Combining Cannabis and Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide

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Combining cannabis and meditation isn't a new phenomenon, but it's certainly gaining more attention, thanks especially to the prioritizing of wellness-focused lifestyles and the increasing legality of cannabis worldwide. 

The age-old meditation practice aligns perfectly with cannabis' relaxing effects, providing potential benefits that stretch beyond relaxation and stress relief. However, the benefits of combination depend on the strain, dosing size, and consumption environment in question, as some types of cannabis can increase anxiety and cause paranoia.

If you're curious about how you can mindfully incorporate marijuana into your meditation practices or perhaps seeking insight into how cannabis affects mindfulness, you're in the right place. This guide explores and provides the necessary tools and information to understand the intersection of natural wellness and mindful meditation.

Key Takeaways

  • Combining cannabis with meditation may enhance your mindfulness practice, deepening states of relaxation and connection with oneself. 
  • Cannabis mixed with meditation may have health benefits, including reduced stress, improved sleep, and minimized pain.
  • Knowing how to incorporate cannabis into your meditation practice effectively can optimize the benefits and potential of both.

What Happens When You Combine Weed and Meditation?

Cannabis has been used in spiritual and medicinal practices for thousands of years, and its effects on mindfulness and meditation can be profound. 

While research has yet to thoroughly uncover the positive mental and physical effects of meditation alone, most agree its benefits lie in meditation's ability to calm the brain's default mode network (DMN). The slowing of this network is associated with a sense of expanded perspective, where the mind is at ease and less easily disrupted. This experience aligns with the effects of many cannabis products, especially those containing CBD.

Cannabis' psychoactive properties, including THC and CBD, work alone to enhance mindfulness and create an open awareness of the present moment. It makes sense that when weed and meditation are combined, the two can deepen the meditative experience, making it more immersive and potentially more beneficial.

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Benefits of Cannabis on Meditation

Combining cannabis and meditation can have both potential benefits and risks, and it's crucial to understand both sides to make an informed decision. On the positive side, cannabis is known to have properties that can enhance relaxation and introspection, which are vital components of meditation. It can help reduce physical discomfort, allowing individuals to sit for extended periods. Additionally, cannabis may enhance sensory perception, which can deepen the meditative experience.

Enhanced Focus

Cannabis, particularly especially CBD-containing products, possesses properties that can create a tranquil and focused state, which can help maintain prolonged meditation. Cannabis can also potentially aid in achieving a meditative state more quickly.  

Anxiety-relieving Effects

Studies have shown cannabis can have anxiolytic – anti-anxiety – properties that can assist in reducing stress and anxiety levels. By integrating cannabis into your meditation practices, you can potentially ease mental and emotional tensions that would otherwise distract or detract from a peaceful, mindful state.

Increased Sensory Awareness

Certain strains of cannabis, particularly those with high THC levels, have the potential to enhance sensory perception. This heightened awareness can lead to more profound meditation sessions, allowing individuals to delve deeper into their sensory experiences and the present moment. 

Deeper Relaxation

Marijuana is widely recognized for its soothing and muscle-relaxing effects. When appropriately used, it can provide relaxation and tranquility and make it easier for people to transition into a meditative state. Cannabis may also allow a deeper examination of one's inner self during meditation to become possible.

Discomfort Relief

In almost every medical marijuana state, chronic pain is a qualifying condition for legal use. Cannabis has been proven to ease pain, which could be especially helpful for those who experience discomfort when trying to sit for lengthy meditation sessions or certain meditative poses. 

Increased Insight and Creativity

Particular marijuana strains, including sativas with higher levels of CBD, can heighten introspection and improve creativity. Cannabis' enhances meditation's natural ability to uncover new thoughts and lines of thinking, which could be helpful for those whose meditative practice includes using their imagination or focusing on solving a problem. 

Sleep Support

Marijuana, especially indica strains, can be highly relaxing and well-suited to combating insomnia. Those who meditate also report an overall improved sleep experience that's more restful and easier to achieve. Combining the two can create a virtuous circle where sleep improves from weed and meditation, and meditation sessions become more beneficial thanks to better sleep.

How to Meditate Using Cannabis

The steps below are for smoking or vaping flower in particular, and different consumption methods, such as edibles or tinctures, require using your product anywhere from 15-30 minutes to 90 minutes before you want to meditate.

  1. Find a space or room where you can sit quietly and undisturbed for at least 20 minutes, though some meditation practices can go much longer.
  2. Sit on a cushion on the floor with your legs crossed. Some practitioners use a chair to sit straight upright with their feet planted on the floor or lie on their backs, supporting their heads with a pillow.
  3. With your cannabis flower close at hand, set a timer for 10 minutes.
  4. Slowly focus on your breath, inhale for a few seconds, hold for a few seconds, then exhale deeply. Allow yourself to relax, and continue breathing until the timer goes off.
  5. While breathing, do a slow body scan, mentally mapping out each part of your body for any tension. If you feel some, gently breathe and exhale the stress out of your body. Don't try to control your breath; simply observe it and allow any distracting thoughts to slip away.
  6. Once the timer goes off, it's time to incorporate your cannabis. Take one or two hits – depending on your desired dose – and then set the timer for 10 minutes.
  7. Train your awareness on how you feel the high enter your system, including noticing any shifts in breathing or how you feel. Don't judge - simply notice and observe.
  8. After 10 minutes, you can take another dose and continue or end your session. Be careful getting to your feet, as you may be more intoxicated than you realize.

The Bottom Line

Combining cannabis and meditation can offer a unique pathway to heightened awareness and serenity. It's essential to understand how cannabis affects mindfulness and to incorporate it carefully into your meditation practices. 

When successfully mixed, these tools have the potential to enhance your introspective journey, leading to profound self-discovery and holistic well-being. Everyone's experience is individual, however, so it's important to experiment with the best dose, consumption method, and strain for your unique needs. 

Disclaimer: None of what is published on is intended to be professional medical advice. Consult your health practitioner regarding any medical treatment or diagnosis.

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