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Should You Add Perlite to Your Soil?

A common soil amendment for cannabis plant is a substance called perlite. This can be added to soil or coco coir to improve its air-holding capabilities and increase overall drainage ability. It’s not a requirement for cannabis growth, but it’s so useful that nearly all recommended potting mixes contain at least a little perlite.

Horticultural Perlite – A great amendment for soil or coco when growing cannabis. Perlite looks like little white rocks, but the pieces feel oddly light and airy, almost like popcorn.

Nearly All High-Quality Cannabis Soil Mixes Contain At Least a Little Perlite

A 50/50 Potting Mix of Coco & Perlite – Perlite provides more oxygen to the roots, resulting in faster growth. It also prevents nutrient buildup. This perfectly complements the ability of coco coir to hold onto a ton of water. Learn how to mix up your own coco/perlite mix!

Perlite for Growing Marijuana

Perlite is one of the most common soil amendments. It is highly recommended for any cannabis soil or coco mix that doesn’t contain some already.

Perlite appears as very light, airy white “rocks” that feel almost like popcorn.

Adding perlite increases the overall drainage ability in a potting mix, helping prevent overwatering.

Perlite helps prevent nutrient buildup which makes it a good choice when growers are giving nutrients and supplements in the water

More oxygen in your soil or coco results in faster growth. Roots love oxygen! Perlite increases the amount of oxygen available to the plant roots because it does not retain water. As a result, air pockets form around the perlite even when the growing medium is wet.

How Much Perlite to Add?

It’s recommended to add perlite so it makes up around 10-50% of the total volume of potting mix.

Add 10-20% perlite if you want better water retention and don’t plan on using a lot of extra nutrients. This is because a lot of extra perlite can cause the nutrients leach out faster from the soil as water drains through easily.

Add 30-50% perlite if you plan to use a lot of added nutrients or supplements and are looking to get the fastest growth from your plants.

I have used many types of perlite including Epsoma, Black Gold, Shultz and even Miracle-Gro perlite. Any 8-quart bag of perlite will work. Perlite can often be found in garden stores or the garden section of home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes. I normally advise against all things Miracle-Gro, but their 8-quart bag of perlite is okay if you can’t find anything else.

What is Perlite?

The light, almost fluffy perlite we use for gardening does not occur naturally. It is actually manufactured from expanded volcanic rock.

It all starts with lava (like the kind from a volcano!) which cools and sometimes turns into obsidian, a shiny black glass that can be mined from the ground.

Example of obsidian, which is formed out of lava

As centuries pass, obsidian absorbs water from the air. This hydrated obsidian is mined and crushed into small pieces. The pieces are then expanded by adding huge amounts of heat. Due to the high amount of water contained inside, the heat causes the perlite pieces to pop like popcorn. That is why perlite feels so light – it is made up mostly of air!

Production of Horticultural Perlite

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What Do The Colors of Marijuana Mean?

Part of the magic of marijuana is the infinite variety of traits that can be exhibited by one species of plant. Cannabis plants can be tall and lanky or short and bushy depending on their genetic heritage. Marijuana can express myriad flavors to tempt the tastebuds and aromas to excite the nose. Cannabis leaves and flowers can also vary in hue, offering a full palette of marijuana colors to please the eye.

Colorful Marijuana

As young plants grow, most strains of cannabis are primarily green. Many shades of green are represented—from light lime-colored hues to greens so dark they are tinged with purple. As plants flower and begin to reach maturity, more colors can appear or become more pronounced in both leaves and buds. Several different factors can influence marijuana colors, including temperature, nutrient levels, the acidity or alkalinity of the soil or other growing medium, and the quality of the light. All of these variables can impact the expression and ratio of natural pigments produced by the plant, creating the different colors of marijuana.

The Colors Of Marijuana


Green is the predominant color of most flowering plants including cannabis because of the presence of chlorophyll, the pigment that absorbs sunlight (except the green wavelengths) to power the process of photosynthesis. Through photosynthesis, plants combine carbon dioxide and water to create sugars that fuel all biological functions. Often, plant tissues will have so much chlorophyll that its green color masks the presence of other pigments. But as summer turns to autumn, lower temperatures inhibit chlorophyll production, allowing the other pigments to emerge and produce colorful marijuana. A similar phenomenon can be observed in deciduous trees as their leaves change color and fall.

Cannabis strains that retain green as the dominant bud color include Green Crack, Green Haze, and Green Goblin.

Blues, Purples, Reds, and Pinks

Cannabis flowers that are purplish to shades of blue are generally high in a group of chemicals known as anthocyanins. More than 500 anthocyanins have been identified, with colors that can range from red to purple to blue depending on pH. Anthocyanins can produce colorful marijuana although they are generally not abundant in young plants but are produced as plants mature. They belong to the class of substances known as flavonoids and have antioxidant properties. Fruits and vegetables high in anthocyanins include blueberries, açaí, raspberries, blackberries, eggplant, and purple cabbage.

Purple strains of cannabis are very popular, including Granddaddy Purple, Purple Haze and Purple Urkle. Some strains such as Black Diesel and Vietnamese Black can be so high in anthocyanins that they are nearly ebony. Marijuana strains with blue-tinged buds include Blueberry, Blue Dream, and Blue Cheese. Red and pink varieties are relatively rare and include Red Poison, Red Dragon, Pink Panther, and others. Reddish leaves or buds can also be caused by a deficiency of phosphorous, an element vital to plant physiology.

Oranges and Yellows

Carotenoids are another group of pigments that can influence the colors of marijuana. They are created by plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. Beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are among the more than 750 carotenoids have been identified. Some carotenoids in the diet, including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin can be converted by the body into Vitamin A. Carotenoids are important for eye health and provide protection against blue light and macular degeneration. Carotenoids produce the yellow, orange, and red hues that are found in many plants including carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Plants grown in alkaline soils with a pH of 5.0 or less can have a greater abundance of carotenoids.

Many flavonoids are also yellow and can influence the colors of marijuana. Nitrogen deficiencies during growth can also cause cannabis leaves and buds to appear yellowish.

Strains with orange or yellow flowers include Orange Bud, Lemon Kush, Grapefruit, Nectarine, and Olive Oyl. Many varieties of cannabis will have orange or red pistils, or hairs as they are commonly known.


Buds that have been grown and harvested to their maximum potential can be so covered with trichomes that they appear white or frosty. Trichomes are packed with cannabinoids and terpenes so these flowers can be quite potent. White Widow and White Rhino are two strains with a propensity to become encrusted with trichomes.

Marijuana Colors And Potency

Colorful marijuana can be attractive or even visually stunning, but other than white buds glistening with shiny trichomes, hue is usually not a reliable indicator of potency. But if you are consuming your bud orally in tinctures, oils, edibles, or capsules, you may be getting the nutritional benefits of carotenoids, anthocyanins, and other flavonoids. Anthocyanins have shown some activity at CB1 and CB2 receptor sites and may have a synergistic, or entourage, effect in conjunction with cannabinoids and terpenes.

But even if they don’t get you higher, different marijuana colors can add aesthetic appeal and a sense of adventure to your next bud purchase. Which color of the rainbow will you choose next?

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Purple Haze Cannabis Strain (Everything You Need to Know & More!)

Popularized by (but unrelated from) Jimi Hendrix’s classic song, Purple Haze cannabis is best known for its euphoric and almost psychedelic stimulation. This elusive classic sports a mild potency while also boasting both Sativa and Indica effects. After consumption, there is an almost immediate impact similar to the Sour Diesel marijuana strain. Consumers often note the sweet, berry-candy aromas that give root to any Purple family marijuana strain. Secondarily, you will notice the earthy spice undertones and maybe a burst of grape. The aromas and flavors in this strain blend so well, even the smoke tastes sweet!

If you want to grow your own Purple Haze plant, pick up some of these feminized seeds.

Expect large yields from this Sativa-dominant strain, which can be grown indoors or outdoors with great success!

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Purple Haze Information

Purple Haze is an 85/15 Sativa dominant strain. Its exact parent strains are unknown but strain experts believe it is a cross of the well-liked strains Haze and Purple Thai; rooting lineage to popular strains like Lemon Haze and Grape Ape. Being a Sativa dominant with Haze lineage makes this an optimal strain to treat muscle tension, pain, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Of course, if you really want to know if the effects purple haze offers are right for your healthy woes then it’s best to consult a licensed health professional. Need an energetic buzz – an energy boost – with a smooth mellow fade? A body high without the couch lock? The effects of this strain would also be beneficial when combined with activities that stimulate the mind and body, such as video games or exercise. Take this strain to a party if you have a difficult time talking socially. New cannabis users beware! Always start low, go slow, or the THC content of your Purple Haze high may cause unwanted mood swings. With the right usage and environment though this is a very enjoyable strain!

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Recreational and medical users have described an intense sense of inspiration, blissful tranquillity, and a slight body buzz when using this marijuana strain. This fragrant bud is well known for its cerebral stimulation, curbing fatigue, and discomfort. This stimulation can benefit users with attention deficit disorders who may be unable to focus on a singular task. Medical patients use it for nausea, migraines, and chronic pain as well. Medical advice from a health professional is always recommended if you have specific needs you’re seeking from your cannabis.

Unfortunately, Purple Haze weed effects do not include as much “munchies” as others, check out Strawberry Cheesecake for major appetite stimulation!

Negative experiences are more often seen in high doses. Dry mouth, also known as cottonmouth, can be alleviated with water, try adding lemon juice as the terpene limonene stimulates saliva production.

Purple Haze
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Happiness 100% Anxiety & Stress 100% Dry Mouth & Dry Eyes 90%
Euphoric 90% Pain & Muscle Spasms 70% Anxiety 50%
Creativity 80% Depression 60% Giddy after Consumption 40%
Relaxation 60% ADD & ADHD 60% Dizziness 20%
Energizing 60% Fatigue/Insomnia 50% Minor Paranoia 20%
Sociable 50% PTSD 50% Minor Headache 10%
Loss of Appetite & Nausea 30%
Headaches & Migraines 30%

Purple Haze’s THC level can range from 12-20% which is typical for a Sativa (like its cousin Strawberry Cough), while CBD usually sits around .1-.5%, making this an immensely beneficial strain. CBN is typically .01-.05%. In the case of overstimulation or anxiety from the high THC, a dose of CBD can remedy this side effect.

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The typical terpene content for Purple Haze weed is around .67% beta-caryophyllene, .5% humelene, .17% myrcene, and a handful of other .1% Terps (linalool, alpha & beta-pinene, etc.). This combination of oils produces a sedative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effect, especially in Purple Haze wax. The pinene also helps negate some of the memory issues you can expect with high THC. Purple Haze produces fewer amounts of aromatic terpenes than other strains, be sure to protect your flower from heat and oxidation.
If you enjoy more piney strains, check out the fan-favorite Trainwreck!

What is Purple Haze? How to Identify

Purple Haze buds are prominently a deep green with rich purple hues throughout. They are typically long medium or large-sized flowers, often presenting a fluffy-looking spade structure. Look closer to see the thick layer of the sweet sticky resin surrounding tiny milky white trichomes dispersed among the orange hairs (similar to its cousin Cherry Pie). Some variations include purple hairs or bright blue undertones.

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Why is Weed Purple?

Purple strains are known to produce high amounts of the terpene myrcene and cannabinoid THC. These strains are derived from purple Afghani, sometimes crossed with Skunk. Purple cannabis is known to produce the pigment anthocyanin (purple color) to protect its self from solar radiation. This color is a class of plant pigment called flavonoids. The flavonoid anthocyanin is responsible for red, blue, and purple pigments on your favorite strains. The hue depends on the pH; a plant that is more acidic will display red pigments, a more alkaline plant will have blue hues, a neutral plant that is between the two will produce purple flavonoids.
Anthocyanin can be found in antioxidant-rich foods like grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. A ntioxidants are also known to produce anti-inflammatory effects in the body, although there is no supporting research, there is a possibility that purple strains may work the same way.

Growing Purple Haze

The Purple Haze plant is considered a very simple growth and is suggested for first-time growers. With an 8 to 10 weeks flowering time, this plant produces an extremely high yield (with 3 to 6 ounces per square foot) indoors and out. It also boasts a high resistance to disease. Although Purple Haze can flourish in northern climates, professional growers suggest a sunny warmer climate with hydroponic equipment to produce the best flower.

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The availability of Purple Haze is almost nonexistent. After a little research, it appears that there are offers as high as $80 USD for a 1/8… Your best bet is to grow them in your own zip code. Either purchase the parents and cross them yourself, purchase the feminized (don’t take chance with your seeds – males don’t produce medicine and are only useful for crossing strains) Purple Haze seeds online (10 for $100), OR find a grower who already has the plant and purchase a clone – a cutting near the lower base of the plant where there are the most root growth chemicals.

Purple Haze in Summary

When you consider body chemistry and the amount of variation of cannabis genetics, it can be hard to pinpoint what a particular strain will do for you. However, Purple Haze OG has incredible reviews and proves to remain a classic even after 30+ years. With hints of that famous purple berry aroma, this beautiful purple bud is sure to deliver an instant spark of bliss. Whether it’s medical advice that led you to this purple beauty, or you’re a recreational toker looking for a throwback, Purple Haze is well worth a try!

Popularized by (but unrelated from) Jimi Hendrix’s classic song, Purple Haze cannabis is best known for its euphoric and almost psychedelic stimulation. This elusive classic sports a mild potency while also boasting both Sativa and Indica effects. After consumption, there is an almost immediate impact similar to the So ]]>


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Belladonna is a torrid mostly sativa plant that contains 60% sativa and 40% indica genetics. This is the old school cannabis strain with big yileds, uplifting sativa high and high commercial potential. It took the 3rd prize Highlife Feria Barcelona 2005.

This stable plant adapts well for different conditions. It is easy to manage and to grow. The plant has good mold and pests resistance. It grows indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses providing nice results in any grower’s hands. The strain is very popular due its short flowering of 9 weeks. Belladonna is the excellent choice for SOG set ups. The harvest brings 450 gr of dense buds inside and up to 800 gr outside. A big amount of trichomes covers the plant and produces a very strong aroma.

The smoke provides a fruity, pungent taste, psychedelic, even trippy effect and brings a feeling of euphoria.

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Good Hydroponic Strains for Newbies


As a newbie setting up for my first grow, I expect to make some really dumb mistakes. My question is what strains are most tolerant of PH or temperature or light timing in a hydroponic operation?

I have ready access to both OG and Blue Dream. How tolerant is something like Chemdog ?


As a newbie setting up for my first grow, I expect to make some really dumb mistakes. My question is what strains are most tolerant of PH or temperature or light timing in a hydroponic operation?

I have ready access to both OG and Blue Dream. How tolerant is something like Chemdog ?

First of all, I want to tell you something: you’re making things a little too hard right out of the gate.

To me, it sounds like you are focusing too much on details that shouldn’t be your main goal right now. You need to focus instead on basic growing skills – watering, nute feeding, and environmental control. When you focus on these skills, it really doesn’t matter what strains you grow – you’ll get good results.

If you’re already worried about the pH, I would say that you need to read these boards more for information about how to nute your plants in the grow setup you’re going to use. Ideally, you don’t want to have variations whenever possible, so preparing for them now (while it sounds like a good idea) sounds like you’re planning to mess things up.

Instead, focus on getting high quality nutes which can stabilize pH and keep it within safe levels. Of course, this means you need to watch what you’re doing along the way, but you will also want to start off with the best of the best.

Personally, I haven’t had a lot of pH troubles when I’ve used Advanced Nutrients. Some of the other nute companies, well, let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled. But I’m not here to bash anyone, just to give my own two cents.

Learn basic growing techniques and realize that your first grow is probably going to suck. And that’s okay. You’ll learn and the ones after that will just get better and better.

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About this Indica Strain

Jesus OG is an indica dominant cannabis strain known for its heavy body relaxation and functional mental clarity. Jesus OG is fast-acting with rapid onset of the high. The heady buzz is great for creative problem solving or artistic expression. You may even experience some psychedelic effects with everything sensory being more intense. Prepare for full relaxation and a desire to find the nearest couch.

Because of its relaxing effects, Jesus OG is recommended for treating pain, depression, stress.

Jesus OG is an indica dominant cannabis strain known for its heavy body relaxation and functional mental clarity. Jesus OG is fast-acting with rapid onset of the high. The heady buzz is great for creative problem solving or artistic expression. You may even experience some psychedelic effects with… ]]>


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Miracle berry seeds

A relatively tasteless berry with an amazing side-effect. After eating one miracle fruit, sour things will instantly taste sweet. Eating even the sourest of lemons, one will taste only sugary sweetness. The effect lasts an hour or two. The miracle fruit is a remarkable natural sweetener that is virtually unknown to much of the world.

Seed Availability

Seeds have limited viability and cannot be dried or stored for very long. We may have fresh seeds almost any month of the year, but they are generally available only for a short time. A link to a store order page will appear here if seeds are available.

Seed Availability

Seeds have limited viability and cannot be dried or stored for very long. We may have fresh seeds almost any month of the year, but they are generally available only for a short time. A link to a store order page will appear here if seeds are available.


A slow growing bush or small tree to 15ft.


Hardy to about 32F. Plants will show a slow decline in cooler temperatures (below 55F) and prefer a year-round warm climate.

Growing Environment

Needs acidic soil and is intolerant to alkaline conditions. Growing in half soil-half peat works well and plants will benefit considerably from occasional applications of acidic fertilizer. Will tolerate minimal frost when full grown, but plants need lots of water year round. The miracle fruit cannot be grown outside in the United States except Southern Florida, but it makes an easy house plant. Fruit is produced throughout the year and hundreds of berries can be harvested from a single plant. The miracle fruit grows and fruits well in containers.


By seeds. Seeds should not be dried out before planting.

Berries are eaten fresh. In its native range, Africans sometimes use the fruits to improve the taste of stale food. Fruits are being investigated as a possible source for a natural food sweetener.

Native Range

Native to tropical West Africa.

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The rise of cannabis spirituality: How the plant can heighten your experience

In my early twenties, I worked Saturday nights at a live music lounge. During breaks, I’d wander outside for a burst of fresh air, where the sidewalk would be invariably colonized by patrons sweaty from dancing, leaned up against the wall sharing joints. At least one individual would pass along a joint, praising its ability to transform the music into a spiritual experience. I’d inwardly roll my eyes at what looked to me like a bunch of stoners justifying their smoking habit.

Cannabis has long been identified as an entheogen: A plant that can expand one’s consciousness and assist in spiritual growth. Hindu sadhus, Zoroastrians, and Rastafarians honor cannabis as a sacred tool. In Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, cannabis is understood as a divine healing plant connected with Lord Shiva. However, the Vedas caution that when used inappropriately or recreationally, cannabis is tantamount to a toxin .

The line between spiritual development and pleasure may be thin, especially when it comes to weed. But recent years have seen the flowering of an elevated approach to cannabis consumption, which re-emphasizes its spiritual character.

A new wave of spiritual consumers

All over the globe, cannabis is being combined with practices such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Alongside these looser affiliations is the blossoming of semi-organized cannabis-based religions and churches, including Cannamaste, The First Church of Cannabis in Indiana, the International Church of Cannabis in Colorado, The First Cannabis Church of Florida, the Healing Church of Rhode Island, the Coachella Valley Church of California, and the Hawai’i Cannabis Ministry. Most have also adopted creeds that emphasize love, unity, tolerance, equality, and kindness.

These cannabis-based spiritual practices and communities honor the plant for providing a gateway to the divine through connection with the self, others, and the Earth. Elevationists at the aesthetically stunning International Church of Cannabis in Colorado, for example, venerate cannabis as “the sacred flower to reveal the best version of self, discover a creative voice and enrich our community with the fruits of that creativity.”

But what distinguishes this new wave of spiritual cannabis consumers from those who smoke recreationally, claiming spiritual enlightenment as a by-product? For starters, the new wave treats the plant as a sacrament or refers to it as a teacher with numinous messages to impart. Setting a clear intention before smoking or consuming is vital. Ingesting cannabis is also often accompanied by a ceremony or ritual, enwreathing the plant with the divine.

Such a philosophy has been interpreted as an effort to curtail the recent commercialization of cannabis and reclaim its roots, so to speak. Since the Green Rush, cannabis is frequently mentioned in the same breath as market shares and industry. Cannabis spirituality champions a more holistic understanding of the plant, in addition to its feel-good, curative, and palliative qualities. Swami Chaitanya, a long-time cultivator of Swami Select in the Emerald Triangle, is one such advocate of a more spiritual approach.

“To fully employ cannabis as a sacrament, the precursor to lighting the joint would be to acknowledge the source of the divinity enshrined in the plant with a mantra, a prayer, or a simple statement,” said Chaitanya. “Another use would be to enlist its aid in a healing or creative endeavor with a specific statement to that effect.”

Cannabis rituals: Why they’re more powerful than you may think

Ritual and ceremony may seem like archaic constructs or irrational throwbacks to old school religion. The truth is, however, that contemporary society is still saturated with ritual: it’s universal to the human experience . Ritual can be profoundly rational because it is often extremely effective in charging an intention, helping an individual to feel in control, reducing uncertainty, or diminishing anxiety. Ritual also promotes social bonding with others. Chaitanya and his partner, Nikki Lastreto, for example, both align themselves with Cannamaste.

“We gather from time to time to specifically use cannabis as a sacrament with creed and a defined ceremonial sequence,” said Chaitanya. “Everyone brings flower to contribute to the communal joint. We always pass to the right with the right hand, with the left hand covering the heart, look the recipient in the eye, and say: ‘Cannamaste!’” According to Chaitanya, ritual can be infused into every interaction with the plant, rendering it more meaningful.

Chaitanya reflects that the conscious preparation of cannabis engages the senses: the feel of the flower as it crumbles in the fingers, the aromas of terpenes, the oily, waxy texture of the bud on the fingers, the sound of the grind, and the meditative process of producing a well-rolled cylinder.

“Finally, smoking the joint is itself a journey, an exploration, an act of consciously
paying attention to how it smokes, speculating on the flavors and cultivar, acknowledging the bodily sensations, the changes in one’s attitude and the heightened acuity of the senses,” said Chaitanya.

Spiritual intent is also woven into the cannabis Chaitanya and Lastreto cultivate. “When we first crack the seeds in water during the proper moon cycle in the Spring, a drop of sacred water from the Holy Ganges River in India is added to each container,” said Chaitanya. The pair then chant the ganja mantra over the seeds, so that the power of the plant serves as a source of inspiration and insight to facilitate physical and spiritual healing.

Cannabis as teacher

The concept of sacred plants as teachers isn’t novel. However, contemporary spiritual proponents of cannabis are reviving this notion, or at least making it more manifest. “Cannabis is always teaching, challenging one to think outside the box,” said Chaitanya. “She has taught me about organic living soil cultivation, regenerative agriculture, political action, and community organizing. She has opened the door to higher awareness by altering my consciousness as an everyday psychedelic, teaching that joy and laughter lead to compassion and understanding.”

Rachel Carlevale, founder of Ganjasana Yoga , also views cannabis as a teacher. Carlevale weaves cannabis into her yoga, mindfulness, and meditation practices to help participants access the wisdom of the plant. The ceremonies she draws upon encourage practitioners to set intentions before using the plant, to consume mindfully, and to quiet the mind to allow teachings to be transmitted.

Though it’s improbable that most cannabis consumers will begin viewing their relationship with cannabis as a student/teacher dynamic, it’s incontestable that what we put into our bodies influences our state of mind and consciousness. Smoking or consuming with intention may heighten the benefits we derive from the plant, particularly if our use is therapeutically motivated .

A spiritual approach to cannabis could also mean that we lean toward supporting sustainable cannabis growers, or become aware of deeper meanings when we pass a joint around in a social setting. At the very least, it’ll elevate our experience.

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