and dislikes in terms of strain, method of consumption, time of day, and quantity. If you’re not tracking the strains you’re consuming it’ll be so much harder to go back to them in the future and you’ll end up bouncing around. Of course, working with a budtender can help you find a previous strain if you describe it, but having it all written down makes things so much easier.
Beyond the strain itself, we can’t forget about the consumption method and quantity. It’s not always easy to measure cannabis if you’re smoking or vaping it. You need to track how many “hits” you took and how it made you feel. If you start to feel anxious, you know that next time you should try one less hit.
2. Figure Out Your Triggers
You can start to learn patterns that may be impacting how you feel after consuming cannabis. If you had three days in a row where you stopped for an iced coffee on the way home and once you smoked you started to feel anxious, maybe you could pinpoint the coffee as the cause of the anxiety. On the fourth day, don’t get the iced coffee and go straight home, maybe you won’t experience the same problem.
If you’re experiencing cottonmouth, pay attention to the snacks you’re eating while you smoke. Maybe go for something a bit less salty and dry, and be sure to drink more water.
3. You’ll Have Down to the Minute Details
Your cannabis journal shouldn’t feel like a chore, but you’ll want to keep accurate and updated details, especially if you’re new to the cannabis community. Track as many things as you can so you can talk about this with the guides at your dispensary. You can explain some of the feelings you had and how you’d like to avoid them. The better you can describe them, the better chance they’ll have of steering you in the right direction.
4. Prepare For Next Time
Last but not least, you’ll have everything you need to prepare for your next experience. If you’re tracking how you felt, when you felt it, and everything you did to provoke the feeling, you’ll be able to prepare next time you consume cannabis. Test out new things like consumption methods, snacks, drinks, locations, and times. If you find that you’re getting tired a lot when you smoke, consider doing it earlier in the day or the opposite. Start consuming late at night when you feel insomnia coming on and maybe it’ll help you sleep.
The one thing we need to realize about cannabis is that it impacts each person differently but most of the time it gives you what your body needs. If you’re getting tired from consuming cannabis, chances are you were just tired to begin with but your mind and body were racing so high that you didn’t know it.
Starting a cannabis journal is simple and all you need is a notebook and a writing utensil. If you’re diving into the great world of cannabis for the first time, keeping a journal will not only help you track your strains and how you enjoy them but it’ll help you pinpoint positive and negative actions that may be impacting your experience.