Combining cannabis and meditation can bring your practice to an entirely new level. With meditation providing numerous health benefits, including relaxation, it’s clearly a match made in heaven to incorporate cannabis in the mix. Cannabis consumption is a tool for relaxation reported by many patients.
So, have you tried to incorporate the two? Here are the methods patients report helping to combine cannabis and meditation.
1. Prep The Body For Meditation
Physical exercise, or even just stretching, before meditation can be a great way to relax the body before relaxing the mind. Many patients report benefits through the combination of cannabis and yoga. Anyway to get the body to exert its physical energy is a great strategy. This includes all the basics in exercise: running, gym, swim, boxing, barre, sports, etc.
Another non traditional exercise is to do a progressive muscle relaxation. This is done by focusing on an area of the body, tensing up the muscles for about 5 seconds, then releasing. With this exercise, you should work your way throughout your entire body, one area at a time. Doing what you can to release the body is a key way to ensure you have the capacity to focus next on releasing the mind.
Whichever method you choose, it’s key you don’t skip the prep work. The physical body energy tend to be more needy than the mind, making it important this step is not ignored for maximum meditation benefits.
2. Choose Relaxing Strains
Strains can make a big difference in your experience. For example, some patients report feeling more of a body relaxation with indica strains. Finding the best strain for your meditation may be a bit of trial and error, but the benefits definitely make it worth it.
The best strains for meditation are always the ones that make you feel most relaxed physically and mentally. A good place to start may be the types of weed that help with sleep. These strains typically work so well for sleep because they can help relax your body physically and mentally- a great combination for meditation, as well!
3. Drink Water Beforehand
Drinking water beforehand is important so you’re not getting distracted by the common side effect of ‘dry mouth’ during meditation. Many patients report feeling slightly dehydrated after consuming cannabis. To avoid this, make sure you are completely hydrated before and after your practice.
Aside from the ‘dry mouth’ side effect, water is important for the body. It helps maintain the balance of fluids in the body and help the muscles feel strong through cellular respiration. This is helpful in meditation as your body feels nourished and relaxed. The last thing you want is a physical need to interrupt your mental relaxation.
4. Consider Topicals
Before you take your meditation position, consider applying a topical. Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, oils, and balms. They are applied externally to the skin, and do not produce psychoactive effects.
Topicals can be great for an additional relaxation boost to calm the body. It can target specific muscles and areas of tension. This is helpful for medical marijuana patients who suffer from chronic pain, as sitting in one position for a period of time may be daunting. Many patients report topicals especially helping relieve shoulder and back pain. Consider topicals when you combine cannabis and meditation.
5. Practice Breathing Exercises
This is the final piece before you begin your cannabis infused mediation practice. It’s said if you can regulate your breathing, you can regulate your body and mind as well. Breathing exercises have been used for centuries by numerous cultures as a way to do just that.
It’s best to avoid breathing from your chest, and instead breath from the diaphragm. If you’re looking for breathing exercises to relax and sync up your body and mind before meditation, check out this list of 10 minute exercises. The difference 10 minutes of attentive breathing can make all the difference not just in your practice, but your whole day!
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