Cannabis and meditation have long walked hand-in-hand with beginnings in early religious and spiritual tradition, and humans certainly haven’t forgotten the introspective utility marijuana offers in modern meditative practices. Whether you’re practicing silent mindfulness at home or working on your mind-body connections in a yoga class, you may have at least thought about pairing your meditation with cannabis.
While some people prefer a sober mind for their spiritual reflections, we’ve gathered some strain suggestions for those curious to see how an altered mindset affects the experience. Of course, there are many strains suitable for meditation of both the active and unmoving varieties, but these are just some of the most commonly vetted strains among Leafly’s reviewers.
1. Lamb’s Bread
This Jamaican sativa is known for its ability to bring out the positive vibes while emitting an earthy, woody aroma. With an uplifting, peaceful quality that Bob Marley famously serenaded, Lamb’s Bread offers a calming cerebral effect that one may not expect from an energizing sativa.
“Colors seemed more vibrant, food tasted better, my sense of smell was heightened, and music just sounded better. Tapered off into a more meditative buzz, great for a mid-day smoke.”
2. Granddaddy Purple
Unleash the zen power of this relaxing indica strain, whose soothing effects begin the moment you crack open one of its berry-scented buds. Dreamy euphoria melts over the mind while the body eases itself into deep physical serenity. Though known for its tranquilizing effects, Granddaddy Purple usually leaves enough liveliness for both still and active forms of meditation.
“I instantly felt all bad energy and tension gone. My body was light and floaty feeling with a clear pleasantly uplifted mind and mood…A favorite of mine for yoga.”
3. Blue Dream
Blue Dream seems to be the fan favorite among cannabis enthusiasts, and if you’ve experienced the dream-like qualities of this blueberry-flavored hybrid, you can imagine why so many Leafly reviewers tout its meditative merits. Its full-body relaxation and cerebral euphoria tend to begin with a steady gentleness, allowing you to coast lightly into a peaceful, ethereal state of mind.
“It gives you an intense rush of creativity. It’s also great to meditate to…I call it the “Dream” part of it… it’s very nice to relax.”
4. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is known for its sedating and dreamy euphoria, but in spite of its heavy tranquilizing effects, this indica is still a popular choice for yoga and other active forms of meditation.
“One of the most exhilarating and sensational strains I have ever experienced…I would take a hit off Northern Lights, get straight on my mat and bust out a bomb flow of yoga and the two paired wondrously.”
“Always excited when I see this on the board. I know I’ll be well rewarded with an enhanced meditation/yoga practice and a feeling of deep contentment no matter what I end up doing after. Perfect for yin, meditation, contemplation and savasana.”
5. Laughing Buddha
Inherent in this sativa’s name, Laughing Buddha tends to simultaneously bring out lightheartedness and deep introspection in those who let this strain facilitate their meditation. Laughing Buddha lends a hand to positivity, helping you forget the day’s stresses and focus on your practice.
“I experienced true tranquility and serenity on this stuff. I was sort of even able to meditate and gain a little faith in the universe and myself.”
6. Girl Scout Cookies
For those of you wanting a more intense impact from your cannabis, pair your meditation with the famously potent Girl Scout Cookies hybrid. This strain is known for its impressive THC content and powerful euphoria, which can bring introspection to a new level as muscles relax and tension fades.
“Creates a beautiful synergistic effect of a heavy cerebral and body high. Left me in a state of deep, meditative introspection.”
7. Hindu Kush
Pairing Hindu Kush with ancient Hindu practices just makes sense. Inducing a hypnotic, trance-like state of mind, Hindu Kush is the perfect indica partner for focused meditation.
“My favorite strain for creating a meditative state. The flavor is reminiscent of incense.”
8. Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper may be named after a homicidal psychopath, but this citrusy, uplifting strain makes a surprisingly good companion for mindful reflection. Its invigorating effects will leave you feeling spry and weightless as you bust out those downward dogs and warrior poses with a sharply focused mind.
“There’s a small buzz for about 10 to 20 minutes then the medicated feeling starts strong in the head relieving any stress, anxiety, depression and guides the thought process into a more peaceful and meditative state. Really gets one to start living in the present.”
It may seem contradictory to use a strain called “AK-47” to summon a peaceful, serene mindsets, but trust us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the irony. But novices be careful: the euphoric power this strain packs can detract from your meditation if you’re prone to anxiety or paranoia.
“It comes on when you are in a state or reading or just listening. I feel relaxed and open…Great for putting you in zen mode.”
10. Kosher Kush
You’ll want to be in a horizontal position before puffing on this heavy indica. Kosher Kush wraps the mind with a blissful, stress-numbing blanket of euphoria while easing every muscle into anesthetic relaxation.
“It leaves you with a calm, relaxed, happy, stress-free state of mind that has not only physically relieving properties, but mentally as well. It is a great meditative and reflective type of weed that has helped me see though many stressful circumstances.”