Why you might benefit from attending therapy after cannabis use

Published Jun 17, 2019 12:24 p.m. ET
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In this day and age, we are aware of some of the benefits that can be obtained by regular visits with a mental health professional, especially for those who are struggling with any kind of mental illness. You don’t need to have or be in search of any specific diagnosis to see a therapist. Sometimes it’s just helpful to have someone to talk to as we go through different processes throughout life.

One of the most significant factors that keep so many people from seeking this kind of help is a fear or anxiety surrounding meeting and exchanging such personal details with what will be, at least at first, a complete and total stranger. Others struggle with depression and other illness that keeps them trapped in their homes without the motivation required just to get there. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help relieve some of these issues, which might make the entire experience more helpful and beneficial. One of the newest and most controversial of those options is using the effects of marijuana to your benefit.

5 ways that cannabis can help to improve your experience with therapy

1. Sleep better the night before
A lot of people don’t realize how beneficial a good night’s rest can be before any kind of appointment. We spend so much time anxious about what is to come that we forget to take care of ourselves, which just exacerbates the issues at hand. Smoking a joint or enjoying a low dose THC edible can help you sleep which will relax you for the appointment ahead.

2. Opening up more freely
One of the most enjoyable effects of marijuana is that it can help you to escape your own head, which is often the little push that is needed to make you feel more comfortable with opening up and talking about things that might be of a more sensitive nature.

3. Feel more relaxed
THC is a therapeutic cannabinoid that will make you tingle from head to toe, which is quite relaxing. If you are generally nervous, anxious, or uptight during an appointment with your therapist than finding the right marijuana strain might be all that you need to get a bit more out of the experience.


4. Some marijuana strains can help you to feel more social
Though it is possible to experience anxiety after consuming some cannabis strains, those that are higher in the cannabinoid CBD, as well as some of the more recreationally known varieties will typically provide a soothing and uplifting sensation that can help to make you more chatty than usual, which might improve your communication and its effectiveness when working with a therapist.

5. Move on with your day faster
The effects of marijuana can differ from strain to strain, but something that they all seem to have in common is the ability to impair short term memories. This can help your brain move onto an entirely different topic once you leave your therapists office, without feeling held back or drained from the interaction.

Marijuana strains that can help you to relax while remaining motivated and talkative

Most medical marijuana strains will produce higher than average levels of CBD, which will provide a more uplifting effect while still soothing the anxiety of stress of the day. However, there are plenty of cannabis types that are more widely used by recreational marijuana consumers that can provide this same type of result. Here are just a few for inspiration to help get you started.

  • White Russian
  • Tangie
  • Blue Diesel
  • Chocolope
  • PEZ
  • Orange Bud
  • Sour Lemon OG
  • Blueberry Headband
  • Durban Cookies
  • Blue Goo
How to combine cannabis and mindful living to improve your life


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