Cannabis in Spiritual Practice

Author: Will Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620556863
Release Date: 2018-08-14
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

An exploration of the use of cannabis as a sacrament in spiritual practice • Provides instructions for using marijuana for the spiritual practices of spontaneous movement, ecstatic dance, sitting meditation, and gazing meditation, allowing you to open the body’s energies more fully and get closer to the Divine or your higher self • Includes a new translation of the Five Moral Precepts of Buddhism, adapted to include energetic practices and the judicious use of entheogenic substances as a legitimate support for spiritual growth • Includes access to 9 audio meditations With the end of marijuana prohibition on the horizon, people are now openly seeking a spiritual path that embraces the benefits of cannabis. Drawing upon his decades of experience as a teacher of Buddhism, breathing, yoga, and embodied spirituality, Will Johnson examines Eastern spiritual perspectives on marijuana and offers specific guidelines and exercises for integrating cannabis into spiritual practice. The author explains how the great Hindu god Shiva enjoyed consuming bhang, a marijuana mixture that would cause his body to make spontaneous movements. From these cannabis-inspired movements, Shiva brought the body-focused practices of dance and yoga to the world. Examining the spiritual path of Shiva, including the Sadhu tradition, Johnson provides specific instructions and protocols for using marijuana as a sacrament as Shiva did. He explores how to embrace cannabis for the practices of spontaneous movement, ecstatic dance, sitting meditation, and gazing meditation. He reveals how the ecstatic surrender to the feeling energies of the body in these practices is enhanced through the ingestion of Shiva’s herb, allowing you to open the body’s energies more fully and get closer to the Divine or your higher self. Exploring the Buddhist practices of calming the mind and grounding yourself in sensory awareness, Johnson shows that, while traditional Buddhist teachings forbid the use of intoxicating substances, Buddhists who use cannabis are not committing a cardinal sin--in following our dharma, we must embrace what best supports our spiritual practice. He concludes with a new translation of the Five Moral Precepts of Buddhism--what he calls the Five Precepts of Embodied Responsibility--adapted to include energetic practices using breath, interaction with the energies of nature, sacred sex, and the judicious use of entheogenic substances, such as cannabis, as legitimate support for spiritual growth.

Cannabis and Spirituality

Author: Stephen Gray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620555842
Release Date: 2016-12-09
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

A guide to the benefits and challenges of the use of cannabis in spiritual practice • Includes chapters by 18 authoritative and influential voices of the modern cannabis movement, including Kathleen Harrison, Joan Bello, Hamilton Souther, Steven Hager, Chris Bennett, Dee Dussault, Jeremy Wolff, and Roger Christie • Explores the use of marijuana in a wide range of spiritual practices, including meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism, group ceremonies, work with other entheogens, and as a creative aid Truly a medicine for body and soul, one of cannabis’s greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening. In this authoritative guide, editor Stephen Gray and 17 other influential voices of the modern cannabis movement explore the spiritual benefits of cannabis and offer guidance on how to interact with the intelligence of this plant ally, a companion and supporter of humanity for millennia. Exploring cannabis spirituality in practice, Gray’s chapters examine dosage, strains, and methods of intake; the use of cannabis to open the creative channels; how to conduct group ceremonies with cannabis; and cautions and counterindications for cannabis use. We hear from Chris Bennett on the religious and ritual use of cannabis from pre-biblical times to the present, Joan Bello on marijuana and the body-mind connection, Dee Dussault on ganja yoga, Kathleen Harrison on humanity’s co-evolution with cannabis, and cannabis shaman Hamilton Souther on working with the spirit of cannabis. The contributors explore the spiritual future of this plant ally as well as the ritual use of cannabis by the Rastafarians of Jamaica and the Sadhus of India. The chapters from Brazilian ayahuasca shaman Mariano da Silva and ayahuasca apprentice Francisco present wisdom on comingling the sacramental medicines of cannabis and ayahuasca. Revealing the potential of “the people’s plant” to enhance a wide range of spiritual practices, such as meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism, spirit work, and explorations with other entheogens, this guide shows how cannabis is an effective ally on the awakening journey, unlocking the receptive energy in us all and helping us to feel connected to nature, to each other, and to ourselves.

Cannabis Shamanism

Author: Penelope Stewart
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 9781387403547
Release Date: 2017-12-05
Genre: Religion

Cannabis has been utilize for thousands of years to help humans spiritual develop,thought it can be challenge and the right skill set to work with cannabis. There are number of factors at play, strain, dosage, attitude toward plant, state of mind, and body during the time of usage.The setting is the most important factor when using cannabis for your spiritual development, you as a practitioner must attain the ability to still the mind from busy chatter. This book contains several techniques in helping others amplify spiritual work, enhance group rituals, and attain spiritual insight.

Ganja Yoga

Author: Dee Dussault
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 9781781809907
Release Date: 2017-04-18
Genre: Health & Fitness

In this book, yoga teacher Dee Dussault brings the ancient tradition of using cannabis to enhance spiritual practice to a western audience. She describes the act of Ganja Yoga as a ceremony that makes conscious relaxation an intentional ritual that can be improved upon with practice. Dee Dussault is a certified yoga instructor and the first person to bring cannabis-enhanced yoga classes to North America. In Ganja Yoga, Dee walks readers through the considerations and best practices for introducing cannabis into your yoga practice, or infusing yoga into your smoking routine. It's equally useful for those who want to attend classes or use the book in the comfort of their own homes. Ganja Yoga will assist readers in how to: • Reap the benefits of profound relaxation • Assume an altered state in a safe, energizing way • Deepen the spiritual practice of yoga • Reconnect with the body using ancient techniques • Select the best setting, time, method of consumption, strains, poses and breathing techniques to ensure an excellent experience. Ganja Yoga isn't just a guide to mixing cannabis and exercise, it's a lifestyle practice for a more stress-free, harmonious world.

Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Author: Rav Ivker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501155918
Release Date: 2017-09-12
Genre: Medical

The first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana from a holistic family physician who has treated more than six thousand chronic pain patients with cannabis. While the number of patients using medical marijuana increases every year, misconceptions about cannabis and whether it’s harmful or dangerous still exist. In Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Dr. Rav explains the potential of marijuana’s capacity for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain. Medical marijuana is a safe, non-addictive alternative to dangerous opiate pain pills. “Without a doubt, there is a great need for a reliable source on information regarding the safe and effective use of cannabis. Well, here it is. I can think of no other person who embodies such authority than Dr. Ivker,” (Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, author of Slow Medicine). Along with sharing his own story of using medical marijuana to heal from a severe case of shingles, Dr. Rav guides you through the cannabis and holistic treatment for your specific chronic pain condition. If you are suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, depression, or pain from cancer or its treatment, this may be the book for you. "An excellent source of objective information about medical marijuana,” (Library Journal), Cannabis for Chronic Pain is the new, definitive guide for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

Marijuana Law

Author: Boire
Publisher: Ronin Publishing
ISBN: 9781579511616
Release Date: 2012-01-15
Genre: Law

Over a million people in the United States regularly smoke marijuana. Approximately 400,000 defendants each year are charged with the use, possession, sale, or cultivation of marijuana. MARIJUANA LAW describes how people can reduce the probability of arrest and defend themselves from prosecution if arrested. Readers will learn when a police officer can legally stop them; when they can be searched; when they have to be read their rights; what to do if an officer comes to their home with (or without) a search warrant; and how to counter many police tactics simply by knowing their rights. Contains information on the necessity defense in medical marijuana cases, drug testing, case law, and federal sentencing guidelines. It also contains practical tips on individual rights and avoiding surveillance. Includes appendices on the Bill of Rights, wallet cards, atate-by-state punishment for marijuana crimes, and the13 federal circuits; plus a thorough Index.

Spiritual Traditions

Author: Timothy Freke
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 080699844X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

"Dazzling...offers one-stop shopping for nearly all the world's major spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity, Shamanism, the New Age movement, paganism and 'natural spirituality.' Focuses far more on practice than belief, emphasizing the ways individuals can develop their spirituality through yoga, mediation dance, Tai Chi, prayer, koans, pilgrimage and retreat, music, dreams...The book's breadth is indeed encyclopedic...[It's] strength lies in its remarkable visuals; every page features full-color art, and the well-designed layout is simply a treat."--Publishers Weekly.

The Spiritual Seeker s Guide

Author: Steven S. Sadleir
Publisher: Dickens Press
ISBN: 1880741288
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Religion

This one-stop guide details the history, ideology, and practices of over 100 religions and spiritual traditions and teachers from around the world. From Christianity to Krishna Consciousness, from Alcoholics Anonymous to Zoroastrianism, this guide briefly describes each group's major tenets, tells who to call for more information, and includes suggestions for further information. An unbiased reporting.

The Yoga of Marijuana

Author: Joan Bello
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1466357452
Release Date: 2014-11-18

This work is being presented in three parts. Although each section stands alone, yet they are all inextricably intertwined. The intention of the author is to furnish those for whom Marijuana is The Perennial Teacher with a decipherable experience of spiritual fulfillment as it is implemented in The Marijuana Consciousness. The Yoga of Marijuana gives the basic philosophical and historical underpinnings of The Science of Yoga, including the intentionally hidden, ancient and originating connection to The Marijuana Consciousness. The reason that the obvious synchronicity between these two paths has always been denied by the establishment will be explained as well as how and why the primordial Practice of Marijuana as an esoteric discipline is re-emerging with such power at this moment in time in this materialistic period of civilization. The book explains the enhancement toward the uncovering of consciousness that is not only a possibility through the Yoga of Marijuana but is, in fact, an ongoing, although little known, abiding reality. In addition, the work will clarify how Marijuana serves as proactive and perennial guide on the Path to Enlightenment as reflected in and precedent to Classical Yoga as it comes down to us from the primordial and secret Tantra. It is the aim of this introductory section to spark the interest of those for whom the Marijuana Consciousness is of utmost importance and to prepare the way for recognition and reception of The Yoga of Marijuana. Part II, The Tantra of Marijuana will present the origin and profound philosophy of the utterly misunderstood Tantric Path as it evolved from the primeval purity of the aboriginal mind. While the comprehensive tolerance and refined practices of Eastern Thought are progressive, profound and far reaching, Tantra is unquestionably the crowning pinnacle of its legacy. Interestingly enough, this prehistoric teaching is considered the most suitable Path to Enlightenment for the distracted mind of the present era, while Shiva, Lord of Bhang fits into the mix as the symbol of conscious pulsation of the universe, in keeping with the most advanced contemporary science. Part III, Marijuana and Yoga Practice will reveal the integration of the specific Yogic training with the underlying principle behind each practice for health and heightened awareness, mirrored in and originating from the subtle Benefits of Marijuana. The hope is for the three sequential parts to coalesce over time in both the cognitive and intuitional faculties and be internalized holographically as a unified reality

The Science of Marijuana

Author: Leslie L. Iversen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: UOM:39015048583366
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Medical

After alcohol and nicotine, marijuana is the most commonly used "recreational" drug in Western countries. There has already been a growing debate about the medical applications of marijuana and other cannabis-based preparations and increasing pressure to legalize such use; voters in several States in the US in the 1996 and 1998 elections approved proposals to implement such measures. In The Science of Marijuana the author explains the remarkable advances that have been made in scientificresearch on cannabis with the discovery of specific receptors and the existence of naturally occurring cannabis-like substances in the brain. The book also gives an objective and up-to-date assessment of the scientific basis for the medical use of cannabis and what risks this may entail. The recreational use of the drug and how it affects users is described along with some predictions about how attitudes to cannabis use may change in the future. Leslie Iversen is a scientist who has worked both in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry and has specialized in the study of drug actions on the brain. The book is written with a minimum of scientific jargon or technical language for readers who want to know more about the science that underlies the current cannabis debate.

Handbook of Religion and Health

Author: Harold G. Koenig
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199727643
Release Date: 2001-01-11
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

What effect does religion have on physical and mental health? In answering this question, this book reviews and discusses research on the relationship between religion and a variety of mental and physical health outcomes, including depression and anxiety; heart disease, stroke, and cancer; and health related behaviors such as smoking and substance abuse. The authors examine the positive and negative effects of religion on health throughout the life span, from childhood to old age. Based on their findings, they build theoretical models illustrating the behavioral, psychological, social, and physiological pathways through which religion may influence health. The authors also review research on the impact of religious affiliation, belief, and practice on the use of health services and compliance with medical treatment. In conclusion, they discuss the clinical relevance of their findings and make recommendations for future research priorities. Offering the first comprehensive examination of its topic, this volume is an indispensable resource for research scientists, health professionals, public policy makers, and anyone interested in the relationship between religion and health.