The Connection Between Cannabis and Meditation
The connection between cannabis and meditation is a rather perplexing one, just because there are so many different standpoints that should be properly understood in order to get a complete picture on this subject.
So to adequately investigate this correlation, we need to start slow, and explain for the unacquainted a little bit about meditation itself, before moving on to the meditation under the influence of marijuana and its main potential benefits and disadvantages.
The Basics of Meditation
Meditation can be explained as an ancient relaxation practice which can alleviate many frustrations and tribulations that this modern hectic life brings.
A wonderful aspect of meditating is that it doesn’t require practically anything, all you need is a peaceful place where you can sit and relax without any harsh sounds or visual distractions.
Many people also enjoy to stretch their body before meditating, to make the sitting session more comfortable, which I also suggest you should try.
The other necessities besides the quiet place you should be in include a comfortable cushion (or a chair that allows you to sit with a proper posture), some loose-fitting clothes, your phone turned on silent…and that’s pretty much all you’ll need.
Basic Rundown on Meditation Techniques
There are a few basic methods of meditation which you should try off at first, before moving on to more advanced techniques:
This kind of meditation entails the person focusing on one specific thing, which could be following your breath, counting the beads on a mala, repeating a word in your mind (a mantra), or closely watching a flame from a candle.
Keeping your mind centered is naturally a difficult task for beginners, but the point of this type of meditation is to get back on track as soon as your thoughts start running away, which gets much easier with time.
Mindfulness revolves around the meditator passively noticing the thoughts that arise without deliberately invoking them, and the point of this meditation is to not to get attached to one specific thought, but rather let them flow in an uninterrupted stream.
With this technique you can observe you your thought patterns moving in a distinct way, and training yourself not to blindly judge them as good or bad strengthens your inner peace and overall psychological balance.
Cultivation of Compassion
This type of meditation is frequently used by Buddhist monks, and the basic principle is to visualize a negative event from your past, and transform all the bad emotions that are connected to it, through the power of compassion.
Of course that are many other kinds of meditating, and I recommend reading this article for an in-depth view of all the types.
How Cannabis Fits Into Meditation Practices
There is a long lasting partnership between marijuana and meditation, but the history books don’t entail too much precise information, nor do we know exactly what they were smoking (cannabis was a LOT less potent in the past than it is nowadays), so we should probably focus more on the current state of affairs.
Acknowledging that cannabis has been used by humans for a couple of thousands of years ensures us that it’s been tried in the past, especially in Asia, where yoga and meditation have been around for an insanely long period of time.
To truly benefit from meditating under the influence, always choose an Indica strain that isn’t too potent, because unlike uplifting Sativa strains, these gentler Indicas will get you exactly where you need to be (relaxed and unhindered), as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
If you vape or smoke too much THC, you’ll be left with a mind that’s unable to focus at all, which is definitely a requirement for any type of meditation.
Consuming the right dosage of a medium-strong Indica strain will get you closer to that sought after state of stillness, while your awareness levels will remain intact, if not even elevated.
The best possible way to determine what is best suited for you is by trial and error, because cannabis truly influences everyone differently.
For certain individuals it will be even more difficult to focus while they’re high then without it, so if you see that this is happening, it’s probably best to leave your stoned time for after the meditation.
I can’t tell what type of person you are, so if you’re looking for a bulletproof way to determine this, smoke a bit of Indica while you’re already in your meditation posture, and all will be revealed soon.
Also, if you’re consuming cannabis for some time now, you’re probably already at least partially aware of how marijuana affects you, so it will be considerably easier to figure out if you should engage in meditation while high, or leave those inspiring green moments for some other activity.