Stoned and mindful

Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at

Weed and yoga. Really?

Um, yes? Cannabis has been around at least as long as yoga, and many people find that using a little cannabis during exercise or meditation can help with focus and flexibility.

This isn’t new. There are plenty of Ayurvedic texts that discuss the mixing of cannabis and yoga, and there are ancient texts that mention the medicinal properties of cannabis. However, there are also texts that mention the dangers of recreational cannabis use. One might think that if the object of yoga is to find stillness and inner peace, an unsullied mind may be the best starting point. On the other hand, many people use cannabis to jump-start the relaxation. Yes, this answer is contradictory. Embrace your dichotomies.

Americans love to combine things. You can find stoner yoga classes, boozy yoga classes and even yoga classes that encourage drinking and cussing. Be mindful. Experiment a little, and don’t worry too much. If you find that weed helps you practice, go for it, but maybe stay sober for a class or two every once in a while just to see what sort of stillness you can find when you are sober.

What do people mean when they talk about “curing” weed?

When you harvest marijuana, it is still full of moisture, sugars, starches and all the stuff that gives plants life. You have to dry it out. You can’t dry it too fast, ’cause then the smoke will be harsh and unpleasant. You can’t dry it too slow, because that’s how you end up with fungi and a weird wet taste in your mouth.

A good cure takes time, and everyone has a different method. Some folks like to use a mostly closed paper bag and shake the bag once a day or so. Some like to hang their buds in a closet or dark room with a fan blowing to circulate the air. Some people like to put their buds in a glass jar, but not close the lid all the way. Every grower will tell you that their method is best, and they are all right. Most of them have used trial-and-error to find a way that works for them. But all techniques aside, curing weed generally depends on the humidity of your environment. If the climate is dry, you have to slow the process down. If the climate is wet, you have to speed it up a little.

But what about the novice grower? Is there a way to achieve a desirable cure with less guesswork? Yes, there is! The people over at CVault ( have come up with a pretty good and dang-near foolproof way to cure weed. The CVault is a big metal container that has a space for one of those Boveda humidifier packs. These packs keep buds at a steady 62% humidity. Super nice.