There’s a good reason that so many world religions revere the reefer as a sacred plant . Cannabis inspires deep relaxation through body and mind, allowing anxieties to melt and sensations to come to the fore. As a result, many people use weed as a meditation aid — but there are several ways that meditating while high can go terribly wrong.
Marijuana can feel like magic in its ability to eliminate pain and stress , but sometimes, using cannabis causes more discomfort than ease. The wrong products, the wrong dose and the wrong environment can all contribute to a bad high, which will make a meditation session extremely unsuccessful. Here are a few ways to gain greater control over weed-driven meditation to unlock another level of self-satisfaction and security.
Find the Right Strain
Not all cannabis is right for meditation. Some strains of cannabis are simply too potent, putting users into a catatonic state that doesn’t lend itself to meditation; on the other hand, some strains lend too much energy, precluding a meaningful meditation session. The best strains for meditation contain a higher CBD content and a lower THC content, so users do experience minor cerebral and visual effects but are not overwhelmed with paranoia or other psychoactive consequences. Some examples of prime strains for meditation include:
- Sour Tsunami
- Cherry Wine
Users who can’t find any of these strains in dispensaries can ask their budtenders for local recommendations of similar high-CBD, low-THC strains.
Overdosing on marijuana  is always an uncomfortable experience. Though not life-threatening like other drug overdoses, too much THC will certainly cause a user to spiral out of a healthy, meditative mindset and into more harmful thought patterns, usually guided by paranoia and panic.
As a result, users hoping to boost their meditative practice should be exceedingly careful with their dose, opting for easier-to-dose methods of use like oils and tinctures over difficult-to-dose methods like edibles. It might also be beneficial to start with micro-doses of the drug, which entails using less than 10 milligrams at a time to experience the bare minimum of effects. Closely controlling doses ensures users have more power over their body and mind during their practice.
Curate Your Meditation Space
Experienced meditators can slip into the meditative state almost anywhere, but beginners need to put more effort into their environment, especially if they expect to meditate while high. Marijuana can cause the mind to wander or focus on unwanted concepts; limiting distractions in one’s surrounding space can help keep the mind and body appropriately grounded.
Optimal meditation environments will vary from person to person, but most people benefit by removing extraneous décor and including neutral, natural elements. It is a good idea to exclude tech devices from the meditation space, removing things like televisions, computers and phones, and keeping the space separate from social spaces in the home. One might even consider decorating with hemp accents, like a hemp meditation mat or other hemp textiles, especially if cannabis becomes an important part of the meditative practice.
Select a Suitable Meditation Style
Finally, not all meditation styles are appropriate to use when under the influence of cannabis, especially for meditation novices or marijuana newbies. Until one feels more comfortable with the effects of weed or the flow of meditation, it is best to stick to the simplest meditation styles which don’t require expert coordination between mind, breath and body. Some of the best meditation styles to consider trying while high include:
- Deep breathing. These meditations focus thought and energy on the breath, which can help individuals find more control over their emotional state.
- Gazing. These meditations compel users to focus the eyes on particular points, which can help to guide thought patterns and provide insights.
- Body mindfulness. These meditations help users scan the body for strengths and weaknesses, which can help with coordination, recovery and gratitude.
Cannabis has been used to aid meditative and spiritual experiences for centuries, and modern meditators continue to gain much from a marijuana-infused meditation practice. However, to ensure that cannabis doesn’t overrun a meditation session, users need to be careful when selecting strains, designing their space and picking a practice. With the right forethought, weed can make meditation wonderful.