Frequently Asked Questions
Question: But seriously, cannabis can’t do what you are claiming, right?
Answer: This is one of our most common questions. The answer is pretty simple. We stumbled upon one of the biggest secrets in the psychedelic community, one that very few people know about. Maybe we just collectively forgot how to use cannabis skillfully. Cannabis is a classic psychedelic. We have a lot of experience to back that claim up.
Most people associate psychedelic cannabis trips with eating too many edibles and getting sick, having panic attacks, and tripping really, really hard. Afterwards they rightly think, why in the world would I do that again? But this common experience proves, even if it was a “bad trip,” that it was a “trip” nonetheless. If you’re new to the psychedelic paradigm, it really makes some sense to test the waters a bit before flying to Peru for your first ever Ayahuasca experience. If you’re an experienced psychonaut, come try something new. If you’re concerned it won’t be strong enough, I’ll offer you a second pipe… and a third. Let’s see how far we can take it. Cannabis is one of the safest substances on the planet.
A few things I can say are this: most skeptics come out of the experience completely surprised by the intensity of the trip, sometimes even veteran psychonauts say it was the most intense psychedelic trip they have ever had. Ayahuasca practitioners and DMT folks regularly say it was just like Ayahuasca and DMT. From my experience, I will say that it seems like it starts like an MDMA experience, then it morphs into a psilocybin experience. A very significant number also state they experience Ayahuasca level and DMT level trips, especially if we add certain breathwork practices. I am becoming more and more convinced that cannabis used skillfully may be as effective as MDMA in treating PTSD, just from my personal observations of both. Personally, I have had psychedelic cannabis experiences that were indistinguishable from MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, peyote, ayahuasca, N,N-DMT, and even 5-meo-DMT. Cannabis is a shapeshifter medicine as much as anything else. The primary difference is that journeyers keep their agency, they can navigate the experience more skillfully, and with greater ease, and they can pause the experience if they need to if it gets overwhelming. And there’s way less vomiting involved. We have a lot to learn from this humble medicine.
The pot most of us are familiar with is just not the cannabis we have available now. I remember a time when there were two kinds of cannabis, weed and later on, “kind bud.” It is hard to describe the magical potency and variety of cannabis strains that we now take for granted in Colorado. This program was developed because we had access to the cleanest, best cannabis ever grown. Again, we’d love to share it with you.
It’s going to be figured out eventually. People are already starting to propose studies on cannabis as a psychedelic and as a trauma healing modality. I just don’t think I could have made it 5 years now being a full time professional Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapist if I were just getting people high. I know it sounds hard to believe… that’s ok… I’m used to it. Come to Boulder and I can show you.
Question: I don’t like how pot makes me feel, how is this different?
Answer: We’d ask more details about how cannabis makes you feel and about the context of your use. Usually people smoke pot recreationally and in group settings, which sometimes elicits social anxiety and other negative side effects. I generally explore specific concerns but remind potential clients that this is more akin to an intentional psychedelic experience, rather than smoking pot with your friends. It’s important to consider the possibility that the experience will be radically different than previous cannabis experiences.
Question: What is psychedelic harm reduction and harm prevention?
Answer: As a Psychedelic Harm Reduction & Prevention program at its foundation, the information, individual services, training programs, and events of Medicinal Mindfulness are designed to address the full spectrum of complex experiences associated with psychedelic medicine and cannabis use. Some behaviors and decisions are inherently risky, especially skydiving, transformation and awakening. We require that everyone we work with takes full responsibility for all outcomes of their journey as part of their experience with us. It has been our experience that this degree of personal responsibly is a required preliminary mind set for individuals to stay as safe as possible on their journey. With that being said, our number one priority is your safety.
Medicinal Mindfulness is a “Harm Reduction” drug education and support program, specifically for psychedelic medicine and cannabis users. We believe objective education and nonjudgmental support services are the most effective strategies in working with our communities. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition: Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
Psychedelic Harm Prevention takes this paradigm a step further. Saying “harm reduction” implies inherent harms, where as we believe that when used skillfully and intentionally, cannabis and other psychedelics can be used to heal and make our lives better. With that being said, risks are real, so we address them head-on.
Question: What is the legality of the services Medicinal Mindfulness provides?
Answer: The short answer is that what we do is completely legal. Federal cannabis possession laws only apply to federal lands and military bases and such. In Colorado, the consumption of cannabis and its possession is legal but well regulated. We just use the recreational cannabis laws in a new and unexpected “set and setting.”
The use of cannabis is an optional, but integral, component of our Conscious Cannabis Experiences. Participants are required to bring their own cannabis to these sessions. Less than 1 gram is usually required, which is far less than the legal private consumption limit of one ounce for Colorado residents, and 7 grams for Colorado visitors. Participants must be 21 years old or older to attend these events. A valid ID is required to determine age. These services and events do not include the sale of cannabis or cannabis products. Cannabis is not a business expense and there are no financial transactions related to this medicine in any way.
Sessions and events where cannabis is consumed are private, invitation only, and comply with all applicable Colorado laws. Participants understand that the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to fire employees for cannabis use, even if used responsibly and off hours, and participants assume all risks associated with this as well.
According to the Colorado NORML publication, The Responsible Consumer’s Guide to Marijuana in Colorado, “Private vs. Public: The Colorado constitution, protects private marijuana use, so you can consume openly at a residence or outdoors on a porch or balcony as long as the property owner allows it. Marijuana cannot be consumed openly and publicly, such as on streets and sidewalks, or in public parks. Localities may have their own regulations on where you can consume, so you should check local laws first.”
Please review the following links on cannabis related laws in Colorado:
Colorado NORML | Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use |
The Responsible Consumer’s Guide to Marijuana in Colorado
Retail Marijuana Use within the City of Denver
Boulder County Marijuana Use Fact Sheet
Colorado Pot Guide | Marijuana Laws in Colorado
Marijuana Enforcement Division | For city and county specific information, contact the local Sheriffs Department, or review websites of local Municipalities.
Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act *
Question: Is this confidential?
Answer: Medicinal Mindfulness adheres to strict confidentiality guidelines in our work with our clients, and all information provided to us, written and verbal, as well as your identity, will remain confidential, except when exclusions are required by law, such as if there is intent to hurt oneself or another, or child or elder abuse is occurring. Many of our practitioners are helping professionals and are therefore mandatory reporters under Colorado law. While we require that all participants agree to keep confidential the experience and identity of other participants, due to the community nature of some of our events, we cannot make any guarantees of confidentiality. Although in 5 years, nothing like that has ever happened. Participants who have strong confidentiality requirements are encouraged to schedule individual sessions or sponsor a group with only trusted friends and allies. Credit card statements will say “Medicinal Mindfulness LLC or MM Events LLC” on services provided.
Additional Legal Information
We do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or other medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. We are conditional advocates for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use. A substantial amount of skill development, the right mindset, and an intentional setting are required to minimize the risks involved in the exploration of powerful medicines. Our work is, at its foundation, a harm reduction program. Medicinal Mindfulness disclaims all warranties with regard to the information included in this website and in no event is Medicinal Mindfulness liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages in connection with the information contained within these pages or pages to which we provide links. The information contained on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or may become outdated, and we reserve the right to make changes and improvements to any information contained within these website pages, at any time and without notice. Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice.