People use meditation in order to gain mindfulness, self-awareness, physical and emotional relaxation. Every major organized religion encourages some form of “meditation” (in the broad sense).. For example, Hindu mantras are repetitions of sacred words able to bring one to a state of trance. Jews date their chanting (called “leyning”) to the time of Ezra during their Babylonian Captivity, while Islam encourages the practice of Dhikr, the repetition of phrases praising God.
Yoga has been related to primitive Shiva cults who use Cannabis for religious practice. As with many other entheogenic substances, cannabis provides an effective sense of mindfulness and awareness often combined with a meditative experience.
Historically Cannabis has been used from yogis and meditation practitioners. When cannabis is used with the intention to get focused, can offer an open-hearted experience. Cannabis increases consciousness and energizes the soul and the body.
Some Yoga practitioners say that Cannabis can potentially boost our consciousness but first, one needs to focus on breathing. Once the mind is relaxed, it is easier to concentrate.
Some meditators use cannabis before their sessions to relax and ease into their experience. Cannabis is boosting the mind’s ability to rise to a great height and reach depths that couldn’t be reached normally. The plant of Cannabis can also allow one to dissolve his/her ego into a really deep spiritual presence. Some other meditation practitioners use Cannabis after meditating in order to extend their mind’s status. Cannabis clears the mind and reduces physical stress.
We must note though, that there are schools of meditation that oppose the use of stimulants in the pursuit of a pure experience. They believe that influences like this can alter and disorient the desired spiritual results. While some use cannabis during their meditation exercise, some others avoid doing so as their focus gets easily distracted.
There are cannabis strains that can induce peace and calm, and some others can result in much anxiety for the user. For some people, these experiences complement and enhance their meditation practices. For example, White Widow is a balanced a 60% Sativa / 40% Indica. popular hybrid strain. This combination produces a moderate cerebral high. Another famous family of strains are the ones that belong to the “Kush” family. Although each strain has its own properties all of them produce a full-bodied relaxation following a potent mental effect that can last for hours That is the reason why many people they use Kush 2-3 hours before meditating.
Since the legalization of Cannabis In the USA, a new trend has been growing steadily and gains more and more fans every day. It is called Ganja Yoga and combines Yoga practice after the consumption of Cannabis. Especially in California and Colorado, since people voted for legalization of Cannabis in the state, those Cannabis Yoga classes have doubled in attendance. Marijuana dispensaries and compassion clubs in California and Colorado offer yoga classes. Ganja Yoga is not intense – It is more a set of relaxing poses to enhance meditative practice. Usually, a Ganja yoga session starts with laying down and doing some stretching.
Those who participate prefer to use cannabis vaporizers or edibles instead of smoking as their way of living is healthy. One of the advantages they report is that after Cannabis consumption their breath functions in a much better way. The supporters of this new trend ensure that cannabis improves and takes the practice of yoga to a new level and can enhance personal and spiritual experience. It is very difficult to prove in a scientific way if cannabis can drastically improve someone’s yoga experience as it depends on complicated personal conditions and factors.