Finding Your Higher Self
Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care
by Sophie Saint Thomas
Almost a blog in book form, “Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care” is a book which asks the same question that “Enhancement Smoker” Jon Stewart did in “Half Baked”: did you ever do the stuff you normally do… but on weeeeed?
In the spirit of Saint Thomas’ central message — to take care of yourself and use cannabis’ relaxing properties to make your everyday activities more pleasant — I’m writing this review while stoned.
The introduction to “Finding Your Higher Self” has a short but informative summary of cannabis’ key features as a medicinal and therapeutic plant, and an exploration of the most common routes of administration. This is basic and to the point, and does not contain any information that will be revelatory for seasoned stoners, but it would make a good introduction for those who are not familiar with the basics of cannabis.
The main body of the book is broken up into three parts: body, mind, and soul. Each part contains a variety of suggestions for different activities to try while using cannabis. Some of them are obviously fun (“Explore Your Erogenous Zones”), and some are more spiritually-minded and potentially difficult (“Write an Apology”), but the central message of self-care continues throughout the book. The book does not have exclusively Pagan content, and therefore may appeal to a broader audience, but a few entries will be of particular interest to witches — “Perform a Cord-Cutting Ritual,” “Add Herbs to Your Spliff,” and “Create Your Own Incense” are just a few of the suggestions which lean more towards craft.
If you’ve got a friend who’s just trying cannabis for the first time — especially if they’re feeling nervous at the prospect, due to all the bad press cannabis has received — then this book would be a great gift for them. Friendly and unassuming, it suggests a spectrum of accessibility for cannabis’ many applications, and dispels some of the hysteria surrounding daily use. Saint Thomas’ tone is conversational and open-ended, which makes this the perfect bathtub read to help you open up, and consider the possibilities.
About the Author:
Sarah McMenomy is an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork, trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com