When I was following a calorie-restricted diet, the best and easiest way to stay on target (and within caloric-budget) was to track and write down everything I ate. It worked even better if I added environmental information, like where I was, how I felt and who I was with. Mind you, this year, I’m jumping on the whole no-diet bandwagon, but that’s a topic for another blog post.
Intuitive eating aside, writing what I ate taught me an important lesson.
The act of monitoring and observation helped me stay true to myself and realize what I was really doing.
This is why tracking cannabis consumption is a great tool to prevent over-indulging in the long term – and increasing your tolerance.
What you should track
Here are a few items you can track. Most recommendations are by the Americans For Safe Access but we’ve made additional suggestions given the legal state of cannabis in Canada and the information we have on hand when making a purchase.
- Date and Time
- Amount: use a consistent method
- Method of consumption
- Strain name
- Breed (if you have it) and Licensed Producer
- Type (Indica, Sativa, Hybrid)
- % of THC
- % of CBD
- Timing: how long did the effects take to kick in? How long did they last?
- What prompted your cannabis use?
- How did you feel (mindset)?
- Where were you (location)?
- Who were you with?
- What were you doing?
Where to track
Personally, I don’t track everything about my cannabis consumption. I do track frequency and time of day. Since I’m fairly minimalist with what I track, I keep my log in my bullet journal – I use my journal to plan my day, so I just draw a little icon for every “x” amount I consume.
That being said, we did prepare an online spreadsheet you can use that contains all the points listed above: either download the file to your computer or make a copy to save onto your Google Drive. Then, make the spreadsheet yours! Delete the columns that don’t work for you, or add new ones.
Journaling is personal. What’s important isn’t the system you use: it’s to make sure that you use it consistently. If you notice a trend in increased consumption, you should consider lowering your tolerance by taking a break, changing the strains you consume or alternating your method of consumption.
What about you?
Do you track your cannabis consumption? Has that helped, hindered or have you seen no effect? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.