CBG Ceremony + Yoga and Meditation
On Saturday July 14, 2019 I was able to participate in a private CBG Ceremony hosted by Takara Chanel Entertainment, Steve’s Goods, and Dip Devices with Yoga Instructor Samantha Prock at the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, CO.
The purpose for this ceremony was to offer attendees the chance to try out a variety of CBG based products to really hone in on their individual experience of the product. Since cannabinoid research is still very much in it’s early stages Steve’s Goods is taking the initiative to jump start the conversation and get people excited about other cannabinoids besides the two most well known compounds, THC and CBD.
What is CBG?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid found within in the cannabis plant. Interestingly enough CBG is the starting point or chemical parent for all the other cannabinoids. As a result many researcher’s are wondering if CBG should be more dominant in our health regimen. It’s also been known to be more effective on our CB2 receptors in the immune system and related organs versus the CB1 receptors found in the brain and nervous system.
Over the last year Steve’s Goods has introduced over 1,000 participants to the cannabinoid CBG in this CBG type ceremony setting.
Before the CBG consumption started we did a few minutes of mindful meditation led by Samantha Prock to drop us into the present moment. Sam gently guided us by starting to listen to our breath, and become more aware of the inhales and exhales, slowly start to equally lengthen each breath. Before class I was feeling very anxious. We just drove through a hail storm to get to class which was pretty stressful and I was also experiencing some menstrual cramps. Not really feeling like myself I was wondering how I was going to get through this meditation, ceremony and yoga practice.
I was feeling rather agitated during the meditation, my mind was racing in a million directions and I couldn’t sit still. The pressure from my tummy was unbearable so I started to gently move my body in seated pose. Eventually meditation was over (thank gosh!) and the CBG ceremony started.
Tyler, of Steve’s Goods led the CBG Ceremony introducing us to CBG, how it differs from CBD and THC, and the various products Steve’s Goods had to offer. The ceremony included samplings of CBG isolate, CBG tincture, and Steve’s Goods salve.
Participants sat in a circle around the products mindfully consuming each offering. Tyler advised us to hold in the product as long as possible in the inhale to truly allow the product to flow through the body. After passing around the DipStick Vapor a few times and mindfully consuming the CBG isolate I was started to feel better, it was definitely taking the edge off. I lathered myself up in the CBD pain cream stick and consumed a dropped of Blueberry CBG oil. Thankful for the consumption I was ready to get the yoga class started!
Yoga Practice with CBG
As yoga started my body and mind gently started to warm up to one another allowing me to drop into the present moment a little bit easier. I noticed pretty quickly from the consumption that I was feeling better. 20 minutes prior my body was in agony and I could barely move, now I was moving through the various postures feeling much more invigorated. While there was still some kinks to work out I was really starting to experience the benefits of the CBG isolate, tincture, and salve work together.
About midway through our yoga practice a blunt was passed around the class. Now, as a cannabis yoga teacher I have no problem with THC so I took a puff enjoying the mid class consumption and not really thinking much about it. As the class winded down into meditation and I began to close my eyes I started to feel a spinning sensation in my mind and maybe even a few visuals. Pair the consumption with the trippy art visuals in the Cannabis Church and I’m sure that’ll leave anyone a bit starry eyes.
Sam guided us through a mindful savasana covering my eyes will our Greenlove lavender eye pillows I drifted off into space thoroughly enjoying myself, the practice, and ceremony. As we woke up I didn’t want to leave this trance. I felt so good – it was amazing! My mind and body had finally slowed down, the chatter faded away, and I felt 100% better than I did two hours before.
After the class Tyler asked everyone to sit in a circle sharing their experiences of the CBG ceremony. Everyone had mostly similar experiences feeling more relaxed, connected, and centered while others let go of pain and tension in the body. Overall it was a very positive experience for everyone involved. Tyler shared that was mostly what the feedback from other participants had been with really only 10-15% not having any sensation from the CBG.
I also left feeling very positive about the potential medical benefits of CBG and how this cannabinoid could be useful for those who aren’t looking for the intoxicating high you get from THC. I even started to think about switching my cannabis gym routine with a puff of CBG/CBD isolate instead just to see how I felt.
At the very end of the experience when speaking with another member of Steve’s Goods it hit me. We consumed a blunt during yoga – that blunt was filled with THC. Lightbulb moment – how I was feeling after the ceremony could have been due to the THC consumption in conjunction with the CBG not 100% CBG derived! I was disappointed to say the least.
After going through that very positive mindful experience I felt like the experiment was tainted by the THC consumption. Especially since the focus of the ceremony was on CBG and its affects on the mind/body there was really no reason to bring another variable into the mix.
While I distantly remember how I felt pre-blunt I also had more remembrance of how I felt afterwards – a little buzzed and stoned from the blunt. Sigh.
Next time I hope the CBG Ceremony sticks with CBG only as that’s really the only way to truly gauge the effects from this cannabinoid! Overall, it was a very positive experience and I would do it again.
Have you utilized CBG yet? What has been your experience?
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