Chris Kilham with Cannabis. Photo by Tracey Eller

Zenning Out at The Intersection of Cannabis and Yogic Spirituality
by Lindsey Bartlett

“It’s my hope for the spiritual community to use our energy to engage in the world and contribute what is positive, not to hang in the cave and play with our beads.” – Chris Kilham, Forbes

Cannabis is a ritual. Like tea, meditation, and yoga.

You grind it, to open up the terpenes and enhance the flavors. You roll or load it into your ceremonial imbibing device (in my case, a joint). The smoke itself, sage for the lungs (my personal take, but hey, it’s possible). The 5,000-year-old philosophy of yoga, which originated in ancient India, is a mixture of breath work, meditation, challenging physical poses, all with the goal of the marrying of the body and the mind.

Enter Christopher S. Kilham, an author, ethnobotanist, Medicine Hunter, spiritual expert, and 15-time novelist. Kilham’s newest book, “The Lotus and The Bud” dissects the conscious crossroads of yoga, health, and cannabis. I spoke to Kilham about how the endocannabinoid system harmonizes the body’s other systems, how yoga can be enhanced by cannabis, and new community platforms that are inspired by ancient practices...

February 2021