Plants have been communicating with us for thousands of years, imparting their ancient wisdom of the natural world.
As Terrance McKenna said, "Avoid gurus, follow plants."
The practice starts with the cannabis plant medicine and the cannabis starts with the soil; we must work with nature to regenerate our minds, our bodies, our souls, and our soils. The regenerative cannabis cultivation approach centers around the idea of building supportive systems that get better with time, become more resilient, require no tillage or synthetic chemicals, that increase in biodiversity and require fewer inputs—all while producing a superior quality crop with no loss in yield and an increase in pest/disease resistance. All this translates to cannabis grown consciously, not at the expense of the consumer, the environment or the producer.
Regenerative cannabis must be grown without synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, growth hormones, synthetic fertilizers or the systems will degenerate. By giving life to our soils, we can cultivate healthier, more permanent agricultural systems and ensure a better future for generations to come.
Connecting with plant spirit can help us deepen our relationship with our most authentic selves, and develop a deeper understanding of Samadhi, oneness—our greater connection to it all. As a plant biology student in college, I read and studied about plants and permaculture, but it was not until taking the Shaman’s pharmacy course in the Amazonian Rainforest of Peru with Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham, and the Shipibo Shaman’s, experiencing plant medicine, that I understood. Kilham’s wife, Zoe Helene, founder of Cosmic Sister, a global network that connects conscious women, awarded me the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant, an opportunity to research ayahuasca psychedelic therapy. The ayahuasca medicine shed light on the deepened plant spirit relationships we can develop, and how to make the cannabis master plant an ally. It redefined my relationship with cannabis, myself, and showed me that we truly are all in this together.
The roots of Ganjasana evolved out of necessity when I found myself in the emergency room, severely underweight, in extreme pain being fed by IV; I was diagnosed with a uterine tumor. Declining traditional allopathic recommendations including surgery (that may have healed the symptoms, but not affected the cause), I decided to take my health into my own hands. My fiancé and partner, Matt Davenport, began cultivating the cleanest regenerative cannabis medicine with the intention to heal me. “Everything is going to be all right,” he would sing as he held my hair back, wiping the vomit from my face and lighting up fresh flowers to my lips. “Now take a deep breath, hold it in! Hold it in for as long as you can! We are going to get through this!”
And we did. The tumor shrunk over 20 mm, and I gained my weight, vitality, and sparkle back. Matt has been there every step of the way with me and is focusing on making these methods more accessible to people everywhere that cannabis is legal.
By no means is Ganjasana anything new, Sadhus have been pairing the sacred plant, charas, with their yoga practice since 2,000–1,400 BC as recorded in the Vedas, Hindu Text, and drank Bhang, Lord Shiva’s "Nectar of the Gods" a mixture of ground up cannabis leaves and buds, milk, ghee and herbs for its vast medicinal benefits. Cannabis is a plant of peace and integration and has the power to bring people closer together. We aim to hold space for others on this transformational path if it is calling them.
What does it mean to grow “regenerative cannabis” in “no till living soil”? For us, it’s as much of a process as a way of life. It represents a shift in paradigms and an awakening of consciousness. As we begin to look at building all inclusive, integrated, holistic cultivation systems, we begin to understand that we too are a part of these living, ever-evolving systems. Regenerative cannabis aims to go well beyond organic, and arguably beyond the more literal definition of sustainability –“to sustain”.
As the global paradigm towards cannabis continues to shift, we are poised to stay true to our ancient roots; honoring our soils, our souls, our bodies and our minds through ethical cultivation, yoga and cannabis plant spirit medicine.