Meditating

CBD and Meditation

A darkened room, a quiet space, a few deep breaths, and a willingness to direct one’s focus on quieting the mind - whether you’re a novice or expert meditator, you’ll likely know the basics of what the practice involves. You may have even read about all the potential benefits of meditating, with research promising everything from pain relief to a reduction in blood pressure 1, 2 Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Hilton, L., Hempel, S., Ewing, B. A., Apaydin, E., Xenakis, L., Newberry, S., Colaiaco, B., Maher, A. R., Shanman, R. M., Sorbero, M. E., & Maglione, M. A. (2017). Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, 51(2), 199–213. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-016-9844-2 Hilton, L., Hempel, S., Ewing, B. A., Apaydin, E., Xenakis, L., Newberry, S., Colaiaco, B., Maher, A. R., Shanman, R. M., Sorbero, M. E., & Maglione, M. A. . However, many people struggle to get into that meditative state, and some may wonder if combining CBD and meditation could help.

What is Meditation?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation is a mind and body practice, with the known benefit of a calming technique that can improve physical and psychological health 3 Meditation: In Depth. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation-in-depth Meditation: In Depth . There’s no single right way to meditate. While most people think of meditating as something that can only be done when still and silent, movement meditation is often achieved through yoga and other practices that combine spirituality with physicality 4 Meditative movement for depression and anxiety Payne, P., & Crane-Godreau, M. A. (2013). Meditative movement for depression and anxiety. Frontiers in psychiatry, 4, 71. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00071 Payne, P., & Crane-Godreau, M. A. .

Research has not yet been able to identify any core elements of successful meditation practices, but most meditation includes a quiet location with limited distractions, a comfortable position, focused attention, and an open mind 3, 5 Meditation: In Depth. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation-in-depth Meditation: In Depth .

Research has found meditation to have a positive impact on both physical and mental health, aiding in the treatment of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, while also easing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia 3 Meditation: In Depth. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation-in-depth Meditation: In Depth .

CBD for Meditation - What Does the Research Say?

CBD has been found to help with many of the same ailments that meditation may be able to improve. From pain relief to the treatment of anxiety and depression, the benefits of CBD and meditation seem to go hand in hand 6, 7 Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain Russo E. B. (2008). Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Therapeutics and clinical risk management, 4(1), 245–259. https://doi.org/10.2147/tcrm.s1928 Russo E. B. . Is it possible that CBD could actually enhance the advantages gained through meditation?

At this point, there have been no published studies on the potential benefits of combining CBD and meditation. What is known about CBD and meditation separately, however, does make it seem as though combining the two could be worthwhile. This may be especially true for those who have a difficult time reaching a meditative state. Research has indicated CBD may have a calming effect on the central nervous system 8 Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente journal, 23, 18–041. https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/18-041 Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S . When combined with meditation, it’s possible this calming effect could help those meditating to achieve the mindfulness they are aiming for.

Ready to use CBD for Meditation?

If you’ve decided to add CBD to your meditation routine, there are several different options for achieving optimal results. You could begin with a CBD-infused body oil, for instance, using a topical application and practicing self-massage to achieve a relaxed state prior to meditation.

Of course, if you want to enjoy all the benefits of CBD, you will want to consume it prior to meditating. You may want to try ingesting CBD oil, either by adding a few drops to your water or taking it sublingually (under the tongue). Pay attention to how the combination of CBD oil and meditation impacts your overall experience.

Once you’ve experienced CBD’s impact on your meditation routine, you may be interested in adding a little THC. Meditation while high, or ‘weed meditation,’ may help to enhance your relaxed state even further, allowing you to reach deeper levels of mindfulness over time.

All of this comes down to personal preference. Experiment slowly and find the right combination for you and your meditation style. You may just find that CBD and meditation are the perfect combination you’ve been looking for.

FAQs

Does CBD clear your mind?

What it means to achieve a clear mind may be different for everyone, and there is no research into whether or not CBD can aid in that effort. There is, however, plenty of research to suggest CBD can play a therapeutic role in achieving mental balance, which may be a necessary component of clearing one’s mind 9 The therapeutic role of Cannabidiol in mental health: a systematic review Khan, R., Naveed, S., Mian, N. et al. The therapeutic role of Cannabidiol in mental health: a systematic review. J Cannabis Res 2, 2 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42238-019-0012-y Khan, R., Naveed, S., Mian, N. et al .

What is Zen CBD?

There are several CBD brands that market some of their products as “Zen CBD,” but there is no single type of CBD that qualifies as such. The term ‘Zen’ itself comes from Mahayana Buddhism and is synonymous with meditation and relaxation.

Can you get high from meditation?

The answer to this question really depends on your definition of what a “high” involves. There are many who practice meditation regularly and claim to experience a high as a result. For most, this simply means a level of mental clarity they cannot otherwise achieve. Whether or not you experience a high from meditation may come down to what type of high you are looking for, and how committed you are to the practice of meditating. There is, however, no research to suggest meditating can produce a similar high to what you might experience from THC, for instance.

What is Buddha Hemp?

Buddha Hemp is the name of a brand that sells CBD products.

Sources
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