Cannabis and meditation have been linked together for centuries. In India and Tibet, cannabis has long been used as a sacred plant and a spiritual aid to help people meditate. In the 19th century, westerners also began mixing their marijuana with tea or smoking it in pipes to help them relax before practicing yoga or other holistic activities like massage therapy.
Relax and deepen your meditation
Relaxation is a key component of meditation, as it helps you to focus your attention and reduce stress. Cannabis can help you relax in two ways: by reducing tension in your body and mind, and by stimulating the production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers).
Cannabis also has the ability to reduce anxiety, which is another common challenge for those who meditate regularly. While many people find that cannabis makes them feel more relaxed, others may experience anxiety after using it–especially if they take too much or use strains with high THC content. If this happens to you when trying out a new strain or dosage amount, try experimenting with different strains until you find one that works well for your needs!
Reducing blood pressure and stress
Cannabis can help you reduce blood pressure and stress, which are two of the leading causes of insomnia. In fact, people who use cannabis regularly have been shown to have higher-quality sleep than those who don’t.
A study conducted at Stanford University found that using cannabis before bedtime improves sleep quality by helping users fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer throughout the night. The downside for many, is that it also can reduce their REM (rapid eye movement) cycle time–the part of your brain responsible for dreaming–which means you’ll likely experience fewer dreams during your slumber session than someone who doesn’t use cannabis before bedtime.
Cannabis can help you feel less anxious.
Cannabis has been shown to reduce blood pressure and stress, which are two main causes of anxiety. It also increases serotonin production, which helps us feel happier and more relaxed. In addition to these physiological effects, cannabis can also help open up your mind and allow new ideas or experiences enter it without judgment or hesitation.
Open up to new experiences and ideas
When we’re high, our minds become more receptive to new information and experiences. We might feel more adventurous or willing to try something out of our comfort zone–like meditation!
Cannabis also has a way of making everything seem like it’s okay in the world. When we’re feeling a bit happy, due to the cannabinoid profile, there is a sense of calmness that makes us more open-minded toward others’ viewpoints as well as our own internal thoughts and feelings.
People who meditate while they ingest cannabis may find that they have an easier time breathing deeply or fully filling their lungs with each inhale and exhale.
Inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly can help you relax, focus, clear your mind and get more oxygen into your body. These are all key elements for meditation.
If you’re not familiar with the benefits of deep breathing, here’s a quick primer: When we take deep breaths from our diaphragm (the muscle under our lungs), it helps us relax physically as well as mentally because it sends signals to the body that there’s no threat or danger present–it’s just a normal process like any other physical activity like walking or running. In addition to helping us feel more relaxed overall, deep breathing also helps calm our nervous system.
Using cannabis in a thoughtful way before or during meditation is good for your health, both mentally and physically
- Deepened thought
- Reduce blood pressure, anxiety and stress
- Openness to experience – the feeling of being open to new ideas and experiences. This can be a great way for people who are stuck in their ways or have difficulty seeing things from another perspective to open up their minds.
- Breathing – because it helps you control your breathing, which is one of the most important things when trying to meditate or relax!
Cannabis is a powerful tool for meditation, but it’s important to use it responsibly. You should never drive or operate heavy machinery after using cannabis, and you should always be aware of what other drugs are in your system when combining them with cannabis. If you have any questions about how cannabis can help your meditation practice or if this article was helpful at all (even if just a little bit), please feel free to leave them in the comments section below! Remember to Breathe…