Cannabis Consciousness: The joys of marijuana’s enlightening, meditative and spiritual effects

By Lauren Glendenning
Brought to you by Tumbleweed Dispensary

From cloud-gazing to meditation to sparking creative energy, people enjoy marijuana’s countless benefits for the mind, body and spirit.

In the Vail Valley and the rest of Colorado, the legal cannabis industry has changed the game in terms of marijuana potency and versatility. Thanks to technology, intricate growing practices and countless cannabis strains, the industry has created a market for which users often can choose their desired effects first, followed by the strain or ingestion method that best suits their needs.

Cannabis consumption has historically been linked to positive feelings of euphoria and an altered state of mind, but today’s users are expanding the benefits to include deeper, contemplative journeys.

“Cannabis can be a good tool to help quiet down the outside noise of life and become more focused on internal, contemplative thoughts,” said Ridge Curington, director of operations for Tumbleweed Dispensary, which has locations in Avon, Carbondale, Frisco, Edwards, Parachute and De Beque. “In this sense, it can help prepare you for meditation, by helping you to clear your head and live in the moment.”

This can help users develop new perspectives and philosophies on life, including insight into one’s own morals and beliefs, Curington said.

“When having trouble with new ideas or concepts, cannabis can also be used as a catalyst to help get the creative juices flowing,” he said. “Cannabis helps to open your mind to new things without the preconceived notions that have been built up in your head over the years.”

Anyone with a willingness to expand their mind, perspectives and ideas would be a good candidate for consuming cannabis for these intended outcomes. Starting with a low dose and easing into it is best for those not used to consuming it.

Many users say it’s also important to set intention by actually having some preconceived notions about what kinds of effects cannabis is going to produce, though.

Have you ever intentionally used marijuana before an event, such as a hike or a concert, with a desired outcome for that experience? Often, the desired outcome is the outcome.

Just like a person’s head space and state of mind can affect marijuana’s effects, the setting in which a person uses it also has an impact.

“Make sure you are somewhere safe and comfortable and with people you like,” Curington said. “I always like to listen to some music when I am consuming, but it is really a personal preference.”

Sometimes seeking a spiritual experience or an alternative state of consciousness doesn’t work. Every person reacts differently to cannabis, he said. While generally viewed as a relaxing experience, this isn’t always the case.

Sativa strains, for example, are associated with cerebral highs, meaning that the effects will mostly be felt in the brain/mind, Curington said.

“These are nice for introspective thinking, as they are not as sedative and can create very interesting headspace,” he said. “Notable strains would be Sour Diesel, Durban Poison, Blue Dream, Super Lemon Haze and Tangie.”

If these strains don’t work for you, either change the strain or your setting, try some different music or try meditating.