Wellness is a state of being; the act of participating in the health of one’s mind, body, and spirit. To be healthy and experience wellness we must take a proactive approach towards a balanced lifestyle and strive towards goals to better ourselves. We can do this intentionally through physical exercise, self-care, diet, social connections, and through herbs and plant medicine like cannabis.
CANNABIS IS ESSENTIAL MEDICINE
Mission Cannabis Club is proud to be a part of the cannabis legalization movement spreading throughout the country and the world. After decades of fighting to be recognized as medicine, we could not agree more with San Francisco government officials who, just this week, announced that cannabis IS essential medicine for San Franciscans. This is a huge win for the movement; we are one step closer towards helping people around the world gain safe access to this ancient plant medicine.
The San Francisco Department of Health stated earlier this week:
“Cannabis is an essential medicine for many San Francisco residents. Dispensaries can continue to operate as essential businesses during this time, while practicing social distancing and other public health recommendations.”
In times when the world feels like it’s crumbling around us, it is more important than ever to use all of the tools available to support our mental and physical health. Cannabis is one of nature’s most diverse and powerful tools, and we are thrilled to be able to provide it to our local community. So why did our local government decide that in this time of isolation, cannabis businesses should remain open?
CANNABIS FOR STRESS RELIEF
MCC serves hundreds of patients per day. In a recent survey of over 250 customers, when asked why they use cannabis, the number one answer chosen by 82% of respondents was relaxation.
This is quite incredible considering that high stress is related to serious physical and mental illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, digestive issues, headaches, and the list goes on. When faced with environmental stressors, which in this day and age are all around us, the body’s natural response is to produce the stress hormone cortisol which may cause or contribute to these health problems. The release of cortisol is a signal to the body that it is in danger, which causes other important bodily systems to crash, leading to sickness and disease.
It would be great if we weren’t constantly living in fight or flight mode but unfortunately, and especially with the current “shelter in place”, we are surrounded by fear which can be overwhelming to manage on our own.
We encourage taking a holistic approach to wellness: eating healthy, exercising, and expressing emotions to loved ones and/or health professionals. Cannabis is an essential medicine with properties that can decrease stress and increase relaxation. It can inspire euphoria in the mind leading to creative, uplifting thoughts, while also reducing inflammation and tightness in joints and muscles. This combination allows many users to feel physically relieved and mentally freed. You can think of cannabis as a rake, cleansing the mind of clutter and debris, leaving intuitive thoughts and ideas intact and it can do the same with physical tension in the body.
The next three responses in our survey were tied at 57%. These users reported using cannabis for mental health issues, pain relief, and sleep, while the next most common response was using it for creativity and productivity. We think all of these are connected to overall wellbeing and are valid reasons for cannabis to be deemed essential medicine.
At our recent CannaTalks event in the MCC lounge, attendees shared their own personal stories about why they love this plant medicine. Multiple individuals shared that it serves as a reliable ally in a turbulent world, and we completely agree.
Why do you use cannabis? We’d love to hear your reasons and stories at [email protected]
*We’d like to note that not all cannabis experiences are created equal, and some people have noted an increase in stress and anxiety when consuming. We recommend starting with a low dose (< 3mg for edibles, one or two hits when smoking or vaping) and working your way up, as increased dosage has been linked to anxiety responses. Chat with our Budtenders about the different strains and products to find the right one for you.
CANNABIS ESSENTIAL FOR SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS
About 15% of users in our survey reported using cannabis for a serious ailment such as cancer, and we know they are not alone. We see patients regularly treating either the disease itself or side effects of tumors, endometriosis, epilepsy, insomnia, just to name a few. These patients rely on cannabis to not only ease anxiety, but to provide physical relief from chronic conditions that would otherwise wreak havoc on their minds and bodies. Early research has even shown cannabis to be effective in fighting cancerous tumors in laboratory experiments, and we in the cannabis community are hopeful that cannabis will eventually be accepted as a mainstream treatment! This is not just a fun recreational drug; cannabis is an essential, life saving medicine. We are proud to live in a city and state that agrees that all citizens should have safe access to high quality cannabis medicine.
SAFE MEDICINE AT MISSION CANNABIS CLUB
Suffering or not, everyone deserves access to safe medicine to aid in their healing and wellbeing, whatever the degree of their ailment. In a time when our future is uncertain and stressors are high, we at MCC think it’s a great time to be high too.
We are currently operating with special hours from 11am-7pm for pickup orders, and we are proud to announce that we are officially offering delivery to the Bay Area!
Delivery is free in San Francisco proper with a minimum order of $50 pre-tax, and minimum order of $250 pre-tax to surrounding regions (north to Sausalito, East to Oakland, South to Redwood City), with a 10am-6pm delivery window.
ONLINE PICKUP ORDERS
To visit MCC, you must have an order placed and ready for pick-up prior to entry. This is extremely important as this allows for this process to be as efficient and safe as possible for our customers and our staff.
Do not visit if you are ill, please opt for delivery instead!
Social distancing at our store is mandatory.
Only our Cannabis Associates will handle displays and products.