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Pro Tips: Cannabis and Your Workout

The stigma against “lazy stoners” is fading fast. Are you part of the movement?

Today’s consumers are increasingly being revealed as active, athletic folks who are focused on using the plant for its wellness applications. The challenge is to find the right product and dosage to enhance the workout, rather than get in the way.

Why Try It?

At first, using cannabis as part of a workout plan might seem counterintuitive. For years, we have been led to believe that THC causes impairment and is inherently unsafe to use.

We now know that it is relatively safe, and in many cases can offer users a complete enhancement of the overall food and exercise experience.

There are a few key points to consider before trying a workout with cannabis. First, you will want to decide why you are consuming, when you would like to consume it, and what kind of products you will be picking up for the occasion.

Before the Workout

Lots of people use cannabis as their favorite pre-workout. Many claim that it synergizes the mind and body to work together more effectively, and helps them achieve that elusive “runner’s high” that comes with physical activity.

Taking a low dose before a workout can help to melt away stress or anxiety you might have, while getting you “into your body” and ready to focus on the fine movements required for your workout.

Running, yoga, and lifting weights are all popular workouts to try after a vape or edible. Everyone’s tolerance is a little different, but we recommend starting with a dosage of 5 to 10mg THC to avoid any impairment of your motor skills.

Flower is the traditional method of consumption for most, but for a healthy edge without the cough, we lean toward the vape. One of our favorite formulas is Caliva’s Day Dream for the Gio. It provides a clean taste of pine and citrus, along with a boost of THC to get you perfectly in the zone.

Post-Workout

Cannabis can have even more amazing benefits for recovery when used after your workout, especially when it comes to CBD.

The known neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it perfect for athletes of all ability levels. It helps to keep your nervous system balanced, reduce swelling, and may even help to heal injuries faster. On the other hand, THC can help relax the muscles, relieve pain quickly, and also help you get that much-needed sleep after your most demanding activities.

Combining THC and CBD in a 1:1 ratio is your best bet for optimal rest and muscle recovery. We recommend our Caliva Lavender vape pod for the Gio. It’s rich in the relaxing terpene linalool, which gives off a smooth herbal lavender flavor, and also provides a balanced ratio of CBD to THC.

Topicals are also great for athletes to have around the house and in the gym bag. Topical creams and balms can provide targeted pain relief, while medicated epsom salt soaks provide full-body relaxation. We love Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm or Releaf 1:3 Body Soak for easing any post-workout aches and pains.

Ready to start your cannabis and fitness journey? Stop by our San Jose location and ask our friendly budtenders about their favorite wellness rituals - or, place an easy delivery order to get Caliva on demand.

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Which Caliva Pre-Roll is “The One” for You?

We know that not every cannabis consumer is the same. That’s why we love thinking up creative products for everyone’s diverse tastes!

Caliva’s premium flower goes into not one, but four different varieties of pre-rolled joints. Each of our pre rolls has something different to offer - but all of them are a guaranteed good time for you and all of your favorite people. Which pre roll was made for you? Read on to find out.

House Doobie

You are smart, sensible, and economical. You believe that a great smoke shouldn’t break the bank. The Caliva House Doobies are simple but powerful. These single joints come in your choice of indica, sativa and hybrid blends so you can achieve your current desired effect. Maybe you are a creature of habit who likes to stick to your favorite, or maybe you always like to have one of each on hand, for whenever the mood changes. Either way, the House Doobies will always be there for you to give you a taste of your favorite Caliva flavors!

DogWalkers

Life is a celebration, and you love having a smoke for every possible occasion. The DogWalkers are perfectly miniature smokes, ideal for a quick stroll with your best friend (furry or otherwise). Of course, they contain just the right amount of flower for a solo session as well, and are fully potent at 25 percent THC and above. Whether or not you are willing to share, a single pack of DogWalkers will provide four opportunities to get elevated, packaged in a discreet tin. We also produce a line of CBD DogWalkers for a chilled out, healing vibe.

Toasties

You are always prepared for anything, and that means never running out of pre rolls. Caliva Toasties come five to a pack, to last you all day or night. They are smooth and easy to smoke, rolled with lower-THC flower and filter tips to ensure a hassle-free smoking experience. Toasties contain half a gram of flower, come in their own sweet cardboard pack, and are the perfect low-dose pre roll with the potential to bring all levels of smokers together for a common cause.

Super Session

Out of your social circle, you are the most experienced with cannabis, and sharing the love is one of your favorite things to do! Our Super Session rolls are strong - packed full with only the finest top shelf Caliva indoor flower, hash and kief. This trifecta provides a unique bold flavor, as well as a profound psychoactive effect, testing at 30 percent THC or above. At a weight of .08 grams, these are big enough to satisfy your entire rotation. A Super Session is best suited for connoisseurs and individuals with a higher tolerance for cannabis.

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How to Banish Inflammation from the Body

Feeling inflamed and in pain? Perhaps that’s why you’ve turned to cannabis.

Above all else, inflammation is one of the leading causes of chronic health issues. Both body and mind can be affected, and if not addressed, the side effects can compound, causing joint pain and swelling, headaches, and, worst of all, mental stress or full-blown anxiety.

The traditional solution has been to pop an over-the-counter pill to feel “normal” again. However, we’d like to think that society is evolving, and learning that holistic and preventive solutions are just as good, if not better, at treating inflammation.

Use the following tips to stay one step ahead of your symptoms. 

Feed Your Soul

How intuitive are you when it comes to your diet? Knowing what foods will nourish you, and which will promote inflammation, is the first (and possibly toughest) lesson in overcoming chronic issues with your wellness. 

Some of your favorite foods and treats might actually be putting stress on your body. Avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup like the plague, and say no to processed meats and cheeses at your usual fast food joint. It’s worth adding that drinking alcohol in excess is one of the biggest causes of inflammation among young adults - so practice moderation if you enjoy a drink once in a while.

Aside from conscious food decisions, staying hydrated is a major factor in preventing inflammation. Water is essential to keeping the body lubricated, and you can really never sip too much in one day, especially if you’ve eaten or drank something you shouldn’t have.

Nobody is perfect, but making those steps to be healthier is easier when you have a goal of pain or stress relief!

Get Plenty of Sleep

Did you know that when you are sleep deprived, the negative side effects just keep piling on? 

One good night won’t fix it, either. Every time you pull a late nighter, it takes even more sleep than you missed in order to help your body “catch up.” Make it a habit, and your body and mind will flip into desperation mode - indefinitely.

Sleep is the only time that the systems of your body can quit firing on all cylinders. By keeping them awake, you put stress on everything you need to survive, which can contribute to inflammation deep inside your body that can be very difficult to heal.

Nighttime workouts are great for those who “never get tired.” Start tweaking your bedtime now to get the optimal number of hours, and if you have trouble staying asleep through the night, it can be helpful to try a noise machine to help you zone out and get the z’s you need. 

Consume Cannabis Consciously

Staying healthy, loose and symptom-free is something that cannabis can help with too. Our budtenders typically recommend supplementing your current favorites with CBD for a relaxing, anti-inflammatory effect. 

CBD can be an awesome regulator for the nervous system, but it’s no cure. Without focusing on the other tenets of a healthy lifestyle, you will not achieve your best results.

Of course, there is always room for experimentation with cannabis products, but that’s what makes it so fun! You can have a chilled-out CBD vape experience with our Caliva 3:1 Lavender Gio Pod, or try a routine that includes applying topicals to the skin (we like Papa & Barkley’s ReLeaf Balms & Patches).

No matter what products you choose, we are glad you’re here, and are thrilled to help you on the next step of your wellness journey.

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