Skip to content

Elevate Yourself: Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy

3 min
Written by Shane Fame Alexander
March 12, 2023

Hear me out, having a therapy session – high.

Have you ever thought of wandering into your therapist’s room, cozying up on the black couch and starting to spill the tea for an hour – after smoking a joint? I have. For the many years I’ve gone for counselling, I’ve wondered what it would be like to smoke a jay before a session. The thought just screams rebellion. It’d be similar to being high at school. The only difference is that at school, it’s because we’re making mundane movement into a fun affair. For counselling – and I’m saying this wholeheartedly – we’d be doing it for the greater good of the bottom line. Cannabis would give us more freedom to express feelings and relax us.


If we’re talking about this seriously, and if we had to do an elevator pitch on the potential of smoking weed before a therapy session, I would mention that I, personally, nixed anti-anxiety medication in favour of medical cannabis and I know many others who have as well. Can’t this be proof enough that cannabis works?

Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy

It’s not microdosing, which we talked about here. Rather, cannabis-assisted psychotherapy allows the cannabis to do the heavy lifting, utilizing mind-altering powers to produce deeper insights with psychological healing. This is when the `aha’ moments happen that therapists thrive on.

This type of therapy isn’t as easy to find as massage therapy or a family pediatrician. Cannabis-assisted psychotherapy is still new. Reaching out to alternative psychotherapy or natural health practitioners might be a good start. These Canadian practitioners either do cannabis therapy themselves or would be able to point you in the right direction on who does.


Finding The Right Plug

Just like any therapist, you will need to be a good match. I know I’ve had some therapists that I just didn’t vibe with which ultimately didn’t make for good sessions and not much was solved in the long run. However, when there’s a good match, things spark, the hour session goes by quickly and you feel elevated after.


In my findings, you must feel safe with them and know that you can open up honestly. That you won’t feel hindered by being high around them. Do your research, see if you can have an initial consultation, and don’t settle.


Before Cozying Up On The Couch

It might be important to note that from my research, a lot of therapists are using sativa. It’s reported that sativa supports the session by having the patient turn inward, resolving deep tensions locked away deep within the body and tracking sensations and releasing traumas from the nervous system.

I’d say to experiment with sativa and see if it’s a good fit for you. As I said before, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable.


I will need to check this out, myself, and will report back. There are many times that I would open up to close friends after a session, and after wishing that I would’ve/could’ve said the same thing to the therapist I was seeing at the time. With cannabis-assisted psychotherapy, I might have the opportunity to say what I actually felt without any boundaries. Partaking in this type of therapy – and doing it responsibly – could be the new way we look at the black couch.


Leave a Reply