Cannabis and Spiritual GrowthDec 30, 2021 09:31AM ● By Angelia Perrone
Cannabis, like other entheogens, has an ancient history of spiritual use. It has profound roots in Hinduism, Islam, Rastafarianism and native customs in the Asian/African regions. Cannabis residue has even been detected at the gravesites of shamans during the Neolithic Revolution, suggesting that it had been used shamanically as far back as the Stone Ages (10,000-4,500 BCE).
Some may refer to cannabis as an old teacher. Its nutritious seeds have been cultivated by humans for at least 10,000 years. Its fibers have been used for things like fabric since at least 5600 BP (before present), and its resin-rich flowers have been used for spiritual, medicinal and recreational use since at least 2700 BP. Cannabis has a long environmental, as well as spiritual, history. This ancient plant has the potential to be a sincere spiritual ally when given the proper respect.
When consumed with a skillful approach, cannabis is a plant that can expand one’s consciousness and assist spiritual growth. A user must set an intention with the plant. Setting an intention, even speaking to the plant, can enter someone deeply into the present moment. The neutrality of the plant can energize these intentions and assist with manifesting.
Think of cannabis on an energetic level. When an individual consumes cannabis, they are invoking the plant into their auric field, the energy field that surrounds our body. Cannabis vibrates at the frequency of acceptance. The acceptance of self may allow one to look inward, accept traumas, forgive others, all while beginning the healing process.
For some of us, it may be difficult to relax and may take a little weed to get in the “zone”. The ability to quiet the mind and to notice inner stillness is a fundamental part in this cycle. Also, the portion, strain type, frequency of use and specific setting are all factors to be taken into account.
Cannabis may be a gracious way into surrendering to the moment for what it is, and at the same time accepting oneself. There may be a divine reason why humans are built with endocannabinoid receptors throughout the mind and body. If cannabinoids regulate the communication of cell messages, there could be a spiritual process behind it. Consumption doesn’t necessarily mean impairment; it may very well be a connection to a new level of consciousness.
The spiritual benefits of cannabis are vast. One’s responsiveness may grow stronger when beginning to use cannabis. Pairing cannabis with exercise, yoga or meditation may create a more profound effect. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to experimenting with cannabis and spirituality.
Angelia Perrone is an inventory supervisor at Full Harvest Moonz, a recreational cannabis dispensary located at 95 Plaistow Rd., Haverhill, MA. For more information, visit FullHarvestMoonz.com.