Are you a California resident who’s curious about the pros and cons of psilocybin use? Perhaps you’ve heard about the many benefits it offers, but fear that you’ll have a “bad trip” and wonder what you can do to avoid a negative psychedelic experience. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together this guide on your therapeutic treatment options like psychedelic assisted therapy, and how they help in dealing with depression and reducing your level of anxiety.
As laws vary from state to state, it’s important to understand the legal landscape of psilocybin. In California, Oakland and Santa Cruz are the only cities where psychedelics like magic mushrooms are decriminalized which means psychedelic assisted therapy is not currently available. Mental health professionals like licensed therapists put their livelihood at risk if they work with psilocybin or other psychedelic substances.
But there is hope on the horizon. In 2021, Senate Bill 519 was introduced and passed, and while it has to go through additional approvals, is expected to become law. The bill proposes to decriminalize the use of psychedelics like psilocybin on both a personal and professional level for the whole state of California. It’s a game-changer which opens up therapeutic psychedelic experiences as mental health treatment options.
Typically, the word “therapy” means you’re working with a licensed therapist, but “therapeutic” is defined as having a beneficial effect on the body or mind. It means that activities like breathwork, meditation, and psychedelics can be considered therapeutic—with or without the presence of a therapist. It’s helpful to ask yourself this question to help clarify the type of treatment that you’re seeking: do you want to have a psychedelic trip in the presence of a licensed psychotherapist or a therapeutic psychedelic experience?
It may seem like splitting hairs, but it’s important to have clarity on the type of experience that you want and how much support you seek. Psychedelic assisted therapy with a licensed mental health professional is not currently a treatment option in California, but luckily, you can still have a supported therapeutic psychedelic experience in your area.
This guide lays out your legal options for therapeutic psychedelic experiences near you, and how we can help in your healing journey. Remember that mental health professionals are not yet able to provide in-person support for psychedelic experience, so our services are not provided by licenced therapists.
Laws Around Psychedelics in California
In 2019, Oakland became the second city in the U.S. to decriminalize the use and possession of fungi- and plant-based psychedelics like psilocybin, or magic mushrooms. The City of Santa Cruz followed suit in early 2020 and became the third U.S. city to decriminalize natural psychedelics. As mentioned previously, Senate Bill 519 is making its way through the legislation process and would decriminalize the personal and professional use of most psychedelics. As the psychedelic renaissance continues to gain momentum the reputation of psilocybin is improving and decision makers at every level of government are starting to recognize the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics.
In fact, Senator Scott Wiener described the bill as an “important step toward a more rational, science-based, and public-health-focused approach to drugs.” This shift in perspective on drugs from a criminal activity to a mental health treatment option has not spurred more research and development in the field of psychedelics, but it also allows us to facilitate guided journeys for individuals like you with reduced risk of criminal repercussions. That said, remember that psychedelics are still seen as illegal drugs in the eyes of the federal government.
As the decriminalization of psychedelics like psilocybin continues to spread across the country, we believe this fledgling industry will take flight quickly, gaining momentum as it goes. Already, the legal landscape of psychedelics in California has evolved rapidly and more change is on the way. Visit our California state page to learn more check back often for updates.
Your Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience Treatment Options in California
As a resident of the great state of California, you’ll be happy to know that you do have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to psychedelic substances and experiences. The three treatment options listed below each have different benefits and potential drawbacks so we recommend carefully reviewing them to determine which one is right for you.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Although it’s not a traditional psychedelic, ketamine has shown to help improve both mental and emotional health when used in a therapeutic setting. Scientific research has proven that it can be extremely effective in dealing with depression, but it’s also common knowledge that ketamine clinics usually don’t have a comprehensive treatment approach which increases your risk of having a negative or poorly integrated psychedelic experience.
2. Cannabis Assisted Therapy
This treatment method can be helpful, but the results vary greatly from person to person so it might not provide the therapeutic psychedelic experience or spiritual healing that you’re truly seeking. It’s important to note that cannabis is not a true entheogen like psilocybin or magic mushrooms, and we find that most of our clients do prefer to sit with a traditional psychedelic, especially after watching Fantastic Fungi or reading Michael Pollan’s book.
3. Guided Psychedelic Experiences
This guided psychedelic experience is often referred to as “trip sitting” and provides many therapeutic benefits. involves a guide who helps you to navigate your healing journey in a therapeutic way. At Psychedelic Passage, we are expert guides who are dedicated to helping people like you navigate these holistic healing experiences which hold the potential for true transformation and result in lasting change. We cannot legally provide you with any psychedelic medicines and we are not licensed mental health professionals, but we do facilitate therapeutic psychedelic experiences for our growing group of clients. Our ultimate goal is to deliver our services with a strong emphasis on harm reduction. Psilocybin is the psychedelic of choice for most of our clients, but we are happy to help guide you through a healing experience with other psychedelic medicines too.
We Offer Guided Psychedelic Experiences Throughout California
- Los Angeles
- Long Beach
- Orange County
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Santa Ana
We provide our guiding services in every major city in California, including those which are not listed above. So if you don’t see a city near you, fear not—if we can physically get ourselves to you, we will sit for you. For specifics on services we offer in your area, please contact us.
Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences Have Many Benefits
Many are beginning to realize that psychoactive plants, fungi, and chemicals like psilocybin are beneficial when consumed in a therapeutic setting, but science is starting to suggest that they contain massive healing potential. Modern understanding is finally catching-up with the ancient wisdom that indigenous people have held for centuries.
When used responsibly and with the right guidance, psychedelics allow you to access your subconscious, enabling a healing and transformation on a deeper level. These therapeutic experiences give you greater awareness of mental models and limiting beliefs that hold you captive, so you have a real chance to address the trauma of your past and unlock the potential of your future.
Guided psychedelic experiences are a form of treatment that provides holistic healing on every level to address spiritual, mental, and physical pain. We find that it provides greater benefit with fewer side-effects than traditional medicines can offer when trying to deal with depression, help with PTSD, or reduce your anxiety.
Ready to Begin Your Holistic Healing Journey?
If you want to take advantage of the many benefits of psychedelic assisted therapy in California, but don’t know where to start, then you’re in luck. At Psychedelic Passage, we specialize in guiding you through a holistic healing journey from pre-trip intention setting to post-trip integration. Our guides are experts at facilitating safe, effective, and therapeutic psychedelic experiences in the comfort of your own home—book your consultation to learn more!