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Cannabis and Yoga: Toking and Meditating in an Attempt to Find Balance

Oct 26, 2017 | Health

The world we live in is fast paced and demanding. Smartphones have made it so that we are never more than a few seconds away from disconnecting ourselves from the world around us. Plus, we are bombarded with advertisements wherever we go that tell us we are missing something in our lives.

These distractions have led many people to search for inner peace and relaxation. Yoga and cannabis are popular answers to this dilemma. It seems rather straightforward, then, that doing yoga while high would result in an ultra-relaxing and consciousness-expanding experience, right?

As with most things in life, the answer isn’t a definitive yes or no, but a spectrum that is dependent upon individual experience and reaction. Let’s start with some basics.

Yoga Defined

There are many types of yoga that each have their own moves and goals. In this article, we will be focusing on hatha yoga, which encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. Hatha yoga is a system of postures whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over their internal states and rendering them fit for meditation.

Deciding to do yoga while high is a somewhat controversial topic among the diverse yogi community.

It is widely agreed upon that the purpose of yoga is to cultivate self-awareness by training the body and mind to recognize inner feelings and thoughts. Some argue that using cannabis creates a veil that masks the true experiences of reality. Others say that reaching the end goal of yoga is a different path for everyone, making weed consumption permissible for those whom it helps.

Can Partaking in Yoga While High Enhance Your Yoga Session?

Most of what we know about the benefits of doing yoga while high comes from personal accounts. It’s difficult to gather correlating scientific evidence as researchers must jump through a maze of hurdles in order to conduct research, seeing as how marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug.

Regardless, high yoga has become a popular workout and spiritual experience for those who are lucky enough to live where marijuana is legalized. People have reported that doing yoga while high allows them to become more flexible, perhaps because of its pain reducing effects.

Others say that it helps with their breathing and feelings of oneness, while some naysayers argue that it isn’t for them as it goes against core yogi beliefs.

Getting the Strain Right

If you want to partake in high yoga, being aware of your tolerance and reaction to marijuana is important. Sativa strains that are high in CBD are recommended. These strains are known to reduce anxiety and pain, enabling your brain to stop racing and your body to feel at ease.

Recommended strains/products include:

  • Harlequin
  • AC/DC
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Blue Dream

Relative Experience

The benefits of doing yoga while high are dependent upon the individual. You should be aware of the different effects of marijuana and the influence that it has on your body before trying yoga. From what I can tell the results of high yoga are hit or miss. My advice: give it a try, at best you’ll love it and at worst you’ll learn that it isn’t for you.