With Idaho bordering the only state in the country that has legalized a psilocybin therapy program, you’re probably wondering what your options are for psychedelic healing here in the Gem State.
The bad news: the psychedelic-assisted therapy you’ve likely read about in the news is only available in clinical trials. While you can try to sign up for a trial, it’s likely that using psychedelics in conjunction with psychotherapy is still several years away. Therapists get their license to practice from their state government, and since psychedelics remain illegal in every state except Oregon, a therapist can lose their license if they use the medicines in their practice.
The good news: therapeutic psychedelic experiences are still possible. Therapeutic simply means “to have a beneficial effect on the mind or body,” so a practitioner who is not a therapist but skilled with psychedelics can provide a psychedelic experience and call it therapeutic without the same legal repercussions.
At Psychedelic Passage, all of our facilitators are experienced healers who are deeply committed to the medicine path. What’s more, our facilitators come to you. No need to drive hours over to Oregon or Washington— wherever you are in the Gem State, if we can physically get to you, we will sit for you.
In this article, we’ll be going over the legal landscape of psychedelics in Idaho and how you can have a safe, supported psychedelic experience in your city.
Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
“Medicine” is a bit of a misnomer when describing psychedelics. “Catalyst” might be more accurate, because the reality is that psychedelics don’t cure anything: they make it more possible for us to cure ourselves.
Psilocybin, for example, turns off the neural network that maintains our sense of self, called the Default Mode Network (DMN). Depression is thought to be the result of an overly rigid DMN, which means a sense of self that resistant to change and overly dependent on old, fear-based narratives. When psilocybin turns the DMN off, people with depression suddenly have the ability to see themselves in a completely new light, to rewrite the narrative of their life to one that is more joyous, fulfilled, and loving.
Psilocybin is the vehicle for change, but we are the ones who actually enact it. And this doesn’t just happen with larger doses. Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of a psychedelic several times a week, and people do it to improve their work performance. Microdosing helps curb anxiety and sharpen focus, as well as reliably enhancing creativity.
Psychedelics can also be a catalyst for major metaphysical transformation. The mystical experiences possible with LSD or ayahuasca can completely reshape your understanding of the material world, inviting a personal relationship, or oneness experience, with the Universal Intelligence that runs through all things. Regardless of your religious beliefs, people who have an experience of oneness report being happier than those who don’t.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Idaho
Mirroring the strict cannabis laws, there is no serious legal reform in Idaho when it comes to psychedelic medicine. Currently, the focus is on cannabis, as medical cannabis is still not legal despite enormous evidence of the plant’s healing potential.
Like many other states, there is a smattering of psychedelic clubs throughout the state, as well as various practitioners who can provide psychedelic integration services. Although there has not yet been any legal reform, a growing grassroots movement is essential to pressure legislators to consider legalization— or at the very least, decriminalization. So if you can, seek out these people in your community and get involved.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Idaho
In Idaho, 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
Ketamine is loosely considered to be a psychedelic medicine, and because it is legal for medical purposes, it is currently the only substance available for psychedelic-assisted therapy.
However, the quality of that therapy can vary widely. When searching for the right ketamine clinic, you will want to make sure that the clinic provides therapy before and after your session. Ketamine can elicit powerful experiences that radically shift your understanding of yourself, which can be an incredibly disorienting process to integrate if you don’t have the right support.
Check out our article on how to find a ketamine clinic near you. If you’re struggling to find one that fits your needs, consider consulting a psychedelic integration specialist, reaching out the Fireside Project Peer Support hotline, or seeking out a therapist of your own.
2. Guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage
We want to make sure you feel safe enough to fully explore the depths of your consciousness, so our programs are typically five weeks long to build a supportive enough container. We offer two virtual preparation sessions, the in-person ceremony, and two virtual integration sessions. We offer income-based pricing tiers, and financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals.
If you’re not quite ready for a full dose ceremony, we can guide you through a microdosing protocol. We’ll cover dosage, intention-setting, and best practices to weave your experiences into your daily life. Even if you are ready for a ceremony, microdosing can be a great way to build a relationship with your chosen medicine.
All of our facilitators work with a variety of psychedelics, including LSD, DMT, and mescaline. Most of our clients choose to journey with psilocybin mushrooms, as they are the most accessible medicine 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 Idaho City
- Boise City
- Idaho Falls
- Coeur d’Alene
- Twin Falls
- Post Falls
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
It’s our mission to bring psychedelic healing to as many people as possible, because we believe the transformation of consciousness is a fundamental human right. You are already whole, you are already complete, and the power of these medicines lies in illuminating that truth. In the rising darkness of confusion, chaos, and destruction, psychedelics are a radiant light that can help us create a future worth living in.
If you feel inspired by psychedelics and ready to take the next steps in your healing journey, book a consultation call with us today. We’d be honored to hear from you.