The benefits of psychedelics for mental health are gaining increasingly more recognition amongst medical communities and social circles across the country. As mind-altering substances have ebbed and flowed in popularity throughout western culture, a different approach toward these substances is gaining traction, which encompasses a scientific and therapeutic understanding of these substances.
While drugs like magic mushrooms and ayahuasca have been used for thousands of years, spanning across a multitude of cultures, our modern culture is beginning to peel back the stigma surrounding drugs in an effort to understand and make use of them as many ancient cultures have done throughout history. Importantly, psychedelics and other mind-altering substances are becoming associated with therapeutic treatment for mental and mood issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, C-PTSD, bipolar disorder, and addiction.
For more information on the benefits of psychedelics on mental health, read our article on healing here. With the advent of ketamine clinics, people are searching for the next horizon of treatment, with the hope of psychedelic mushrooms taking the lead.
Along with the scientific clinical research being done on these medicines is a movement toward psychological exploration and self-healing, in which people feel empowered and motivated to take their mental health into their own hands. To no surprise, the re-awakening of psychedelic exploration in mainstream culture has happened alongside this movement toward self-empowerment.
If you are searching for ways to experience the therapeutic benefits of medicines like psilocybin, DMT or MDMA, you may find some difficulties. In a majority of states throughout the US, there is no legal way to work with a licensed therapist trained in psychedelic assisted therapy, and psychotherapists cannot legally aid you in your trip nor provide you with any substances.
However, it is possible to experience the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics with a trained, professional guide. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of a therapeutic psychedelic experience as well as the state laws in Ohio and legal options you have near you.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Ohio
In very recent years, a bill was introduced to Ohio legislators which would have provided a step toward drug reform in the state by decreasing penalties for certain drug possession convictions. This bill would have changed drug-related felonies to misdemeanors and presented efforts in redirecting those convicted toward therapy instead of jail.
While this bill did not even make it to a floor vote, it represents a movement toward drug-reform legislation. Ohio currently maintains strict penalties for possession of schedule I substances, including psilocybin-containing magic mushrooms and other psychedelics.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Ohio
1. Ketamine Clinics
Ketamine differs from traditional psychedelics, however its effectiveness in treating mood disorders—especially depression—is widely recognized by medical communities, as well as the federal government. This is why ketamine clinics are opening all over the US, including Ohio.
Given that ketamine is legal for use by registered clinical practitioners, it is a viable option for those looking for a therapeutic experience utilizing mind-altering substances. However, there are certain limitations to the ketamine-clinic route. Preparation for and integration after the session are not a guaranteed part of the overall experience, potentially leaving you without the support you need.
Since these clinics are a relatively new form of treatment, and since there may only be a handful of clinics per state, you may also find that accessibility can be an issue. We’ve written a guide to help you find a reputable ketamine clinic in your area.
2. Guided Psychedelic Experiences
To have a truly therapeutic, transformative and safe trip, a few things should be taken into consideration. Firstly, adequate preparation prior to a ceremony, through setting an intention and working with someone who understands the medicine, can set the tone for a positive session.
Secondly, the presence of a guide or “trip-sitter,” who is experienced in harm-reduction and navigating a psychedelic experience, can be the difference between a positive, transformative trip and one that is detrimental or negative. Lastly, being able to integrate, understand and make sense of the experience afterwards is a key part of the therapeutic process. In working with an experienced facilitator from beginning to end, the psychedelics are allowed a positive and safe container to not only disrupt old, harmful patterns but also inspire new, regenerative ones.
At Psychedelic Passage, we provide professional facilitators with an emphasis on harm reduction, and while we are not licensed mental health professionals, we are trained and experienced guides. Do note that we do not provide any psychedelic substances, but do provide preparation, harm reduction and integration services during your psychedelic experience. While the majority of our clients choose to work with psilocybin, we can sit for other psychedelic medicines as well.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Journeys in Every Major Ohio City
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Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
Even with the current positive findings from clinical studies and the rich history of benefits, you still may be wondering if a psychedelic experience is a right step toward your personal growth. Chances are, if you are reading this article, some part of you is curious or sees the potential for transformation or growth in exploring therapeutic psychedelics.
In working with an experienced guide, you will be able to ensure a safe, well-rounded trip. A guide or trip-sitter can help you set clear intentions for the experience and acknowledge why you have been called to the medicine, help you remain calm and support you in whatever ways you may need during the trip so that you can focus on your experience within a safe setting, and integrate your journey by answering questions and reflecting on the meaningful experience you had.
While psychedelics can invoke ecstatic and beautiful moments, they can also be frightening or anxiety-inducing at times, so it is extremely beneficial to have someone support you throughout this process. If you are curious about our process of facilitating your journey, you can schedule a consultation with one of our facilitators here.
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
If you’re considering a therapeutic psychedelic experience in Ohio, but aren’t sure what next steps to take, we are here to help. At Psychedelic Passage, we specialize in guiding your therapeutic journey as well as provide professionals and resources. We have local facilitators on the ground ready to assist your ceremonial psychedelic experience in the comfort of your own home—book a consult to learn more!