Although most people don’t think of cannabis as spiritual, but think more of cannabis as a recreational drug, most commonly used during celebrations or social gatherings. However, there is more to cannabis than meets the eye.
In this article, we discuss three ways cannabis can help you spiritually grow. Then, we’ll offer you a list of books to help guide you along the journey.
What is Spirituality?
Spir·it·u·al·i·ty noun /ˌspiriCHo͞oˈalədē/
The quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. Definitions from Oxford Languages
Spiritually is more often associated with the quest for self-transcendence. Cannabis is considered spiritual despite many religious practices that use marihuana.
Subsequently, one of the most famous uses of marijuana was by Rastafarians. Their use of the plant was to cleanse themselves spiritually to help their bodies with health benefits.
How Does Medical, Recreational, and Spiritual Cannabis Use Differ?
Medical cannabis treats various medical ailments. Recreational cannabis typically refers to marijuana consumed for its euphoric or intoxicating effects.
However, people find spiritual use of cannabis within rituals like meditation, prayer & yoga.
Three Ways to Use Cannabis for Spiritual Growth
Using cannabis through meditation
Cannabis is an herb used to relieve pain, increase focus, and treat many diseases. Using cannabis through meditation can be a great way to relax the body, clear your mind, and connect with your inner self.
It is not always easy to meditate, but it is a much better alternative than resorting to other substances that can be potentially harmful to your health. When you meditate, you can use cannabis and other natural ingredients such as lavender oil, chamomile tea, or lemon essential oil.
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Using cannabis through yoga practice
Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice. Importantly, it can also be a valuable tool for healing from trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Cannabis can be ingested in various ways beneficial to users, allowing them to get more fully in touch with their minds and bodies. Many teachers and practitioners are increasingly integrating cannabis and yoga to achieve mental and physical balance.
Letting the plant itself grow spiritually in your presence
Plants are a critical part of our lives. As a result, they deserve love for who they are. Plants teach us about life, and their presence is calming and grounding.
They help us slow down and reconnect with the natural world. And, they make a great spiritual companion.
Cannabis in Your Spiritual Practice
There are many other characteristics of cannabis for spiritual use. One of the most important is that it tends to be an introspective experience.
In addition, below are a few guidelines to help you along your spiritual journey.
Strain, Dosage, and Methods
Consuming cannabis can be somewhat overwhelming for some people. The effects can quickly get overshadowed by other things. It’s essential to pace yourself, so you don’t consume too much. Start Low and Slow.
There are several methods to consume cannabis. For example, smoke, vaporize, take a tincture, or eat an edible. Choosing between Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid is totally up to you.
Each person has a different experience of how they feel after taking cannabis. It’s essential to choose your strains carefully and find what suits you best.
Take a moment before consuming cannabis to connect with yourself, with the plant, and with the universe. Taking this time can help steer and guide your experience from being too hectic or too scattered.
Set and Setting
The setting is essential no matter what you’re doing in life, especially if you’re experimenting with psychedelics. It can provide insights into your grasp of the outside world. And its relationships to the inner workings of your mind.
Working with cannabis in a spiritual space can be intensely dependent on the set (your mindset) and setting (physical surrounding environment) in the sense that it is very much about what you expect or anticipate to come out of your session.
What you allow, what you don’t allow, and how you react to certain things during your experience could affect your personal preferences.
For those embarking on a spiritual journey with cannabis, its roots rest in reverence. Reverence is for the plant itself, nature, and the gravity of the experience.
Reverence can be spurred by connecting to nature through rituals that you do every day. Although many people feel that it can be challenging to tap into their spirituality and connect to a higher level of consciousness, they don’t need to worry. That’s because combining all these things will help you raise your vibration and provide a spiritual experience.
Once you have chosen your intention, consumed cannabis, and gathered all of the materials you need for your chosen spiritual practice, it’s time to start experiencing its beauty.
It’s possible to self-explore your deepest desires for your spiritual practice. You might want to start by considering what you feel is most passionate to you. Experiment with your consciousness, creativity, and consumption.
In the End
Spirituality and cannabis are intersecting more often these days. And, the intersection is based on the spiritual insights that we gain from the plant and our spiritual journeys.
Do you use cannabis as a part of your spiritual practice? Share your ritual with us in the comments below.