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The Magic of Cannabis Nobody Talks About

On a personal basis, I consider cannabis to be a divine plant. Quite frankly, I have serious doubts whether I would have found my way to self-healing without it. As a medical marijuana patient in Colorado, my doorway to self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and gratitude was opened thanks to the use of this beautiful plant medicine.

With the help of the plant, I found inner bliss and resolve for my condition; I reconnected with my heart and found my inner guide. Nobody ever speaks of these massive intangible benefits. Also, I avoided opioids for pain management, so I can’t say enough good about cannabis and how thankful I am for having had prescribed access to the green stuff since 2011.

I vaporize micro-doses of plant medicine to help me overcome the pain of my daily flexibility and postural strength training. The effects of the herb are immediate, and it helps me to achieve an intense healing awareness of my bodymind during morning pain management rituals. Perhaps even more importantly, it helps me find the motivation to get up and move by providing a deeply satisfying relationship with my body. It also helps me reconnect with my emotions, which is vital to my self-awareness.

In my experience, ingesting a dose of cannabis edibles about an hour before a massage or float session is pure magic. Just recently I was able to contact the moment of my deepest pain (from when my mom died just before I turned three years old) and release a tremendous amount of emotional trauma during massage therapy. I contend that without having taken plant medicine to assist me with this, massage therapy would have been far less effective. I would go so far as to say that with cannabis, my tissue massage was 10x as rewarding than it would have been without it. I was able to connect with my bodymind on a deeper level than otherwise possible.

The Spiritual and Healing Effects of Cannabis

The spiritual and healing effects of cannabis are well documented, and many books have been written about it. The point is, we don’t need to wait for “studies” to be done to know as a species how good it works for us. Afterall, the pot plant has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and our culture was one of the first to make it so completely taboo.

One major intangible benefit of cannabis I receive is the ability to overcome depression and find an enormous motivation to take care of myself which otherwise goes completely ignored. Without using cannabis in one form or another, I never find the motivation needed to the bodywork required to stay healthy. However, after a single dose of weed, I find myself motivated to spend hours doing yoga, foundation training, or taking the time to meditate.

If you want to hear some passionate discussion about the spiritual and healing benefits of cannabis, listen to any one of these Joe Rogan podcasts. He’s the only other person I’ve heard talk about it so liberally, and he presents solid and logical arguments on behalf of legalization.

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Rocky Mountain High, Colorado

The depths of my despair and anxiety were turned around by the fortune of living in one of the most progressive states on the legalization of marijuana. Believe me, I don’t take it for granted. Used in microdoses, a little cannabis vapor keeps me going when I would otherwise succumb to my pain and depression. A small enough dose will help me overlook my disability for a few hours so that I can focus on the more critical issues in my life. I get close to what I imagine it must be like to “feel normal” without chronic pain. Who wouldn’t want that?

If I were to define what I believe enlightenment to be, I would say this about it: enlightenment would mean having a conscious control over yourself at all times; this includes conscious control of your body, your mind, your reactions, your thoughts, your viewpoints, your opinions, your external influences, the strength of your bonds with family and friends, your expectations, your communication, etc. To put it bluntly: medical cannabis allowed me to become enlightened.

We eventually all learn that we cannot control what happens in the world and that we cannot fix a broken world. We discover we can only control ourselves. If you can’t imagine having control of any one of those things in the list above, then perhaps that’s a place to start for you. We need to find a chink in the armor, a crack in the shell somewhere within our consciousness. Who wants to be out of control? Without a doubt, cannabis helped me to imagine a better future for myself where I was in control more often and less reactive in adverse situations.

Learning about the relationship between your awareness and your bodymind can make all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, our language and modern medicine have screwed things up to make it all the more confusing. Is our brain the mind? Are the mind and our thoughts the same as our self-awareness? Is the brain something different than the body?

If Mind and Body are not separate things, then why do we have one kind of doctor for the mind and another sort of doctor for the body? Well, that’s the problem then, isn’t it? Especially if we are trying to help expand awareness that the body is mind, it starts to make less sense that these doctors would have utterly separate career paths, doesn’t it?

In such a flawed model of the human body, mind, and consciousness, there’s no possible reality within that framework where self-healing can happen. How could we impose upon the body and the mind the will of our consciousness if it’s all scrambled up together?

Self+BodyMind & Cannabis

Undoubtedly we can all agree that we appear to share our self-awareness with another intelligence system which keeps us alive. Our bodies are complex electrical organic organisms with colonies of cells of different kinds all working together to make our heart beat, our food digest, and our cells to regenerate. A wondrous intelligent network averaging 37 trillion cells (an inconceivable number), exchanging as many as 300 different molecules of information, and communicating with each other at the speed of light through our central nervous system.

A biological marvel for sure, and one which gives us the gift of life. Seemingly separate from all that automated organic intelligence, our consciousness exists within the same structure, self-aware and capable of reflecting upon our thoughts. We are capable of driving the body and controlling the mind, but we are also vulnerable to the cravings of the body and the whims of the mind to the degree we lack discipline. Trillions of cells working on our behalf.

So isn’t it interesting that on the surface of those trillions of cells which make up our bodies are tiny receptors seemingly custom-tailored for cannabinoid molecules? What if cannabinoids are an empathy molecule we need more of? It seems as though the cannabis plant can flip our cannabinoid receptors on; doing so brings instant relief of unwanted symptoms such as pain or anguish. It does so in a way which allows one to connect with the self-healing resources already present within the three brains of heart, mind, and gut.

Having cannabinoid receptors does not automatically mean they were made to be filled with cannabinoids derived by burning the cannabis flower.

However, mankind has used the plant for eons. There must be some kind of a relationship between our bodies and the plant. Despite records going back 4,700 years that document medicinal uses of cannabis, no one knew how it worked until 1964. But the research of the plant as a medicine came to a grinding halt with the passage of the 1970 Controlled Substance Act, and thus one of the greatest plant medicines of all time was held out of reach for over four decades.

Thankfully our minds are changing about plant medicine. As of mid-2018, about 65 percent of Americans no longer think smoking weed is a bad thing; that’s a solid majority of folks! And other plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms and DMT are making their way into therapies for trauma relief (in experimental stages).

The stigma from traditional conservative thinking about marijuana is that it’s a “gateway drug.” If that’s so, it is my personal experience that it’s a drug to the gateway of self-healing. The drug is powerful when used the right way, with the right frame of mind, and in the correct dosage. This explains why personal experimentation is required to figure out what works. It shouldn’t be a surprise; it’s the same approach psychs take with their liberal prescriptions of pharmaceutical psychotropics.

Medicial Cannabis Can Help Self-Healing

Consider for a moment that it is perhaps this relationship between cannabinoids and our cell receptors, plus the fact that the mind permeates every cell of the human body, which explains why marijuana can have such a profound effect upon our consciousness?

The magic nobody talks about when people are against weed include many intangible benefits which are most likely appreciated only by those who need it as a medicine and not those who abuse it for recreation. In my experience as well, cannabis helps me feel close to pain-free; it helps me have a good day, show compassion for myself and others, and get my work done so I can pay the mortgage. Without it, I’m a grumpy bastard always feeling sorry for myself and drinking too much in desperate compensation for my unwanted pain. Alcohol doesn’t help. Marijuana does.

Without the magic of the divine plant, I may have ended up dead a lot sooner than I would have preferred. I was racing around like an idiot, mad at the world, and frustrated with my lack of self-control. I experienced car accidents and crippling back spasms. I felt loathing for myself, and my self-esteem was non-existent. Medical marijuana helped turn that all around. Plant medicine helped me to overcome my pain each time for long enough that I was able to find my way away from suffering for more extended periods without it.

With the help of a plant, I was able to find my path towards self-healing. And that’s the magic of cannabis nobody talks about.