Enjoy your moment and embrace what you are experiencing
Whether you are new to Cannabis or an experienced Cannabis user, we can all stand to gain higher connection with our true selves.
In current society, it can be difficult to listen to our inherent, inner desires through the cacophony of responsibilities, relationship expectations and financial demands that are typically included in the modern adult experience.
Additionally, new developments in our shared lifestyle – such as the 24-hour news cycle and the constant stream of social media content – only further separate us from the peace and connectedness associated with more simple living.
That said, I am happy to report that I have found a strategy that helps me to reconnect with myself: mindful Cannabis use.
Cannabis allows us to get in touch with the inner self. Bob Marley himself once said, “When you smoke herb, it reveals you to yourself.” And when we know and understand the inner self, we can start to nourish it for optimal alignment and happiness.
I want to share my approach to mindful Cannabis with you so that you can incorporate this tool into your own lifestyle. These steps are straightforward and can be practiced by anyone who has legal access to bud and 10 spare minutes!
This guide is intended for someone who is searching for the mindful experience that comes with consuming Cannabis alone. Smoking with a partner or friends is also a wonderful experience – one that harnesses harmony and community. However, for the optimal self-connected moment, I recommend consuming Cannabis by yourself.
SOURCE YOUR CANNABIS PRODUCT CONTAINING THC.
This may require a trip to your local Cannabis shop, or just a trip to your nightstand! By selecting a Cannabis product that contains THC, you are opting into the delightful and elevated headspace that the tetrahydrocannabinol molecule triggers in our brains.
FIND A COMFORTABLE PLACE IN YOUR HOME AND SET THE TONE.
I recommend sitting on a couch or armchair in a well-lit room. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or sparkling water. If you like to listen to music, put on some that lifts you up and makes you smile.
SET OUT YOUR CANNABIS, A JOURNAL, PEN AND SUPPLIES FOR A SMALL ACTIVITY YOU CAN WORK ON POST-CONSUMPTION.
I find that completing an activity with my hands after consuming Cannabis helps to foster the focus and headspace for higher thinking. This might be something as simple as giving yourself a manicure, knitting or drawing.
Turn off the TV and put your phone away. We spend so much time tuning in to what others are saying, but this exercise is about listening to you.
SIT AND CONSUME YOUR CANNABIS.
Start low and slow – there’s no need to overdo it or go too fast. Take a dose that has already proven to be comfortable for you, or was recommended by a dosing guideline or trusted budtender.
DO. BE. THINK. RECORD. BREATHE.
Enjoy your moment and embrace what you are experiencing. If you feel like it, try the tactile activity that you had selected. Most importantly, spend time with your thoughts. I also recommend writing down any insights you gain while in this elevated headspace. You may find that Cannabis allows us to face pending life uncertainties with greater ease and confidence. This exercise will help you to feel more connected. Connected to what makes you happy. Connected to your joys and your purpose. Connected to yourself.
Heather Dagley is a Cannabis writer who writes about the benefits of intentional Cannabis use on her blog, bud and blossom. Heather shares how she has used Cannabis and self-care to achieve optimal self-connection, health, and happiness – and how you can, too! Heather also highlights how Cannabis has helped others, including those suffering from ADHD, seizures, and opioid misuse disorder. You can find Heather’s blog at budandblossom.blog and follow her on Instagram @bud_n_blossom
STORY by HEATHER DAGLEY for leaf nation | ILLUSTRATIONS by JOSHUA BOULET @joshuaboulet for leaf nation