"There is a wealth of information built into us … tucked away in the genetic material in every one of our cells … without some means of access, there is no way even to begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. [Psychedelics] allow exploration of this interior world and insights into its nature.”— Biochemist Alexander Shulgin
If you’ve heard of the term psychedelic therapy, like many, you might have strong reactions for or against it. On one side, you have individuals that warn about its addictive properties or harmful side-effects.
On the other, you have individuals who believe psychedelics—or what I like to refer to as plant medicines— can enlighten and heal.
Steve Jobs often said, “Taking [psychedelics] was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.”
In our work, we have found that life and its experiences are not nearly as black and white as we would like them to be— and at times, you might notice that opposing parts are both parts of a whole.
Personally, I have found plant medicines to have profound benefits, and if used legally, with the right guidance, there is much to be gained and explored.
History of Psychedelics
The use of psychedelics can be traced back thousands of years. Many ancient religions were founded around the wisdom provided by these psychedelic experiences. There are countless examples, but to name a few:
- Siberian tribes used hallucinogenic mushrooms for enlightenment and connection with the spirits.
- Mexican Indians used peyote for its healing purposes during religious ceremonies.
- Amazonian tribes believed Ayahuasca was a treasured aid for spiritual practice.
The U.S. government also conducted promising research with psychedelics–specifically L.S.D. and Psilocybin— in the ’60s and ’70s, but it was halted for what were conflicting reasons. Now, years later, new research is being done, and there is a significant movement of scientists, doctors, and organizations backing it up.
John Hopkins University— the U.S.’S oldest research university—launched a dedicated center for psychedelic studies. Their studies include MDMA for the treatment of P.T.S.D., or psilocybin for the treatment of depression, addiction, and even Alzheimer’s.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (M.A.P.S.) is another organization working hard to be at the forefront and hopes to one day have it available as a therapeutic option.
Psychedelic Integration Therapy
Although therapists cannot yet be part of a guided session with psychedelics (most are currently classified as schedule 1 substance, therefore illegal), we can be part of the pre and post sessions.
Deciding to venture out and explore oneself on a deeper level, can be exciting, but also intense and unsettling. Processing and reconstructing that information is important; therefore, it’s essential to have someone who understands and can help you integrate.
You can feel confident that we do have that understanding and are here to support you on your journey. We will mindfully help you maximize your experience to achieve healing, change, and growth.
As Albert Einstein is believed to have said¬, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
Psychedelics might be a portal for those higher states of consciousness, and also, a way to connect with life in different ways.