Your quick guide to being a more mindful cannabis user
Do you have a positive relationship with cannabis? Is everything on the up and up in your life?
Is cannabis taking from you more than it gives? Hindering you with a head full of fog?
With this plant, it can go either way – depending on how you approach it.
Essentially, each person must find what works best for them. The only way you can do that is to be mindful about when and why you use cannabis and how it affects you.
If you want to get the most out of this herb, if you want it to add value to your life by tapping into its amazing benefits – mindful use is a big part of that.
Whether you’ve been consuming for a long time or are fairly new to cannabis, staying on top of how this psychoactive plant affects your life is important.
Here are a few tips to help cannabis lovers determine the difference between misuse and mindful use.
#1) What is your intent with using cannabis?
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Every time you are thinking to use cannabis, it is helpful to consider the exact intent.
In other words, WHY are you consuming this psychoactive herb?
Examples of intent could include anything from relieving a skull-splitting headache, to treating insomnia or depression, or simply relaxing with family and friends at the end of the day.
People turn to this plant for countless reasons, and they learn how to get the benefits they’re looking for.
If you aren’t crystal clear about WHY you’re turning to cannabis, it’s a good question to ask yourself.
#2) Mindset and Environment
Once you understand your intent, it’s a lot easier to gauge this other component of mindful use: set and setting.
‘Set’ refers to your actual mindset, while ‘setting’ refers to your immediate environment.
So when considering whether or not to ingest, it helps to literally ask yourself:
- Why do I want to use cannabis (intent)?
- How will cannabis add value to my current situation?
- Would it be better to wait until later?
This is something that each person must decide for themselves. Because we all react to this plant in different ways.
Awareness of set and setting allows people to curate psychoactive experiences from which they can reap immense therapeutic value.
The THC-induced epiphanies that you have while staring deep into a Picasso painting or while having an intimate conversation with a friend will stick with you long after the high has worn off.
Or how about a late night work session with Mozart playing in the background? Or you lying in the dark, listening to your heartbeat, eyes closed, drifting off to a good night’s sleep.
#3) Understand what works for you and what doesn’t
Like the other two points, this is something that each cannabis consumer must decide for themselves.
Some consumers know exactly what works for them, and they generally stick to it with a successful outcome.
Others are constantly tweaking and experimenting with their cannabis regimen for maximum results.
Some people find that micro-dosing works best for them, others find value in consuming only at night. And yet there are people who thrive on consuming greater amounts of cannabis throughout the day.
On occasions where the results are not so beneficial, like when you consume too much or at the wrong time of day – it’s a good idea to make a conscious note when something doesn’t work for you.
Cannabis education versus cannabis fear
The more we learn about how this plant benefits or interacts with our minds and bodies, the less likely we are to abuse it.
Prohibitionists are so frightened by examples of misuse, especially among young people, they have forgotten the power of education.
Instead of trying to keep cannabis in the shadows, let’s continue to hold it up to the light, talk about it, ask questions about it – stay curious.
Do you believe that mindful cannabis use is important? If yes, feel free to share and let’s keep spreading the word.