Article by Kayla Paradis, Cannabis Life Network
This is a question that came up during conversation the other day and I got curious. Could smoking weed help with meditation? Let’s find out!
What is Meditation?
I figured I would go right back to the basics on this one and briefly tell you what meditation is. For those of you who already know, just skip over this paragraph. Meditation is a practice where people use techniques like mindfulness, awareness, and stillness to achieve mental clarity and emotional awareness. It has been around since 1500 BCE and is said to help on the path towards enlightenment and self-realization. People typically do this practice while sitting down or laying down.
Does Smoking Weed Help with Meditation?
Apparently those from South Asia think so, along with Shaivites, Naths, and Buddhists who all have introduced marijuana for meditation ceremonies. It has been said that it brings heightened awareness, slowing the mind and helping the person meditating to enter a state of “profound stillness”.
When we consume cannabis in whatever way we seem is most fitting, we go through a mental change in perspective towards our environment. This shift will allow someone to notice or be reminded of times they may have previously forgotten, leaving room for introspection.
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When the body has reached a deep state of relaxation it allows us to practice deep breathing. Allowing breathe to drop down to the lower parts of our abdomen activates our parasympathetic branch of the nervous system. This can help slow your heart rate, digestion, and promote calm feelings.
When we aren’t in sensory overload, it allows room for our mental awareness to calm forward. During meditation this heightened start of awareness allows people to drop into a deep meditative state. During this process, the right and left hemispheres of the brain have the ability to communicate more effectively.