This is a question that came up during conversation the other day and I got curious. Could smoking weed help with meditation? Let’s find out!
What is Meditation?
I figured I would go right back to the basics on this one and briefly tell you what meditation is. For those of you who already know, just skip over this paragraph. Meditation is a practice where people use techniques like mindfulness, awareness, and stillness to achieve mental clarity and emotional awareness. It has been around since 1500 BCE and is said to help on the path towards enlightenment and self-realization. People typically do this practice while sitting down or laying down.
Does Smoking Weed Help with Meditation?
Apparently those from South Asia think so, along with Shaivites, Naths, and Buddhists who all have introduced marijuana for meditation ceremonies. It has been said that it brings heightened awareness, slowing the mind and helping the person meditating to enter a state of “profound stillness”.
When we consume cannabis in whatever way we seem is most fitting, we go through a mental change in perspective towards our environment. This shift will allow someone to notice or be reminded of times they may have previously forgotten, leaving room for introspection.
Here are the top 3 reasons:
When the body has reached a deep state of relaxation it allows us to practice deep breathing. Allowing breathe to drop down to the lower parts of our abdomen activates our parasympathetic branch of the nervous system. This can help slow your heart rate, digestion, and promote calm feelings.
When we aren’t in sensory overload, it allows room for our mental awareness to calm forward. During meditation this heightened start of awareness allows people to drop into a deep meditative state. During this process, the right and left hemispheres of the brain have the ability to communicate more effectively.
Meditation improves Mental Health
Meditation helps you focus on the present moment. Allowing outside worries to no longer be the primary focus this helps improve your health by giving you a different outlook on life. The calming effects of cannabis help immensely for this *hint hint a nice strain of Indica will do the trick*.
Smoke & Meditate with Intention
When we are working with plant medicine *aka our dear friend mary-jane* many have said that smoking with an intention will help the plant medicine interact with your mind, body & soul in a certain way. An example of this is, you’re having a very hard time remembering a dream you had from the night before. So, you would smoke and right prior to smoking you would either verbally or non-verbally set the intention to find these answers during your session. Then you inhale the smoke, rest, and allow your consciousness to do the rest.
So, the next time that you feel called to take some time for yourself and you wanna give meditation a go, see if cannabis can help you. From someone who personally uses Mary-Jane often to help her with her meditation.. it works and it’s fun too.