Is it possible to have a safe, supported psychedelic experience in Minnesota? You betcha.
After a historic marijuana legalization bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives in May of 2021, the field of possibility has expanded in the North Star State. Many are wondering if the legalization of psychedelics is not far behind.
Currently, the only legal way to access psychedelic-assisted therapy is by participation in a clinical trial. There are an increasing number of opportunities available as research into psychedelics expands, but until legalization, using psychedelics in the conjunction with a therapist is still a few years away.
So how do you access psychedelic healing in the mean time?
The key lies in the word therapy. Therapy implies a mental health professional with a license. That license is dictated by the state government, so in order for a therapist to practice, they must follow the rules of the government. Unfortunately, this means no psychedelics.
However, a therapeutic psychedelic experience is still possible. Therapeutic simply means “to have a beneficial effect on the body or mind.” A practitioner experienced with psychedelics can provide an experience and call it therapeutic without the same legal consequences as a therapist.
But you don’t want just anyone guiding you through the depths of your consciousness. Psychedelics are powerful medicines, capable of producing experiences that can completely transform your life.
At Psychedelic Passage, we employ facilitators who have extensive backgrounds with a wide variety of medicines and, most importantly, operate at a level of high integrity. We believe that the transformation of consciousness is a fundamental human right, and it’s our mission to provide the space to journey with psychedelics to as many people as possible.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the legal landscape of psychedelics in Minnesota and what steps you can take to have a psychedelic experience in your area.
Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
You know that moment when Hagrid tells Harry he’s a wizard? That iconic line: “You’re a wizard, Harry.” In that moment, Harry’s life changes instantly. The world he thought was real disappears, and a new, more magical world becomes his reality.
Psychedelics are like that. When you are affected by a mental health disorder, the world can feel like a terrible place. But after one to two sessions with MDMA, people with treatment-resistant PTSD lose their night terrors and wake up to a calmer, more compassionate sense of self. People strolling through the psychic muck that is depression can wake up to a brighter, happier world with just one psilocybin mushroom ceremony.
Reality, at baseline, is magical. The problem is that most humans see the world through the veil of their traumas, negative beliefs, and the stories they tell themselves. Psychedelics remove the veil and reveal the world as it is: a gift. Filled with horror and pain, yes, but, between it all: an unfathomable beauty.
Psychedelics are also known as “entheogens,” which is a term to describe substances that connect people to the spiritual realm. Regardless of your religious beliefs, a psychedelic-induced mystical experience can expose you to a higher sense of being. Spirit, God, Universal Intelligence— these are just names. The research shows that those who have a connection to this higher being are more likely to be happier than those who don’t.
Finally, psychedelics are also being used to enhance performance. Increased creativity, focus, productivity are all made possible through microdosing, or taking small amounts of a psychedelic substance several times a week.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Minnesota
Although no significant psychedelic decriminalization measures have arrived on the ballot in Minnesota, it’s only a matter of time. Throughout the state, there are various clinics, groups, and research labs spurring the winds of psychedelic reform.
In St. Paul, the Institute for Integrative Therapies became the state’s first psychedelic medicine clinic in March 2021. The only medicine it currently offers is ketamine, but the clinic is preparing for MDMA and psilocybin-assisted therapy when these substances are legalized.
At the University of Minnesota, the Neilson lab, run by Dr. Jessica Nielson, has been researching the impact of psychedelics on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and numerous mental disorders since 2021. Research into psychedelics is always promising for a state’s legal stance because it legitimizes these substances as medicines.
At the grassroots level, there is the Psychedelic Society of Minnesota and their Minneapolis Decriminalize Nature movement. It’s more possible than ever to meet people who share a passion for legalizing psychedelic healing. This is where reformation truly begins.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Minnesota
In Minnesota, 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
Where conventional psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and ayahuasca work on serotonin receptors, ketamine works on glutamate receptors. It produces hallucinogenic and rapidly healing effects similar to psychedelics, and it’s legal to use for medicinal purposes. Its legality is why ketamine is currently the only medicine that can be used as “psychedelic-assisted therapy.”
When looking for a ketamine clinic, one of the most important criteria to guide your search is support. Some clinics offer just the medicine with no psychological guidance, which can be disorienting if you have a particularly intense experience. Go for the clinics that have a therapist on-staff who can work with you before and after your session.
If you can’t find a clinic that provides adequate support, consider a psychedelic integration specialist or seek out a therapist of your own who is knowledge of psychedelics. You can check out our guide on ketamine clinics to learn more.
2. Guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage
No matter where you live in Minnesota, if we can physically get to you, we will sit for you.
Our programs are typically five weeks long. We offer two virtual preparation sessions, an in-person ceremony, and two virtual integration ceremonies. If you’re not ready for a full dose journey, we can coach you through a microdosing practice.
All of our facilitators are trained with a number of different psychedelic medicines, from MDMA to DMT to mescaline. Most of our clients elect to journey with psilocybin mushrooms, since they are the most accessible and hardest to fake. If you would like, we can also sit for a cannabis journey.
We cater to you. No matter the location or the medicine, we try our best to create the most supportive environment for you to freely access the depths of your consciousness.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Journeys in Every Major Minnesota City
- St. Paul
- Brooklyn Park
- Maple Grove
- St. Cloud
- Eden Prairie
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
On this journey, there is so much possibility available to you. We live in an increasingly chaotic world, and psychedelics provide us the opportunity to find inner peace despite it all. They are not panaceas, but they are some of the most powerful transformational tools we have at our disposal.
If you’ve made it this far and feel ready to take the next steps, book a consultation call with us. We’d be honored to hear from you.