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The Spiritual Side of Cannabis Use

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Cannabis is celebrated for its medical applications. It can reduce pain, lessen stress, and help stimulate appetite. Although its medical uses are well-known, many use cannabis to expand their awareness of the spiritual.

History of Cannabis and Religion

People have used cannabis to aid in religious practices for thousands of years. A wide array of religious traditions have used cannabis: Chinese Taoism, Hinduism, Scythians, Middle Eastern traditions, Rastafarians, and even some Christian denominations.

THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, is known for its intoxicating effects. It can cause relaxation, induce euphoria, and improve a person’s overall sense of well-being.

Historically, it has been used to aid in rituals, ceremonies, and even meditation. Some cannabis users believe it can help them reach enlightenment.

In China, Xinjiang was buried with a large amount of cannabis. His remains were buried with religious instruments that indicated his role as a religious shaman. Although he was found buried in China, his caucasian descent indicates he was likely a nomad to the area.

The Rastafarian religion takes seriously the Old Testament provision (found in Genesis) to “eat every herb of the land.” They view every plant as a source of food and pleasure. Cannabis is used for personal relaxation and spiritual awakening.

Spiritual Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabis can provide a path to enlightenment for its users. In Colorado where it was legalized for recreational use in 2012, many cannabis dispensary owners have noted an increase in religious uses for marijuana.

The herb is well-known for its ability to get creative juices flowing. Because spiritual awakening often requires creativity, using cannabis can initiate a person into deeper levels of spiritual understanding.

Most religions emphasize the power of dreams for informing and influencing spiritual life. For those who struggle to sleep because of insomnia, cannabis allows them to enter into a time of physical and spiritual rest. The dreams produced by cannabis use can help a person reach enlightenment.

How to Use Cannabis for Spiritual Growth

If you plan to use cannabis in your spiritual practices, it’s important to use it in a controlled environment with people you trust. You should feel completely safe exploring your spiritual life. When possible, seek guidance from people you trust to advise you on spiritual matters.

Too many people use cannabis with an objective in mind. However, going into the experience with expected results can create stress and disappointment. If you plan on using cannabis to aid in meditation, you should allow yourself to fully relax and go wherever the experience takes you.

If you don’t feel like cannabis is helping you broaden your spiritual horizons, try a different strain from Naked Cannabis or your local cannabis dispensary. Different strains of marijuana are good for different things. Since everyone’s experience is different, you may need to try a few different strains before you find the right one.

Acapulco Gold is known for being euphoria-inducing and energizing. It can reduce your fatigue and stress, allowing you to endure long hours of meditation. Sour Diesel is also known for its energizing effect, making it great for when you need a boost of productive energy.

Blue Dream, Purple Kush, Bubba Kush, and Granddaddy Purple all offer different levels of relaxation. All four strains can help you relax and sleep.

A subconscious mind is a powerful tool for your spiritual life. Cannabis use allows you to tap into that spiritual potential and reach personal enlightenment.

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