Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Manipura, or Lustrous Gem, shines from just behind the navel as a sunny, golden yellow. It governs willpower, discipline and confidence. When balanced, you have direction and healthy drive. When imbalanced, you may be goal-oriented at the expense of all else, or—on the opposite end of the spectrum—you may lack ambition and follow-through. Because of its fiery qualities, third chakra energy is stoked by strengthening the body via core work such as Plank, or Navasana (Boat). Trusting your instincts, or gut feelings, is another important third-chakra skill. Productivity-boosting strains such as the hybrid XJ-13, or the sativa-dominant Green Crack may help channel willpower and energy toward achieving your goals.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Clear, emerald green is the color of the heart chakra. Unsurprisingly, the qualities associated with balance here include compassion, openness, and the ability to forgive. Love and self-acceptance are at its center. A closed heart chakra can mean difficulty with self-love and relationships, as well as feelings of hatred and rage. The health of the heart and lungs are also thought to relate to this chakra. Backbends like Ustrasana (Camel) and Natarajasana (Dancer) help stretch the muscles of the chest and let the heart chakra shine. Many enthusiasts also say that cannabis opens the heart like no other plant medicine, helping you let go of past grievances and embrace life as it is in the present. The northern California dispensary, Patients Care Collective, recommends what they call “even hybrids” for heart chakra-balancing, such as Sage and Blue Bubble. Cannabis rapper and activist MC Flow talks about a woman she knows who’s a long-time meditator: “Meditation helped her mind tremendously… but it wasn’t until she started incorporating cannabis that she could access her heart and emotions that had been blocked for years.”
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
When balanced, the sky-blue throat chakra allows you to know your truth and communicate it in a clear and kind way. Communication requires input from others, so healthy throat chakra energy also means respectful listening. Lacking balance here, you may be afraid to speak your mind or ask for what you want. Or, you may dominate the conversation without tact. Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) is a powerful pose for stimulating and freeing the throat chakra’s power. Pranayama (breathing exercises) such as ujjayi, produced by slightly constricting the back of the throat to create a whisper or ocean sound, and the open-mouthed lion’s breath can also help recalibrate your verbal expression. A stimulating strain that promotes clear and direct communication, like the hybrid White Widow, could be considered a conscious choice for bringing greater freedom to the throat chakra.
Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The third-eye chakra relates to internal sight—otherwise known as wisdom and intuition. A resonant indigo in color, the third-eye chakra is balanced when you feel connected to your highest source of guidance, and imbalanced when you feel confused, foggy, and unsure. A more spiritual or esoteric chakra, it is nourished by meditation and by postures that place subtle pressure on the space between the eyebrows, such as the gentle Balasana (Child’s pose). Some would say that a more psychoactive strain with higher THC, like Sour Diesel, might aid in the processes of envisioning, imagining, and tapping into your inner guidance. Others might try Harlequin, a balancing and calming strain with low THC and high CBD, that can allow you to tune in without the heady high of a more potent strain.