Cannabis and Spirituality 005: Strengthening your let go muscle

Many of us are slowly coming to the realization that because we carry the weight of our emotional baggage, trauma, our limited perceptions of our reality based on school systems, religious systems, what we’ve learned from family and relationships that we’ve created this inevitable need to unpack.

A need to find balance.

The flower of the female cannabis plant unlocks the yin, the receptive energy in all of us. In doing so, it allows us to feel more deeply connected to nature, share more authentic exchanges between one another and commune with different aspects of ourselves.

However, this is not how we have been taught to navigate the physical world. Instead, we’ve adopted the mindset of the conqueror on a conquest, the masculine yang energy, always focusing our attention on what we need more of: more wealth, possessions, status. Never focusing on what it is we could be letting go.

The let go muscle is about removing the need to control every moment of our human experience.

The let go muscle is about giving yourself permission to lay it all down.

The let go muscle is about learning how to trust yourself that you’ll be resilient.

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Cannabis and Spirituality 004: Spiritual Activism

Cannabis and Spirituality 004: Spiritual Activism

Among indigenous peoples throughout the world, the cannabis plant and various others are often called ‘teacher plants’ and they are felt to give the user direct access to the spiritual world and to storehouses of wisdom not otherwise available to them. It was common for shamans, healers, and seers to claim that their knowledge of the healing power of plants and the correct ways of using them was given them in dreams or visions produced by the ingestion of entheogen.

It’s why this idea of cannabis use for spiritual activism is so profound. It’s connected to something otherworldly and outside our sensory perception that has a hand in co-creating our reality with us through inspiration, creativity, new perspectives and deeper levels of tolerance and compassion for others.

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Cannabis and Self Evaluation

Ultimately, you have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts. It reflects our divine nature, and power to be self-determining.

Your mind is your spiritual estate.

To complete this exercise you’ll need a quiet place. I suggest going out into nature. You’ll need a paper and pen. Or you can meditate on these questions one by one if that seems more appropriate. The goal is to take inventory of your attitudes, feelings and relationship to cannabis based on how you use it, why you use it and the opinions of others you may have internalized about both yourself and the plant.

Be gentle with yourself.

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Cannabis and Spirituality 003: Set and Setting

Coming to a clear understanding of how both the set and setting play a crucial role in the experience that you have with cannabis is the first step to developing a deeply spiritual relationship to the plant. Often times, the way we first encounter the plant does not require or ask of us to set an intention, or doesn’t take place in an environment that is conducive to spiritual growth. It doesn’t require us to do our own self-evaluation or prompt us to ask what stories about cannabis we tell ourselves, or the stories we tell ourselves about who we are because we use it.

But over time, you ask yourself why? Why you smoke so much. Why are you only smoking in social settings. Why you care about what other people think that you do smoke. Why you feel like cannabis might be holding you back, keeping you stagnant or in a mental fog. These are all things that at some point a cannabis consumer has asked themselves.

This usually presents itself as the moment that many decide to stop using cannabis. And for those of us who seek the answers, it’s where our cannabis practice and spiritual evolution meet one another.

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It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

Onset times are probably one of the most important things to consider when consuming cannabis and yet not enough conversation is happening around sublinguals. While cannabis is often consumed to amplify a moment in time, to enjoy the fullness of living in the present, or to relieve some immediate discomfort, the response time can sometimes take longer than we need.

Sublinguals are fast acting without affecting the respiratory system and provide measured dosage without the delayed, prolonged and intensified effects of edibles. Sublingual administration is far more efficient than smoking. You can think of bioavailability as efficiency. Sublinguals are an alternative ingestible form of cannabis. The effects of a 2.5 mg sublingual are NOT the same as a 2.5 mg edible.

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How the term "recreational" is often misused in cannabis conversation

How the term "recreational" is often misused in cannabis conversation

Recreation is usually used to emphasize an act of leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, entertainment, amusement. But are these not all things that in some way contribute to good health? When we think about the diseases that invade the body, we have to understand the root cause of those diseases: which is the physical equivalent of some spiritual, emotional or mental imbalance that influences the body. Cannabis is a wellness tool, a healing herb, that extends beyond the self-depreciating labels that limit us to our productivity and dismisses everything outside of that as “recreational” considering the most widely accepted understanding of the term. I invite you to dive deeper to harness your creativity, ability to outgrow old ways of thinking and being to be renewed, to redefine cannabis on your terms and be present and intentional in creating your relationship to cannabis, whether for it medicinal properties or creative expression.

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Herb on the Side of Caution: The Safest Way to Travel with Cannabis

Herb on the Side of Caution: The Safest Way to Travel with Cannabis

Like many parts of the US, cannabis is criminalized and carries ridiculous penalties for possession. I’m by no means encouraging people to risk traveling with cannabis. But I will speak on my experiences. I’d like to preface this by saying it’s important to do your own research and make the best and most safe decision for you!

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Cannabis and Spirituality 002: Religious Revelations

Sunday is the only day of the week that everyone can agree is sacred. Whether you attend church, masque, fast or feed the homeless, Sunday is the day we take care to replenish the spirit, whether it’s through acts of selflessness or self-care.

Because I usually spend the day running errands early in the day, buying flowers or grocery shopping for the week, I tend to listen to Sunday sermon broadcasts on the radio. My understanding is that even though I don’t practice a particular religion, the word is still a word no less. And every so often I find myself pleasantly surprised at just how divine spiritual texts are in their essence.

The most recent sermon I tuned into focused on Revelations 22:2. It reads:

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