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Definition of Services

 
 
 

Definition of Services

The psychedelic field is quickly evolving so it is important to have a working definition of services in place to begin conversations.  When we started this program, Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy wasn’t really a named thing. Here are some definitions that Medicinal Mindfulness uses to describe our work.

Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Psychotherapist: The skillful use of psychedelics in conjunction with psychotherapy by a licensed or registered psychotherapist, psychologist or other mental health professional.  Sessions might be psycholytic in nature and often have a clinical purpose, for example, for the treatment of trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc. This is the most common term being used in the field, and specifically denotes a base credentialing within a clinical/medical framework and additional psychedelic training.  Sessions may include psychedelic harm reduction and psychedelic education. Medicines typically used are MDMA, psilocybin, LSD and Cannabis. Sessions can run from as short as 2hrs with cannabis to as long as 8 or more hours with other medicines.

Cannabis is one of the few psychedelics that is legal to use in the United States in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy outside of a research setting.  

Psychedelic Therapy and Psychedelic Therapist: Psychedelic Therapy is a specific multi-paradigm approach defined by the Medicinal Mindfulness training program and includes psychotherapeutic/clinical elements and assessments, but also mindfulness practices, ceremony & ritual, somatic approaches, spiritual orientations, and within an energetic/transpersonal paradigm.  Psychedelic Therapy can also be used for the treatment of clinical disorders, but is a full body/soul holistic practice that is not limited to the psychotherapy/clinical/medical model. While not necessarily named “Psychedelic Therapy,” this modality conforms with how most skilled/experienced/ethical “underground” psychedelic practitioners work.  It is currently being developed into a credentialing program by Medicinal Mindfulness as an alternative to the clinical/medical credentialing paradigm. Sessions may include music and periods of the client turning inward and the therapist “holding space.” Similar to MDMA & Psilocybin Psychedelic Therapy sessions, but may also include higher doses and stronger psychedelics (N,N-DMT, 5-meo-DMT, Ayahuasca analogs, etc).  Appropriate for individuals, couples and small groups.

Cannabis is one of the few psychedelics that is legal to use in the United States in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy outside of a research setting.   

TransCannabis, Psychedelic Cannabis, Conscious Cannabis Experience:  A synergistic fusion of a “full-spectrum” cannabis sativa blend with set, setting and skill (music, somatic awareness & breath), within a multi-paradigm facilitated process, that mimics a fusion of MDMA and Psilocybin and often reaches Ayahuasca/DMT level experiences, particularly when combined with breathwork practices.  The Psychedelic Cannabis experience does not require high doses, but is exponentially stronger than an experience that is typically associated with cannabis alone, but it is experienced with far more personal agency than other strong psychedelic medicines. Cannabis is legal in most of the United States and is the safest psychedelic medicine available.  It can be regularly and safely used for ongoing Psychedelic Therapy and Psychedelic Exploration purposes.

Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy: The use of cannabis as a tool for psycholytic/psychedelic psychotherapy purposes.  Has multiple advantages over traditionally used psychedelics, including legality, additional client agency over the experience and shorter durations, but can be as deep an experience as other classic psychedelics.  Typical duration is two to three hours.

Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy: The use of cannabis as a tool for full Psychedelic Therapy experiences as defined above.  Typical duration is 2.5 to 6 hours, depending on the number of psychedelic cannabis “cycles” facilitated during the session (1-3 imbibing opportunities depending on the length of the session).

 

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 clients 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 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.

 

Clients frequently report:

  • 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.

How many sessions will it take for me to feel better?

This very much depends on the person.  We have seen some people gain great benefit from one session and spend the next year integrating from that journey.  Others have wanted 2-3 cannabis sessions over a several month period to reduce trauma and anxiety symptoms. It depends on the person, the amount of symptoms they are struggling with, and how much support they have outside of our sessions.  Speak to your therapist to create a protocol that works for you.