The Spiritual Benefits Of Cannabis

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Like other psychoactive plants, cannabis is often consumed for spiritual purposes, and for this reason is sometimes referred to as an “entheogen”, which translates to “that which causes man to become possessed by God.” In recent years though, a great deal of attention has been given to the physical health effects of cannabis, with few researchers bothering to investigate the spiritual impact of the plant, yet a new study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs has done just that[i]. Related Post How Cannabis Has Shaped World Religions The Spiritual Use Of Cannabis The study authors recruited over a thousand people to take part in a survey regarding their use of cannabis and other substances, as well as their spiritual and psychological traits. Two-thirds of those who took part indicated that they obtained some sort of spiritual benefit from cannabis, with this effect being greatest in those who displayed certain personal characteristics. For example, individuals who scored higher for a trait called expansion – which refers to a desire to increase one’s openness to new experiences and to deepen one’s knowledge of oneself – were more likely to report a spiritual benefit from using cannabis. Similarly, those who claimed to meditate regularly or practice other mindfulness-based techniques tended to find the use of cannabis to be more of a spiritual experience. These findings mirror those of another study conducted in the early 1990s, in which more than 90 percent of a sample of US-based Tibetan Buddhism practitioners claimed to have used cannabis, with 40 percent describing the plant as being important to their spiritual lives[ii]. According to the authors of the recent study, cannabis may enhance spirituality by weakening connectivity patterns within a brain network called the default mode network, which regulates our everyday consciousness and keeps us rooted in everyday…

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