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Cannabis Yoga

Cannabis Yoga

Using Cannabis to Liberate Your Body and Your Mind

As more and more Canadians embrace cannabis as an option for improving health and wellbeing, many of us are participating in a national conversation to determine just how expansive a role cannabis should play. 

Certainly part of any discussion on the potential of cannabis to impact wellbeing should include the ancient art of yoga, given its history in parts of the world where yogis have been using it to enhance their spiritual and physical practice for millennia. Yoga and cannabis are reputed to help patients, especially those who use it as a treatment for pain, stress and anxiety relief, reconnect with their bodies and enjoy meaningful exercise.

Yogis have long been known to use herbs and supplements in their practices and the yogis and Sadhus of India have been drinking a spicy drink called bhang for centuries. Bhang is an edible form of cannabis used in both food and drink and marijuana has long been considered a medicinal and spiritual herb in India.

The traditional practice of yoga focuses on increasing flexibility, improving cardiovascular and respiratory functions, decreasing anxiety and depression and heightening a person’s overall wellbeing. Historically, some yoga practitioners believe that cannabis may help to ease a patient’s way on their journey to better physical condition. Indeed, currently cannabis yoga classes are offered across Canada in most urban centres while cannabis yoga rural retreats seem equally popular. 

American yoga experts Dee Dussault and Georgia Bardi, in their insightful book entitled: Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief and Enlightened Self-Discovery, lament the fact that the yoga cannabis tradition has been lost in many practices around the world and assert that “without the use of cannabis, the ability to truly relax, self-connect, and find peace is unattainable.”

The authors contend that practitioners can reap the benefits of cannabis’ scientifically proven effects on mental and physical conditions and their book is a welcoming guide through that process. It offers a path to relaxation that encourages awareness, movement, and reflection for a more stress-free, harmonious world. The authors assert that cannabis can, “bring a shift in consciousness that allows one to become more open to psychological, emotional, and energy states that aren’t usually operational in the grind of daily life.”

If you have yet to embark on this holistic journey using cannabis in a yoga practice, perhaps now might be the perfect opportunity because with March we welcome the beginning of spring. Spring brings forth our natural desire for rebirth and revitalization. Cannabis and yoga may both have an energizing and spiritual effect on our bodies.

An important thing to keep in mind before you start is that, although there can be many satisfying and enjoyable elements of practicing yoga while high, it may not be for everyone. We all have different tolerance levels for THC consumption, so if you want to begin your yoga practice by getting high, use only a very small amount of cannabis in your preferred form. Even a micro-dose may be enough to improve your flexibility while enhancing your spiritual experience. Talk to the cannabis experts at Medicanna Express to get their advice about dosage. 

After consuming your preferred dose of THC, depending upon the amount, you should begin to experience a heightened sense of awareness and body focus as you start your yoga routine. You might feel very serene and be able to achieve a deep, relaxing state of ultimate chill, combined with a profound sense of peace and wellbeing. You should be able to quiet your consciousness of any internal chatter to arrive in a peaceful head space yet still be able to perform yoga with ease. You may experience an intense connection to your body, limbs and movements. You should feel any residual stress release and dissipate. 

If you prefer CBD products or those that are not psychoactive, you are not alone as it is frequently the preferred choice of many yoga practitioners who want to benefit from the healing power of cannabis to relieve pain, but either have trouble tolerating THC, or simply do not wish to get high. CBD is available in a wide variety of delivery methods including edibles, tinctures and topical creams. Again, check with the experts at Medicanna Express about dosages.

CBD may help to effectively relieve pain from many chronic conditions including arthritis, stress and anxiety, back pain, and insomnia. Some practitioners who suffer from these conditions say that they would not be able to practice yoga at all without already being on a course of CBD treatment. So if you’re taking it regularly and your pain is under control, you should be ready to embark on your yoga journey. Just start slowly and methodically.

CBD should help to relax your tension-filled muscles, enabling confident movement and stretches; then provide fast muscle recovery from any post-yoga soreness. You can develop an increased mental clarity and focus while experiencing a measured awareness and connection with your body as it moves through your yoga routine. 

Reduced levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone” should provide relief from racing thoughts, anxiety, and stress, ultimately lifting your mood and enhancing your wellbeing. In fact, combining CBD with a bedtime yoga routing could help insomnia sufferers improve sleep.

Remember. If you need fast, affordable and effective medicinal cannabis delivered directly to your doorstep, the team at Medicanna Express is ready to provide patients with top quality medicinal grade cannabis where ever you need it across Canada.

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