So what’s the deal with that classic stoner morning routine of the so-called Wake and Bake? I’ve wondered this since way before I became a medical marijuana patient. Is this cannabis ritual just another form of escapism? Or is there some deeper meaning to this highly touted, always Instagrammed ritual? I decided to challenge my personal beliefs around cannabis ritual and self-care to answer these questions for myself.
What is ritual? Why do rituals matter?
Well, in a nutshell, a ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, actions, or objects performed in a specific place, and according to a set sequence.
Rituals and traditions provide a sense of connection-this is as necessary for us human beans as food or water! This connection then in turn provides comfort and peace. A ritual can be very simple like eating a certain food for a specific holiday (the Tofurkey roast is better than I thought! lol). And of course, they can be more involved such as gathering the family together to bake certain goodies while decorating the house and listening to specific music.
Healthy rituals can improve our physical, emotional, and mental health. They provide a sense of security and help reduce anxiety.
Healthy rituals can improve our physical, emotional, and mental health. They provide a sense of security and help reduce anxiety. Literally allllll of these things are the same reasons I choose to medicate with cannabis and supplement with other natural remedies such as hemp, ashwaganda, rhodiola, certain mushrooms, etc. So then, in my mind, it only makes sense to combine the intentionality of ritual with the natural healing benefits of hemp and cannabis….right?
rewiring for joy- Habits and the brain
By nature, we are creatures of habit and thrive on repetition. But it’s crucial to be aware of WHAT you’re actually repeating. It’s all too easy to fall into autopilot and sink into the monotony of the ‘every day’ (are you aware of your repeating actions, emotions, and thoughts?). But this is where ritual comes in. The intentionality inherent within ritual serves us by providing healthy habits and personal check-ins. Healthy habits can increase your overall well-being and life satisfaction. Self-care isn’t just a fleeting trend; it’s VITAL to your overall well-being. So let’s develop some healthy rituals!
The brain is constantly changing due to many things. Some of the causes of change include caffeine, stress, meditation, and learning.
Rewire your brain to be healthier via self-care. Repetition, time, patience, and perseverance is required. Remember the old adage, Practice Makes Perfect.
Our brains are wired to pay more attention to negativity rather than positivity. When we don’t practice self-care, our energy levels decrease, we feel less motivated and can even sink into a depression. Self-care enhances our energy levels, boosts our mood, increases resilience, and reduces stress. Therefore, we need to retrain our brain. (source)
Once you become more self-aware, you can create more happiness and creativity by choosing to honor the power of ritual.
The Blazed and Amused Wake and Bake
On a more personal note, bringing forth more consciousness to my morning wake and bake has really been a game-changer. I look forward to the entire process of smelling and choosing the bud, grinding it up while visualizing my day, setting my intention by the time I strike the lighter, and ooooh you know the first taste. What used to be a mindless, apathetic habitual experience is now a healthy ritual. My “stoner morning routine” actually sets the stage for my day.
How can Ritual(s) benefit daily life?
- Rituals make us feel safe. They support our need for structure and balance in our lives. Choose healthy rituals such as drinking a healthy drink first thing in the morning or taking a twenty-minute stroll outdoors after lunch. Use healthy rituals to heal yourself.
- Rituals help us connect with ourselves and others. Examples include meditation to help clear your mind, journaling to connect with yourself, or having dinner conversation to connect with family and friends.
- Self-care rituals encourage self-love. You can take a midday nap to energize yourself. Or enjoy a bath filled with scented bubbles while listening to relaxing music at the end of the day. Add some cannabis to these rituals to make them amazing!
- Life is a journey, not a destination. Rituals allow us to slow down and be intentional. Intertwine what you love, enjoy, value, and need in life into daily practices.
Cannabis has been used in religious or spiritual contexts in various cultures for thousands of years. It can now be enjoyed by so many in today’s world due to the ever-changing laws of medical cannabis and CBD. Several countries are beginning to see the benefits of healing with CBD, THC, etc. and have already started the process of decriminalizing or legalizing. In the United States, for example, many states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and even more have legalized medical marijuana. In countries like Switzerland, you can actually grow your own CBD and do what you wish with it -even sell it in the markets.
SIDE NOTE: I actually created a 420 friendly cinematic vlog of sorts where I share what I’ve learned about Swiss Cannabis and CBD here:
A ritual around our cannabis consumption can be very simple or more involved. It can be as simple as sitting on the porch smoking a joint with friends. Puff, puff, pass to the left, ya’ll! Alternatively, there are many benefits to simply starting your day with a CBD tea. This is a great way to give your endocannabinoid system a little love without the high.
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It can also be more intricate and involved, my personal favorite. Set aside a specific time to sesh while caring for your inner self through the practice of meditation, journaling, or yoga. Be the conscious observer of what arises during this time. Use it to work with trauma, your shadows or inner child. Ritual helps us build trust within ourselves. For me, at least, wakin’ and bakin’ has been helping me shed old beliefs and thought patterns that no longer serve me. I am learning to trust my intuition and realize my worth.
My favorite cannabis-friendly rituals- a quick overview
- Wake and Bake: The first thing I do when I wake up is STRETCH. Stretching gets your blood flowing and wakes up your muscles. It’s a great way to start your day. Then it’s time to set the tone for the day. I choose a lovely hybrid flower and put that beautiful plant into a bowl. I put on some music, sit in my favorite chair, and contemplate the day while taking a hit or two.
- Toke with Friends: Nothing is better than hanging with some good friends on the porch and passing a joint around. The scenery is beautiful with magnificent trees and some wildlife (if you can call domestic cats wildlife!)
- To Get Those Creative Juices Flowing: There are times that I want to get into my creative groove- the perfect activity for cannabis, IMO. I enjoy photography, cinematography, home design, writing, and painting. This is when a sweet Sativa (ish) strain comes in handy. Enjoy some in any form (smoke, vape, dab, etc.) and lose yourself in your creativity. The singular point of focus that cannabis can provide has been such a creative catalyst for me. How about yourself?
- End of Day Relaxation: Ah, it’s the end of the day—time to relax. While many relax with a glass of wine, I choose to relax with a bong rip. A favorite pastime of mine is to run a bath and drop in a CBD bath bomb. I’ll put on some good jams, light some candles, and I’m all set to unwind. This is a great time to reflect on the day.
So what do ya know? A 420 friendly lifestyle can improve your health, benefit your emotional wellness, or simply act as a stress relief after a long day. The ‘Wake and Bake,’ and other cannabis rituals, don’t have to be mindless, passive experiences (I think we have all heard of the indica ‘In Da Couch’ reference;)). I believe simple cannabis rituals can promote self-empowerment by way of self-care and allowing you to heal yourself.
So it’s your turn now. Light up and dive deep. Look at your current rituals (habits). When was the last time you checked in with yourself? Is there an intentional ritual behind your cannabis ritual or is it more of a coping mechanism? Be honest AND kind. They are not mutually exclusive;)
I’ve shared a video of a typical morning on my IGTV @shezblazed. Spend your next sesh with me!
Welcome! My name is Lindsey. Blazed + Amused is a space for personal growth, development and empathy with Mama Ganja as our intuitive healing tool. I serve those looking to change their story from burn out and apathy to Blazed and Amused, a lifted lifestyle from the inside out. By combining cannabis wellness, cognitive science and creative inspiration, I create tools of change + connection. My meaningful work is to help bring more mindfulness and fulfilment to your rituals around Mary Jane. Check out my weed blog or 420 Shop for more. Cheers!