In our increasingly busy world, it can be hard to find time to relax. Everyone deserves a few moments, at the very least, to de-stress from the day. Whether you have 2 minutes or 20 – pairing meditation and marijuana can be the double whammy of relief that your mind and body need to recharge.
Meditation is nothing new. The practice of meditation, or quiet contemplation, has been around for thousands of years. The earliest records of people meditating date back to 1500 BCE (before common era). Buddhist meditation is one of the more popular and recognized forms and has been traced back to the 1st century BCE. By the 8th century, meditation was being recognized and practiced widely in Japan.
It has been in practice for so long because it has many health benefits.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
A study published in 2014 concluded that there was “moderate” evidence to suggest meditation improved issues with anxiety and “low” evidence that it eased stress in adults. This information confirms for clinicians that patients with stress and anxiety problems could benefit from mindful meditation.
Depression is linked to certain inflammatory chemicals in the body called cytokines. Cytokines surge through the body in response to stress. There are anti-inflammatory cytokines (good, healing) and pro-inflammatory cytokines (bad, makes disease worse). Pro-inflammatory cytokines can make depression worse, but there is hope. One study found that a type of meditation called Mind Body Training (MBT) could reduce a patient’s depression. You see, MBT increased the production of the anti-inflammatory cytokine called IL-10. IL-10 works with the body to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines, thus reducing depression. It is all very scientific, but the science is there.
Improve Your Brain Function
Meditation could also potentially lengthen your attention span and aid in preventing memory loss. A 2014 study entitled, “The potential effects of meditation on age-related cognitive decline: a systematic review” states,
“We conclude that meditation interventions for older adults are feasible, and preliminary evidence suggests that meditation can offset age-related cognitive decline.”
Additionally researchers studying mindfulness training in 2007 found that,
“These results suggest that mindfulness training may improve attention-related behavioral responses by enhancing functioning of specific subcomponents of attention.”
No news to most people reading this – cannabis can also reduce stress, decrease depression and improve your brain function. Many people have been prescribed marijuana for just those reasons. Others have long treated their symptoms of such issues with cannabis on their own. When used in conjunction with meditation, one could pose that the benefits would be doubled. While there are no scientific studies on the subject yet, there is plenty of personal testimony to give it weight. Ask anyone that has attended Ganja Yoga!
Word to the wise: If you are going to attempt some mindful meditation (or yoga) after using cannabis – let me personally suggest that you choose an indica, at least to start. The raciness of a sativa can be a bit much for a person new to meditation who is trying to calm their mind.
Basically, meditation is a simple way to soothe oneself. Learning how to collect oneself after a shock, stress, or surprise (good or bad) can helpful for many people – personally and professionally. Try it with a little cannabis. Let us know how it goes.