Lately, the weather in the city of Lagos has been cloudy with stray showers. The raining season is at its peak with steady rainfall in months like July and August, and it's such a good time to always enjoy smoking. Though these past few days, there has not been a heavy downpour, I woke up and decided to jog out and taking advantage of the dry land.
It’s been a while I hit the road to jog, but I have to do it today just to keep fit.
At about 6AM I set out after rolling up some good weed I just restocked. As soon as I stepped out of the gate I sparked up my joint. After having some few puffs, I started jogging while vibing to Burna Boy's African Giant album on my headphones.
At about 45 minutes into jogging I got to the riverside close to a residential quarter. The cool breeze from the trees gave me a feeling of calm. I stopped to relax under the shade of one of the trees and then finish up my joint. While smoking the view of the Third Mainland Bridge far away caught my attention. Seeing different vehicles moving to and fro their various destination. I decided to use the calmness of the riverside environment to my advantage. I decided to meditate.
Cannabis and Meditation
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state
Well, this is something I am not really used to but the serenity of the environment at that time gave me an opportunity to meditate.
I just relaxed my body and for a while tried not to focus on anything. The feeling was weird at first, maybe because I was stoned. As I continued I noticed my breath becoming slower and I felt like there was a connection between myself and my present surrounding. After some minutes, approximately 10-15 minutes I stopped and felt great.
This made me curious about the art of meditation and it's effects while being stoned.
My little findings
High meditation may have a new-age vibe because of the new strain of weed we have, but this practice actually has ancient roots. The Vedas-historical texts written in India around 1500BC –name cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. Additionally, many legends describe Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity, as a passionate cannabis lover. Modern day Nepal still holds a yearly spiritual festival with marijuana serving as a central feature of the holy celebration.
Some of the advantages of meditation are lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, less perspiration, slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, more feelings of well-being just to mention a few. These advantages play a significant role in the health of a stoner. I became more curious as I intensified my search. The spirituality that comes with smoking the herb, as it is believed that the herb(cannabis) is a spiritual plant and it has been used for spiritual awakening over the past decades.
Meditation will definitely not come easy at first but taking time to perform it overtime helps. When a person uses cannabis often, they have a mental change in perspective about their environment. A person may notice something familiar that wasn't before or be reminded to a time that they had previously forgotten. This reflection happens because the effects of cannabis help us draw relations between things that we typically don't.
Exactly how meditation produces these effects is not completely understood, but these benefits correlate with decreased activity in the brain’s default mode network (DMN). Decreased activity in the DMN is suspected to signify a mind more at rest. While there isn’t any substantial research on weed relaxing your mind, there’s a strong belief that CBD—one of its two main components—can have a calming effect.
The strain you choose when you meditate steers your experience. Keep in mind that CBD is relaxing, but not intoxicating; the THC in weed is the part that gets you high—and for some, this is ideal.
Beginner's Guide to Meditating
Start by consuming a small amount of cannabis. It is easier to control the dose by smoking or vaping, but other methods work. Keep in mind that edibles or beverages take longer to take effect. Meditating with cannabis does not require a large dose, so start low and go slow.
When the cannabis begins to take effect, sit still or lay flat on your back and focus on your body. Concentrate on each body part separately starting from your toes. Hold the tension in that body part and then slowly release the tension and relax.
Move the focus to your feet, legs, thighs, hips, back, and stomach. Then concentrate on the muscles in your fingers, hands, arms, shoulder, neck, face, forehead.
Throughout the meditation, focus on taking relaxed, deep breaths. Exhale slowly and with purpose. After focusing on your entire body, stay in your position and turn your concentration inward. Feel the relaxed state.
Well, I just might be on a new journey of meditation and cannabis.
In my future posts I will continue to share my experience as I grow and continue to meditate with the herb.
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