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    Cannabis, a Window to Spirituality and Consciousness

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    This article begans by asking the question, does cannabis connect me with my spirituality and consciousness? , and that’s why I started reading about it on the internet, I found many different opinions, some in favor and others against.

    Although there is no scientific evidence to explain this connection, history shows us truths that are undeniable. I will show you the most relevant so that in the end you are the one who draws your own conclusions.

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    To begin, we have to be clear about our type of consumption

    Types of consumption

    For me there are 3 types of cannabis use, medicinal, recreational and spiritual. The latter will be the central point of the article:

    Medicinal use

    In 1964 Dr. Mechoulam discovered the psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, and twenty years later he found that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.

    Since then, the consumption of cannabis for medicinal use thanks to its chemical compounds known to many, THC and CBD, have been part of treatments for pathologies such as: cancer, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, among others.

    Recreational use

    In Chile, the consumption of cannabis is allowed but with many dangerous legal loopholes, and in many parts of the world it is still not. However, cannabis is the 2nd most consumed substance worldwide (after alcohol), used by millions of people to relieve stress, anxieties or simply to have a good time.

    If you are a regular user, then you probably already know that it works depending on the result you want to achieve. Also, the variety you are going to consume influences. In general, sativas contain more THC, which will make you feel more active, and indicas contain more CBD content, which will make you feel more relaxed.

    Spiritual use

    Cannabis and religion:

    Surely when we think of religion and cannabis, the first thing that comes to mind is Rastafari, and yes, but they are not the only ones. They reject all materialism and oppression and through cannabis they raise consciousness, increase the pleasure of life, relax, and eliminate bad energies. The Rastafarians believe that the plant will bring the human being closer to its creator, Jah.But as I already told you, there are and were other cultures that use cannabis as part of their religious rites.

    In the Hindu culture

    Lord Shiva is described in the Vedas collection of holy books as the lord of “Bhang”, which is a traditional drink created with marijuana, milk, sugar and spices. The religious use of this drink occurs mainly during the sexual acts of Tantric Religious Yoga. Before each session the Bhang is consumed and a mantra is recited for the goddess Kali (universal mother) in order to intensify the experience, where it is intended to achieve a full connection of mind, body and spirit.

    Other cultures

    In Chinese culture, marijuana was a very important plant for ancient shamans. The Tibetans, the Celts, the Egyptians or the Mediterranean are cultures that traditionally used this plant, both for therapeutic and mystical purposes, they believed in the use of cannabis as a spiritual vehicle.

    In Mexico, the Indians of the Hidalgo, Puebla and Veracruz regions use a plant they call Rosa María or Santa Rosa (identified as Marihuana) and which they consider as a means of communicating with the Virgin and as a part of the heart of God. .

    Nuns

    The Sisters of the Valley call themselves nuns, but without professing the Catholic faith. Basing their particular religion on the cultivation of the marijuana plant, they fight against the government that, they say, has abandoned the people, while they bill more than a million dollars a year in the process.

    As well as them, some modern movements are included in this religious list, the Ministry of THC, Temple 420, the Ministry of the Green Faith, Cantheism, the Assembly of Cannabis, The Church of the Universe, the Church of the Free Marijuana of Honolulu, and the First Church of Cannabis.

    Cannabis and spirituality

    The cannabis plant has been considered a sacred and magical plant for thousands of years in various ancient cultures of the world, as we saw recently, it is connected with the body through our endocannabinoid system, but it also connects with our spirit, how?

    In my experience with cannabis, I can say that it is used medicinally to balance hormones and pain during menstruation; recreationally, to de-stress after work, or while taking a walk, even for sex. Also, in my time alone, when I get involved or connect with the muse, either writing or perhaps playing an instrument. In this way I manage to connect with myself, get to know myself and sometimes accept myself, beyond the stereotypes that normally define us. This is the moment that connects me with my sprituality, my essence and who I really am.

    However, I believe that cannabis is not a channel to connect with you, but rather it is like a travel companion, the one you choose because you know you are going to have a good time. Cannabis or not, you are the only channel that can make it possible.

    In that sense, there are certain routines that can help you reach high levels of spiritual elevation, such as yoga, daily meditation, breathing exercises or taking care of your body.

    According to an article that talks about the connection between cannabis and the chakras, it says that cannabis in its various forms helps to mobilize the chakras. it can improve and balance the “energy of the body”. Through a real connection caused by the psychoactives of marijuana on these points, amplifying their vibration and energy flow. But as I told you at the beginning of this article, nothing is scientifically proven.

    Cannabis and emotional health

    We wanted to know the opinion of our Emotional Health professional YenniferRoldan, about the relationship of cannabis with consciousness and the importance of being connected. We invite you to listen to the audio.

    The next time you consume cannabis, I invite you to do the following exercise:

    • Find a place that you like and where you can be calm. (Preferably in contact with nature)
    • Close your eyes and count 10 slow breaths
    • Open your eyes and begin to detail what surrounds you, look at the details, the colors, the shapes

    Ask yourself how you feel?

    • Does cannabis have a connection with my spirituality?
    • In what way does cannabis help you feel good about yourself?

    What you answer will be the beginning of a spiritual relationship with cannabis, which you will discover as you continue to ask yourself questions and continue to investigate within yourself.

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    2 COMMENTS

    1. Everybody is different. The same drug produces very different effects in different people. Today’s pot is vastly more powerful than the “homegrown” we smoked in the 60s and 70s. People with talent and experience-based knowledge became very good at growing high quality pot on a commercial scale. And now there are many different custom-bred varieties of marijuana that produce different effects.

      In my experience (decades ago) I get zoned out smoking pot, or eating it for the body stone. I don’t like being zoned out. Some guys that do hard labor claim pot reduces their body pain. I tried it and found it intensifies my awareness of the pain. I felt intensely aware of everything around me and “paranoia” from assuming everybody in the vicinity was as aware of me as I was of them. You have to try it and find what works for you, and what doesn’t work for you.

      I didn’t really care for pot, though I smoked it to be social. I preferred the plants like peyote and mescaline that take you real clear and high. Or mushrooms that open your mind and eyes to the spirit world Or acid (LSD) that can take you to the highest highs and is always interesting for the perceptual effects (hallucinations). Even hashish, that is made from marijuana, produces a clearer high than straight pot.

      But a lot of people don’t want to get clear and high.. They want to calm down, relax, zone out. Many people find pot is good for that. We are all different. We want different things, and what we want changes over time. Do what works for you. I did. It was illuminating. And fun!

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