Also, marijuana is far more than just weed…in the same way vodka is not whiskey even though both are hard alcohol. There are a bazillion cannabis strains, all of which can have varying effects on the central and peripheral nervous systems, cognition, mood, etc. Sativas and Indicas are quite different from each other (anxiety relief vs. pain relief; body high vs. head high…that sort of thing), then you have the hybrid varieties with varying amounts of THC as well as CBD. Some will enhance the transition to theta/gamma sync while others can impair it. And since our endocannabinoid system parallels a lot of endocrine (hormonal) function, I have found that getting into a proper trance where I have 100% control of the experience is just not possible for me with any strain. It mimics the trance feeling at the cost of sapping the Will. Now that I no longer use it, states of ectasy are possible (natural hormone interraction here) and I get to direct the experience instead of floating merrily along if that makes sense. Astral travel was an impossibility and so was evocation.
Of course, I have grand plans of one day growing cannabis to study precisely the different effects for my personal edification, but for now I’ve decided that since I don’t have exact control and have to rely on the dispensary farmers, I can’t predict outcomes… so I’m laying off because this evocation and astral travel shit is waaaay more fun than smoking or vaping a bowl. Besides I’ve already cured me, so marijuana is now a luxury instead of a necessity.
Anywho, it seems that if certain aspects of ascension are oddly out of reach, it would be wise to keep track of your sources and strains so you remain cognizant of each step of your development. Everyone’s unique after all. I suggest perusing leafly.com if you are curious. Its a marvelous database of weedy joy.