Shilajit is a massively beneficial wonder-substance found primarily inside geological formations in the Himalayas. Regarded by local cultures for centuries as the secret to longevity, shilajit has now made its way to the rest of the world and is widely available on the internet.
One of the most-lauded benefits of shilajit is its supposed ability to intensify the cannabis experience, increasing your enjoyment and reducing your consumption. Is it true that shilajit reduces cannabis consumption, and what other benefits might this sticky, tar-like substance offer when combined with cannabinoids? Find the answers in this guide.
What is shilajit?
Shilajit is a black, viscous substance found inside rocks high in the Himalayan Mountains. It is believed to be formed over the course of centuries as microorganisms decompose plants. In this sense, shilajit has something in common with fermented foods and drinks like kombucha or kimchi—only the “fermentation” process takes place on the scale of geological time, not the timeframe of human lives.
Used extensively in ayurvedic medicine, shilajit supposedly has properties that support health, long life and prevent disease. Modern science has traced these benefits back to fulvic acid and humic acid, which are both present in shilajit in large quantities but difficult to find elsewhere in nature.
Created when plants break down, fulvic acid appears to have impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Exposed to centuries-long decomposition within natural mineral formations, the plants where shilajit originates yield an incredibly high concentration of fulvic acid.
What are the health benefits of shilajit?
In addition to fulvic acid, shilajit also contains very high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and additional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, shilajit is used as a general health aid in addition to rapidly gaining popularity as a healing tool used for specific conditions. Some of the potential areas of your health shilajit might improve include:
- Brain health
- Age-related conditions
- Liver disease
- Stress relief
Given its massive antioxidant potential, this list barely scratches the surface of the potential ways shilajit might improve your health. Instead of reducing the benefits of shilajit down to individual conditions, it might be better to look at this substance in the same light as the ancient ayurvedic sages who first discovered it: as a general life-booster, age-defier, or even death-conqueror.
Is shilajit psychoactive?
Despite its massive benefits, shilajit does not appear to have any psychoactive or mind-altering properties. If this antioxidant substance has any impact on your mental state at all, it will likely come in the form of mild relaxation or anxiety relief. Shilajit will not get you high, and unless you’re paying close attention, you might not notice its effects at all.
Does shilajit boost the effects of cannabis?
One of the most promising applications of shilajit is its potential ability to increase the experienced effects of psychoactive cannabinoids like THC. Many people who use both cannabinoids and shilajit report that their experienced effects are synergistically boosted when they consume these substances at the same time. So far, this potential use of shilajit isn’t backed up by any scientific research, but anecdotal evidence that shilajit and cannabis might interact synergistically is rapidly accumulating.
Can you use shilajit with CBD?
It appears that the same benefits users experience when ingesting shilajit and THC at the same time may also apply when this substance is used with CBD. In this case, combining shilajit with cannabinoids will not make you feel high since CBD does not have intoxicating effects.
On the contrary, using CBD and shilajit together might enhance the relaxing, non-intoxicating benefits of this popular hemp-derived cannabinoid. Regardless of which cannabinoid you pair it with, this increased effectiveness could lead to reduced monthly cannabinoid consumption.
Can shilajit reduce your cannabis consumption?
Yes, many users indicate that consuming shilajit in tandem with cannabinoids reduces the amount of cannabis they consume per day. To achieve this desired effect, it is not necessary to ingest cannabinoids and shilajit at the exact same time. Simply taking shilajit once per day has been reported to reduce the amount of cannabis people consume regardless of how many times they tend to use cannabis over the course of 24 hours.
Can shilajit help you save money on weed?
Due to the ability of only a tiny serving of shilajit to significantly reduce the amount of cannabis you use per day, it’s certainly possible that adding shilajit to your daily routine could reduce the amount of money you spend on cannabis per month. For most users, a single 15-gram container of shilajit can last for two or three months since the average dose is less than 100mg. At this rate of consumption, the additional money you spend on shilajit will be thoroughly eclipsed by the amount of money you save on cannabis.
How do you use shilajit?
Shilajit is generally taken orally by dissolving a small amount of this black, tar-like substance in a glass of water. You can also place a dose of shilajit directly under your tongue for maximum absorption, but we warn you that the flavor of this ultra-fermented substance is an acquired taste.
How do you use cannabis and shilajit together?
The best way to use cannabis and shilajit together is to continue consuming cannabis in whichever way you prefer most and to simply add a dose of shilajit into your daily routine. Do not attempt to dab shilajit or add this substance to cannabis buds.
Can I smoke shilajit?
No, shilajit is not intended to be smoked, and doing so could be dangerous. People have smoked cannabis for millennia without noting any major negative effects, establishing the general safety of his practice. The same cannot be said for shilajit, which has never been smoked by any culture in history, and which would certainly taste terrible to inhale even if doing so did not cause any further negative effects.
How long does it take shilajit to work?
Users generally report noticing the effects of shilajit almost immediately. While the benefits of this substance are often quite subtle, taking shilajit can nonetheless have a significant impact on your mood and general enjoyment of life. If shilajit fails to have any immediate effects, wait a while before taking another dose since some users report that this substance can promote bowel movements.
Does shilajit show up on a drug test?
No, shilajit will not show up on a drug test since drug tests are not calibrated to detect shilajit or any of the substances it contains. Shilajit is not and has never been a controlled substance, and due to its lack of psychoactive effects, it most likely never will be.
Shilajit and cannabis FAQ
Do you have any additional questions about shilajit? Find the answers below.
1. Can you take shilajit on an empty stomach?
Partially due to this substance’s tendency to impact digestion, it is generally recommended that you take shilajit on an empty stomach. Taking shilajit a while after you’ve eaten is also acceptable, but try to avoid ingesting it right after you eat a meal.
2. Why is shilajit hard?
Shilajit naturally becomes hard after a while as the moisture inside of it evaporates. Especially if you live in a dry climate, your shilajit will become hard relatively quickly if you do not properly reseal its container. It’s easy to make dry shilajit usable again, though, by simply rehydrating it.
3. How do you rehydrate shilajit?
To rehydrate shilajit that has become unusably dry, just add a few drops of water to the container, and reseal it. If you’d like to rehydrate your shilajit faster, place the sealed container in an area with direct sun exposure.
4. Can shilajit cause diarrhea?
Yes, one of the commonly reported side effects of shilajit is bowel-loosening. In the case of constipation, this can actually be a positive effect, and most habitual shilajit users indicate that taking this substance improves their digestion overall. Just be aware that—especially right when you start using it for the first time—taking shilajit might have you heading to the bathroom a bit more frequently than usual.
5. Can I consume shilajit daily?
Yes many people use shilajit on a daily basis without noting any negative effects. Scientific research on the long-term effects of shilajit consumption is nonexistent at this point, but keep in mind that ayurvedic practitioners have recommended shilajit as a daily supplement for millennia without noting any negative effects.
6. Can I take shilajit at night?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to take shilajit at night or during any part of the day you might prefer. This substance is not known to have a stimulating effect, so it shouldn’t cause insomnia or negatively impact your sleep in any way.
7. What happens if you take too much shilajit?
It is not believed that shilajit overdose is possible. Taking too much of this substance, however, could elevate concentrations of iron and uric acid in your body to dangerous levels. As a result, it’s best to not exceed the recommended daily dose of shilajit.