cbd oil and meditation, the mind body entourage effect.
Let’s be honest, trying to relax can be stressful!
Sometimes it can feel like a battle!
Your enemy? The pressures of modern life and the onslaught of information, sometimes it can feel like the world is crashing through our minds like a herd of rampaging elephants.
And what’s worst is that some of the pressure can cause real effects by negatively influencing our psychological and physical wellbeing.
Even worse than that is the fact that no one can see that you have been wounded by stress and you are expected to continue fighting the battle, day after day and year after year.
Luckily, there are many available options you can explore to help you to relax and regain your balance. CBD oil has recently become very popular as an aid to relaxation and is now being used by millions of people across the world. Cannabidiol oil can be taken as a supplement, can be vaped as a CBD e liquid, it can be applied to the skin and is being used in countless other ways to by steadily increasing numbers of people around the world. It’s by no means a recent discovery, Cannabinoids have been used for thousands of years for medicinal and spiritual purposes and it’s only recently that we have managed to isolate the relaxing Cannabinoid CBD from its psychoactive sibling THC. It is now a common sight to spot someone with a CBD pen, enjoying the effects of the phytocannabinoids contained within the vapour.
Vaping CBD is quick and effective
The attraction of Cannabidiol vaping is partly due to its fast onset of action, whilst ingesting Cannabinoids produces similar effects to vaping, the onset of action is slow compared to CBD vaping. Some users find that it can take up to 90 minutes to feel the effects after taking Cannabidiol oil. CBD vaping however produces rapid absorption of cannabinoids into your circulatory system resulting in most users experiencing the effects within just a few minutes.
In addition to the speed of action, vaping Cannabidiol also produces a bioavailability of around 50% compared to approx 10% bioavailability for ingested Cannabinoids. This is mainly due to the fact that vaping CBD bypasses the actions of the liver thereby avoiding the “first pass effect”
Vaping Cannabidiol is a fast and effective method to help you to relax, both at work and play, but it is by no means the only approach to balancing a hectic lifestyle. For thousands of years we have used a variety of techniques to promote relaxation, some are still very popular, with one of the best known being Meditation.
If you don’t have time to meditate for 5 minutes then you should meditate for 1 hour.
Records show that meditation was being used over five thousand years ago, both as an aid to good health and as a spiritual practice. You may associate meditation with India or perhaps Buddhist monks high on the plains of Tibet, but it has at times been popular in most cultures with the techniques being passed down through the generations. Less than a hundred years ago the knowledge of meditation was brought to the West by spiritual seekers who had travelled to the East in search of spiritual enlightenment. There they discovered “Masters” or “Gurus” endowed with unexplainable powers, able to control previously inaccessible areas of their minds and bodies.
Indian Gurus able to pierce their bodies with knives and spears whilst remaining calm and relaxed.
Buddhist Monks sitting almost naked on frozen lakes in winter and melting holes into the ice by somehow raising their body temperatures by using the power of their minds.
The “powers” of the masters intrigued our western ancestors and some of them remained with their “Gurus” for many years, slowly learning their secrets until those once pupils eventually became masters themselves. And then they returned home, externally the same in appearance, but fundamentally changed within.
Many years have passed since those first spiritual pioneers began to teach to eager pupils in the US and Europe. Many millions of people in the West now meditate regularly and although the world has changed a lot in the last 100 years, it is interesting to note that the problems affecting those wishing to meditate remain the same.
Sit down, shut up and stop thinking!
Those wise words were once uttered by the legendary spiritual seeker Aleister Crowley when advising pupils how to learn to meditate. Interestingly he also encouraged the use of Cannabinoids as an aid to spiritual and magical practices. The first two steps in his brief instructions are simple enough, sit down and shut up.
But how about the third and most important step?
If you are able to stop thinking for sixty seconds I have the following advice for you:
Stop reading this article, you are already enlightened, go and enjoy yourself, teach others how to meditate or do whatever you feel like. I envy you. If however you are in the other 99.99% who are unable to stop thinking for 60 seconds(ruling out being drunk, asleep or unconscious) then continue reading.
How to quieten your monkey mind.
It is extremely difficult to stop thinking. I know this to be true as I have been meditating for over 30 years and even I still sometimes fall into the trap of allowing past and imagined future events to pop into my mind as I begin to relax. It can be annoying and frustrating, as allowing those emotions to surface only serves to guarantee failure. But we are human and sometimes events can knock us off balance, causing stress while they are occurring and also days or months later when we think about them. Funnier still(or not) is our ability to distress ourselves by imagining future events, yes, imaginary events that may never happen. And most of us are experts at creating images and emotions in our minds, directors of our own mental emotional movies, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, all illusions.
Stop thinking? It’s not so easy.
So what are we to do?
CBD + meditation, a possible solution to the problem of a busy mind?
Do what works shall be our guiding principle, and we know that Cannabidiol helps us to relax so why not blend one ancient technique with another? If we throw the unofficial “rules” of meditation practice out of the window and open ourselves to new possibilities then we increase our options, and our chances of success. It’s common sense, and interestingly enough, it’s also scientific sense, the more flexible parts of any system have the least chance of being broken.
Another option is to stick to the “rules” and learn and follow an esoteric practice, or maybe a simpler modern variation on the theme. But they all require routine and commitment, and sometimes it really is difficult to find the time to learn how to get to first base.
Relax by throwing something through the window
There is a Qigong master in China who advises wannabe pupils to come to his sessions at 6am every day for 5 years. If they do, and only if they do, he actually permits them to join in with the sessions as they have proved they are willing to learn.
Yes, but it’s true.
And it’s also true for a lot of other Eastern practices, including Meditation.
So I challenge you.
Throw your illusory rule book away. It’s not real. Just like the stressful thoughts we allow to disrupt our minds, illusions, all of them.
CBD to relax our minds and bodies, meditation to deepen the relaxation and access inner levels where we can find peace and harmony within ourselves. It’s not a guaranteed path to spiritual enlightenment, but it may be a step in the right direction toward feeling relaxed more of the time. And for a lot of us, that’s all we really need.