What’s the current legislative status of psychedelic-assisted therapy in the great state of Alabama? Known for its radiating southern hospitality, residents of the state are growing curious about the unfolding legislation surrounding therapeutic psychedelic use.
What moves can we expect from state government officials in the coming years and how can fellow Alabamans embark on a psychedelic experience in a safe and productive setting?
Today we’ll be covering all of your most pressing questions and offering a brief overview of the psychological benefits that psychedelic-assisted therapy can provide. We’ll also be reviewing the cultural climate of psychedelics in the state by looking over some of the most popular and established psychedelic advocate groups.
The Current Legislation of Psychedelics in Alabama
Alabama is notorious for their strict drug laws. This can be exemplified by the state’s lack of support for recreational cannabis use, where state lawmakers have consistently refused efforts to move forward with decriminalization.
As of right now, possession of psilocybin mushrooms in Alabama results in Class D felony charges, with repercussions including at least 1 year and 1 day of incarceration and up to $7,500 in fines. Being that psilocybin and other psychedelics like LSD and MDMA are considered Schedule 1 drugs, consequences for distribution fall under a Class B felony, with the possibility of up to 20 years of imprisonment.
Substances that fall under Schedule 1 classifications are considered to have no medical use and display potential for abuse. Of course, plenty of scientific studies have since proven the efficacy of psychedelics for treatment of a variety of different disorders, but federal legislation has unfortunately not yet wavered.
Though we should note that in July of this year, President Joe Biden announced that he anticipates MDMA and psilocybin to be approved by regulators within the next two years. Meaning that psychedelics may be approved for therapeutic use on a federal level before being decriminalized or legalized by Alabama state officials.
As is also the case in most states, psilocybin spores are legal to possess in Alabama. However, the spores cannot be legally grown into maturity. When psilocin, the active metabolite of psilocybin mushrooms, starts to become present in the fruiting body, possession charges can be enacted.
The Therapeutic Benefits of a Psychedelic Experience
The therapeutic benefits of psychedelic experiences are far reaching, with studies confirming high efficacy for treating disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Psychedelics that act on serotonin receptors like psilocybin and LSD help treat these conditions in compelling ways. Specifically, they’ve been shown to promote neurogenesis in the brain.
Neurogenesis is the growth and development of new neurons. This stimulation can be particularly fruitful for people with such disorders because underlying causes typically encompass atrophy, or a reduction in cell size. This is often the cause and effect of incomplete maturation within different parts of the brain, such as the frontal lobe and hippocampus.
For this reason, psychedelics may be helpful in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Psychedelics also act on the default mode network (DMN) of the brain, where our perceptions of selves are mostly curated. The DMN is active in absence of our focused attention, when we’re daydreaming about the future or reminiscing on the past.
The DMN is responsible for ruminating thoughts and can be perceived as the radio station of thoughts that our minds are normally tuned into. In people with conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and OCD, the DMN is overactive, and serotonergic psychedelics reduce that overactivity.
During a psychedelic experience, we’re exposed to very objective and insightful information on ourselves and our relation to the world. Though the subjective effects of these medicines vary highly from person to person, a fresh perspective on our personal and societal purpose is typically the common ground observed amongst journeyers.
Psychedelics allow us to address trauma, or past experiences and concerns about the future with enhanced psychological openness and vulnerability. Where addressing the root of our suffering may be too intimidating and triggering in regular talk therapy, a psychedelic experience allows the thinking mind to take a backseat while our subconscious, and often limiting beliefs, reveal themselves with more fluency and non-judgement.
These medicines are known for founding a deeper connection to ourselves and to the people, animals, and environments that constitute our naturally sacred human experience. In fact, one of the most common happenings in a psychedelic experience is a copious feeling of self and external love that allows us to adopt a more empathetic and appreciative outlook on our lives.
Where To Find Legal Psychedelic Experiences in Alabama 2022
As of right now, there are two options for embarking on a psychedelic journey in Alabama: ketamine clinics and guided psychedelic journeys. If you’re looking into having a therapeutic psychedelic journey with Psychedelic Passage, please note that we do not provide the psychedelic medicine for you. However, we empower you to read our article on how to source psychedelics safely.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Ketamine is not a traditional psychedelic. After its long history of use as an anesthetic, researchers have come to study its potential therapeutic benefits. Many people find that ketamine-infusion therapy offers relief from treatment-resistant depression. Therefore, exploring this option may serve as a tool on the larger scale of your healing journey.
Where research on traditional psychedelic use was criminalized in 1968, ketamine has been used in surgical procedures since the 1960s. This has expedited the approval of off-label ketamine use.
Treatment programs vary greatly from clinic to clinic, therefore it’s paramount that you conduct research on the available options near you. A supportive experience should ensure that you receive appropriate help in both preparing for the experience and integrating the experience into your day-to-day life.
If you need some assistance locating a clinic, we suggest reading our article on how to find a ketamine clinic near you.
2. Guided Psychedelic Journeys With Psychedelic Passage
Here at Psychedelic Passage we facilitate therapeutic psychedelic experiences across the United States. Our mission is to offer equal access to these potentially life changing treatments by placing emphasis on harm reduction practices and offering informative resources on psychedelic use.
To propagate our intentions and ensure that anyone from any income bracket can approach these experiences with financial comfort, we offer income-based pricing tiers. Our BIPOC and low income fund allows us to improve access to healing by subsidizing the cost of our program.
Our carefully curated network of highly experienced psychedelic facilitators will guide you through the necessary preparation involved in a therapeutic psychedelic experience. Then, we will sit with you through your psychedelic experience, ensuring your safety while allowing the sufficient space for the experience to unfold organically between you and the medicine. After your trip, we guide you through the process of integrating your findings and new-found perspectives.
We understand how personal a psychedelic experience can be. That’s why we can facilitate therapeutic psychedelic experiences right from the comfort of your own home. Your psychedelic journey should be uniquely you, emphasizing full personal autonomy over every aspect of our program.
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The Psychedelic Culture in Alabama
Though psychedelics are not yet legal for recreational and medical use in Alabama, the state’s Oklevueha Native American Church of Inner Light has received legal exemption for its members to partake in peyote and psilocybin ceremonies. Since being founded in 2015, the church’s mission to share truth through spiritual use of psychedelic medicines, have gained them a strong following within the state.
The Birmingham Psychedelic Society of Alabama is another group whose focus is on providing educational resources on psychedelics and offering a platform to discuss the current climate of psychedelics in the state. With over 600 members, this society services local communities with helpful materials for preparing and integrating a psychedelic experience.
In June of 2021, the University of Alabama in Birmingham received a grant approval to study the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics. With ongoing research into psilocybin mushrooms for their potential treatment of cocaine addiction, Alabama can proudly state that they’ve joined the surge of vital research into these medicines.
Though the state’s current legislation surrounding psychedelic use can be discouraging, the efforts of these advocate groups have evidently begun to move the needle in terms of destigmatizing use. We’re hopeful that Alabama residents will continue to see the success of their endeavors through psychedelic decriminalization, sometime in the near future.
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Navigating this fresh space of psychedelic medicine can be intimidating and you shouldn’t have to do it on your own. If you’re interested in embarking on a therapeutic psychedelic journey, we encourage you to book a consultation with us.
Psychedelics have the power to catalyze large-scale change in our lives and part of destigmatizing their therapeutic use should involve widespread access to educational resources. If you’d like to learn more about all-things-psychedelic, check out our blog page. That’s all for now, friends. Safe journeying!