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The Magical Properties of Marijuana

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 in Canna Blog

Marijuana Magic: The magical properties of cannabis

Cannabis is indeed a miracle plant, providing us with fiber, food, fuel, fun, and medicine. For thousands of years, people around the world have found benefit in using marijuana medicinally, recreationally, spiritually, and even magically. Marijuana has been used to honor the divine, communicate with the dead, increase psychic abilities, facilitate dream magic, and more. The magical properties of cannabis touted by humankind are numerous, and there is an infinite variety of marijuana spells, cannabis divination methods, and other types of weed magic that have been invented over the ages. Here are just a few of the many magical uses of marijuana.

Marijuana Love Spells

One of the magical properties of marijuana is that it has a very loving vibration. Marijuana is an aphrodisiac, so simply consuming it can be a love spell in and of itself, with the right intention. If you want to get a little taste of what marijuana sex magic can be like, try enjoying some marijuana with your lover while you imagine a loving energy flooding through your body. Touch one another as you blaze some buds or dab some concentrates, letting your energies mingle and unite. As the passion builds, the ecstatic energy is projected into the wider universe as a mutual goal is envisioned. Marijuana magic can also be used to attract a new love interest into your life. Try carrying a marijuana leaf or a bud in your pocket to help clear the way for romance and make all eyes turn to you. One old folk tradition is to take a handful of hemp seeds into a dark field on Halloween night, then throw the seeds into the wind while uttering an incantation: “Hemp seed, I sow thee; come after me and show me!” Then the seeker would turn around quickly to induce a vision of their future lover.

Marijuana and the Magic of Dreams

Another of the magical properties of marijuana is that it is very useful for dream magic. One way to use marijuana for dream magic is to utilize the plant’s ability to help with problem-solving and gaining new perspectives. Smoke a bowl before you go to sleep, and write down your problem on a piece of paper that you place under your pillow along with a piece of bud. When you wake, try to recount your dreams. Think of your problem and see if you have gained any new insights into a solution. Marijuana is also believed to help facilitate meetings with your loved ones in your dreams. A photo of the person that you wish to dream about is chosen, and marijuana smoke is blown over the photo as a means of invitation to come visit in the dream world. The photo is then placed beside the bed or beneath the pillow.

Marijuana for Psychic Abilities

Increasing psychic abilities is another of the often mentioned magical properties of marijuana. Some seers believe that consuming marijuana before performing psychic work helps to open the third eye, increasing one’s ability to see into the future. Communing with the living cannabis plant itself is also believed to enhance E.S.P. It’s believed that by working with the plant--either growing it or simply observing it and absorbing its energies--that one’s vibrations are brought more in tune with the astral plane. There are also marijuana talismans that can be used to increase one’s psychic powers. A piece of bud wrapped in a willow leaf and bound together with a purple thread may be carried as a charm to improve one’s sensitivity to energetic vibrations and encourage psychic visions.

More Magical Uses for Marijuana

This is just a small sampling of the many magical properties of marijuana that still thrive in modern pop culture. The energies of the marijuana plant are said to be not only in tune with the realms of dreams, love, and psychic abilities, but also healing, hope, cooperation, happiness, inspiration, lust, and a host of other good qualities. There are people using edibles for offerings and evocations, people drawing symbolic glyphs on transdermal THC patches,and people using cannabis concentrate oils to enhance sex magic. There are conjurers blowing smoke to the winds to invoke the spirits of the dead, and there are witches burning bowls under the moonlight in honor of an ancient goddess. Cannabis magic is limitless, a frontier that is being explored by modern practitioners of the magical arts in imaginative and daring ways. With the variety of strains and products available, not to mention the amazing weed deals you can get these days, the array of possibilities is definitely intriguing. Whether or not you believe in magic in general, the magic of marijuana is a power we all know and love!

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Effects of Marijuana on Memory

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 25 January 2021 in Canna Blog

For as long as I can remember (see what I did there?), people in my life would say, ‘stay away from marijuana’. Often, the charges against cannabis would be tied in with other ideas such as laziness, poor work ethic, and reduced memory function. As research dollars continue to flow into cannabis, we are finding that several of the key ‘scare’ tactics used were based on outlier evidence and are not totally factual.

In this article, we will discuss some emerging research on how marijuana affects memory. Specifically, we will review how memory is affected by cannabis and hopefully learn once and for all if we may clear the haze from anti-weed tactics and lighten the mood around its use. 

Confronting Old Ideas on Cannabis and Memory

Cannabis use dates back thousands of years, yet its use, cultivation, and sale have been partly-legal for less than half a century. 

Untold thousands have been arrested and several billions of dollars have been collected due to laws around marijuana.

We punish people for using it, for growing it, for having it in their possession, or for selling it. It doesn’t matter the relative devastation caused by cannabis when compared to drugs such as cocaine or an opiate, because drugs are drugs. 

The resulting psychosocial process makes it easier for some individuals with hardline abstinence ideas to be seen as the ‘model’ - the person who stays in favor of the law, of family, and of society. This can magnify small issues to an enormous scale. 

Such is the concept of ‘Reefer Madness’; a rare piece of goofy, anti-drug propaganda, speaking to people as though any use or experimentation with marijuana will leave life unfulfilling and lonely. 

The Problem?

When an experience is awful or conflated, it tends to have an outsized effect on how we recall the experience and our willingness to do it again. As human beings, we all are able to coordinate with others, experience empathy, feel joy and sorrow, and make choices based on information available to us.

As marijuana became more popular in the years leading to the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, so too did public misunderstandings of the plant. Ideas of madness and paranoia began to percolate around the subject of marijuana, and it was tacked on that significant impairment of memory was from cannabis. 

Back then, the media didn’t move as fast as it does now9 and it was scientifically valid to blame mothers for schizophrenia. Times have changed.

With more and more states legalizing cannabis after 80 years of prohibition, it is time to employ some of the advances in technological and scientific understanding to gain perspective. 

True: memory and reaction time are statistically correlated to cannabis use.

False: memory retrieval gets worse with cannabis use.

What is Working Memory?

Working memory is a lot like the RAM memory of a computer. It does not mean the information has been hard-coded into our memory. Instead, working memory implies a near-term function, where maybe only seconds to days have passed. 

On the topic of working memory and cannabis use, one recent study sticks out in particular. The study observed 75 participants, 60 of which have used cannabis while 15 had not. The objective was to determine whether the age of onset - that is, when in an individual’s life they first used cannabis - is related to working memory reaction time in the near-term.

Working memory reaction time was measured using a system of cues and responses which imitated the typical functioning of memory in our environment. With regard to memory and cannabis use, the series of cues made by researchers additionally evaluated the following:

  • Memory Encoding: This was evaluated by showing one or three stimuli to be recollected.

  • Memory Maintenance: Using advanced imaging technology (fMRI), memory maintenance was evaluated by showing where the information was held and maintained in the brain. 

  • Memory retrieval: This was measured by showing four stimuli and evaluated by matching cues to the previous stimuli.

As the main focus of the study was to determine if the reaction time of an individual’s working memory relates to cannabis use IF exposed during adolescence, the true results of the study provide evidence that cannabis and memory have a highly variable, if not totally illogical, relationship. 

So How Does Marijuana Affect Memory?

By using an fMRI scanner, researchers were able to show the parts of the brain which are most active when supplied with the encoding, maintenance, and retrieval stimuli. 

As was consistent with previous research, the areas of the brain researchers focused on include the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which help regulate executive function and control in the near-term. 

The results found three relationships regarding working memory and cannabis use worth noting. 

First and most, unfortunately, the research reinforced the idea that individuals who began using cannabis earlier in life had longer reaction times than both cannabis users who began using after adolescence and non-users. This suggests broadly that cannabis use may impact the development of encoding information if used early in life. 

(Note: this does not mean cannabis use is a predictive factor for memory issues, rather working memory and cannabis use may have a relationship.)

Second, the age an individual first uses cannabis and whether they have used cannabis once or repeatedly had no relationship to the behavior of the brain. 

According to researchers, this may suggest the age a person initially uses cannabis may reflect substance use risk characteristics rather than a cannabis-exposure effect (such as impaired memory) on brain development. 

And last but not least, among the group of 75 participants, the researchers were able to show repeated cannabis use AND greater levels of overall cannabis use were associated with increases of performance in the activation (i.e. - working of) of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) during the maintenance period.

Additionally, across all 75 participants, users of cannabis generally performed better than non-users, which includes a faster reaction time and higher memory retrieval accuracy.

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