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By Max Sargent

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[1] 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[2] 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[3] 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.

Cannabis And Meditation—what Science Says

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.

How Do You Want To Meditate?

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:

1. Fruit Spirit

Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD often steal the limelight when it comes to the effects of particular strains. However, terpenes—the aromatic components found in all sorts of plants, including cannabis—also play an important part. Fruit Spirit contains a complex mix of terpenes that lend themselves to meditation. Combined with a THC content of 18% and medium quantities of CBD, Fruit Spirit's phytochemical makeup gives rise to a high that stones and relaxes the body while clearing the mind. Take a few deep breaths, and a few big hits, and get ready to become grounded in the moment.

As the progeny of Blueberry and White Widow, Fruit Spirit features an indica-dominant genetic profile. Indoors, she peaks at a height of 120cm and produces 375–425g/m² after a flowering time of 9 weeks. Outdoors, she’ll grow to 175–220cm and return up to 525g/plant ready to harvest during early October.

Fruit Spirit

Fruit Spirit
Blueberry x White Widow
375 - 425 gr/m2
80 - 120 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 18%
Sativa 30% Indica 70%
475 - 525 gr/plant
175 - 220 cm
Early October
Clear

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2. Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel ranks as one of the best cultivars for meditation. As the offspring of Original Diesel, Northern Light, Shiva, and Hawaiian, she possesses a genetic profile consisting of 70% sativa and 30% indica. Alongside a THC level of 19%, her uplifting terpenes work to provide a crystal-clear and motivating head high that's perfect for meditation. Opt for this strain before or during long sessions for some serious mental stamina. Alongside her energetic high, you’ll experience moreish tastes of citrus, herbs, pepper, and sourness.

Sour Diesel provides a rewarding stash, both indoors and outdoors, that will set the tone for your meditation sessions for weeks to come. Indoor plants peak at 160cm and produce up to 525g/m² of dense and frosty buds. If you prefer cultivating outside, expect a yield of 550–600g/plant.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel
Original Diesel x (Northern light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
475 - 525 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
10 - 11 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 70% Indica 30%
550 - 600 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Late October
Clear, Physically Relaxing

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3. Legendary OG Punch

Simply staring at these buds is enough to put you into a relaxed state. High concentrations of trichomes and anthocyanins give these flowers a frosty purple appearance that makes them stand out in any grow room or garden. Adding to her looks, Legendary OG Punch catalyses a stoning physical high that will plunge you into a state of bliss and tranquillity. Head out to the forest, beach, or simply your back garden, and get ready to feel one with nature.

Legendary OG Punch is an excellent choice when it comes to meditating on weed, but how does she perform during cultivation? Indoors, you’ll watch plants grow to 90–160cm and pump out up to 400g/m², considering you feed them well and provide good lighting. Outdoors, plants grow to a taller height of 220cm and reward growers with 500–550g/plant.

Legendary OG Punch

Legendary OG Punch
Legend Og x Purple Punch
350 - 400 gr/m2
90 - 160 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 19%
Sativa 40% Indica 60%
500 - 550 gr/plant
180 - 220 cm
Early October
Calming, Clear

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4. Painkiller XL

Painkiller XL pairs equal quantities of THC and CBD to produce a level-headed and modest high that boosts focus and relaxation. Both of these cannabinoids clock in at around the 9% mark, meaning you can happily smoke these flowers during the day, such as during a meditation session on your lunch break, without impacting your ability to function. This sativa-dominant cultivar produces small yet dense flowers packed with sugary sweet and fruity terpenes.

Painkiller XL makes an ideal choice for meditative smokers dealing with limited space. Indoor plants grow to 60–100cm; apply some training to keep them at the lower end of the spectrum. Despite their small size, you can still expect to harvest up to 550g/m². Plants grown outdoors will reach a maximum height of 150cm, making them relatively low-key when grown alongside taller crops such as sweetcorn and broad beans. Prepare to harvest 500–550g/plant during late September.

Painkiller XL

Painkiller XL
Respect 13 x Juanita la Lagrimosa
500 - 550 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 9%
Sativa 75% Indica 25%
500 - 550 gr/plant
120 - 150 cm
Late September
Clear, Physically Relaxing

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External Resources:
  1. Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - PubMed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  2. Meditation and the Brain - Neuronal Correlates of Mindfulness as Assessed With Near-Infrared Spectroscopy - PubMed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  3. Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders - PubMed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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