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We live in hectic and troubled times. While it’s true that technology and science has made our lives easier and more convenient, allowing creature comforts and other luxuries to be made available to us with a single click of a mouse button or a tap of a smartphone screen, it’s still a common occurrence to feel overwhelmed with our everyday concerns. This feeling of helplessness often manifests as stress, which can easily result in mental and physical conditions that can severely affect us for the rest of our lives.
Thankfully, we have ways to deal with stress. Exercise, specifically vigorous and sweaty physical exercise, is one of them. Indulging in personal hobbies is yet another. However, there is one very effective stress-busting method that, unfortunately, has been overlooked because of our fast-paced, instant gratification-focused lifestyles. This one costs absolutely nothing to partake in and doesn’t need any special equipment, gadgetry, or even medication to perform. All you need is yourself, some time, and a quiet place where you can be alone.
This method is none other than meditation, or more specifically the act of quietly looking inward; spending time in one’s own thoughts while in a place of relative peace and solitude. It’s a method many health experts and practitioners agree upon as one that demonstrably reduces stress and improve overall health, especially when done with regular frequency.
It’s also the only method that, when combined with the reasonable consumption of cannabis or high quality cannabis oil, becomes dramatically more potent in its healing and restorative effects on the human mind and body.
In this article, we’ll be talking about cannabis, meditation, and how to effectively combine the two for your mental and physical well-being.
It’s easy enough to dismiss meditation as something of a relic from the flower child/hippie generation, or a new age fad for bored and aging housewives. However, its therapeutic effects are in fact very real, and can easily be seen and experienced when we divorce meditation from the false image that we see it being depicted in popular media.
Meditation, simply put, is the act of being “mindful”. It’s taking the time to silently draw our thoughts inward, giving our complete attention to the present, rather than being distracted by memories of the past or worries of the future. This allows us to focus on the here and now, and allows our bodies and minds to get a reprieve from the constant barrage of stress in our day-to-day lives. It is akin to hitting the ‘pause’ button in a hectic video game, or calling “time out” at a critical point in a competitive sport, except this time it’s for the incessant chatter in our heads. Meditation simply focuses on just us, the present, and peaceful, relaxed silence.
When done properly and regularly, meditation confers significant health benefits to the practitioner. It relaxes the body and lowers blood pressure, the latter of which is a huge factor in overall health and mortality. It boosts your immune system, making you feel better while also helping you recover from sicknesses and ailments faster. It also slows down your heart rate and increases how much oxygen you’re absorbing with every breath—allowing you to focus and concentrate better while giving you a vital, energy boost.
The benefits of meditation go beyond simple physical boons, however. By regularly meditating and being mindful, practitioners develop mental skills to help them better deal with the ups and downs of life. For example, meditation helps an individual develop the the ability to accept unpleasant thoughts and emotional states as they are; to own them rather than deny them. This minimizes the anxiety generated by denying those thoughts and emotions, allowing the individual to identify their source and thus address them with a clear mind.
Another mental skill that develops with meditation is the ability to expand their awareness beyond their daily concerns and stresses. With meditation, we learn how to more deeply appreciate what’s happening around us and what we’re experiencing at the moment. For those of us who seem unable to tear themselves away from their phones during family gatherings or find themselves stressed and worried about tomorrow’s work while enjoying the company of loved ones or friends, it’s a skill we sorely need to relearn, after forgetting it due to our busy lives and occupations.
All this and more, just by learning how to stop and be in the present, rather than trying to be everywhere all at once.
At this point, you may be wondering about what makes meditation different than simply taking a smoke break at work, indulging in your favorite hobby, or even just taking a nap. Why meditate when we can just do any of those things? Besides being easier and more entertaining to do, we also won’t feel like we’re just wasting time doing them.
The answer to that is simple: those activities simply doesn’t allow you the luxury of the mental silence that you need to recover. When you smoke, you are relying on a foreign and addictive substance that’s also known to cause irreparable harm to your body. When you indulge in your favorite hobby, you’re merely replacing your source of stress with another that you’re much more inclined towards. Taking a nap is closer to meditation, but it’s less of being present and more of completely taking yourself out of the equation temporarily. You may feel refreshed afterwards, but as your mind was unconscious during your nap, it didn’t have the chance to completely rest and address the stress plaguing it. Only meditation can clearly address that stress by giving it that moment to relax and unwind.
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We know all about the effects of consuming cannabis. With reasonable and specific doses, the consumption of cannabis helps people relax and concentrate their thoughts inward, no matter how stressed or anxious they are. This calming effect, while obviously beneficial to those who suffer constantly from panic attacks or anxiety-related syndromes, becomes even more valuable when placed in the context of meditation.
Meditation may require little to no special equipment and resources to perform for the huge benefits it gives, but no one can say that it’s actually easy to do. It’s not unusual for first timers or newbies to the art to simply give up after the first session, either because they find it difficult to concentrate their thoughts and avoid mental distractions, or they find themselves unable to keep still for such a long period of time.
This is where cannabis can easily help. By taking cannabis or marijuana oil before attempting meditation, either through the usual method of inhaling its vapor, smoke, or through ingestion via edibles, meditation practitioners will find it much easier to focus their own thoughts and concentrate on the present.
The calming effect of the herb will allow them to efficiently silence their inner chatter, to detach themselves from their constantly-niggling worries, and to simply take in what is currently happening to them at the moment. As such, they are able to reach the relaxed and sedated state that true meditation requires more easily.
Cannabis’ assistive effects towards meditation doesn’t stop there, however. Another major benefit of cannabis consumption is the relief from pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to calm specific points in the nervous system. As meditation requires absolute stillness from its practitioners, this allows those trying to get into the contemplative art to have an easier time sitting in one place for extended durations, with the aches and pains that usually come with doing so sufficiently dampened or otherwise minimized. Other issues such as joint and muscle pain, which can also distract from inner silence, are also addressed.
Now that we know why cannabis and meditation work so well together and should be experienced by enthusiasts of either fields, let’s get into how to actually do it.
First, we need to consider the type of cannabis we have available at the moment. If, for example, you plan taking cannabis through tongue drops, cannabis edibles, or capsules, then it can take up to one hour for the dose to actually start working. If the cannabis is taken through inhalation, whether through smoking it or vaping it, then it will work almost immediately.
Taking this into consideration is important, as we want to start the meditation process at the same time that the effects of cannabis begins to kick in. If we start meditating too soon after taking an oral dose, then we’ll be spending that one hour miserably failing at it. By the time the calming effect of cannabis finally does come to the fore, we may already have given up on meditating and have tried something else. That’s just a waste of effort, time, and cannabis!
Now, assuming that we’ve already taken our dose of cannabis and are feeling its calming effects wash over us, we can get into the meditation position. In this step, you can position yourself however you wish, so long as it’s a sitting position. You can sit on the floor, cross-legged or stretching out your legs in front of you, or even on a chair. As long as it helps you stay awake while also in a rested state, it’ll work for meditation.
From here, we get to the most challenging part of meditation: bringing our thoughts inward and into yourself. One great tip that can help novices here is to concentrate on your breathing. Think of nothing else but the very act of slowly breathing in and out. Focus on how it feels to draw your breath into your body, through your nose and lips, how the air fills your lungs. Listen to your breathing as closely as you feel it.
At this point, you may find yourself unable to stop from thinking about random things, or stuff that’s been bothering you even before this meditation session. You’re noticing how restless your mind is, even when you’re trying not to think of anything else. Don’t panic—this is completely normal and expected.
Instead, let these thoughts rise up in your mind, and then let them go. Allow them to come up, but don’t keep hold of them. Continue to focus on your breathing while also embracing the effects of the cannabis. If at any point you find yourself too distracted to continue, you can reset and try the most simple and yet widely known mantra to accompany your meditation: humming the word “om”. This will allow you to focus on a clear activity besides breathing, and help you let go of those distracting thoughts faster.
Practice this enough times while keeping your cannabis dosage reasonable and consistent, and you’re sure to get the most out of meditation in no time flat.
Consume Cannabis As Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle
Any breed or strain of cannabis can help massively with meditation. However, there are some strains that are more fitting for the role. Some of our choice recommendations include the following:
Meditation offers a wealth of potent and curative health benefits to those who practice it regularly and faithfully. However, it can’t be denied that it can be difficult to get into the art itself, especially for most of us who have been trained by our modern lifestyles to always be on edge, to always be seeking stimulation. Thankfully, through the supplementation of meditation with cannabis, even the most excitable and nerve-wracked of us can find that inner peace within ourselves and once more take control of our physical and mental health.
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