Although marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures for centuries, it still is a controversy in today’s world. It is still illegal in many countries both for recreational and medicinal use. The recent legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada and parts of the U.S. demonstrate a more relaxed view of the topic. However, this was not always so.
In fact, America used to exert great pressure around the world in an effort to stop the production and consumption of marijuana in any form. In 1985, India in particular had to give in to political pressure and ban the use of marijuana. However, the Hindu culture—and particularly those who worship the Lord Shiva—revere marijuana as a sacred plant. Ayurveda, an ancient medical system, developed in India, uses marijuana to cure certain physical and mental ailments.
At last, our present day world of science has confirmed medicinal properties do exist. Marijuana has been shown to treat psychological illnesses such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy, etc. The CBD (Cannabidiol) compounds of marijuana are said to alleviate pain and have positive effects on meta-cognitive skills, mental health, and promote relaxation. These positive benefits and others have led to a greater acceptance to the medicinal use of marijuana in countries around the world.
Excessive use of anything is not healthy for the human body. Marijuana is no different. Excessive use of marijuana can be debilitating. Research has shown that overuse may result in less motivation, respiratory disease, and non-supportive mental health problems.
Understanding THC and CBD
There are many different strains of marijuana, categorized as Sativa, Indica or Hybrid (a combination of the two). Each strain will have a different effect on your experience. It is important to experiment with small amounts of different strains in order to get a feel for how each strain reacts with you as an individual. Adjust your dose accordingly to suit what feels supportive to you.
Science has revealed an endocannabinoid system within our bodies. Although not much is known about this system, it is stimulated via cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body. Marijuana is comprised of over 100 types of cannabinoids, with each strain containing different ratios and strengths. The most studied of the cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
Marijuana for Stress Relief and Relaxation
One of the common complaints today is high stress levels. Stress comes from the high expectations you place on yourself. Examples of these expectations are acted out in various subconscious means. Some examples are; busy schedules, keeping up with social media, and family responsibilities. A personal inability to manage various challenges in life is a main factor in high stress.
Marijuana could help to relieve stress and provide relaxation when used correctly. It decreases blood pressure and inflammation, and acts as a muscle relaxant to treat chronic pain and gastrointestinal issues. However, strains with higher levels of THC should be avoided because they can increase or trigger anxiety for some people.
Marijuana and Meditation
The use of marijuana along with meditation is gaining in popularity. Studios are popping up in major cities where marijuana has been legalized. If this is something you wish to try, pick a place that resonates with you.
According to experts, when we meditate, practice yoga, or exercise, we naturally stimulate our endocannabinoid systems. This system of receptors impacts the body and the brain by way of feeling and behaviour. Marijuana and meditation are a powerful combination. The balancing of these receptors through marijuana and meditation can create a sensation of bliss. But we must always remember, this sensation is not true bliss. A sensation comes from the senses. It is a response to something from the outside, in this case marijuana. True bliss comes from within. It simply happens and does not require outside stimulation.
Marijuana with guided meditation can give clarity on memories that we try to avoid but still plague us. It helps to connect internal experiences that were otherwise fragmented. The awareness one can achieve can result in a shift in perception. Through guided meditation one can move through emotional blockages. Eventually as you becomes more acute and aware of your mental state you can do self-guided meditation. The amazing thing is when you have clarity of mind the urge or need to use marijuana leaves on its own accord. Like an old friend it drifts away naturally.
However, we must be cautious, because marijuana together with mediation can give rise to imagination disease. One can be swayed in all sorts of fantasies that appear real.
Get Healing with Marijuana and Meditation
When adding marijuana to your meditation practice, understand that no two experiences will yield the same reaction. Every experience will differ. I remember falling to my knees sobbing as I embraced my own mental health challenges. This is not for everyone to do, guided meditation is recommend first.
Consult your healthcare practitioner to ensure your current medications are not adversely affected by marijuana.
Seek advice about marijuana with meditation if you are interested in experiencing this journey. An experienced guide can help you through the process. They can help you establish ground rules, proper dosages and guidance for the duration of the process.
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