How pagans used cannabis to celebrate the winter solstice

Published Dec 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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Winter solstice is the first day of the year, according to the astrological calendar. Monday, December 2, 2020, is also the shortest day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. Numerous spiritual traditions worldwide celebrate this low spot in the sun's path over the next 6 to 7 weeks. Pagans and witches celebrate this time of year by calling it Yule.

Witches and pagans look upon this time of the year as being the period when the earth shuts down. It is the time for a rebirth of the sun. Symbolizing this time of year is the outdoor-growing marijuana community. The winter growing cycle is much different than what we experience in the summer. Most of the time,  the earth is unfriendly and cold. No plants are growing during this time, symbolizing winter solstice.

Colours: Winter solstice is red, green, white, gold and silver

Herbs: Evergreen, nutmeg mistletoe Myrrh Sage Rosemary and Frankincense

Stones: Bloodstone. Emerald and diamond

Old-time values

For this festival, some witches follow an old custom called divination. During this time, ancestors, guides, gods, and the elements are called upon for information about the upcoming winter trip. The information is gained by using runes, astrology, tarot, and oracles. Many witches during this time will inhale an intoxicating smoking blend of herbs while they are consulting the Fate.

DIY pagan smoking blend

If you would like to celebrate the winter solstice as the pagan and witches do, you can create your own smoking blend. Here is what you will need to gather to do it.

  • Your favourite strain of bud

  • Mullein

  • Lobelia

  • Blue lotus

  • Pinch of cinnamon

The winter solstice can affect people differently. Some may find that depression is creeping up on them, often referred to as the winter blues. Using cannabis can help make the winter solstice a much brighter time when you include it in your daily regime. Sipping on a warm cannabis-infused beverage can medicate and warm you up at the same time. Infusing your hot apple cider with a CBD tincture could be just what the witches and pagans ordered.

Pagans and witches celebrating the winter solstice often look for an energizing Sativa strain to help uplift moods and combat stress, depression, and anxiety. Some of the most popular cannabis strains used during the winter solstice are Lemon Haze and Blue Dream. Using these uplifting strains in the morning can help to keep you motivated throughout the day. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, you can reach for one of these strains for relief.

For the witches out there that take joy in celebrating the winter solstice by meditating, Laughing Buddha and Lambs Bread might help by enhancing your meditation time and bringing on a more festive mood for the celebration.

Final words

The winter solstice may symbolize a time for cannabis users to make their homemade goodies.  You have dried and cured your harvest, and the trim can be the perfect ingredient for your first day of winter kitchen cannabis projects.  After celebrating and enjoying your traditional, intoxicating smoking blend as a real pagan would do, this holiday is a time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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