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5 Best Cannabis Strains for Meditation

Introduction

At a time when the world is suffering from the greatest stress-inducing crisis in a hundred years, there has perhaps never been a better time to look at the best cannabis strains to assist meditation. Both practicing meditation and the taking of marijuana have probably never been more prevalent at any time in history. So why not combine the two and find a deeper calm and recognition of oneself.

People are recognizing the huge beneficial side of using cannabis more than ever. As society finally accepts the broad use of both medical and recreational weed, many are turning to the drug to incorporate it into a healthy lifestyle. Both medicating with marijuana and practicing meditation are fully recognized as amazing stress relievers. When used together both appear to increase in their efficacy. 

In Asia, some of the more enlightened religions use both cannabis and meditation as part of their everyday rituals. In Buddhism, for example, it is common practice.

The 5 Best Cannabis Strains To Assist Meditation

Northern Lights

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the purest Indica strains ever discovered. Heavy with THC, it produces an almost instant euphoric high and is extremely popular among Yoga practitioners. It helps muscles relax and enables yoga meditation positions to be held for longer than normal. It is a well known sleeping aid and can alleviate many stress-related problems. It is for sure one of the best cannabis strains for both meditation and help with insomnia.

The plant grows to about 1.2meters indoors and 2 meters outside. Each plant can produce an impressive 625g but needs nice warm environments. It is a truly impressive and memorable l strain.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream

Whilst many strains of marijuana induce feelings of happiness, Blue Dream takes this to another level and most people describe the effects as extremely euphoric. A 60% Sativa 40% Indica hybrid it is terrific for early morning meditation sessions, top greet the day with renewed positivity. With earthy Blueberry flavor and citrus and floral notes, it provides a truly memorable morning high. 

Blue Dream carries a 17% THC level and almost nonexistent CBD. It has become one of the most popular strains in America and is widely available. Extremely popular among meditators, it couldn’t fail to make our list of best cannabis strains for meditating.

White Buffalo

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White-Buffalo Photo- Culture Magazine

This apple and herb-flavored beauty packs a high THC laden hit ideal for rejuvenating users. With a slight hint of diesel, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable and well-balanced flavor. It brings with it, huge THC levels of around 20% or even 25%. It is a hybrid of 80% Sativa and 20% Indica. Given the name of the White Buffalo, sacred to many Native Americans, It is rooted in Blackberry Kush, Roman, and Bay 11. 

It is an amazing looker, dark in color with a blue and purple hue, with orange pistils. The sparkling trichomes develop beautifully as it approaches full ripeness. It can be somewhat difficult to locate seeds but ion you are lucky enough to find some, it can quite easily be grown indoors. It can start flowering in just 7 weeks or so.

Lavender

Lavender Photo: Leafly.com

This powerful Indica dominant hybrid has a TRHC count that can be as high as 19%. It was created by the people at Soma Seeds and is a cross between Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean, and Afghani Hawaiian. It also goes by the name of Soma#10. It is well suited to late-night meditation as it has been shown to be particularly effective with the treatment of insomnia. It’s strong Indica effects mean that it offers significant pain relief as well. 

It is often described as getting you ‘heady’ without completely blowing your mind. This is an ideal state for meditation. With floral and herby flavors, the aroma of lavender, and a super calming effect this is perfect for those wishing to meditate before retiring to bed. It is well worthy of its slot in the 5 best cannabis strains for late-night meditation.

Grand Daddy Purple

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Grand Daddy Purple

This made its debut in 2003 when it was first introduced by Ken Estes. It was this strain that made his name. Estes now owns a chain of dispensaries and clinics throughout California. Grand Daddy Purple (often called simply GDP) is a famous Indica cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrasting backdrop for its snow-like dusting of white crystal resin.

Best Delivery Methods of Cannabis for Meditation

There are many methods of injecting cannabis of course but it is normally taken that smoking or vaping is the best for meditative purposes. Edibles will work but they can take unto two hours to take effect. So unless you really plan out your day, that is not ideal, especially if it’s an early morning session that you wish to enjoy. 

Vaping is considered ideal as it enables users to judge their dosage with great precision. This is ideal for newbies and people with low tolerances of THC. For the more experienced among you, smoking flower is ideal. With experience and practice combining your weed with other medical herbs can be super effective. 

Develop Your Meditation Techniques.

There are some excellent videos available on YouTube to help you learn meditation practices. Get into a quiet, comfortable position, and learn to meditate. It will be of huge benefit in your life. With the constant clatter and chaos of modern living, it can be difficult to get used to finding inner peace. It is definitely something that anyone can learn with practice. 

It is imperative to focus on your breathing. Take slow deep breathes hold it in your lungs before exhaling slowing. Some people find that vocalizing what you are doing helped illuminate distractions. So say the words inhale, hold, and exhale as you breathe. With practice, you will soon get to the right state of mind to fully relax and give your mind to the meditation. If thoughts pop into your head don’t fight them but rather let them come and go gently passing through your mind. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. In the early stages just try 10-minute sessions then make them longer as you improve. You will soon find that a 30-minute meditation flies by in no time at all. Set out your goals in advance. If you are meditating to feel calmer then make that your goal. As you come to the end of your session, let your mind return to normal slowly. Remember it’s not a competition, do everything at your own pace and you will find amazing peace and tranquility. These best cannabis strains will certainly put you in the right mood. 

Summary

More and more people around the world are now using meditation for physical and mental health, enlightenment and too gain some kind of spiritual awakening. It has always been accepted that weed can help take you to the right mind space to enable better meditation. Buddhist monks have known this forever. Obviously, Rastafarians also have used marijuana as part of their spiritual journey. The benefits of weed for meditation are beyond question. 

Make time for yourself, find a tranquil spot, light up a joint using one of our suggestions for the best cannabis strains, and enjoy the complete relation of peace, quiet and meditation. Good luck and good health.

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Celiac Disease and Medical Cannabis Treatment

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Causes and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is a relatively common disease that affects the digestive systems in about 1% of the World’s population. 1%, of course, means that approximately 70 million people suffer from this often serious illness. It is also referred to as celiac sprue. The symptoms occur when a sufferer consumes gluten. It should however not be confused with simple gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein that is present in barley, wheat, rye, and other cereals. If a Celiac disease sufferer eats gluten it causes their immune system to attack the small intestine lining. 

The lining of the small intestine, in turn, becomes inflamed and damages the tiny villi, finger-like projections about 0.5–1.6 mm in length, which extend into the tubular structures. When these become inflamed or even damaged they can cause severe abdominal pain, bloating, gas, Diarrhoea or constipation, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. This is a serious illness. 

Villi Inflamed by Celiac Disease

Many people with celiac disease complain of severe fatigue, depression and headaches, and a whole range of other issues and complications. If it develops in childhood it can lead to growth development problems delayed puberty and bone and tooth damage. It is a difficult disease to diagnose as some patients remain asymptomatic. 

It is actually an immune system disorder but is unique in that it only occurs after consuming gluten. This, of course, means that it can be mainly avoided by simply cutting gluten out of one’s diet. I say simply, but it is far from simple. Many everyday products contain gluten and in some countries, it is not listed among ingredients. Cosmetics, toothpaste, and dietary supplements are common products containing gluten. 

Medical Cannabis Treatment for Celiac Disease

It can be incredibly difficult for people to simply cut gluten completely out of their diet. For this reason, doctors and scientists have been looking for alternatives. In turn, many sufferers have turned to medical marijuana and report positively on the effects. 

In March this year, the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in America issued the findings of a report into the use of medical marijuana to treat and alleviate the symptoms of celiac disease. The report use data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey between the years of 2009 and 2014.

One of the most interesting this that the study showed was that a staggeringly high number, 66% of Celiac sufferers who exhibited no symptoms were regular cannabis users. Yet among Celiac Disease sufferers who had exhibited symptoms and therefore had been diagnosed the number was only 6%.

The Endocannabinoid System 

The endocannabinoid system is more commonly referred to simply as the ECS. Wikipedia describes the ESC as “a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors (CBRs), and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.”

The ECS comprised of chemicals called endocannabinoids and cell receptors, known as CB1 and CB2. When these bind, they trigger reactions, which in turn, help keep the body in balance. The ECS is to be found in most tissues within the human body. They are found in very high concentrations within the intestine. They control inflammation and it is this area that is exciting scientists. 

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Their study in 2013 showed up some very interesting facts, regarding the relationship between Celiac disease and levels of CB1 and CB2. It was shown that patients above-average levels of CB1 and CB2 in their intestines when compared to patients who had been adhering to strictly gluten-free diets. This is potentially exciting news regarding the use of cannabis as a treatment.

Summary

There is much research still to be done and hopefully, President Trump’s blocking of much medical research will not hinder the work that needs to be done. Celiac disease is life-altering for millions of people and they deserve to be given a chance of any treatment that enables them to live full and active lives. 

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