Win or lose, a lot of fighters get out of the ring feeling tired, overwhelmed, anxious, charged up, or maybe even deflated and feeling defeated. But natural and calming herbs, like kratom and cannabis, may be able to help you relax and get back to your normal self. That being said, no one wants to spend their day agonizing over different strains, aches, and overwhelming feelings. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you find some of the most calming kratom and cannabis strains!
Kratom originates from Southeast Asia and comes from the Mitragyna speciosa plant, which is in the same family of plants as coffee. There are many different components in kratom, but the most important are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HMG). These two alkaloids are believed to encourage a sense of calm and relaxation.
There are three different main kratom varieties, with slight variations in coloring and effects. Red vein kratom is the most mature when it is harvested, and because of this, it’s believed to be the most relaxing kratom variety (and the best for sleep). White vein kratom, on the other hand, is the least mature and has the most energizing and uplifting aroma, a perfect pick-me-up if you’re down after a fight. Green vein kratom is situated between the two, however, with an aroma that’s both energizing and calming. Knowing the differences between the three varieties is important when choosing your kratom, especially after a big fight.
So, you’ve had your fight. Your body is sore, muscles tight and achy, and even your brain might still feel like it’s running a mile a minute. Kratom might be able to help you find your calm. If you’re new to kratom, you could try a variety pack to figure out which strains work best for you, but if you’re searching for the top kratom strains for relaxation, we’ve got you covered:
Originally cultivated in its native Thailand, this kratom strain is now commonly sourced from Indonesia and is one of the most popular and common kratom varieties available today. Known for its relaxing aroma, it matures in a moist, warm tropical environment. If you’re new to kratom, this might be the perfect starting-off point for you.
Maybe you’re a bit more accustomed to kratom, or are looking for a version that offers a more potent, high-end product for relaxation. Maeng Da Indo, which maintains consistent popularity among enthusiasts of the ethnobotanical, is synonymous with quality kratom. Carefully selected from the lush growing conditions of Indonesian kratom farms, Maeng Da Indo is always a good choice for those customers interested in organic, sustainably sourced, and a legendarily popular form of kratom in their search for calm and relief.
Maybe you’ve already tried out kratom in the past, or you and your buddies have experience with versions of kratom as a way to chill out after your time in the ring. Premium, Ultra Enhanced Indo Kratom is meant for experienced users. Though every supplier’s blend is different, these products are typically crafted to increase the potency and duration of the plant’s tranquil aroma. If you’re tried kratom once or twice in the past, or always thought the experience could be just a little bit better, we’d recommend giving this strain a try.
Cannabis Strains for Relaxation
Even if you haven’t heard of kratom, odds are you’re pretty familiar with cannabis. This plant is well-known for the high it produces, but as its non-intoxicating compound, CBD, has gained in popularity, users have been embracing the relaxing properties of this plant to the fullest.
If you’re looking beyond CBD, however, and want to use cannabis to relax after a big fight, you might want to avoid uplifting, energizing sativa strains and opt for an indica instead. Cannabis indica is known for producing a “body high” in users, leaving them relaxed, sleepy, and at ease. If your adrenaline is high and you’re feeling on-edge, an indica strain may be what you need to find your inner peace. The best part? There are plenty of strains out there to try. Here are some of our favorites for those post-fight jitters:
This indica-dominant hybrid is well-loved for the intense effect it has on the body. Users report that Pink Kush leaves them feeling sleepy, happy, and most importantly — relaxed. Plus, it’s a pretty popular strain that comes in a wide range of forms, from THC oils to vapes to pre-rolls, so you’re sure to find something that works for you.
Blueberry, also known as Berry Blue, is a classic indica strain that was created in the late 1970s. Its sweet, blueberry flavor and aroma are enticing, but its relaxing effects are what keep users coming back for more. This strain leaves you feeling sleepy and euphoric, which is just what you need when you’re trying to wind down and drift off after fighting it out in the ring.
Black Cherry OG is a powerful strain that combines Ken’s OG with an unknown Granddaddy Purple hybrid. Featuring calming terpenes like caryophyllene, this strain brings on the calm with relaxing, euphoric effects. Whether you’re about to head off to bed or just need to find your chill, this is the perfect strain for new and experienced users alike.
Like it or not, post-fight recovery is just as important as pre-fight preparations, and we need to be taking care of our bodies every time we step foot in or out of the ring. No matter which strain you choose, kratom and cannabis are just some of the many ways you can find your calm after the adrenaline rush of a fight. Do you have a method that helps you? Share it in the comments below!
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.
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