7 Scientific Ways Marijuana is Similar to Meditation

Cannabis & Meditation Offer Similar Physiological Benefits

This might sound bonkers, especially if you still believe the reefer-madness, drug-war propaganda, but in many ways, marijuana and meditation are eerily similar.

I’m not saying marijuana can replace meditation, but I am suggesting it might significantly enhance it.

7 Ways Cannabis is Similar to Meditation

Reduces Activity in the Default Mode Network

You’re brain always has activity, it’s never completely off. And when you’re sitting around daydreaming, activity in your Default Mode Network (DMN) is high.

When we intensely focus on one thing, like during meditation, activity in our DMN decreases. Meditation is a sure-fire way to rest your mind. The physiological benefits of meditation correlate with a reduction in DMN activity.

  • Meditation reduces DMN activity.
  • Science is limited, but early research shows that cannabis also decreases activity in the DMN.

Read about my high experience on VICE’s Tonic: This is What Happens When You Combine Weed With Meditation

Marijuana and meditation affect the brain in similar ways.

Targets the Amygdala

The amygdala is the “fight or flight” center of the brain. Anxiety and fear are associated with increased activity in the amygdala.

Cannabis and meditating: 7 Scientific Ways Marijuana Is Like Meditation

Reduces Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is an extremely common and silent issue. It’s associated with a staggering number of disorders and illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, migraines, Chron’s disease, and more.

Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety can be a serious issue and for many is difficult to control. Traditional pharmaceuticals might help but also come with a variety of side-effects and risk for addiction.

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Reduces Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is life-altering and opiates are addictive and deadly. Plus, for many, traditional medications doesn’t even stop their suffering.

Eases Digestive Issues

Digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome is one of the many issues associated with chronic inflammation. IBS, Chron’s disease, and ulcerative colitis are to be triggered by inflammation in the digestive tract.

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Improved Outcome for Cancer Patients

Not only is the disease traumatic, but the treatments are as well. Cancer treatment comes with severe symptoms with patients have to live with, in addition to a deadly disease.

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Helps Fight Addiction

Addiction or substance use disorder is a debilitating and life-threatening issue that continues to claim lives around the world.

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Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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