Psychedelic Cannabis & Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy
Discover the psychedelic potential of Cannabis Sativa.
Clean, well grown, organic cannabis has evolved today to be exceptionally potent with THC levels testing around 25%-30%. When grown properly with care and love, the terpenes of cannabis can produce diverse profiles of fragrance which contribute to the myriad of physiological and psychological effects that this amazing plant is capable of eliciting.
When Cannabis Sativa is worked with as a safe and sacred medicinal tool, it may support us in many healing processes such as: turning inward, resolving tensions stored deep within the body, tracking inner sensations and releasing traumas from the nervous system. Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy reframes the cannabis experience as not just a substance to be used in recreational settings and expands upon the ever-increasing medical efficacy being discovered daily. When used in an intentional container with a professionally trained psychedelic guide, this modality deepens the healing and transformational process and makes somatic (body-centered) trauma work more efficient and more effective.
Clients frequently report:
Extreme body awareness and a synesthesia of somatic and visual senses
Active and very visual imaginal experiences and a deep connection with their intuition
A connection with the sacred, deeply meaningful and transcendent
A feeling of being very present, lucid and with a sense of agency during experience
Profound new levels of nervous system regulation and trauma resolution
Developing a sense of agency in life, with important situations and having more choice
Feeling a deeper connection with their sense of purpose
Psychedelic Sitters School works with Cannabis sativa, not only because it is accessible for adults legally, but also because we have found it to be an incredible medicine to combine with Psychedelic Therapy. Since Cannabis has a “shape shifting” nature and can mimic other medicines, psychedelic cannabis practitioners are required to learn how to competently work with all the other medicines in a single session, ranging from gentle MDMA to vivid DMT states. No other medicine creates such a diverse psychedelic experience.
What is the difference between Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Therapy?
While Psychedelic Sitters School is clinically and medically informed, we incorporate perspectives that are in alignment with traditional psychedelic healing modalities, which we call “Psychedelic Therapy.” This is an umbrella perspective that includes but is not limited to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, spiritual practices that incorporate psychedelics, and scientific research endeavors.
Psychedelic Psychotherapy is the skillful use of psychedelics in conjunction with psychotherapy by a licensed or registered psychotherapist, psychologist or other mental health professional. These sessions might be psycholytic in nature, meaning they are psychologically enhancing, but not always fully psychedelic, and often have a clinical purpose, for example, for the treatment of trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.
Psychedelic Therapy is a separate yet overlapping field and professional identity from psychedelic psychotherapy; it is not limited to clinical and medical models of practice or solely limited to clinical and medical practitioners. Many people from a variety of professions may practice as Psychedelic Therapists, particularly in group practices that incorporate multiple approaches. In our practice, Psychedelic Therapy can be used for the treatment of psychological concerns but it is also a full body/soul holistic practice that goes beyond conventional psychotherapy modalities currently in practice.
At our Center, Psychedelic Therapy is a specific, multi-paradigm approach defined by the Medicinal Mindfulness training program and includes working with psychedelics and cannabis as a psychedelic. It is not limited to psychotherapeutic techniques and assessments but also includes mindfulness practices, ceremony and ritual, somatic approaches and spiritual orientations within a transpersonal paradigm.
Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy® (MBPT)
Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy® (MBPT), developed by Daniel McQueen, is a psychedelic therapy modality that integrates mindfulness practices, transpersonal psychotherapy and traditional guiding practices with somatically-informed trauma resolution practices and psychedelic medicines.
MBPT is the therapeutic modality that the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness teaches through Psychedelic Sitters School and is the modality our practitioners use during sessions with clients. The modality teaches that the presence of the therapist is central to the process and that “Awareness with Acceptance is the Healing Process”.
Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy® (CAPT)
Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy® (CAPT), developed by Daniel McQueen, is a central speciality of MBPT that combines the modality with the medicinal effects of Psychedelic Cannabis. We call cannabis the “Somatic PsychedelicTM” because it affects both the 5-HT2A receptor of the brain (which other psychedelics activate) as well as the endocannabinoid system in the body. These sessions provide a full body and soul holistic experience that is deeply healing. Cannabis allows clients to have increased awareness of difficult somatic sensations, memories, mental programs, judgements, and anxieties, and this exploration leads to a resolution and healing of unhealthy processes and potential clinical concerns. CAPT elicits a deeper awareness of emotional processes and activates physical and emotional discharges leading to release and healing.
Order Daniel McQueen’s latest revision of his book Psychedelic Cannabis: Breaking the Gate
After years of exploring cannabis and working with it as a psychedelic, Daniel McQueen has written down what he has learned to share with you. In this book, you will learn how to transform Cannabis into a potent psychedelic medicine and use it as a tool to support you on your journey.