One way cannabis may support conscious consumers in early detection (in addition to its anti-proliferative effects) is by combining consumption with a routine self-care practice of therapeutic breast massage and self-exams. Acting on the endocannabinoid system, cannabis effectively downregulates the nervous system, facilitating a sense of relaxation and relief from stress. This state of mind is ideal for entering into a practice of self-massage and, most importantly, self-breast exams, as cannabis can soften any latent resistance around self-touch due to fears of what may be detected in a self-exam.
Blending self-exams with cannabis, whether with CBD skincare, full spectrum topicals, or the euphoric effects of THC, can be conducive to expanding self-awareness by diminishing anxiety and simultaneously increasing kinesthetic perception. Often, the fears we subconsciously hold around what may be discovered through a breast exam, combined with the lack of understanding of how to properly perform an exam, can inevitably contribute to avoiding doing them altogether. Conscious cannabis consumption, paired with informed self-massage for breast and lymphatic health, can support you in integrating a healthful ritual of self-exam into your ongoing self-care practices.
In this time of immense, widespread touch deprivation and decreased interactions with medical care providers, cannabis can infuse this valuable self-care and breast cancer prevention practice with an attentive gentleness and even pleasure, while simultaneously helping you to build a baseline understanding of your unique breast tissue.
Try either the Check Your Self or Know Your Lemons apps, as these are both free resources you may download to your phone with step-by-step demonstrations of self-exams, along with monthly reminders in an amusing format. Combine this with your favorite high-quality Farmacy topical and you’ll be well on your way to conscious consumption for breast cancer prevention.