Practised by humans since ancient times, meditation is a wonderful tool to help achieve inner peace. It’s also a practical way to relieve stress and ease our spirits. In addition to helping reconnect the mind and body, there is also evidence to suggest that meditation can benefit our overall health. But what happens if you pair cannabis with mediation?

Cannabis has a similar effect as meditation: the herb helps expand our mind and increase our awareness. In that sense, it seems only natural to use cannabis to augment your meditation practice. For those new to meditation, cannabis can help you get into the right mindset; for the more experienced, it can bring the practice to a whole new level. After all, “the herb is the key to a new understanding of the self, the universe, and God”. That is, according to the Rastafari philosophy, which sees the herb as the “vehicle to cosmic consciousness”. Let us dive into how you can use cannabis for meditation.

CANNABIS AND MEDITATION—WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

Science is indeed supporting that meditation does “result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress”, so concludes one study from 2014. A report from 2018 seems to confirm and expound upon this, citing that those who meditate may experience long-term changes in their brain, with “positive effects on empathy, meta cognitive skills and health”.

When it comes to the effects of cannabis, research in this area is still in the early stages, but is being conducted with earnest. Evidence is now mounting that the active substances in cannabis, such as CBD, do have a calming effect. Of course, many people around the world already use cannabis for this purpose, but it is always encouraging to have scientific confirmation.

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HOW TO CLEAR YOUR MIND WITH CANNABIS

Meditation isn’t a mystical skill that one need study for years to benefit from. As a matter of fact, the principle behind meditation could be thought of as astonishingly simple: it is about clearing your mind and letting go of your thoughts and worries. This may sound easy to do at first, but in reality, this isn’t something most of us can do with the snap of a finger, especially in our modern, hyperactive world. And this is where cannabis comes in; it can help us to relax, to focus, and to clear our mind.

The main way cannabis interacts with the body is via cannabinoid receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system. These receptors, which are located throughout the body, influence such physiological experiences as mood, behaviour, and thoughts. The cannabinoids in cannabis directly and indirectly stimulate these receptors, producing a relaxing or euphoric effect. So, let’s use this knowledge to our advantage for meditation.

HOW DO YOU WANT TO MEDITATE?

One good way to meditate, especially if you’re still new to it, is to use a method called gaze meditation. This works because meditation is about sharpening your focus, but at the same time, it is also about letting thoughts come and go to help fully clear the mind.

When you focus your awareness on a single object, such as a candle or a mandala, this can be a simple yet effective way to clear your mind and put a stop to ruminating thoughts.

Another meditative practice is deep breathing. Some actually think of deep breathing as the most essential part of mediation. Similar to gazing upon an object, when you’re focusing on your breath, this can also put a stop to runaway thoughts, giving you something to come back to every time your mind wanders.

As already mentioned, for a lot of people, it is not always easy to relax. Meditation is a tool that helps one to achieve this state in various, yet often very simple, ways. In addition to gazing and deep breathing, there is another good method to get into a deeply relaxed state known as increased body mindfulness. This method works well for those who may find that they otherwise have troubles relaxing.

The principle with this method is to focus your attention on your body, gradually “scanning” each area to help locate which points are holding tension. To begin, start out by simply focusing on your head, then moving your way down your neck, your shoulders, arms, and so forth, until you finally reach your toes. As you slowly progress through each part of your body, allow each point to relax.

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FINDING THE RIGHT CANNABIS STRAIN FOR MEDITATION

Make note that not all cannabis strains produce the same effect. In fact, some strains may not relax you as much as they may stimulate a more energetic “head high”, which for some people can increase anxiety and restlessness. For this reason, you want to find the ideal cannabis strain to complement your meditation practice. While many indica strains will likely be up to this task, understand that some heavy indicas could make it hard to focus, putting you right to sleep instead. Just know that everyone is different, and that a strain that works for someone else may not have the same beneficial effect on you.

WHICH CANNABIS STRAINS ARE BEST FOR MEDITATION?

Now that you understand how cannabis can help with meditation, let us take a look at which strains you can use to pair with your practice. Here are our four recommended cannabis strains for meditation:

WHITE WIDOW

Due to its effects on the mind's creativity, White Widow is a favorite strain, especially in Amsterdam. Aside from boosting your creativity, White Widow also provides a comfortable, yet energetic head high. Not only will it encourage you to connect with others, but also with your mind as well as the universe. After all, meditation is all about feeling linked to the mind and the world around you.

White Widow

White Widow

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Genetic background White Widow S1
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 19% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 190 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Extremely stoned
 

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ROYAL COOKIES

Royal Cookies' effects go well beyond its sweet and earthy flavors. Not only does this strain uplift the mind into euphoria, but it also provides deep relaxation for the body. One crucial fact about this particular strain is that it packs a mean punch. In other words, rookies should be cautious when attempting to consume Royal Cookies. Meditating is all about relaxing, freeing your mind, and achieving inner peace. Therefore, if you're new to the world of cannabis, begin with small doses of this strain for the best experience.

Royal Cookies

Royal Cookies

Royal Cookies

Genetic background Cookies Forum x Cookies Forum
Yield indoor 450 - 525 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 110 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 23% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 20% Sativa, 80% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 650 - 700 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 210 cm
Harvest time Middle of October
Effect Relaxed and Euphoric
 

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NORTHERN LIGHT

Northern Lights is the purest of the pure when it comes to indica strains. Not long after consuming this strain, you'll have a full-on head high. But that's not all this strain provides. In addition to sending you into a dreamy state of euphoria, Northern Lights relaxes your muscles. With this in mind, you'll be able to hold your meditation pose like a champ. Northern Lights, in particular, also works as a natural sleep aid to combat insomnia. Furthermore, it can help with several stress-related issues. Whether you want a peaceful night's rest or are looking to give your meditation practices a boost, Northern Lights will have you feeling perfectly content.

Northern Light

Northern Light

Northern Light

Genetic background Northern Light S1
Yield indoor 500 - 550 gr/m2
Height indoor 100 - 160 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 0% Sativa, 100% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 575 - 625 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 180 - 220 cm
Harvest time Late September
Effect A combination of stoned + high
 

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BLUE MYSTIC

Another indica to pair with meditation is Blue Mystic. Not only does it relax your body and mind, but it also provides upliftment and will ease any stress you may have. Moreover, Blue Mystic is great at battling insomnia and fatigue. Not to mention, its blueberry aroma is delightful. With just a few hits of Blue Mystic, all your aches and pains will disappear. For this reason, this particular strain pairs rather well with meditation.

Blue Mystic

Blue Mystic

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Genetic background Blueberry x Northern Light
Yield indoor 375 - 425 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 20% Sativa, 80% Indica
Yield outdoor 400 - 450 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 180 - 220 cm
Harvest time October
Effect Stoned
 

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