Smoking a joint or taking CBD gummies are generally useful techniques to help quell anxiety. Of course, these techniques only provide short-term relief from any mental turbulence that throws you off-course during the day. One way to deepen the calming effects of cannabis and extend your peace of mind is to integrate meditation into the routine.
Meditation on its own is known to have many benefits: it helps you learn to manage stress, draws you to the present moment, slowly melts away negativity, builds self-awareness and perspective, fosters creativity, and releases any mental and physical tension from your current state. In addition, it is an essential element of yoga and several religious practices.
An important aspect of meditation to note is that it doesn’t only fix your present anxiety. Meditation cultivates feelings of calmness, mindfulness, and appreciation that follow you into the future. It’s a harvest of tranquility and introspection. While cannabis doesn’t have the ability to actively alter your mindset when you’re not using it, it’s the perfect tool to accompany and deepen your meditation practice. If you take a mood-lifting strain, negativity is melted away much faster. If you take advantage of the clarity that your strain induces, your self-awareness and ability to concentrate on the present will be magnified. Creativity and inspiration will also arrive more easily.
Here are 5 cannabis strains to try out with your meditation session.
Granddaddy Purple (Indica-dominant hybrid)
With aromas of sweet berries and purple flowers, Granddaddy Purple is a full-body relaxing strain. It delivers a soothing sense of calm to the mind, providing relief to any mental or physical tension during meditation. This THC-dominant strain will not only clear the user's head but also activate the ability to feel present and in the moment.
Hindu Kush (Indica)
Hindu Kush is known to induce a trance-like mindset, which is good if you want to enjoy a hypnotic effect during meditation. It has flavors of citrus and sandalwood and is able to generate a deep sense of calm within the mind.
Lamb’s Bread (Sativa-dominant hybrid)
Lamb’s Bread is used for its mood-lifting abilities, as well as for the simultaneously positive yet peaceful vibes it sets within the mind. It is the perfect strain for focusing on positivity and gratitude during meditation and contains an earthy, herbal aroma.
Blue Dream (Sativa-dominant hybrid)
With hints of blueberry and floral notes, Blue Dream is usually described as a good strain for euphoria. It awakens the mind and induces alertness, which pairs well with focusing on the present and controlling breath rhythm during meditation.
Mars OG (Indica-dominant hybrid)
Mars OG possesses a pungent, peppery aroma, and is able to induce a peaceful state of mind capable of pulling the user back into the current moment. It has been described as a perfect strain for staying grounded during meditation.
Try it out! Grab one of our recommended strains, or use one of your personal favorites, and light up a joint before you meditate. While your senses are heightened, try to observe all the ways that meditation with weed feels different than both cannabis and meditation as separate experiences. When you’re done with your practice, try to take note of whether or not your mindfulness follows you back into the real world. The next time you encounter any anxiety or mental obstacles in your day, aim to draw yourself back to a meditative state, even if only for a few deep breaths.