Contrary to popular belief, Cannabis sativa is a classic psychedelic. Until recently, however, it just wasn’t grown with the quality, potency, and unique characteristics required to actualize as a reliable psychedelic medicine. The War on Drugs grossly distorted our understanding of it, even within the psychedelic therapy community, and this has limited our perception of what we thought possible. However, due to cannabis legalization, prohibition as a constraint is no longer a reality in many places, and people are waking up to the incredible potential of this plant and using it accordingly. This just hasn’t happened yet on a cultural level.
Not everyone has access to the type of cannabis I am referring to here, so I would like to briefly describe the quality of the medicine I work with. The psychoactive components of cannabis are unique in that they originate in the nectar of its flower. Many of us are only familiar with the stale, skunky, pungent, low quality, low THC producing (less than 5%) “brick weed,” that is full of chemicals and poisons. Clean, well grown, organic cannabis has evolved today to be exceptionally potent (25%-30% or more THC content), and depending on the terpene profile, can smell like lemons, mangoes, oranges, peppers, spices, or candy, reminiscent of rich fertile soil and trees, or strong and soft like a rose and other flowers. Inhaling modern cannabis can elicit the freshness of a beautiful spring day, or be invigorating like lightning, or soft and relaxing like lavender and sage. Modern cannabis is beautiful, earthy, and uplifting, facilitating a sense of liberation and wellbeing.
Cannabis is such a beautiful and useful plant. It can clothe us, protect us, feed us, heal our pains, help us sleep and dream, and alter our consciousness to expansive self-acceptance, compassion towards others, and an awareness of the interconnected nature of all beings and our environment. Its creative insights can, and have, transformed not only individual lives but the course of the world. This is what happens when we break free from the Wars on Drugs and Consciousness.
Cannabis Sativa is a safe and sacred medicinal tool which supports us 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.” 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, and 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 legal, but also because it is an incredible medicine to work with in Psychedelic Therapy. Since Cannabis has a “shapeshifting” 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 extreme DMT states. No other medicine creates such a diverse psychedelic experience. Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapists are already openly practicing across the United States and Canada.