Cannabis yoga retreats and studios are popping up all over in states like California and Oregon where the plant is recreationally legal. If you’re interested in pairing cannabis with your yoga routine, one of these studios may be the way to go. But, if you’re worried how you may react or are uncomfortable about it, go ahead and try it at home first.
Smoking doesn’t have to the only delivery method either. A puff on a vape pen or microdosing an edible product may be the best way to ingest cannabis for you. Just be sure to err on the side of caution when dosing! Start slow and increase over time if needed.
Using cannabis during yoga practice is a controversial topic within the community but there are several reasons why some practitioners have added cannabis to their regular sessions. Here are the top three:
Pain relief: Cannabis can help ease minor aches and pains that may interfere or prevent regular exercise. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory which can reduce joint pain and any after-yoga discomfort from intense sessions.
Mind control: Some people find that cannabis can help them quiet their minds and get more in touch with the moment. Daily stressors and negative interactions can be hard to release mentally and cannabis may allow you to enter a more meditative space while getting in touch with your body in a way you haven’t experienced.
Improved breathing: Cannabis strains that are high in the terpene alpha pinene act as bronchodilators, opening the airways and reducing inflammation of the respiratory system. Breathing is an important aspect of yoga and meditation. Smoking is the least effective way to gain this effect, so try a well-timed edible or even a tincture instead.