Have you heard that psychedelics like psilocybin have some amazingly therapeutic benefits, but question whether they can really work for you? Perhaps you’re interested in psychedelic assisted therapy to help reduce your anxiety or better deal with your depression. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. As experts in the re-emerging field of psychedelics, which is gaining real momentum in the state of Massachusetts, we’re here to guide you on your journey.
To frame the conversation, we’ll explore the legal landscape of psilocybin and psychedelic assisted therapy in your state. There are currently only three cities in Massachusetts that have decriminalized plant psychedelics like magic mushrooms so official therapy with a licensed therapist is not yet an option. While many mental health professionals are starting to realize the healing value that psychedelics provide to patients, working directly with substances like psilocybin would put their licensure at risk.
That said, the future looks promising in Massachusetts. In early 2021, a statewide decriminalization bill was introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate so progress seems to be inevitable. It’s only the first step on the road to legalizing psychedelic assisted therapy, but it’s a major step that reduces public stigma and unlocks potential.
As you think about what you’re hoping to gain (or heal from) with psychedelics, consider that the word therapy can hold different meanings to different people. To clarify your purpose, think about whether you’re seeking a healing, therapeutic psychedelic experience or just a psychedelic trip with a licensed psychotherapist? While it may seem insignificant, due to the current legal environment in Massachusetts, the answer to that question makes a real difference because one is legal and the other is not.
It’s important to recognize that the word “therapy” is usually used to define work being done with a licensed therapist, whereas “therapeutic” means to have a beneficial effect on the body or mind. By that definition, activities like yoga, breathwork, meditation, and even psychedelics are considered to be therapeutic, regardless of a therapist being present or not.
Ultimately, the more clarity you have on your ultimate goal, the type of experience that you want, and the level of support you require, the more beneficial your psychedelic experience will be. Luckily, even though therapy with a licensed mental health professional is currently unavailable in the state of Massachusetts, you can still have a guided and supported therapeutic psychedelic experience locally.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ll lay out your legal options for therapeutic psychedelic experiences in your area which include our guided services as well as other potential treatments. As licensed therapists are not yet able to give in-person support to their clients during a psychedelic experience, our services are administered psychedelic guides rather than mental health professionals.
The State of Psychedelics in Massachusetts
At the moment, only the three cities of Sommerville, Cambridge, and Northampton have decriminalized all controlled substances including psychedelic plants like psilocybin or magic mushrooms. It makes enforcing personal use, possession, and distribution of entheogenic plants the lowest priority for all city employees, and the same could be true on a state-wide level in the near future for Massachusetts residents.
With the passing of each bill on a city, state, and national level, perceptions are shifted and the dialogue around drug abuse and addiction transitions from a criminal conversation to a mental health discussion. Still, it behooves you to remember that psychedelics like psilocybin are still illegal at the federal level..
Massachusetts is leading the charge toward legalization, along with other states across the country as more and more people confront their fear of psychedelics and embrace the healing potential of plants. As the legal landscape of psilocybin and psychedelic assisted therapy continues to evolve rapidly, be sure to visit our state pages often to stay current!
How to Have a Legal Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience in Massachusetts
Lucky for you, residents of the state of Massachusetts do have a few choices when it comes to having a psychedelic experience. Each one of the three options will provide you a different type of healing so think about what you are hoping to heal from as you read the descriptions below.
1. Ketamine Clinics
While it’s not thought of as a traditional psychedelic, ketamine has been shown to have both emotional and mental health benefits when used therapeutically. It’s also known to be effective in the treatment of depression, but often, ketamine clinics don’t have a comprehensive approach to treatment which increases the risk of having a poorly integrated psychedelic experience.
2. Cannabis Assisted Therapy
Consider this highly variable treatment option carefully. Therapeutic results rely largely on individual factors, so it may or may not work for you. Cannabis is not a traditional entheogen like psilocybin is, and after reading Michael Pollan’s book or seeing Fantastic Fungi, most of our clients find that they prefer to sit with a traditional psychedelic.
3. Guided Psychedelic Experiences
Commonly referred to as trip sitting, this is a guided psychedelic experience where an experienced professional helps you to navigate your healing and sometimes difficult journey for the greatest therapeutic benefit. At Psychedelic Passage, we’re experts in facilitating deeply healing psychedelic experiences to open the door to change and transformation. To be clear, we don’t provide psychedelic medicines to our clients as it’s illegal to do so, and we’re not licensed mental health professionals. That said, the focus of our efforts is to provide life-changing experiences with a strong emphasis on harm reduction. We can sit with many different forms of psychedelics, but by far the most popular psychedelic that our clients choose to work with is psilocybin.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Experiences in Every Major City in Massachusetts
- New Bedford
- Fall River
This list is not meant to be exhaustive. We provide our trip sitting and guiding services in all major cities in Massachusetts, including those which are not listed above. If we can physically get ourselves to you, we will sit for you. If you are curious whether we are able to service your area specifically, please contact us.
Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences Have Many Benefits
Our understanding of psychedelics continues to evolve as scientists constantly to learn more about the seemingly endless healing potential of therapeutic psychedelic experiences. Now that decriminalization and legalization is spreading, and research is resuming, modern science is proving what the ancient wisdom of indigenous people have known for hundreds of generations.
Under proper guidance, psychedelics can result in deep healing of repressed memories and emotions by providing you with access to your unconscious brain. Plant medicines can help you to develop awareness of outdated mental models that no longer serve you as well as limiting beliefs that have held you captive, unlocking endless potential in your life.
As an integrated form of treatment, therapeutic psychedelic experiences deliver healing on every level, from spiritual and emotional to mental and physical. It’s a great and more frequently selected alternative to the more traditional methods of reducing anxiety and stress, and dealing with depression and PTSD.
Start Your Healing Journey Today at Psychedelic Passage
Do you want to reap the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin and psychedelic assisted healing in Massachusetts? Then it’s your lucky day because we’re here to help. At Psychedelic Passage, we guide you through the entire transformational journey, starting with intention setting and continuing through to full integration. We have local experts who are prepared to guide you through a ceremonial psychedelic experience in the comfort of your own home—book a consult to learn more!