Why Cannabis and Meditation???

Discussion in 'Spirituality' started by MelT, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. MelT

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    Why do some cannabis users seem to get shifts in awareness, or find themselves growing more 'spiritually-minded'? And how can a drug that seems to induce soporific states have any place in meditation?

    Indian holy men use it, some forms of Tibetan Buddhism use it, and tokers the world over say how it helps them reach deeper states of meditation or glimpses of transcendental states - but why does cannabis have the effects that these people claim? Surely, a drug is a drug, and cannabis is hardly up there with things like Ayahuasca or DMT, and isn't everything you're going to experience using it going to be pretty much a product of your own psyche?

    Yes and no. Whereas many of the things that we can experience, drunk, high or straight, are things that our own minds conjour up, in the case of cannabis the effects it can have come about through channels you may not expect.

    Firstly let me try to explain the process that a serious meditator in search of enlightenment may choose to follow: Although most people think of meditation primarily as focussing on objects ('Shamatha' meditation), or being highly aware of their movements and their experience of life ('Vipassana'), in fact these styles of meditation are really just tools to help you prepare for the much deeper forms of meditation offered by more advanced traditions. Although some people may stay quite happily with either Shamatha or Vipassana their whole lives and do very well out of them, the higher schools offer a much faster route to altered states and enlightenment. These schools, mainly Tibetan Buddhist and either a form of Mahamudra or Dzogchen, use an entirely different approach, and on first look their students may not seem to be meditating at all. But a Mahayana (Middle Way) practitioner is classically said to require many lifetimes using Shamatha and morality to reach realisation, a student of Dzogchen can feasibly reach it in this one, and many do.

    The experience of enlightenment (in its first stages at least) is to perceive the true nature of realtiy, as reality itself. In Buddhism, Hinduism and even in the Muslim esoteric tradition of Sufism, students are trying to achieve exactly the same thing, an experience of 'self' as non-dual reality, and the gaining of particular direct knowledge concerning this state and the nature of reality as a whole. Rather than just being, say, an altered state of awareness and a pretty light show, the experience of enlightenment MUST be conjoined with this understanding. An experience of enlightenment, no matter how deep, is just an experience without this knowledge

    Think of realisation/enlightenment in some ways as being in a lucid dream, where for a few brief seconds, or even days and years, you 'wake up' and see that the world that you inhabit is vastly different than the one you had grown to believe in. This experience of lucidity - enlightenment - in waking life is so powerful and comes with so much authority, that those who have its deepest forms will never be the same again afterwards. Once their belief in themselves and reality, as is, has gone, so too goes their desires for gain, their anger, greed, fear - and they experience ego death. They need nothing, and their consciousness of the greater reality continues to tickle at the edge of their senses for the rest of their lives. Even the deeply religious may choose to leave their chosen religion after an event like this, saying that what they've found is more than 'God'.

    Bearing in mind this analogy of lucid dreaming, part of the thrust of the traditions mentioned is to give it's students a fuller understanding (both intellectual and through direct experience) of the world that really is, the nature of ultimate reality. In some ways it's like telling someone with amnesia facts about their lives from before they developed the illness in an attempt to jolt them back to proper awareness. Knowing what the world really is, even if you aren't enlightened, helps you break through this relative illusion of reality we call our Universe. Many people - even if they've never meditated or considered any of this at any time in their whole lives - will get strange feelings, or blisses, or even enter into higher states of awareness and enlightenment itself, simply by hearing/reading about ultimate reality, for this very reason. That sudden understanding, and applying it directly to the world around yourself, is for some all that's needed.

    I've no doubt that there'll be plenty here for whom looking at the stars, or reading esoteric texts they hardly understand will give them a sense of the above. We're all that close, we really do only need to change our understanding of reality to begin the process of shattering our current perceptions and moving towards enlightenment.

    That out of the way, back to the cannabis connection. Why does it help?

    One of the aims of the techniques in all the approaches is to get to a point where you can turn on, or remain permanently in, a state where you feel happy, totally relaxed and very mindful (aware) of the here and now. These three pre-requisites are the same through all schools, high and low, because a relaxed and happy mind is clearer and more able to sense subtle changes in awareness and moves into advanced states. If you're also Mindfully aware at the same time, this effect is even more pronounced. Get all three in place and meditate, or consider truths about the ultimate nature of reality, and you're far more likely to get a proper glimpse of enlightenment. Luckily for us

    This is exactly what cannabis does, particularly to new users. You're hardly ever more mindfully aware of this moment in such a continuous way as during the first few experiences of being high, whether that's through psychedelics or cannabis. Unless you're bothered with weed-anxiety (something that's very easy to get rid of) cannabis also tends to make you happy and relaxed too. In short it provides a perfect ground for the practise of most forms of meditation in.

    Obviously, if you're tired, or doing too much cannabis, or the wrong type, or have got to a point where the effects aren't as novel to you so you pretty much go about your normal life while high rather than being aware of what the drug is doing to you, then it's less valid as a tool and it can actually become a barrier to progress. But with the breadth of high caused by a good weed, or better still, eating it, the ideal ground of meditation will open up for you to use and explore. With ongoing correct use, a cannabis user can cause him or herself to remain permanently in that state of relaxed, happy awareness, and thus in a state where they're closer to understanding and enlightenment.

    As something to play around with, sort through some of the Hubble space shots and find a couple that you like; I'd also recommend some of the YouTube video clips of zooming into an astronomical feature, or time lapse movies of things like the Sagittarius area of the Milky Way.

    YouTube - Sagitário na noite de Cerro Paranal

    Those at the ready, the next good high you get, look at each quietly for a few minutes. No need to stare or fixate unnaturally on them, just look at them in a relaxed and normal way - thinking at the same time that you are the Universe itself (and more) and that whatever you're looking at is inside you. Don't try to imagine that it is, the more you can make this a feeling that you simply know it is, without effort, the better.

    I hope this article will help those who already get odd shifts and feelings from cannabis understand what may be happening to them, and that it might also encourage the more casual user to consider the doorway into enlightenment that it can offer.

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  2. Coelho

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    Man, your post is VERY good! I agree with most (if not all) of it!
    I only would like to add that im one of those who were helped by weed. I tried to empty my mind during several years, with little success... only after i become a regular smoker i could learn how to do it properly. The weed also did make me more aware of my minds workings, so it enabled me to get "outside" of my mind, to "see" how the thoughts appear there, and so to control them better. Also, it increased greatly the connection with my body, so i become more agile, and able to control certain body things, like pain, muscular tension, etc... and surely it increased greatly my spirituality... i already was a bit "zen" before smoking, but now most people thinks im actually a monk... it made me happier, calmer, still less attached to material things, more tolerating, FAR less influenced by society and people around, and even more given to spiritual/metaphysical/phylosophical thoughts than i already was... and a lot of other things that i dont remember right now.
    So, for me weed was indeed a GREAT help, and i think it would be a great help for a lot of people too. So, smoke on! :jointsmile::stoned::Rasta:
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  3. Dream of the iris

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    I was looking to post something like this for a long time. Cannabis can be a great tool, but if you aren't able to watch yourself, it can become a tool that you latch onto and need in order to see that awareness.

    Perhaps that at this time in our existence, cannabis is everywhere to help us grow as a species. Unfortunately not enough people are able to see this due to the misleading propaganda that is attached to it.
  4. Stoner Shadow Wolf

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    i cant remember when my ego died, but it's been a long while now, and i've learned something about the united states...

    Enlightenment of this calibur (ego death; no longer needing; abandonment of greed, fear, and anger) makes for tough times. For in america, unless you are driven to succede with some strong force to overcome others (greed) no matter what, you will be lucky to reach "middle class".

    giving up ego, however, also means abandoning the artificial concepts of society, which america so heavily relies on:

    Class, popularity, social status, social etiquette, currency, material possessions, legality, pride/shame, physical comfort or discomfort, and probably many other things! these become so meaningless that life becomes a joke you cant help but laugh at the world.
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  5. Dream of the iris

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    Not necessarily. You do not need to give up those things, but not get lost in them. Once you get lost in them you lose touch with Source.
  6. Stoner Shadow Wolf

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    They serve no other purpose than to sever our connection with REAL life.

    Look to the animals to better understand this idea.
  7. Dream of the iris

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    Form and formless are intertwined. Getting lost in form and losing touch with the formless is our problem in the world now. If we were living like animals, then we still would not be conscious of this formless dimension. The point of existence is to rise up and become conscious of this dimension, or rather have this dimension become conscious of itself.
  8. MelT

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    Thanks for your kind words Coelho:)

    Good postings Dream. "You do not need to give up those things, but not get lost in them."

    This is very true, and the whole crux of the Path.

  9. GreenDestiny

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    MelT, I can't rep you again until I've spread it around some more. I enjoyed reading your post.

    I'm a firm believer that we do need to ingest cannabinoids to keep our body's endocannabinoid system running efficiently... like it should be treated as things like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, basically things that the body can't make on it's own or can't make enough of.

    Take the Omega fatty acids for example. We don't really need them to live, but for our bodies to work at peak performance we do need them. It's how I feel about cannabinoids. When we ingest the right amounts and allow our body and mind to operate as nature intended, then it would make logical sense that meditation and reaching enlightenment would become easier.... and more natural.

    I've had so many mind-blowing epiphanies about life and the nature of reality after smoking certain kinds. I still have yet to focus all my energy into meditation while stoned, but I'm sure I'd be in for one hell of a ride. I've even noticed that my body wants to breathe as if I was getting ready for meditation.... smoking it does open the airways.... such a convenient coincidence. May be no coincidence at all......
  10. MelT

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    >>>MelT, I can't rep you again until I've spread it around some more. I enjoyed reading your post.

    :) Thanks.

    >>I'm a firm believer that we do need to ingest cannabinoids to keep our body's endocannabinoid system running efficiently... like it should be treated as things like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, basically things that the body can't make on it's own or can't make enough of.

    Take the Omega fatty acids for example. We don't really need them to live, but for our bodies to work at peak performance we do need them. It's how I feel about cannabinoids. When we ingest the right amounts and allow our body and mind to operate as nature intended, then it would make logical sense that meditation and reaching enlightenment would become easier.... and more natural.>>

    I read what you wrote a couple of days ago but didn't have a chance to reply. It really made me think. I'm a great believer in the idea that our mental makeup - our level of sanity - is based moment by moment on simple things like the rise and fall of our blood sugar level and the basic chemicals we derive from our food. Too few of the wrong trace elements, in minute quantities, and we can appear psychotic, grow depressed, tired, become unable to think clearly. We're simple machines. As you wrote, what say that we really do need things like cannabis to make us base level sane, happy and relaxed? It's an interesting idea that's made me look upon our use, maybe even our need, for cannabis in a different light. Very interesting.

    >>>I've had so many mind-blowing epiphanies about life and the nature of reality after smoking certain kinds. I still have yet to focus all my energy into meditation while stoned, but I'm sure I'd be in for one hell of a ride. I've even noticed that my body wants to breathe as if I was getting ready for meditation.... smoking it does open the airways.... such a convenient coincidence. May be no coincidence at all......

    It is an interesting idea, isn't it?

    BTW, you sound like you've got some interesting stories about cannabis use, you should join the Headstuff forum and let other people know about the kinds of things that can happen.

  11. Stoner Shadow Wolf

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    the formless demension? what do you speak, void, nothingness, nirvana?

    When i pointed to animals as a reference, i meant to show that they live in unity with formlessness.

    the animals themselves and their immediate families are the forms, living without any particular major social structure, they live as forms in formlessness.

    Plantlife is just as good an example, however i doubt most people would be willing to understand that metaphore any better than they would the animal metaphore.

    animals have made peace with what they are; as extensions of the earth itself anmials accept that they will eventually die and decompose and return to the earth. not to say they have given up life, no, not at all. in fact, they understand that by dying they are providing space and resources for NEW life.

    Humans, however, fight this to the bitter end. "we" struggle to no end to "cure" death.
    Where animals fight nature with nature, humans fight nature with synthetics and pharmecuticals.
    Animals develope a natural immunity, or die trying.
    Humans struggle to develope artificial immunity, and many still end up dying anyways.

    Humans have no faith in nature and the life and death cycle.
    Animals live on that very "faith" every day.

    The animals of the world understand that nothing matters, while humans beat each other up and kill each other constantly over "meaningful" events that WE assign the meaning to.

    let me put it this way: Humans are self proclaimed intelligent life as well as self proclaimed children of "god", a man-made idea!

    Animals just LIVE their life day to day till they die, doing their best to survive, not for the sake of having any higher purpose in the universe, not for the sake of their self proclaimed intelligence, but because they have become one with the workings of the earth and accept their place as living dirt.

    Which of the two sounds like a Peter Griffin calibur retard?

    Basically, just do. dont think, just do. accept that your instincts are there to help you survive, and that all man made rules are simply man made and utterly meaningless.
    Physics are law, law cannot be broken.*

    in other words: If god/life/nature/physics didnt want us to rape, kill, steal, and fight, then it would be impossible for us to rape, steal, kill, or fight.

    * now let me say this before someone goes and says "but we can make machines that let us fly and breathe under water".
    you arent breaking the laws of physics just by using math. you cannot break the laws of physics by actually working WITH them to achieve a desired goal.

    the laws of physics cannot be broken, but that doesnt mean you cant work with them using math to find ways to accomplish otherwise impossible goals. we do not fly without math and machines, but that doesnt mean math or machines are impossible to use.
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  12. Coelho

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    Well... while i agree with the entire rest of your post, i must add something to this last paragraph.
    The laws of physics are only and just only relationships between things, patterns percieved by the human mind. They, as well as what we usually call "reality", the "outside world" have no reality by itself, outside the human mind. We do NOT percieve the world as it is, but only as our mind filters and interprets it. Everything we see, hear, touch and think about is only a product of our mind. And thus, the laws of the physics, which are only relationships between percieved things, are also a creation of the mind. So, its possible to break them, if one can see and handle the reality beyond the "illusion of the senses", beyond the interpretation our minds. Its much like someone who is outside The Matrix can do impossible things in the Matrix. Its because they know the Matrix is not "real", but only a created thing, that can be controlled, if one knows how. And thats exactly how persons with "supernatural" powers do things that defy the laws of the physics. :abduct::thumbsup:
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  13. Stoner Shadow Wolf

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    not EXACTLY... the laws of physics are still in control of the individual's body. they may be able to SEE the truth, but they have to exercise their body in order to be able to weild it.

    Yogi physics.

    while this may be a load of crap, it generally hilights my point that while we CAN rise above physics, it is still within the framework of physics, or maybe "just" a "higher physics".

    Cause and effect are true, regardless of our huamn perceptions of them. really, all that means is we are seeing the same truth in a different representation of it.

    it's like the light spectrum theory: do we all see the same colors in the same shades and hues?

    the point is that the color is true, but what it looks like is beyond perception, therefore we SEE it, but we cannot KNOW it.

    Human beings have perceptive senses, but no knowledge sensory perception; we only know what we percieve.

    "supernatural powers that defy physics" STILL work within the framework OF physics. it is just that the mind and body have united as one with the physical world.

    This takes constant physical and mental activities that continue to limber and strengthen the mind and the muscles.
  14. Coelho

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    Well... if one assumes that the reality as we percieve it (including the laws of physics) is only a product of the mind, then the physical body as we percieve it is also a product of the mind.
    It would explain why some people get miraculously cured of incurable diseases, etc, only by faith (which some ones calls power of the mind, suggestion, whatever).

    While i also think that there are higher laws that govern the things beyond the human realm, i dont think they are "just a higher physics". I strongly believe that physics and math are the result of how our brain is hardwired to percieve the world, and so there is no reason to think that any laws outside the human realm should be able to be described by mathematics of physics.
    Of course, if we humans were to try to understand this laws, probably we would only understand it in terms of math and physics, because it would be as our brain works, but it doesnt mean the laws itself should obey math or physics.
    Or maybe this "higher" laws are NOT able to be rightly understood by means of math or physics... that would explain why until today there is unexplained things, mainly in physics (quantum physics for example). It would be just a result of the impossibility of expressing mathematically the laws that actually governs the universe.

    I dont think so... cause and effect are only valid when you admit that there is a flow of the time, that events can precede events. But in general relativity for example (as well as in some occulter subjects), we learn that there is a thing called space-time, that represents at the same "place" all the past and future of anything. Like if the time were only other direction. And so if one is able to percieve all this 4 dimensions (3 of space and 1 of time) at once, one percieves all the past and all the future together, "at the same time". And in this case there is no causality, as causes and effects are being there "at the same time", only at different "places".

    With this i agree completly!
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  15. Stoner Shadow Wolf

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    Isnt that all cause and effect are anyways?

    In our limited human perception of time, they are seen in a particular order, but in their own isness, of what they are regardless of our perception is inconsequential; they have their own laws they must abide by in their own fashon, even if we cannot comprehend them.

    All of infinity affects all of infinity, infinitely resonating throughout themselves, therefore being that we are all connected, there is unity, and if there is unity, there is one all encompasing denominator. from that, everything else revibrates off each other, creating the illusions that we see, that we are, that we have come to know and understand in what ways we might or might not.
  16. John Murdoch

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    MeIT – that was an Earth-shakingly profound post. Very, very groovy. I mean MAJOR.

    I have two questions for you:

    Quote: “Unless you're bothered with weed-anxiety (something that's very easy to get rid of)...”

    Can you explain how this is easy to get rid of?

    Question 2:

    Quote: “But with the breadth of high caused by a good weed, or better still, eating it”...

    Why do you think it is better to eat it? And, what would be your favourite recipes – ones that are simple and don’t necessarily involve sugary food like cookies and brownies. (I’ve got myself used to a pretty clean diet these days, and I’d like to maintain it.)

    Again man, can't thank you enough for the initial post.
  17. mjmomma

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    i do yoga, i smoke, and i vote

    to Green Destiny: I LOVE how you compared the cannabis to vitamins and Omega 3's. No: we don't absolutely need them to live, but isn't it much nicer when we do?

    I practice yoga and intend to obtain certification to teach yoga and meditation within this year. I smoke before my sessions and it seems to relax me enough to the point of emptying my mind and putting my thoughts on hold, therefore focusing in the proper breathing and oxygenating the cells.
  18. MelT

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    See below, I hope it helps:)

    Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you John, you've been very kind. I've got to admit that I'm a little reticent to keep posting from the book as it seems to be taking liberties with the forum. Please mod's, if I'm posting too much just pull the following.

    I know that this is not an answer to everyone's problems, but it has certainly helped a few hundred so far. This is not a 'weed is bad for you' posting, but something that I hope will allow many to keep toking without tolerance breaks, and may be of interest to those of you who are borderline diabetics. My apologies for the length of it:

    "...Diabetes, Cannabis and Anxiety: The following excerpts were written to clarify the situation regarding cannabis use, diabetes, and the causes of anxiety that some users may experience.

    The causes of cannabis anxiety and paranoia are both mental and chemical. Although some episodes of anxiety can be created by your expectations and fears about having a bad high, or just simply taking cannabis, it's more likely that much of your discomfort is being created by the things I talk about below. Even if you've never had a moment's anxiety with cannabis in your life, it'll be useful if you can read through the following just in case it should ever happen – and just to check that you really are avoiding these pitfalls.

    Changes in blood sugar levels can be responsible for pretty extreme effects (both good and bad) when you're high, so you have to pay real attention to it if you want to get, and keep, a good high. Too much blood sugar, from eating a lot of candy for example, and you get a rush as the cannabis high and the sugar high combine – but the sugar high is short-lived, and will make you want to fall asleep as soon as your system burns off the excess insulin that all the sugar has forced the release of. Too little blood sugar, and things go from uncomfortable to extremely unpleasant very quickly. As you first start to get high, your metabolism may hike up a notch and cause a sudden dip in blood sugar. That's no problem if you've just eaten, but if you're already on the edge of being hungry without realising it, that first toke can make you feel pretty nasty in less than ten minutes. Never take the chance of getting high when you're somewhere without access to the right kinds of food and drink, just in case. If you have the added 'pleasure' of being a borderline diabetic and you don't know it, you could get into quite a state from just that one first high, if you're not careful.

    In terms of the things that make you feel mentally and physically good or bad, blood sugar is way up there with the best of them. As the effects of even slightly low blood sugar can be so extreme as to literally stop us thinking clearly and sanely, it has to be something to consider all the time you're high.

    4.20, And Why It May Be Bad For Us

    There are good reasons why the traditional idea of starting toking at 4.20pm may not be the good idea we all tend to think it is. Many regular cannabis users begin their day's session in the late afternoon as work is winding down, and maybe an hour or two before their evening meal – just at the very time when their blood sugar is already on the wane. If this is you, you'll more than likely feel a lot of the symptoms below within ten minutes or so of getting high. Eat! Better still, make sure that you've eaten well in advance of getting high.

    For any cannabis user, even without food binges, the increase in metabolism that cannabis can create burns off blood sugar very quickly, so you're much more likely to have the symptoms listed below. Look out for any of the following as indicators of low blood sugar:

    Sweating, shaking, anxiety, hunger, dizziness, faintness, pounding heart, personality changes, confused thinking, impatience, numbness of lips and tongue, headache, nausea, blurred vision, slurred or slow speech, convulsions, coldness, white hands and face. Eventually, if it is not attended to, it can lead to unconsciousness.

    Adrenaline & Cannabis

    A second cause of dope-anxiety is something I term here the 'Adrenaline Cascade'; really a mild form of 'shock'. After any event that has made you anxious, the anxiety causes your system to dump adrenaline (also called epinephrine) into your blood-stream, creating a rapid heart-beat, a growing demand on your BSL, and thus deeper and deeper feelings of anxiety as your BSL levels drop. Of course, you'll usually find these effects uncomfortable or worrying, thus causing the release of even more adrenaline and a worsening of symptoms. This vicious circle of adrenaline release will be increasingly hard to overcome, and the deeper it gets the more likely it is to lead to a 'white-out' due to its depressive effects on your blood sugar.

    Many things trigger the release of adrenaline:

    Apprehension about potentially bad highs
    Stimulants, such as alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, and heroin.
    Bright lights
    Loud noises
    Sugar sensitivity
    Abnormal glucose metabolism

    Again, do not underestimate the mental effects that adrenaline can cause by itself - irregular heart-beat, palpitations, abnormal behaviour, anxiety and headaches - even before it starts reducing our BSL to a point where it can no longer support full brain function (about 60% of our blood sugar is used by our brains).

    Unfortunately, there's very little you can do to remove excess adrenaline from your system once it's in there, and it can only really be counteracted by 'nor-adrenaline', something that usually only our bodies can provide. It can be burned off by exercise, but if adrenaline has caused a very deep dip in your BSL then that may not be a viable option. The only things you can truly do are: eat to get rid of some of the more unpleasant symptoms; or, simply wait it out, knowing that it is a brief physiological effect.

    I've seen a number of people offering advice to 'just suck it up and it'll go away' on this particular kind of anxiety and, to some extent that is helpful, as relaxing and trying to be calm will help break the cycle of adrenaline release. On the other hand, if someone is having an intense version of this then relaxing is far easier said than done and, if you should experience the above yourself, then you need to treat yourself as you would for low BSL and the effects of a grade 4 high (see later), removing yourself from any strong stimuli - lights, noises, etc. - that might help promote the effects of the high and further adrenaline release.

    It's interesting to consider all of the effects that adrenaline has on our systems, especially when we're high, especially in light of the small amount of research that's been done into cannabis and the control of BSL in diabetics. Cannabis works for some diabetics in this respect, but not all. Some have found that it lowers BSL and helps control the illness, others that it has no effect at all, which may simply be down to the amount of adrenaline they might or might not produce when they're high. Many have rigorously self-tested their BSL and found that cannabis causes an initial rise in blood sugar (caused by increased hydrolysis of glycogen to glucose), followed by a low period where they're unable to return their background sugar levels to a normal level.

    If we look at the actions of adrenaline in this respect then the mechanism that prevents this rise becomes obvious (remember that this same effect will be present in anyone who has a burst of adrenaline in their systems, not just diabetics): adrenaline prepares the body for 'fight or flight' in an emergency by increasing the supply of glucose and oxygen to the brain and muscles, whilst at the same time suppressing other less-important processes, digestion in particular. This means that the initial elevation in blood-sugar (through increased catabolism) may be short-lived, and whether it then leads to a later dip and anxiety is dependent on the amount of adrenaline present in the blood at the time. Not only does it reduce the bodies ability to take in new blood sugar to redress the balance, but it increases speedier depletion of stored blood sugar, preventing restoration.

    Some people, particularly those with bad diets or who are subjected regularly to stress, may have semi-permanent hypoglycemia (a deficiency of glucose in the blood), resulting in adverse reactions to cannabis through their bodies inability to control adrenaline and/or cortisol through 'adrenal fatigue'.

    The Answer

    In light of the above, those who know they're already at risk from fluctuating BSL will find that their symptoms of anxiety during cannabis use will be significantly reduced if they can pay full attention not only to those levels before use, but also setting and mood before use, as recommended in other chapters here.

    Testing for Hypoglycemia

    'Many more people believe they have hypoglycemia than actually test positive when given blood-sugar tests...

    Dr. Callaway suspects that people can experience pharmacological effects from sugar, even if blood-sugar levels remain within the normal range. People's responses to fluctuating blood-sugar levels vary greatly. Some people experience symptoms when blood-sugar levels are well within the normal range, while others report no symptoms even when blood-sugar levels have dropped substantially. It is likely that each person has a unique blood-sugar range, with fatigue or mood changes occurring when levels fluctuate above or below these levels..."

    (Excerpts C+M:SE c HeadstuffBooks 2009)

    Question 2:

    Quote: “But with the breadth of high caused by a good weed, or better still, eating it”...

    Well, in terms of breadth of effects, the difference between eating good hash and smoking even the best weed is pretty remarkable, to the point sometimes where it can feel like a totally different drug. As an aid to mental exploration, it's far easier to manipulate your consciousness when deeply high on eating.

    As for recipes, it varies with the kindof hash you use. My favourites are basic blacks like Red Leb and Morrocan Gold, which smoke in a fairly standard way, but have just the right kind of high when eaten that really does help 'meditation' a lot. I vary between simply eating it: a piece about the size of my little fingernail (cubed) will usually give me a pleasant 4/5 hour high with a sustained peak of about 3 hours.

    If I boil it up in a little milk in a cup in the microwave (five hits of about 40 seconds each that take it to boiling, obviously stop the microwave before the milk boils over each time. Scrape the cannabis bits down the sides of the cup back into the milk so it wont dry out), add a small amount of sugar and drink. Very bitter, but you'll get a small high within a couple of minutes that will grow for the next two hours.

    This method is obviously not ideal, as a lot of THC is lost to the edges of the cup, but it's quick and works very well.

    Again, sorry to everyone about this massive posting, I hope it's of use to some here.

  19. astralprojectee

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    Great post MelT. I was wondering what kind of cannabis does your SWIM use?

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