Cannabis is no stranger to self-care routines and therapeutic smoke sessions. From CBD bath bombs to hemp-infused skin care products, and even countless guides on using cannabis for self-care. Needless to say, the plant can be a total mental de-stressor for many.
That’s because cannabis is rich in mentally and physically stimulating phytochemicals. This not only makes it perfect for relaxing, but even further than that, it’s perfect for releasing.
What is Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy?
First things first, *we have a few disclaimers*.
First, this is not medical advice.
This blog is for education purposes only and is not meant to treat or advise any mental or physical illnesses. tCheck is not endorsing any particular treatment modality. Please consult a licensed medical professional before making any changes to your healthcare routine.
Secondly, marijuana as a psychiatric tool is still a fairly new concept and is under-prioritized in many states. While proven to be an effective solution for mental health issues, cannabis is not legal everywhere.
And finally, it’s important to note that cannabis is not for everyone! Though often praised, cannabis is still a drug with many risks for some. Make sure you're working with a licensed psychiatrist who has experience using the drug in a safe and clinical setting.
*Disclaimer time over*.
Cannabis Assisted Psychotherapy is a subset of talk therapy conducted by trained therapists. Cannabis is used to help clients deeply explore their thoughts and feelings. The plant’s somatic effects create a sense of relaxation making the user comfortable, and as a consequence, more open to talking through past traumas.
Although it’s only now making its way to mainstream media, cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries (at least 5,000 years).
The reason it’s so effective is that cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds interact with the body's endocannabinoid system to produce a range of therapeutic effects.
How does it work?
During a cannabis-assisted psychotherapy session, therapists guide their clients through a series of discussions and exercises. These are designed to help them gain insight into their patterns of behavior.
Cannabis is ingested in a variety of ways. Clients can smoke, vaporize, or consume edibles for their session. The mode of ingestion is determined by the client’s preferences and prior cannabis history.
Check out this video (age-restricted, or course) where MERRY JANE takes you inside a psychotherapy session.
Where can I find it?
If cannabis is legal in your state, you can start your search online, through referrals, or by asking your local doctor/psychiatrist. Consult with a licensed healthcare provider or cannabis specialist to ensure that you are using the right products and dosages for your specific condition.
There are professional organizations such as the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors that you can utilize to find a cannabis-assisted psychotherapist near you.
If you’re having a hard time finding a therapist, it might be time to get out of the house and try some networking! Attending cannabis-related events for either medical or recreational use is a great way to find psychotherapists themselves, psychotherapy communities, or industry experts who can point you in the right direction.
Even easier than that, your local dispensary might have some information that can help you on your journey.
Start On the Right Foot!
If you want to get started with cannabis-assisted psychotherapy, do your future therapist a favor and know your facts before you go! Test how much THC your endo system can take with a tCheck THC & CBD potency tester.