What to expect from a Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy & Psychedelic Therapy Session
A Model for a Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy Treatment Protocol for Post-Traumatic Stress and Anxiety
Cannabis Sativa is a safe and sacred medicinal tool which supports seekers in turning inward, resolving tensions stored deep within the body, tracking inner sensations, and releasing traumas from the nervous system. Cannabis-assisted psychedelic therapy is different than “getting high.” Our referral network used a particular therapeutic container with a professionally trained psychedelic psychotherapist, this modality deepens the therapeutic process and makes somatic (body-centered) trauma work more efficient and more effective. As psychedelic medicines become more and more mainstream, Cannabis Sativa is leading the way.
There is no need to break the law, use unclean or unsafe medicines from unknown sources, or attempt to navigate the Psychedelic Underground to find an illegal guide. While there are plenty of reliable and very skilled underground therapists these days, due the the unregulated nature of the field, you often don’t know what you’re going to find and can’t ensure that you’ll be in good hands when you explore incredibly vulnerable aspects of yourself and your psyche.
Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy isn’t all that different than MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. The clinical orientation and theoretical orientation is inspired by the MAPS protocol for trauma resolution but adapted to a therapeutic and non-research context. Working outside of the research protocol offers some significant advantages, such as a treatment plan which is tailored specifically to the individual, a treatment timeline that is flexible and based on specific client needs, and deeper integration work.
Side-Effects of this experience:
- Increased body awareness
- Active imaginations and a deep connection with their intuition
- A feeling of being very present in the room and with the therapist
- Remain in control and lucid the whole time
- Profound new levels of nervous system regulation
- Developing a sense of agency in their lives, feeling more in control of life situations and having more choice
- Feeling a deeper connection with their sense of purpose
What integration looks like?
As professional psychedelic therapists, one of our specialties is helping clients integrate the lessons of their medicine experiences into their everyday lives. In other words, doing something with the profound insights they achieve during psychedelic experiences. We support clients in building healthy and sustainable lives and lifestyles, living into their true purpose, and in being of service to others.
Why Cannabis Sativa?
Cannabis Sativa is the most widely accessible psychedelic tool legally available.
Cannabis sativa is a safe and sacred psychedelic tool that supports explorers in turning inward, resolving tensions stored deep within the body, tracking inner sensations, and releasing traumas from the nervous system.
Yes, contrary to popular belief, Cannabis sativa is a classic psychedelic, right there with psilocybin and LSD, ayahuasca and DMT, even mimicking MDMA. Not only that, it might be the best and most accessible psychedelic we have available for psychedelic therapy purposes, and may be as useful as MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Cannabis sativa is currently the only psychedelic plant medicine available for legal use in psychedelic therapy and psychotherapy settings in the United States. Cannabis is the most accessible psychedelic medicine available for legal psychedelic therapy. There are no FDA approval processes required, only a novel adaptation of existing medical or recreational cannabis laws, depending on the location. With MDMA and Psilocybin years away from a highly regulated medical model form of prescription legalization, cannabis has the potential to become the primary medicine for psychedelic-assisted healing modalities for many years to come, creating a necessary professional bridge to these medicines, and then becoming an equal option to the psychedelic therapies available to us in the future.
Cannabis has this untapped potential to become a perfect medicine for both advanced psychedelic therapists to practice legally, as well as psychotherapists and other healers inspired to become a psychedelic therapy professional but not wanting or willing to break any laws in doing so.
General Psychedelic effects of Cannabis Sativa
Increased awareness of physical body, possibly creating a form of synesthesia that combines our visual perception with proprioception, called Visual Proprioception
Deep muscle relaxation leading to energetic discharges and trauma resolution, including the activation and clearing of the meridian and chakra channels, facilitating energy movement throughout the body, and profound new levels of nervous system regulation
Capacity to travel through memory, increased awareness of mental programs, judgements and anxieties leading to resolutions of unhealthy processes
- Deeper awareness of emotional processes and activation of emotional discharges leading to release and healing
- Active dreamlike inner visual experience and clear capacity to imagine in a hyper-vivid inner reality
- Extreme creative problem solving activation and increased connection to intuition
Transpersonal phenomenon is quite common, such as visitations of entities that feel other than the self (ancestors, guides, angels, totems etc) and deep spiritual states of being and non-being that more closely resemble unity consciousness and profound connections with the divine
Regularly activates synchronistic transformational growth experiences in the external (real world) field that must be engaged by the journeyer
A deep sense of presence, as opposed to being dissociative, or “out there” or “somewhere else”
Developing a sense of agency in life, feeling more in control of life situations and having more choice, feeling a deeper connection with their sense of purpose
Trauma resolution, Psychonautic skill development, nervous system regulation, intention and integration support, creative problem solving, resilience development