Georgia has some of the strictest laws when it comes to drug policy, so you’re probably wondering how it’s possible for the residents of the Peach State to access psychedelic healing.
Before this article, it’s likely you thought that your options were restricted to traveling to cities like Seattle or Oakland, where psychedelics are decriminalized, or flying to ayahuasca retreats in Costa Rica or Peru. Or maybe you thought that you’d have to apply for a study in a clinical trial.
The good news is that you don’t have to do any of these things to experience psychedelic healing. At Psychedelic Passage, we come to you. We believe that the transformation of consciousness is a fundamental human right, and we travel all across the US to sit for folks who want to use psychedelics for their emotional and spiritual health.
What allows us to do this comes down to the word therapy. As of right now, psychedelic-assisted therapy is only possible in clinical trials because therapists cannot legally use psychedelics in their practice. Although Oregon is in the midst of creating a system of legal psilocybin practitioners, therapists in every other state risk losing their license if they practice with psychedelics.
However, a practitioner who is not a therapist can provide a psychedelic experience and call it therapeutic without the same legal repercussions as a therapist. Therapeutic simply means “”to have a beneficial effect on the body or mind.” In this way, our facilitators can provide a therapeutic psychedelic experiences to the residents of Georgia.
In this article, we’ll be going over the details of the legality of psychedelics in Georgia and how you can have a safe, supported psychedelic experience in your city.
Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
First and foremost, psychedelics are tools. They can produce powerful, life-changing experiences, but they are not what cures us: they are the vehicle through which we cure ourselves.
Take MDMA for example. MDMA is the primary compound in ecstasy, and it’s proven repeatedly to help those with treatment-resistant PTSD heal from the disorder in one or two sessions. In every case, MDMA doesn’t take the disorder away. It provides participants an internal state of love and safety that allows them to process their traumas and gain a new perspective rooted in compassion vs. fear or shame.
In the case of psilocybin, the core compound of “magic” mushrooms, people with depression experience rapid healing because psilocybin turns off the network in the brain responsible for the sense of self. It’s thought that depression is the result of an overly rigid sense of self that is resistant to change. By turning that old self off, psilocybin gifts people the opportunity to know themselves in a completely new way.
This fundamental transformation of self is actually the core benefit of most psychedelics, even for psychologically healthy people. When we view ourselves as separate from the planet and each other, it’s so easy to treat everything outside of ourselves with judgement and anger. But when we view ourselves as indistinguishable from the vast, interconnected network of life, we become more capable of treating the earth and all its inhabitants with love, trust, and graciousness.
The promise of psychedelics is nothing short of a revolution of being. However, lest we get carried away, we must always remember that psychedelics are allies, teachers, and catalysts, but when it comes down to it, we are the agents of change.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Georgia
Right now, there has not been any significant legal psychedelic reform in the Peach State.
Cannabis has been successfully decriminalized in some major cities like Athens and Savannah, and this is a considerable win for a historically strict state. However, it may be some years before any legislation on psychedelics is introduced in the state.
The University of Georgia houses a robust Psychedelic Club and Students for Sensible Drug Policy Club, and the Decriminalize Nature movement, which decriminalized plant psychedelics in Oakland, is being newly implemented in the state. Although small in number, these various organizations are important for educating people about the benefits of psychedelics and motivating grassroots influence.
After Texas surprised the country by mandating that the state carry out research into psychedelic healing, there’s hope that the South in general may follow.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Georgia
In Georgia, you have two options for a therapeutic psychedelic experience: ketamine clinics and guided psychedelic journeys.
It’s important to note that if you do decide to pursue a guided psychedelic journey, you are responsible for sourcing your own medicine. If you have questions or concerns about this process, check out our Resources page for more information.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Although Georgia has not yet seen any psychedelic reform, ketamine clinics are still popping up all across the state. Ketamine is not a conventional psychedelic, but it does share the capacity for rapid healing— most notably with depression— and major shifts in the sense of self. It is legal for medical use, making it the only substance currently available for psychedelic-assisted therapy.
However, the therapy that clinics provide can vary. Ideally, you want to work with a therapist who will support you before and after your session. Take some time to do in-depth research into the clinics in your area. If you can’t find a clinic that provides a level of support that works for you, consider seeking out a psychedelic integration specialist or a therapist of your own who is knowledgeable of psychedelics.
Check out our article on finding a ketamine clinic near you here.
2. Guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage
No matter where you live in Georgia, if we can physically get to you, we will sit for you.
In order to ensure you receive the best support possible, we typically provide five-week-long programs. We’ll start off with two virtual preparation sessions to establish your intentions, then we’ll have our in-person ceremony, and then we’ll end with two virtual integration sessions to weave your psychedelic experience in your daily life.
If you’re feeling nervous about a full dose ceremony, you can try microdosing. Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of a psychedelic substance several times a week. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with a given medicine, and we can coach you through a protocol and best practices. We want to make sure you feel comfortable enough to fully explore the depths of your consciousness, so we’re here to support you in whatever way you need.
All of our facilitators are experienced with numerous psychedelics, including DMT, LSD, and mescaline. Our clients most frequently decide to journey with psilocybin mushrooms, as they are the most accessible substance and the hardest to tamper with. Although not as common, we can also sit for a cannabis journey as well.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Journeys in Every Major Georgia City
- Richmond County
- Macon-Bibb County
- Athens-Clarke County
- Sandy Springs
- South Fulton
- Johns Creek
- Warner Robins
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
Whatever your intentions are when it comes to psychedelic healing, know that so much possibility awaits you. Psychedelics have been around for thousands of years, used all over the world to catalyze major transformation and guide people through challenging times.
In today’s world of chaos and disorder, the widening acceptance of psychedelics is a powerful signal of hope. We believe that these medicines can help us bring us back to our truest selves, where we are whole, content, and full of love for all things.
If that resonates with you, and you feel ready to take the next steps in your healing journey, book a consultation call with us. We’d be honored to hear from you.