The Benefits of Meditating with Cannabis
Combining meditation with cannabis is a centuries-old practice.
From reducing your stress levels to helping you live longer, the list of benefits experienced by adding a daily dose of meditation to your day are widely acknowledged, if not practiced. But what about combining meditation with your favorite smoking ritual?
Enhancing Your Meditation Practice with Cannabis
Did you know that stress has been considered a ‘major health problem’ in America since 2007? From work, money, and housing to the future of the nation, more than half of the country’s adults are stressed. Moreover, that stress is also taking its toll on people’s well-being by contributing to health problems, straining relationships, and even reducing productivity at work.
Regardless of what your stressors are, living in a state of perpetual mental or physical stress causes our bodies to increase production of a hormone called cortisol. Best known for helping fuel our ‘fight-or-flight’ response during a crisis, cortisol plays an important role in everything from metabolism to our sleep cycles. However, if your body is in a constant state of stress or anxiety, too much cortisol can lead to a number of health issues, including:
- Weight issues
- Digestive issues
- Problems remembering things and concentrating
- Heart disease
How People Are Coping with Stress
While more than half of Americans get physical to cope with stress, the use of meditation has been increasing since 2008. In addition to helping people cope with stress, meditation has also been found to decrease stress levels and even improve symptoms of stress-related medical conditions, like IBS, PTSD, and more.
Self-care is also one of the critical components driving cannabis use and legalization. From helping people combat the symptoms of chronic medical conditions, like epilepsy, to providing relief from sleeplessness, nausea, and more, cannabis helps people in a number of ways.
While getting baked before meditating may seem strange to some, cannabis and meditation have a history that goes back thousands of years. In fact, cannabis has been a component of spiritual practice by religious groups for millennia, including practitioners of Hinduism, Sufism, Taoism, and even sects of Tibetan Buddhism, among others.
Myx Up Your Meditation Practice with Cannabis
The use of cannabis during meditation allows the consumer to access an elevated and more open state of mind. For example, if you’re someone who copes with negative thoughts or anxiety, these states of mind can induce stress and all of the negative consequences that come with living in a fear state. By replacing your negative thoughts or coping with stress through mindfulness and finding peace through meditation, you may be able to lower your stress levels and even improve your health.
As many lovers of cannabis know, cannabinoid receptors are present in very high levels in the regions of the brain that mediate thoughts, behaviors, and mood. When we consume cannabis, cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and even CBN interact with these receptors and producing euphoric, relaxing, and enervating effects. No matter your tolerance and consumption preference, it’s important to find a strain or product with the right potency and terpene profile for you. For example, consuming high THC flower can sometimes cause anxiety or hyper
stimulation, especially when combined with specific terpene profiles.
In addition to finding the right cannabinoid and terpene profiles for your practice, it’s also important to figure out what form of meditation works best for you. For example, some meditation practices focus on breath and body mindfulness while others, like gazing meditation, invite you to find clarity and focus through using your senses.
How to Consume Cannabis Before Meditating
Once you’ve decided on your product and your form of meditation, the next step is determining how you’re going to get elevated before you find your ‘Zen’.
Find Your Flow with Flower
Smoking your favorite strain just before you begin is a simple and classic way to infuse your meditation practice without the risk of getting too high too fast. While a freshly rolled joint or blunt may seem appealing, a simple glass pipe is a practical--and portable--way to consume cannabis before meditating. Simply pack your preferred flower strain into your favorite pipe or one-hitter and take a hit or two, focusing on a calm, smooth exhale. Once you start to feel the effects of the cannabis. Set the pipe aside and begin your meditation exercise. Remember, the
goal of using cannabis for meditation isn’t simply to ‘get high,’ it’s to access an elevated and more conscious state of being. If you’re in a state where recreational cannabis consumption is legal, you may also want to consider taking your practice outside and letting nature be a part of the experience.
Dab Your Stress Away with Meditation
While high-THC products like cannabis concentrates or vape oils aren’t typically recommended for use during meditation, innovation in the marijuana industry has given the curious consumer more options than ever. In addition to terpene-rich concentrates, CBD dabs and isolates have also begun to appear in store and dispensary shelves. In addition to mediating some of the anxiety-inducing effects of THC, CBD is also known for its potent mood lifting effects, making it the ideal addition to any cannabis-infused meditation practice. Fortunately, dabbing with CBD is just like dabbing other concentrates; you just need the right concentrate oil rig or pipe.
Take a Cannabis Tea Break Instead
Other than smoking cannabis, one of the oldest ways to consume cannabis, is by brewing it into a tea. Cannabis tea is not only a great way to get some use out of your old stems, it’s also a method of consumption that will produce gentler psychoactive effects, which are particularly desirable for entering a meditative state of mind. It’s also more discreet and easier on your body than smoking or dabbing.
Myxed Up Marijuana Tip: If you’re conducting your meditation in a public space, like a park, you may want to consider looking for a private location or discreet consumption options like vaporizer pens or edibles instead.
Marijuana Makes Everything Better, Including Meditation
From boosting your mood to helping you center and connect with what truly satisfies you in life, meditation is just of the many activities that cannabis can myx up to bring you less stress, more joy, and better days.