YES: It calms the mind, allows the user to think deeply, Sadhus of India (experts on marijuana, yoga, and meditation) are revered for their knowledge, and the Yoga Sutra says it’s a source of siddis, or psychic powers.
NO: “Yoga chitta vritti nirodha,” Yoga Sutra 1.2, which translates to “Yoga is the individual discipline that leads to the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” Real discipline is only possible when you are able to still the fluctuations and notice them naturally, through meditation and pranayama.
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