Even though cannabis use is now legal in California, the stigma remains, which can make it frustratingly difficult to find healthcare providers who are well informed about its benefits and risks.
As a psychotherapist and member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, I see individuals with anxiety and depression who use medical marijuana but worry about being judged or misunderstood by medical professionals.
From a well-informed and compassionate place, I can support you in navigating your relationship with cannabis.
Cannabis has been for millennia used to treat a range of medical issues. For some people, cannabis takes the edge off of feelings of anxiety and depression. It can offer that “head-change” that nudges us out of unpleasant states. It can help with sleep and eliminate nightmares. It eases physical pain. Some people also feel that cannabis opens them up to deeper levels of creativity, insight, and sensation.
Many of the psychological benefits of cannabis go unrecognized by mental healthcare providers. When used in a particular way, cannabis can actually amplify or exacerbate your internal experience, as opposed to numbing and dulling emotion. You can become more aware of tightness or soreness in your body. Emotions are heightened; senses are more acute. You may have access to thoughts, fears, and feelings that are normally out of reach. You may even enter a trance-like state and “journey.” In these ways, cannabis can help deepen your connection to yourself. If you’d like to learn more about using cannabis in this way, please visit my article for Psychedelic Support Network here.
To learn more about what I have to say about cannabis and mental health, please feel free to listen to this podcast by Casually Baked.
Maybe you like the effect cannabis has on you without knowing why; it just makes you feel better. In other cases, you may be choosing to use cannabis to manage a wide range of possible symptoms and conditions including:
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Navigating the cannabis industry and our healthcare system (especially as a woman) can create extra difficulties. If you're looking for help figuring out how to address your symptoms in a supportive and nonjudgmental atmosphere, give me a call. We'll put our minds together to make sure your medicine is working for you, not against you.
Harm Reduction Therapy for Cannabis Addiction
It happens. You fell so in love with Miss Cannabis that you’re with her all day every day. You can’t stop. You constantly yearn for the feelings she helps you access. It’s become a dependent, or perhaps an abusive, relationship. THC can be difficult to detox from. Feelings of anxiety and irritability are common, along with profuse sweating and insomnia.
If you’re worried that you may be misusing or abusing cannabis, I can help.
We’ll use a nonjudgmental harm reduction approach as we think together about what’s in your best interest. I can help you develop strategies to maximize benefits and reduce harm, modify your use, or support you in abstinence.
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If you’re using cannabis and would like support and help with the symptoms or conditions you’re medicating, want a space to explore your experiences, have concerns or questions about your use, or feel that you may have a substance abuse problem, we can think carefully together about how to best manage your symptoms and overall health.
My approach is non-coercive and collaborative. We'll work together to create a quality of life that best serves you.