Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the world. Its use is a very controversial topic and has been long debated. Some cultures use marijuana for religious rites while others outlaw its use.
Depending on the user’s reaction to marijuana, it can be defined as a depressant, stimulant or hallucinogen. Common reactions to marijuana use include distorted perception, memory impairment, poor concentration, delayed motor functions, paranoia, stress relief and increase of appetite. The drug effects the nervous/ sensory system, immune system, mucous production, heart rate, blood pressure and the brain. In the workplace, employers have found that habitual marijuana use leads to lack of productivity, laziness, absenteeism and tardiness in employees.
According to Yogi Bhajan, marijuana is a drug and when it comes down to Kundalini Yoga, he said that, “Drugs and Kundalini Yoga don’t mix.” Yogi Bhajan specifically said, “The term ‘pothead’ derives from a state of mind peculiar to those who use marijuana. This state of mind is said to be caused by blockage of spinal fluid and acupressure meridians at the base of the neck.” Also intoxicating drugs like marijuana are tamasic which ties one to Maya and the illusions of the earthly realm.
There are millions of ways to escape your inner and outer realities through consuming drugs, alcohol, sugar, junk food, sex, etc. Marijuana is just another vehicle. After smoking marijuana, it can take hours for the effects to wear off and days for it to get out of your system. At least with meditation, one can come back at anytime.
Working with drug use actually doesn’t have as much to do with the drugs themselves, but the underlying reasons why a person needs to take them. If you are ever feeling anxious and smoke marijuana, the anxiety seems to disappear. The truth is that the anxiety doesn’t disappear, but the link to that feeling gets disconnected. This doesn’t mean that the anxiety is resolved, it just means that you will have to deal with it later. Truly as a conscious being, when faced with anxiety, we need to meditate on it to investigate the root cause to integrate it with our consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga’s aim is to bring awareness where there isn’t awareness. That means being completely aware of all that is going on in your mind, body and external environment. You are free to make any decisions that you want as it is your life, however marijuana can take one away from the reality that they are seeking. Marijuana doesn’t help one develop a meditative mind. On the contrary, it can take years to repair the system to get to the point where you were prior to marijuana use. Just remember that there are no short cuts in the process and you cannot rely on any outside substance to bring you into yourself. There is no substitute to Sadhana. Sadhana is hard work and commitment that cannot be bought anywhere.
When dealing with any kind of substance abuse, it is important to work on the underlying emotional root causes to truly heal. There are tons of great resources and kriyas for every kind of disorder. It just takes hard work, consciousness and taking responsibility.
With Marijuana specifically, a great resource is Sadhana Guidelines which has the following kriyas and meditations that work with repairing the system from marijuana use:
- Maha Agni Pranayam: This meditation was taught by Yogi Bhajan as a remedy to relieve “Marijuana Brain”, which is a reaction from marijuana use.
- Meditation for Habituation- The most recommended meditation for dealing with addiction.
- Flexibility and the Spine- Yogi Bhajan says this kriya is good for releasing poisons in the tissues from drug use.
- Magnetic Field and Heart Helper: Yogi Bhajan said of one asana that it, “Repairs damage to brain by marijuana and alcohol use”.
A few good remedies you can use to repair the system from drug use include:
- Yogi Tea- for the nervous system
- Golden Milk– for repairing the nervous system
- Banana Fast to remove drug deposits in the medulla
- When freaking out during drug use, Yogi Bhajan advised a foot massage with garlic juice.
For more information on Yogic remedies for drug use, check out Yogi Bhajan’s Food for Health and Healing.
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