Cannabis and Holistic Medicine

Many medical cannabis patients believe that cannabis is best used in harmony with other practices because the entourage effect (the interactive synergy between cannabis compounds) that happens within the cannabis plant extends to other practices of healing. In a culture in which self care is becoming increasingly more of a focus, incorporating cannabis into your daily rituals of health maintenance can dramatically effect your well-being.

Yoga

Incorporating cannabis into your yoga practice can help you relax, ease pain and stiffness, and possibly reach greater enlightenment. If you are comfortable with edibles, they can be a great way to achieve time-released effects throughout your session. Otherwise, an indica strain will deliver a relaxed body high, perhaps mixed with a high CBD flower for additional pain relief.

Meditation

Using cannabis to enhance meditation has been practiced for a long time in South Asia, including in the meditative practices of Buddhists, Naths and Shaivites, among others. Cannabis affects Marijuana-and-meditationeveryone differently, and knowing how your body reacts is essential before beginning this practice. For example, if you know consuming too much can leave you feeling paranoid, you may want to indulge with a lighter dose. However, done properly, cannabis can help reduce mental distractions and enhance concentration.

Bath and Body

Dedicating time to the maintenance of your physical body is just as important as maintaining your mental and emotional health. Cannabis-infused massage can be remarkably more effective than traditional massage in loosening  muscles and easing aches and pain, and it feels good for the masseuse’s hands, too! Products for the tub, like infused epsom salts and bath bombs, are great for a long soak; the cannabinoid receptors in your skin soak up all the medicine in the tub. Infused lotions and salves are also a great daily ritual; the THC and CBD in these products alleviate joint pain and skin conditions like eczema while you pay attention to your body.

Realizing the power of cannabis on these practices, one spa in Denver has submitted an application for public consumption. Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge will be the first weed spa in the country, where customers can enjoy “cannabis infused massages, ganja yoga and other cannabis-friendly activities to patrons 21 and older, as well as meditation coaching, educational seminars and patient support and networking groups.” The spa also plans to offer cooking classes as well as retreats and private functions. Patrons will not be able to purchase cannabis products there, but are welcome to bring and enjoy items purchased at a Colorado dispensary.

Healing Tattoo Balm

2 oz shea butter

1 oz cocoa butter

1 oz beeswax

1 oz cannabis-infused coconut oil

1 T vitamin E oil

Melt butters, beeswax and coconut oil together over low heat until blended. Remove from heat and add vitamin E. Store in a glass container, covered. Use within three months or refrigerate for up to six months.

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