Cannabis Is Not A Cure All

I named it Balancing Cannabis because a journey to wellness is a lot like a handstand practice. It takes committed effort over long periods of time, and it’s never truly complete.

There is no instant gratification when it comes to wellness, or handstands.

In my experience, over the years of my relationship with cannabis, I spent a lot of time tipping the consumption scales in either direction - either over-consuming, or not consuming enough - which worked in opposition to the efforts of wellness I was displaying elsewhere in my life.

It didn’t matter whether or not I was doing yoga everyday, because when I consume too much cannabis over long periods of time, it increases my symptoms of depression.

So, I have learned how to find the balance point in my consumption that allows me to leverage the power of cannabis for wellness, without tipping the scale in either direction.

I know when I should have cannabis and I know when I shouldn't.

I want to empower others with the knowledge they need to make informed purchasing decisions. My intention is that this will help develop conscious consumption habits that will support other efforts in finding balance and living with emotional wellness.

Cannabis is a mere tool. It is not an end all, be all, fix all, cure all; at least not on its own. It has its own inherent power, so I believe that any consumption is better than no consumption. However, when cannabis is paired with a multi-dimensional practice of wellness, it can have incredibly profound effects. (Multi-dimensional meaning: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.)

I have found that if you can consistently and repeatedly find your “sweet spot” of consumption and you know how to leverage plant energy, the cannabis has the potential to hyper-charge the effort that you are already putting forth in your wellness practice.

This can manifest as new progress in one area, the receiving of breakthroughs, insights or aha! moments, or you may even have a spiritual or other-dimensional encounter.

Cannabis is not a cure all. It’s more of an accelerant.

Whatever is already there, it will bring to it, more energy.

Let’s say, for example, you want to use cannabis to help you with your anxiety. You can anticipate that at least from time to time, the canabis will increase the intensity of the anxiety that you already carry. You might think it’s the cannabis that is making you anxious, but it is just hyper-charging the anxiety that lives below your conscious level of awareness at all times.

It has the potential to help you with your anxiety, not by ridding you of it, but by creating opportunities for you to practice controlling your anxiety. You can use the intense emotions that the cannabis can bring up, and practice managing your emotional state.

That way, when you don’t have cannabis in your system and your anxiety reveals itself in your normal day-to-day, you have experience in how to control your anxiety. {Breathe. Focus on the exhale. Reduce sensory input. Change your environment. Step outside. Move your body..etc.}

You are always in control of your experience, don’t forget. You get to decide what thoughts and emotions you allow.

Practicing maintaining your internal peace while you have cannabis in your system, is like a runner training with ankle weights on. It is harder in the moment, but the progress is far more noticeable when the weights come off.

This is how we build emotional robustness. And once you have learned how to manage your emotions, the whole game of life changes.


For you to try:

  • Consume some cannabis.*

  • Observe the evolution of your emotions. Witness your thoughts. Notice the way the thoughts and emotions feed off each other.

  • Remind yourself that YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS or your emotions.

  • Use your tools to reduce your anxiety. Focus on your breath. Fill your lungs with air and then exhale slowly. Pay attention to your feet or to sensation anywhere inside the body (besides the head), make the conscious choice to not go down a rabbit hole of thoughts, especially if those thoughts create stronger emotional responses. Recall things you are grateful for. Connect with Source or Pray. Find a creative outlet. Move your body.

  • PRACTICE controlling your anxiety. You create your reality. So, if you want a reality without anxiety, you have to learn how to control it.


Cheering for you.

Collette Patricia - Founder Balancing Cannabis

Julie Greenberg