How Cannabis Can Be Used As A Tool For Personal Development

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Negativity is a loop. If you begin to pull on one “negative thought or emotion” and give it your attention, you tend to reframe your brain to look for only negative things. It’s as Robert Anton Wilson said, “What the thinker thinks, the prover proves!”

In other words, your mind is primed to look for supporting evidence to any premise you establish. If it is “negativity”, the mind will find things to prove this position. If you victimize yourself, make yourself smaller than the situation, insult yourself for your shortcomings, etc., then cannabis can be used as a powerful disruptor.

It’s difficult to simply “stop being negative” and, thus, a bit of euphoria can go a long way. Cannabis gives you a few moments of “altered perception” that gives you the opportunity to break your mental cycles.

Once again, it’s important to use cannabis sparingly. Some people rely on cannabis to break the negative mental cycles, however, in the realm of personal development, you’ll always want to implement tactics that derive from internal mechanisms. For example, focusing in on your breath can also create enough mental space to switch your internal gears of perception.

In the case that you are stuck in a negative feedback loop, smoking some cannabis can provide you with a quick release from the mental cycle. Dreaming and Being In the world of personal development, establishing the “future you” is incredibly important. You need to have a goal to work towards. This means that you have to tap into your creative powers to imagine a future where you have achieved all of your goals.

Who are you then? What are your habits? How is your emotional state? What do you do daily? All of these questions (and more) begin to create an image in your head of what “success” looks like. Some people however, either find it difficult to utilize their imagination for this action or are too subjected to their current situation that even envisioning a brighter future becomes difficult.

Fortunately, cannabis can help here as well. If there’s one thing that most cannabis users can agree on, it’s that cannabis allows your mind to wander into unknown realms of the imagination. You begin to think in different terms and can use this to your advantage.

If you find it difficult to envision a future where you are straight up “killing it!” then you can use cannabis to help you bridge this gap. Simply spark up and smoke as much as you need to get good and high.


Make sure that you let go of all restrictions and then, using a pen and paper, just start writing out the future you that you would be very happy with. The future you that you consider to be “a baller”.

Once you have done this, read it again when you’re sober. See what parts really resonate with you and then try to envision you as that person. Invoke this future self into your present and begin to operate according to how “they” would do things.

It’s like Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” In other words, your problems can’t be solved by the way you are thinking now or in the past, but by the way that your future accomplished self would engage with it.

Cannabis can help you invoke this future self to begin to deal with the problems you face in the present. Bottom Line There are many more ways we can use cannabis to improve our self-development. The three techniques discussed above can definitely help you achieve higher states of performance.

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