Meditation. You’re either into it or you’re not. Over the years, meditation has evolved from something viewed as hippy dippy to something more widely accepted amongst individuals and often recommended by health care professionals to help destress, lessen anxiety, and help clear the mind of intrusions.
According to the Mayo Clinic “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.”
Well we’re here to tell you from personal experience that meditation is dank. And, it can be the dankest of dank when you add cannabis.
How To Meditate
There are literally hundreds of thousands of articles, research papers, and personal anecdotes across the web that talk about how to meditate. What we’ve determined is that there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for the best way to meditate. In other words, you do what feels best for you. Here are some tips we’ve gleaned that may help you in your quest for a free and clear zen experience.
- Find a quiet space with little to no distractions.
- Turn off your electronic devices and anything making noise (ticking clock, TV).
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Find a position that you’re comfortable in. (You don’t have to sit criss-cross-applesauce. You can try all sorts of positions.)
- Be kind to yourself if/when your mind wanders. It’s completely normal.
- Focus on your breathing. Feel your chest expand with each breath.
- Let your mind feel every inch of your body, starting at the top of your head and working your way down to your toes.
- Set a time limit.
Should You Add Cannabis To Your Meditation Routine?
Obviously we’re big cheerleaders of using cannabis to enhance your meditation, but is it right for you? We recommend adding weed to your routine if you meet the following:
- You’ve been given the green light by your doctor.
- You want to enhance your meditation experience.
What Cannabis Products Are Best For Meditation?
You can’t ask us what our favorite ways to consume ganja is. It’s like having to choose a favorite child or the best 80s slasher movie to watch stoned; they’re impossible questions to answer. However, when it comes to meditation, we lean largely towards smoking bud or vaping. We recommend taking a hit 5-10 minutes before starting your journey. As your high peaks, your meditative state will be so tranquil you’ll be floating on clouds, with pillows for feet, kittens for hands, and cotton candy lashes. (Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration. In all seriousness, you should notice an enhanced sense of peace and restfulness; the perfect combo for a rad meditation sesh.)
If you don’t like the thought of smoke in your lungs, we get it. Stick to edibles or patches. However, you may need to experiment with dosages and timing. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly when an edible high will hit – which is one of the main reasons why we prefer smoking – so give yourself at least 30 minutes before starting to meditate.
Which Strains Are Best For Meditation?
Leave the sativa vs indica debate for your next topic at Thanksgiving dinner. This time, it’s all about the terpenes. You may have noticed, we’re big into terpene education and feel strongly that instead of solely focusing on the grower or the bud with the highest THC percentages that you look for strains with the terpenes that pair well with meditation. More specifically, Linalool. Linalool is derived from spices, flowers, and birch tree bark (think lavender). The aroma is floral and helps provide zen by supporting the body’s pain response. Strains with linalool usually have sedative, anti-inflammatory, and stress-relieving properties. Check out these strains to start: Raven’s Passionflower Blend, Master Kush, Zkittlez.
As always, we are not medical experts and never claim to be. We highly encourage all of our customers to check-in with their doctors prior to using cannabis as a form of treatment. Start there, and we will do our best to guide you in the right direction.