Working with Cannabis to Heal the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Francis Cassidy September 18, 2020 0 comments

Cannabis can be the medicine some need to deal with their issues and heal their mind, body, and spirit.

Cannabis can do a lot more for the body and soul than people realize. Such as, helping manage the symptoms of physical ailments and improve mental health. It expands consciousness and enhances meditation. There are so many ways to heal the body, mind, and spirit with cannabis.

Using Cannabis to Brighten Up the Day

When used mindfully, cannabis has a remarkable ability to enhance our enjoyment of the very activities that can sometimes become mundane when times are tough. When we lose our love for the activities we once enjoyed, many tend to spiral downhill into sorrow, despondency, and even depression.

Whatever the therapeutic act — whether it’s playing or listening to music, doing yoga, or going for long walks in nature — cannabis can help us develop a felt sense of presence and engagement with the activity. In many cases, it only takes a small dose of cannabis to help realign the body and mind and allow ourselves to become immersed in the activity of choice once more.

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Using Cannabis To Modulate Mood and Wellbeing

With twenty-four-hour news and smartphones in everyone’s pocket, constant exposure to news that’s designed to invoke fear can have a very detrimental effect on our collective wellbeing.

While some undoubtedly use cannabis to numb out and escape from negative feelings, the methodical and intentioned use of cannabis can help us deal with underlying issues in a more wholesome way.

There are hundreds of recognized cannabis chemovars, each of which exhibits a wide variety of effects. The potent synergies that play out between cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can help modulate mood, regulate anxiety, and provide relief to chronic conditions like pain and much more.

The terpenes present in the cannabis plant play a particularly important role in this. A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology (2011) discussed how terpenes synergize with major cannabinoids like THC and CBD, leading to more pronounced effects than if the cannabinoids were consumed alone 1)Russo E. B. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. British journal of pharmacology, 163(7), 1344–1364. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01238.x.

Many of the major terpenes harbor beneficial properties that can help many of the common conditions that afflict us. Depending on the effect you’d like to induce, choose a chemovar with high quantities of one or more of the following dominant terpenes to really get to grips with the unique benefits of particular chemovars.

  • Linalool: Anti-anxiety and pain relief.
  • Limonene: Mood enhancement, anti-depressant, and anxiety relief.
  • Caryophyllene: Pain relief, anti-depressant, and anxiety relief.
  • Pinene: Boosts energy, focus, and memory.
  • Myrcene: Potent anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and pain reliever.

Using Cannabis For Spiritual Development

When negative emotions build up, many actively try and repress these by staying busy or seeking relief via a particular substance. And while some do abuse cannabis, few recognize that it’s also a powerful spiritual ally that can help deepen any spiritual practice when used with intention in the correct dosage.

Several factors determine its efficacy, including chemovar choice, existing tolerances, dosage, our relationship with the plant, along with our state of mind and the current setting.

It’s during times of hardship where old and wounded parts of ourselves can come to the fore. The destructive patterns that many of us act out are often internalized early in life, long before we became aware of their existence. Cannabis can help induce the mental stillness and heart-centered awareness required to deal with and work through some of these unresolved and unhealed parts of ourselves.

How Cannabis Heals Wounded Souls

Cannabis acts as an amplifier of the underlying mental and emotional states of being. When we prepare ourselves with a solid intention, cannabis can help place us in a state where we can feel more deeply into underlying emotions. Feeling more deeply helps create an inner environment where we can work through these emotions. All it takes is to quietly sit in silence. Put the attention on the breath before letting the experience guide you into a deeper state of awareness.

Feel and connect with underlying sadness, anger, or any other emotion. When you do, you allow it to work its way through as it ideally should. It’s for this reason that we should be in a safe and reassuring environment. Do so, and you can be fully present with the underlying emotions.

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Healing The Spirit With Cannabis

When we embrace cannabis purely for healing rather than a recreational escape, we allow it to lift the spirit. After consuming cannabis, it becomes much easier to center our awareness on bodily sensations. Accordingly, this is something that some basic stretching prior to dosing can help with. Surrender to the experience of what is. Further, surrender – whether it’s to twitching muscles or difficult emotions. You may gradually descend into a state where you feel both energized and relaxed. It can be a heart-opening state of alignment that’s unmistakably healing.

Dosing Cannabis For Spiritual Healing

Dosing is very much a personal journey. Between tolerances, genetic predispositions, and the chemovar’s unique characteristics, several factors affect the efficacy of a particular dose.

What about those who lack experience working with cannabis on a spiritual level? It’s always best to start low and work up to an optimal dose. As a rule of thumb, the higher the dose, the more powerful and overwhelming the experience may be. With a still mind and a high enough dose, cannabis has the potential to radically alter our state of consciousness, and may, in some cases, even promote psychedelic effects.

Want one tell-tale sign that you’ve surpassed the optimal dose? It’s when extreme anxiety, paranoia, or bouts of negative thought patterns begin to rise up. As always, start low and go slow.

How To Heal The Body, Mind, and Spirit With Cannabis

Cannabis has a remarkable ability to heal on many levels. Many speak of its ability to help treat physical ailments. But, few truly understand its ability to heal a wounded soul. Consume cannabis mindfully and respectfully. It can compliment an existing spiritual practice. It can help a willing patient to navigate the depths of their soul. Finally, it may bring about tremendous healing to those old, wounded, aspects that few dare to truly feel and acknowledge.

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1.Russo E. B. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. British journal of pharmacology, 163(7), 1344–1364. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01238.x
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Francis Cassidy

http://www.thestrayphotographer.com/
Francis Cassidy is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics. With a particular focus on the cannabis industry, he aims to help ensure the smooth reintegration of cannabis back into global culture. When not writing, he's to be found exploring his new base in British Columbia, Canada. You can follow his other works including his photography on his blog thestrayphotographer.com

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