I refer to my Emotional Liberation® work as the “third wave” of cannabis. That is combining cannabis plant medicine with exploring our deeper consciousness, often referred to as “cannabis and spirituality” … a handy but not entirely accurate reference.
Technically, in the scientific realm, it’s called the “psycho-spiritual” use of the plant although I don’t particularly like this term either as “psycho” can conjure up that notoriously grisly shower scene from the Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho. Not a pleasant association no matter how you cut it (pun intended).
At any rate, I refer to the first wave of cannabis that appeared on our radar screen as recreational – or as we call it now, “Adult Use” since recreational sounds too much like a playground with kids.
The second wave of cannabis is medical, that is treating health conditions with cannabis. This has been the sweet spot for introducing the plant to a wider and receptive audience and has created legitimization for its use as an agent of health and well being.
Yet, I believe cannabis serves as a therapeutic agent of health and well being across the spectrum of its applications. Even the stereotypical “stoner” culture is rooted in well being – escaping from the everyday realities of life’s challenges can certainly be therapeutic. (And if we’re talking about a psychological dependence on cannabis, I have certain thoughts on that too from my clinician’s perspective, which I’ll share with you at a later time.)