Frequently Asked Questions
Cannabis as a psychedelic? How does it compare with traditional psychedelics and other plant medicines?
You may have been hearing about the benefits of psychedelics to help with PTSD, anxiety, depression and end-of-life-concerns. Ayahuasca, psilocybin, MDMA, Ketamine often are coming up in conversation now more than ever. Cannabis is legal in the state of California, most folks are already using it or can easily afford it. When used with intention, cannabis can provide a gentler way to explore the deep inner work of plant medicine. In a session, the individual has more agency over their experience, with easy-to-adjust dosage and a shorter duration than when compared to other psychedelics, with normal functioning returning shortly after the session (though you still shouldn’t drive after).
How do I know whether Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy is a good fit for me?
Cannabis is not one size fits all, even when it suits an individual’s body chemistry. If you are familiar with how cannabis feels in your body, have been doing inner self work, or are curious about cannabis and mindfulness as tools for personal transformation, this event might be a good fit for you – however, only you (and the medical doctor we ask that all participants speak to in advance) can make that decision.
Working with cannabis is safe for most people, but it can also be emotionally intense and it is always best to err on the side of safety. You will be required to read and sign a Self Safety Assessment and Participation Agreement before participating in any event or journey, that acknowledges that you have spoken with a medical doctor. If you have any questions or concerns please speak with a medical doctor.
How should I prepare?
The following are just some guidelines to start:
- Use any tools you already have for mindful self-awareness
- Reflecting on your intentions for your journey or sharing with a trusted friend or support
- Journaling about what you wish to release and what you wish to call in
- Eating a small, easy-to-digest meal a few hours in advance on the day of the journey
- Spending time in nature before and after
- Doing gentle physical activity that is available to you, such as yoga, stretching, dance or massage
- Refraining from cannabis, alcohol, or other substances for a minimum of 72 hours before the event
You’ll receive additional preparation materials emailed to you.
I had a bad experience with an edible once. Is this for me?
Trust yourself to make the right decision. For the record, I’ve worked with folks who had a very bad first experience with a gummy (in a public place with no set and setting!) and they have gone on to repair their relationship with cannabis. A group setting is probably not the best place to process severe individual trauma, in these cases I would consider booking a private session with me so that you have the individual attention and container to work through it.
Is this like Ayahuasca and will I purge?
One of the benefits of working with cannabis is how gentle it is. You won’t have the purgative effects of Ayahuasca (although it can happen rarely). Another benefit is that the journey has a peak and shorter duration, and can be contained within the 3-4 hour experience. A journey can be done in a morning, afternoon or evening and then you can continue about your day. Note: On journey day a driver will still be required to pick you up afterwards.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Jordan Wolan fully complies with all local California State cannabis laws. We are a harm-reduction mindfulness service and education company. We do not promote illegal activities or provide resources for obtaining illegal substances or illegal psychedelic psychotherapy services. Mindfulness-based psychedelic therapy is not psychotherapy although it works well as an adjunct support. Jordan Wolan does not provide or sell cannabis for any aspect of our program and is not a retailer, supplier, reseller, distributor, agent, representative, or subcontractor of any cannabis supplier or retailer. As a psychedelic harm reduction program we do not support the misuse or abuse of cannabis, any other drug or psychedelic medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or psychedelic medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone.