As you may have picked up on by now, I’ve been smoking joints for years. What you may not know is that I’ve been meditating for years too. The experience intensified last year when I went from full-time sales lady traveling Europe on a weekly basis for a big corporate employer to Founder and CEO of my own business/waitress/bartender/French teacher/wtf am I doing with my life-er. The latter occupation was starting to take a lot of my time and energy you see, all of which energy and time were very much needed for my other slashes. So I turned to a more regular and applied meditation practice. In combination with other wonderful habits that make up for my now-adored morning routine, meditation has been a game changer for me.
For those of you who have never practiced meditation or heard anything about it, it reduces stress and anxiety, lengthens attention pans and help with concentration, improves sleep, increases control over our mind and emotions, and can help with battling addiction and dealing with pain. And if you think all those benefits are only for those who practice every day for many years, excuse me for saying that you are wrong. 5 mins of meditation have the power to make a massive shift in your day and mindset. Try it, you will not regret it.
If you are looking for a way to get started with meditation, I recommend the following (free) apps:
- Insight Timer
- Stop, Breathe and Listen
The Wake and Bake
So anyways. You can imagine, I’m sure, that my meditation practice and my cannabis lover practice started to overlap. After all, one of the pillars of my morning routine has remained my favourite couple of all time: coffee + joint. So without even realising it, I started High Meditation (also referred to as Elevated Meditation, Ganja Meditation, and more).
Elevated meditation may appear very new-age, yet the practice actually has ancient roots. The Vedas — historical texts written in India around 1500 BC — list cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. The Hindu deity Lord Shiva has also often been described as a Cannabis Lover. To this day, Nepal still holds a yearly spiritual festival with cannabis serving as a central feature of the holy celebration.
So how does it feel, exactly? ‘Exactly’ is a tough one, so let me put it this way: it feels good. As far as I’m concerned, the combination of cannabis and meditation helps my mind quiet down further and allow me to ‘sink’ deeper into my body. My fellow meditators (not a word?) will understand. If you have never tried meditation, try it now! Right now! Thank me later! Seriously though, go for it. Start with 5 minutes. Right now. We’re waiting.
Feels good, right?
Anyways. As per all cannabis experiences, the effect will vary from beautiful being to another, depending on your mood, your physical and mental capacity that day, what you’ve eaten, and more. Approach with an open mind and let go of expectations – not before setting an intention for your elevated practice. It can be a word or a sentence, to set the tone and keep your mind and spirit aligned. For example, your intention might be: I open my mind to new levels of consciousness. Or, I am mindful. Or simply, love.
If you are not a regular cannabis consumer I would recommend to start with micro-dosing. That would be 1 drag or 2 of a joint (pure cannabis only to avoid the nasty tobacco to fuck with your head). Then sit in a comfortable position and enjoy.
Uplifting strains are recommended for Elevated Meditation, so favour Sativa strains. They’ll lift your anxiety and might bring a feeling of euphoria during the meditation. My personal go-to is Chocolope, a wonderful, creativity-boosting strain that I absolutely love. That’s my day-time favourite and it’s also the perfect strain for (not too) High Meditation.
I’d love to hear your stories now. Trying Cannabis with your meditation practice? Adding some meditation to your Cannabis practice? Share in the comments below or email me directly email@example.com. Wanna be featured on the Bloem & Moi Blog? Let me know 😉
Happy + Safe High Meditation beautiful people!
Much Love, A.M.P xxx