I’ve been getting questions in regard to the amount and kinds of cannabis that one might partake of in one of my Elevation Ceremonies – or in your own quiet, contemplative or meditative practice. I’m going to talk about the balance of the active components in the cannabis plant – and how they might effect you.
At this point in time, we know more about the cannabis plant than we’ve ever known before. And there are organizations specializing in finding out what ratios – or make-up – of the cannabis plant are good for various health ailments.
For our purposes though, we’re going to focus on the plant as a tool for reaching higher consciousness where personal revelations and emotional healing can occur.
What we currently know most about are two components of the plant we call cannabinoids: THC and CBD. And while there’s a growing body of information out there about the physical healing aspects of these components of the cannabis plant, there’s not a lot about their use for going inward for finding clarity and peace and that emotional healing – which is the focus of my ceremonial work.
Navigating Higher Consciousness with the Plant
Consciousness work with the plant is experiential. There’s some old information out there – primarily from the 1970’s and 80’s. But these writings came long before we knew about the various constituents of the cannabis plant and what they do.
Also what’s new are the stratospheric levels of the psycho-active THC in today’s cannabis. So high, in fact, that a lot of folks, who are sensitive, get really anxious or paranoid when the psychoactivity is abnormally high.
This – or being absolutely baked – can compromise consciousness exploration. (But never say never, eh? – I’ve had rich sessions on quality hash, but it’s a valuable skill to know how to stay anchored if things get, um, messy in your head. This is a learnable skill BTW.)
Anyway, this is why I’ve been exploring CBD-dominate strains. CBD can negate some of that anxiety that THC causes as well as offer a relaxing and focused dimension. One of our ceremony participants described CBD-dominate strains as giving the feeling of a “warm and nurturing hug”. How perfect is that to be able to put your anxiety or whatever in check and join us in ceremony! Or for anybody else for that matter!
The take home is that when cannabis doesn’t relax you, it’s usually a sign that the strain was too high in THC for you, or you consumed too much cannabis.
Start Modestly Even if You’re Hard Core
In fact, in my Elevation Ceremonies, I always suggest starting modestly – if you’re smoking it, one or two tokes, if you’re vaping it, a couple of pulls. You can always do more once you’ve established your personal baseline, which is likely not the same baseline as when you’re gearing up to party.
If you’re in a legal, or a “have” state as I call it, you have all kinds of products available to you (lucky us) and this means that you have the opportunity to experiment with various strains – especially the spectrum of CBD and THC ratios.
Because we have it available to us here in Colorado, I’ve guided ceremonies where we had even 1-to-1 ratios of CBD-to-THC products, products that had twice as much CBD as THC. I’ve even been trying a product that has 20-times more CBD than THC. As CBD can help calm your mind, it’s a terrific tool for consciousness exploration.
Now having said all that, I’m a BIG fan of using the so that, just as in a , like an apple or an orange, you have all parts of the plant working together and they’re balanced – that is not isolating the components like CBD or THC.
Now having said all that, I’m a BIG fan of using the whole plant so that, just as in a whole food, like an apple or an orange, you have all parts of the plant working together and they’re balanced – that is not isolating the components like only CBD or only THC.
The Terpene Thing
There’s also a whole school of thought emerging about terpenes (the essential oils in the plant) and how they may influence behaviors and mood. Although there are some companies focusing on it, it’s all still pretty expensive and esoteric at this point. Not to mention, I can just see you guys in the “have not’ states talking to your supplier about terpene profiles in your stash.
At any rate, it’s important to proceed in an experiential way … trying different ratios, seeing what works for you, because we’re all so different.
Plant Medicine: Always Optional
In my Elevation Ceremonies we engage in vigorous body and breath practices from ancient Eastern traditions. And plant medicine is always optional.
You can explore the deep inner reaches of consciousness without cannabis or any other psycho-active substance for that matter. I just find that personally our beloved cannabis plant offers a welcoming portal to being in touch with our higher selves.
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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this video should be taken as medical advice or encouragement to consume cannabis, especially where it’s illegal. In fact, for this video and everything else in your world, always check in with YOURSELF before acting based on anything you read, hear or watch.
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