I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them “Field Reports.” And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I’m sharing one with you today.

Dear Becca,
I’ve been looking for an answer to why lately when I get high (sativa) I tend to just want to cry all the time… just all these thoughts and usually about things I feel I’m lacking in or missing.
It made me stop smoking because I would be around people and need to cry! I used to get high by myself; that’s how I started and I do remember crying and listening to music a lot. I believe it may have done me some good because after a little while I was really genuinely happy.
But now anytime I go out and about around friends/family it makes me sad again …so I stopped smoking. My question is is this something I need to pay attention to? Maybe it’s trying to tell me something is wrong and I’m ignoring it? I dislike crying because it makes me feel like I’m depressed and that’s not what I want out of my weed.
– Ruby Ann

Dear Ruby Ann,

In short, I believe the plant is amplifying your emotions to lead you to healing. But you need to have a plan in order to embrace this opportunity.
To make optimal use of the psychic healing of cannabis, the plant medicine needs to be judiciously paired with an approach that will move energy, both physically and energetically. With my emotions work, we use active and expressive breath, movement and sound, which is the most efficient and effective approach I’ve discovered to move energy, which is why I teach it and lead groups in doing it as part of my master course programs for emotional and trauma healing.
Having said that, we know that differing levels of THC can accentuate anxiety and other heightened emotions for some people. But from my evidence-based experience, when someone reports that to me, I first ask if that emotion is something they wrestle with regardless of whether they’re under the influence of THC. The categorical answer is yes! So, again, the plant is amplifying the emotion that might be in a quiescent state. So to release emotions effectively there needs to be a plan, otherwise it can be overwhelming and not productive.
By the way, when we talk about the “psychic” healing of plant medicine, we’re plying the art rather then the science. I could cite all sorts of research (and actually, you can go to my science page and see the applicable studies I’ve assembled) but I’ve come to believe that it’s really the individual direct experience that matters most.
I brought myself back from the depths of despair and anxiety with the practices and approaches I teach that combines science with ancient mysticism. If you’d like to try this out, I invite you to join me for my monthly ONLINE Advanced Techniques to Tone Your Mind, Brain & Nervous System. It is my gift to every one who longs to experience this release and relief. Because the practices are so powerful, cannabis (as well as psilocybin microdosing) is always optional. But most of my masterclass course students embrace the plant, either in CBD, THC or a combination thereof to amplify the effects. As one of our students puts it so well, “cannabis is not the engine, it’s the lubrication for the engine.”
With Love,
Becca