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Can You Meditate While High?

Is Meditation While High On Weed A Good Idea?

Meditation isn’t just for hippies anymore as it is now being recognized by traditional medicine. Proof of this is that according to the Harvard Blog, the number of mindfulness scientific studies jumped from only one in 1995, 11 from 2004 to 2006, and from 2013 to 2014, over 216 random scientifically controlled studies have been conducted on meditation.

All types of meditation are now accepted by many authorities as helping in both mental and even physical health. Meditation can also be secular or religious.  So, most Christians can practice it without guilt.

If you smoke pot and you already have a meditation practice or you are wondering about the benefits of meditating, you might be wondering if meditation and weed are a good combo. If so, keep on reading.

Meditation Overview

There are several forms of meditation. (One article describes nine types of meditation) Some typesmeditating while high of based upon religious principles (I.E. Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and other forms of meditation can be secular. (I.E. Mindfulness Meditation)

Understanding the basics of meditation is necessary if you want to know how weed and cannabis may or may not help your meditation session. That’s why I am going to briefly review two common types of mediation: Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation

This is a popular form of meditation where your goal is to focus on being aware of what is happening at that exact moment. You focus on the NOW and not what happened yesterday, the trauma that you may have suffered when you were a child, or what you are going to do in the future.

While doing the above your goal is to be judgment free if a stray, unwanted, thought comes up.

With mindfulness meditating you focus on the present moment through deep breathing exercises, and also you might be aided through guided meditation. In guided meditation, a narrator (either in person or recording) helps your focus. By focusing on the present you will be more likely able to relax your mind, body and reduce or eliminate stress.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) is associated with Yoga and was initially developed by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Arguably, it is what most layman thinks of when they are thinking of meditation. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi developed TM from the ancient Vedic tradition. TM was introduced in the US in the 60s and can be an integral part of a yoga practice.

Basic Techniques

TM is mantra meditation with its practitioners start sitting down, close their eyes and then start repeating a mantra phrase. By focusing on the word or phrase you are able to maximize your concentration.

Time Commitment For Meditation

Consistency and not time is the most important factor for mindful meditation and TM. For both, you’ll only need two daily meditation sessions, at around twenty minutes a session, to begin to see benefits like lower blood pressure, relaxation, lower heart rate, and numerous other health benefits.

Meditation Benefits

Meditation has many mental and physical benefits. A brief overview of the mental and physical health benefits of meditation is listed below.

Mental Health

Meditation has been found to help mental health in the following ways:

  • Anxiety Relief-
  • Depression and Other Mood Related Disorders
  • Stress Relief
  • Improve Self Image Or Self Worth
  • Sleep Deprivation-Deep breathing meditation, and mantra meditation, can help you get a good nights sleep
  • Miscellaneous-The mental health benefits also carry on to your physical health. For example, stress is a killer (that can be controlled and even eliminated by meditating) that has been linked to heart disease.

Physical Health Benefits

Meditation has been shown to help with numerous physical ailments. Some of these physical health cures from meditating are not that surprising. For example, most people would agree that meditation is an excellent stress reliever. So, it is not a stretch that it is known to help alleviate physical disorders aggravated by stress.

The following physical conditions have been found to be able to be helped through meditation:

  • Chronic Pain-For some it could even be an opioid substitute.
  • Fibromyalgia in teenagers
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Helps
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Psoriasis
  • Sleep Disorders-Both the TM and deep breathing meditation exercises are known to help calm people down in order to get a good night’s sleep.

How To Meditate or Begin Mindfulness Training

Countless books have been written on mindfulness, TM, and other types of meditation. So, obviously, a 1,000 plus word post would not do justice for telling you how to meditate. As a result, if you are interested, I have gathered resources at the end of the article in the appendix.

Cannabis And Meditation

Cannabis and meditation are not new phenomena. As far back as 1500 BC the Vedas (which TM gets its origins from) names cannabis as a sacred plant. Additionally, the Hindu god Lord Shiva was believed to have had smoked cannabis. Also, as you already know, the Rastafarian religion believes weed, “ganja”, as being a holy plant.

Lord Shiva Cannabis Smoker?

So, the Yoga, Cannabis, and meditation trend are essentially just reliving mindfulness and mediations roots.

What Should You Expect

Your overall experience combining weed while meditating depends upon how much you smoke, and how much experience you have smoking weed. Many advocates state it can result in a heightened deep, meaningful, and calm meditation experience.

Darrin Zeer, the author of High Yoga, that the benefits of weed and meditation have become increasingly obvious. Specifically, Zeer states that the mind and body focus on medication can be greatly boosted by weed.

High Yoga: Enhance Yoga with Cannabis and CBD Treatments for Relaxation, Healing, and Bliss (Gift for Yoga Lover, Cannabis Book for Stress and Anxiety Relief)

Granted, depending upon you, you may find high meditation to be a waste of time. But, if done correctly, it could be a ticket to a new avenue to higher consciousness.

Best Practices For Weed While Meditating

The THC %, amount of weed smoked, and cannabis strain, are the three most important predictors if you are going to have a rewarding experience combining weed with meditation.

  • THC% and Amount Of Weed Smoked– Microdosing cannabis is been recommended by every authority that advocates weed with meditation.
  • Cannabis Strain-Microdose of a low % strain when you are starting out and/or 50% CBD, 50% THC strain.

Some of the recommended cannabis strains are the Blueberry Muffin, Do-Si-Dos, and the Lemon Haze Strain. Of the three, Lemon Haze is said to provide the perfect balance between your head and body and also give the user an overall uplifting experience. Also, Lemon Haze is famous for bringing about motivation, serenity, and motivation. All of these characteristics are helpful in meditation.

General Advice

The key to successfully combining weed with meditation is strict portion control or microdosing. One’s microdose could be another person’s normal amount. So, you will need to start low, evaluate how it works, and then, if needed adjust accordingly.

There are no set standards when it comes to what strain works best while meditating. A strain that works well with one may have the exact opposite effect on another person. So, if you want to explore ganja while meditating you need to experiment with both the strain and dosages until you are able to find your best fit. And, no matter what you do, if it doesn’t work for you your meditation will work perfectly well without cannabis.

So, Should You Try Meditating While High?

Well, the answer to that question is ultimately up to you. But, many high-level yoga practitioners have found weed and meditation to be invaluable tools for achieving inner peace. Proponents of cannabis and weed state that cannabis may better help your mind relax and, aid your mind to brush off thoughts that come up, and also calm your mind into a deep state of relaxation, which would be invaluable for all types of meditation. The above benefits may happen to you if you incorporate weed and meditation. So, give it a try if you are curious.


APPENDIX

Meditation Training

There are several resources (both free and paid classes) to learn meditating. They even have a meditation app now that can help you get started. The following are a few options for learning to be a meditator.

Self Learning-Their is several online and written resources that can help you learn to be mindful. Amazon has hundreds of books on all types of meditation. There are numerous online meditation classes. And for cannabis meditation, you may want to first try reading High Meditation.

Yoga Class-Try shopping for a Yoga instruction that has a focus on meditating.

Meditation Class-This is the best way to learn meditation. However, a program will cost you thousands of dollars or more. TM.Org is the best way to find local classes.

 

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