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If used responsibly cannabis can enhance your mindset in all sorts of ways.

Thankfully science has proven that cannabis does not make us stupid.

It’s not going to turn you into a lazy, burned-out stoner unless that’s what you want.

So, assuming you don’t smoke yourself into oblivion on a daily basis, does cannabis make you smarter?

And what does ‘smarter’ actually mean anyway?

By smarter I mean a GREATER AWARENESS of both the self and the world around you – opening the doors of perception in more ways than you might imagine.

Some companies are even starting to allow employees to consume cannabis at work because they recognize it helps with innovation and creativity.

But to extract that kind of value you have to respect the plant.

And when you respect the plant, you develop a healthy relationship with it, constantly learning about all the aspects of cannabis, its positives and negatives, how it affects you – and what it can teach you.

It all comes down to the choices you make, on and off cannabis.

Develop a healthy relationship with cannabis and it can enhance your insight into things like:

  • Mindfulness
  • Health
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Justice
  • Law
  • Botany

By now some of you may know exactly what I’m talking about. Others may be skeptical, confused, or downright alarmed!

So let’s unpack each of these 7 aspects to get a better idea of just how cannabis can open a person up to the world in new ways.

#1) Mindfulness

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How would you define a state of mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of calm, non-judgmental awareness of one’s current thoughts, sensations, feelings and environment.

Mindfulness can have extraordinary benefits for our health and life in general.

I mention mindfulness first because it encompasses a lot of the sections to follow – if not all of them.

In fact, mindfulness impacts just about every aspect of life. It increases our ability to learn new things, practice greater empathy towards others, and to get the most out of each moment.

So how does cannabis come into play?

When we use cannabis responsibly and with intent, it can open the mind in all sort of ways. It can inspire curiosity while allowing us to lower our defenses and better connect with the people and the world around us.

What’s even better is that the personal insights or epiphanies you gain while under the influence of cannabis can sometimes become life-altering revelations that remain with you long after the high has worn off.

The trick is to look at cannabis as a wellness product.

Yes, it does have disadvantages (it’s not a total enhancement), it can be abused, but so it goes with most everything else on this planet – which is where mindfulness comes into play.

#2) Health

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More people are turning to cannabis as part of their health and wellness regimen because it helps them achieve optimal performance from their minds and bodies.

How is is that cannabis makes you smarter about health?

Glad you asked!

People have used cannabis to lose weight, to recover from addictions to harder drugs and alcohol, to recover from eating disorders.

Cannabis has also sharpened people’s approach to emotional health by enhancing communication between loved ones or colleagues by facilitating reflection and ideation.

Does it help everybody become better communicators or to lose weight? No way.

You have to want to be a good communicator first. You have to want to lose weight.

However, cannabis could open your mind and inspire new ways of thinking about the choices you make.

An example from my own life: I once went three years without consuming any cannabis. When I got back into it in my first realization was I needed to stop drinking alcohol (and I’d been drinking a lot).

With the help of cannabis, I stopped drinking alcohol almost completely. If it were for the herb, I might have kept on boozing until something went wrong with my health.

Cannabis can give you new perspective, help you listen to your body more carefully, and at the same time can have a positive impact on the actual balance of your physiology.

Another way cannabis has made me smarter about health is that in my quest to learn and understand how this plant works with the body, I’ve also learned a lot of amazing things about the human body itself.


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#3) Science

The science behind how cannabis works is quite amazing.

The more you learn about cannabis and health, the more you get into the science of how it all works.

With everything we’ve been learning about the endocannabinoid system, we are finally understanding exactly HOW and WHY cannabis has so many medical advantages.

You could read an article about why cannabis causes dry mouth and all of a sudden you’re learning about the different saliva glands in the mouth.

Or dip into an article on cannabis and bone health and you’re learning how bone cells work.

Check an article about cannabis terpenes and suddenly you’re getting into the science of plant aroma and flavor.

The point is cannabis has made science cool for a lot of people.

Hopefully we can get the lawmakers on board!

#4) History

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History: those who forget are doomed to repeat.

Once you get an idea of the science and health benefits surrounding cannabis, how could you not question this long history of cannabis prohibition?

And once we start to understand the mountain of lies and misinformation over the past eight decades, we start to question that history.

Seriously. What lessons can we learn from one of the greatest scandals of the 20th Century?

Even more astounding is to understand that people have been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. Prohibition is just a small, weird blip on the radar of time.

As cannabis philosopher and writer Sebastian Marincolo says: “The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”

Those who forget are doomed to repeat.

#5) Social Justice

man getting arrested

Getting arrested can ruin your life in so many ways. Is it fair to arrest people for a plant?

We all know that the war on drugs has been an epic failure but once you start to get an idea of cannabis fact versus fiction, the amount of social injustice involved really starts to hit home.

And there are so many types of injustice to address. Whether we’re talking about the harmful racism the war on drugs has promoted or how it has warped pretty much all of the country’s major institutions, negatively affecting the lives of countless people.

It’s easy to get worked up about these things, especially when cannabis has given you a heightened sense of empathy.

And complaining won’t do any good. You can either accept the situation or change it.

#6) Law

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Cannabis inspires people young and old to get involved in the legal process.

This strong desire to participate in cannabis reform has many people entering the legislative process for the first time.

Cannabis advocates are learning how laws get made or changed and they’re going out and organizing entire campaigns and dialogues to make something happen.

That is fantastic to see this type of civic involvement. And even though people or groups can have differing values about cannabis reform, the important thing is that we unite our efforts by remembering why we fight for this plant in the first place.

#7) Botany

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What better way to learn how plants grow?

And of course once we free the flower, we have the option to grow our own medicine, which does come with quite a learning curve.

But it’s a learning curve worth traversing because let’s face it: gardening in general is a handy skill. Who wouldn’t want to be able to grow their own food and herbs?

Even if you’d rather have somebody else do the growing, you’ll at least want to learn HOW your cannabis is grown to ensure you’re consuming a safe, quality product.

10 Smart Cannabis Tips:

If you want to get smarter with cannabis, here are a few consumption tips to consider.

#1) Be mindful of when, where, and why you are consuming cannabis.

#2) Know what dosage levels work for you.

#3) Don’t be afraid to experiment with smaller doses.

#4) Take breaks if you’re consuming regularly.

#5) Experiment with different strain varieties, noting down what works and what doesn’t.

#6) Plan meaningful activities for your cannabis sessions.

#7) Make sure cannabis isn’t getting in the way of other parts of your life.

#8) Do your homework and learn everything about cannabis you can.

#9) Keep a cannabis journal.

#10) Write down cannabis-inspired ideas and review them when you’re not high.

#11) If the cannabis drawbacks are outweighing the benefits in your life, copy this list of tips and use them.

Does cannabis make you smarter? Or the opposite? Let us know in the comment section!