What if we told you that you were already complete? That beneath all the stories you tell yourself, there is a version of you that knows exactly who they are. A version of you that is full of love, compassion, and graciousness. This is the True Self.
There are many ways to see through the emotional and mental gunk that hides this True Self, but psychedelics are one of the most powerful tools we have. All across the US, people are waking up from the narrative that psychedelics are dangerous and seeing them for what they are: pathways to our True Selves, lights through our inner darkness.
But psychedelics are still illegal in every state except Oregon. How, then, is it possible to receive psychedelic healing?
If you’ve read How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan or news reports on clinical trials, you may be tempted to seek out psychedelic-assisted therapy, where psychedelics are used in conjunction with a licensed psychotherapist. Currently, this type of healing is only available through participation in a clinical trial. Therapists can risk losing their license if they are caught using psychedelics in their practice.
However, a therapeutic psychedelic experience is still possible. Therapeutic simply means “to have a beneficial effect on the mind or body.” A practitioner who is not a therapist can facilitate a psychedelic experience and call it “therapeutic” without facing the same legal repercussions.
At Psychedelic Passage, all of our facilitators are practitioners who have dedicated their lives to psychedelic healing. What’s more, we come to you— no matter where you live in Missouri, if we can physically get to you, we will sit for you.
In this article, we’ll be going over more details about the legal landscape of psychedelics in the Show-Me state and how you can have a safe, supported psychedelic experience in your home city.
Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
The mental health benefits of psychedelics are the most well-known and the most studied. MDMA is on track to be a legal treatment for PTSD by 2023, and psilocybin is eliminating depression just as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants, only without the terrible side effects.
But a discussion that just focuses on the mental health benefits of psychedelics is too narrow. Psychedelics are more than the next medical marvel— new studies are now focusing on how pivotal the spiritual component of a psychedelic experience is. Regardless of your religious belief, when you have an experience of being one with the cosmos, you are more likely to be happier than those do not.
The reasons are plentiful, but the most consistent one is that when we have authentic spiritual experiences, we are transported out of our limiting narrative of who we are. We achieve a higher state of being that is fundamentally interconnected to every other living thing, and this invites a revolutionary capacity for compassion and love towards the world. That higher state of being is the True Self.
The True Self is not a fanciful concept: it’s the deepest reality of what you are. There are dozens of tools that can help you become aware of this Self, but psychedelics are turning heads because they *catalyze* this awareness. They make it possible for more people to change the world in the name of love and unity rather than hate, greed, or control.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Missouri
Missouri is an exciting place to be when it comes to psychedelic reform.
Although it didn’t make it through committee the first time, a bill to extend Missouri’s “Right-To-Try” Act to include psychedelics is making a comeback in 2022. The Right-To-Try Act allows residents with terminal illness to access treatments not yet approved by the FDA. Under the new bill, the Act would be amended to include psychedelics as possible treatments to pursue, as well as expanding to cover those with debilitating conditions like severe mental illness.
Although not considered to be a psychedelic, cannabis is also seeing major reform activity in the state. There are several bills being developed for the legalization of cannabis, as well as different groups gathering signatures for a ballot initiative.
Legal reform happens as a consequence of grassroots movement, so it’s encouraging to know that in several major cities in the Show-Me state, there are organizations being developed around the education of psychedelics. In St. Louis, there is the STL Psychedelic Society as well as a branch of Decriminalize Nature, the organization that first decriminalized plant psychedelics in Oakland.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Missouri
In Missouri, 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
While the country waits for the legal system to catch up with the science, ketamine clinics are opening all across Missouri to provide people with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Ketamine is not a conventional psychedelic, but it has been shown to be a powerful antidepressant in a similar way that psilocybin is: you are taken out of your old sense of self and gain a higher, detached perspective that allows you to process the roots of your issues.
Although it is the only psychedelic medicine that can currently be paired with therapy, the quality of that therapy can vary widely across clinics. Make sure that you reach out to the mental health professionals on staff and ensure that they will support you before and after your session.
If you can’t find a clinic with adequate psychological support, consider seeking out a psychedelic integration specialist or a therapist of your own that is knowledgeable of psychedelics. Although they are not therapists, the Fireside Project Peer Support hotline is a great resource as well.
2. Guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage
At Psychedelic Passage, we believe that the transformation of consciousness is a fundamental human right, and we are committed to bringing the power of psychedelic healing to as many people as possible.
Our programs are typically five weeks long, with two virtual preparation sessions, the in-person ceremony, and two virtual integration sessions. We set up our programs this way to ensure that you get the support you need to fully explore your consciousness and to effectively weave whatever you discover into your everyday life.
We want you to journey with the medicine that most calls to you, so all of our facilitators are experienced with numerous psychedelics, including DMT, mescaline, and LSD. Many clients choose to journey with psilocybin mushrooms because they are the most accessible and hardest to tamper with. Although not as common, if you would like to journey with cannabis, we can sit for that as well.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Journeys in Every Major Missouri City
- Kansas City
- St. Louis
- Lee’s Summit
- St. Joseph
- St. Charles
- St. Peters
- Blue Springs
- Jefferson City
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
Whether you’re dealing with a mental health disorder or trying to connect with a deeper state of purpose, a therapeutic psychedelic experience can be the next powerful step towards a more true state of being. If you’re ready to take that next step, book a consultation call with us. We’d be honored to hear from you.