Oregon is in the midst of creating the first-ever legal psilocybin practitioner program. Texas has inspired Southern lawmakers with its state mandate to study the healing benefits of psychedelics. And up to the Northeast, Maine is pursuing an ambitious bill to provide psilocybin therapy to everyone— even if you don’t have a mental health diagnosis.
All over the country, the psychedelic reform movement is gaining speed. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering: what about the Beehive State?
In this article, we’ll be going over the legal landscape of psychedelics in Utah. In addition to that, we’ll be describing all your options for a safe, supported psychedelic experience right in your home city.
It all comes down to the word therapy. Right now, the only way to access psychedelic-assisted therapy is through clinical trials. This is because psychedelics are illegal in every state except Oregon. Because therapists get their licenses from their state government, they could risk losing the ability to practice if they used psychedelics.
While you can try to sign up for a study, using psychedelics in conjunction with therapy won’t be available to the public for several more years. However, a therapeutic psychedelic experience is still possible. Therapeutic simply means “to have a beneficial effect on the mind or body,” so a practitioner who is not a therapist can provide a psychedelic experience and call it therapeutic without the same legal repercussions.
So just how does one access a therapeutic psychedelic experience in Utah? Let’s get into it.
Benefits of Having a Therapeutic Psychedelic Experience
Psychedelics can produce experiences that completely change how we view ourselves and the world at large.
It’s common for those with PTSD to be resistant to treatment because fundamentally, it’s very difficult to access and process buried trauma. MDMA, the primary compound in ecstasy, can heal the disorder in one or two sessions because it creates an internal state of love and acceptance that allows people to not only access their traumas, but to see them in a completely new light.
With depression, there’s a massive element of stuckness: people feel stuck in a mental prison of ruminative thinking and negative beliefs. Psilocybin, the core compound in “magic” mushrooms, helps people with depression break out of their mental prison. Depression is often described as gray and numb, and psilocybin introduces color and vibrancy that allows people to remember what the joy of living feels like.
Although most research focuses on mental health disorders, psychologically healthy people can also experience the benefits of psychedelics. The mystical experiences often experienced on psychedelics can awaken people to how interconnected we all are. In a state of oneness with all things, where there is no separation, we can access deeper states of compassion and trust for our fellow humans and cultivate a sense of kinship with the earth.
And if all that wasn’t exciting enough, psychedelics can also help us improve our work performance. Through the practice of microdosing, or taking small amounts of a substance several times a week, we can expand our creativity, enhance our productivity, and reduce the anxiety of busy work days.
The Current Legislation on Psychedelics in Utah
The legal landscape of psychedelics of Utah is like a nearby flash of lightning: the thunder of full psychedelic reform is not far behind.
A Utah Senate committee very recently approved HB 167, a bill that would create a state task force dedicated to studying the benefits of psychedelics on mental health disorders. What makes this bill even more interesting is that the person who created it, Rep. Brady Brammer, is a conservative Mormon. His support of psychedelic healing exemplifies how psychedelic reform is not “progressive”— it’s necessary.
On the ground, there are several organizations pushing for the decriminalization and further education surrounding these medicines. The Decriminalize Nature movement, which historically decriminalized psychedelics in Oakland, has a booming chapter in Salt Like City. There is also SCPTR, or the Salt City Psychedelic Therapy and Research, which provides training to future psychedelic therapists, and the Utah Psychedelic Society, which brings psychedelic enthusiasts together.
Although there is only one major legal measure currently in the works, all the grassroots movement in Utah paints a hopeful picture for rapid reform across the state.
Your Legal Options for Therapeutic Psychedelic Experiences in Utah
In Utah, 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
Compared to the vibrant and mystical experiences of conventional psychedelics, ketamine can feel a bit more clinical. However, ketamine clinics are popping up all over the country because of the medicine’s ability to provide rapid relief from a host of mental health conditions, most notably depression.
Ketamine is currently the only psychedelic that is legal for medical use, so it is the only medicine that can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy. While this is exciting, it also means that the quality of care is a bit like the Wild West. You want a clinic that will provide you therapeutic guidance before and after your ketamine session, and you’ll want to make sure the therapist is a match for you.
Check out our article on how to find a ketamine clinic near you. If you can’t find one that provides adequate psychological support, try seeking out a psychedelic integration specialist or reach out to a therapist of your own. If neither of those options work out, you can always call the Fireside Project Peer Support hotline.
2. Guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage
At Psychedelic Passage, we come to you. No matter where you live in Utah, if we can physically get to you, we will sit for you.
It’s our highest priority to make you feel safe enough to fully explore the depths of your consciousness. For this reason, we offer programs that are five weeks long. Programs begin with two virtual preparation sessions, then the in-person ceremony, and then we end with two virtual integration sessions. If you’re not quite ready for a full dose ceremony, we can coach you through a microdosing protocol.
We have a diverse group of facilitators all across the country, all of whom are experienced with numerous psychedelics, including LSD, DMT, and mescaline. Most of our clients journey with psilocybin mushrooms, as they are the most accessible psychedelic, but we urge you to journey with whatever medicine speaks to you the most. Although not as common, we can also sit for a cannabis journey as well.
We Provide Guided Psychedelic Journeys in Every Major Utah City
- Salt Lake City
- West Valley City
- West Jordan
- St. George
- South Jordan
Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Healing Journey?
We always like to take a moment and appreciate how far the psychedelic renaissance has come in such a short period of time. Although rapid expansion comes with its downfalls, more people than ever are learning about the transformative power of these medicines, and we believe that we are on the precipice of a completely new state of consciousness for our world.
If you feel that urgency for the creation of a new world, and you’re ready to explore it through psychedelics, book a consultation call with us. Whether you want to heal from a debilitating mental disorder, connect to your true purpose, or have a mystical experience, we’d love to hear from you.