Perfectly positioned in Northeast Florida, Jacksonville is a quick trip away from most of the Southeast. ‘Jax’, as many locals call it, straddles the St. Johns River in the First Coast region of Florida, about 12 miles south of the Georgia state.
Filled with southern hospitality and charm, and the youngest population in the state, Jacksonville is a part of Florida that guarantees to buck that idea. From tree-lined historic neighborhood streets that birthed a vibrant street art scene to welcoming beaches, creative coastal cuisine, and delicious craft beer, Jacksonville has a lot to offer anyone who visits.
Despite Jacksonville seemingly having nothing to do with the world of psychedelics, Florida is actually one of the premier places in the US for those looking to get involved with any number of ayahuasca churches.
With a growing psychedelic scene around the country, more people than ever have become interested in the power of psychedelics. With this fresh influx of people comes a flurry of questions about the process.
In this article, we will go over some of the basics of psychedelics, show you some of the options that are available for psychedelic healing in your area, and talk about the cultural climate surrounding psychedelics. After reading this, hopefully, we’ll have given you enough confidence to take the next step in your journey of psychedelic healing and self-improvement.
Are Psychedelics Right For You?
Psychedelics are having a real come back. In clinical research settings around the world, renewed investigations are taking place on the use of psychedelic substances for treating illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Since the heyday of research into psychedelics from the 1950s to the early 1970s there has been little to no medical research into psychedelic substances. This was due in large part to psychedelics being classified as “drugs of abuse” with no recognized medical value.
However, controlled clinical studies have recently been done to assess the basic therapeutic efficacy of these drugs as adjuncts to existing therapeutic approaches. Everything from depression and anxiety, to chronic pain and PTSD has been shown to benefit greatly from properly conducted psychedelic therapy.
With mounting evidence, it’s becoming hard to ignore the therapeutic value of psychedelics medicine. Although psychedelics should be easily accessed by everyone, it is still a highly potent medication and needs to be treated as such.
A measure of caution and rigorous preparation must be upheld. This will allow you to avoid the worst of the potential risks and have a life-changing experience that will allow you to learn and grow.
As with all medications, psychedelics are not for everyone. Here is a brief list of some criteria that could exclude you from taking that leap into a psychedelic journey:
- Medical conditions such as cardiovascular conditions, a family history of schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.
- Certain medications: Many of the most common antidepressants like tricyclic medications, SSRIs and SNRIs can cause an adverse reaction when combined with psychedelics.
During the preparation for your psychedelic journey, it is important to be open with your facilitator or guide. If you happen to be on any psychotropic drugs, you should speak with your doctor about tapering off. Never stop any medication without first talking to your doctor.
The Sociocultural Climate of Psychedelics in Jacksonville
When you talk about Jacksonville, you must keep in mind one thing. You are in the South. Like all states in the southern US Florida has historically taken a very strong stance against drugs and psychedelics.
As it stands, Florida law classifies psilocybin and other psychedelics as Schedule I substances. This makes the possession, use, and sale of any psychedelic a criminal offense punishable under Florida law.
If you happen to be in the possession of a personal amount you can easily be looking at 5 years in jail. If you are in possession of more than 10 grams, the book really gets thrown at you with up to 30 years in jail and or a fine of up to $10,000. It is easy to see just how seriously they treat these crimes.
Fortunately and unfortunately, things are not so black and white. On paper, psilocybin and ayahuasca are illegal in the state of Florida… in reality, the law is a little more gray. In 1978, a man, Fiske, was caught coming out of a Florida field with freshly picked wild psilocybin mushrooms. This then resulted in his arrest and his being charged with a felony.
Although this may seem like an open-and-shut case, it was not. The man later went on to contest his charge in front of the Florida Supreme Court. Due to the fact that the average citizen picking wild mushrooms cannot be expected to know automatically that the mushrooms they pick contain psilocybin, they found that the charges should be dropped.
Despite some citizens attempting to interpret this to mean that psilocybin mushrooms are legal to possess and sell. This is not the case. Instead, Fiske V. State just shows that picking wild mushrooms does not necessarily constitute a violation of the law banning psilocybin.
Moving from then to the pill mill fiasco of the early 2000’s straight on through to today’s opioid crisis, Floridians are actively looking for any approach to help stem the tide and allow for healing from this collective trauma. One of the tools they have reached out for is psychedelics.
As many may know, US drug laws allow for religious exemptions when it comes to psychedelics and religion. What this really does leaves it up to the individual state about how to police these organizations. In 2006 the Florida Supreme Court ruled that religious ceremonies that use ayahuasca are protected under freedom of religion and, therefore, allowed.
Due to the nature and legality of psychedelics in the State of Florida, the state is quickly gaining a reputation as a state where you can participate in ayahuasca without traveling outside the US. This has since created a small boom in churches that use ayahuasca. In doing just a quick search, there are easily ten different ways to get involved in a ceremony.
Where To Find Legal Psychedelic Experiences in Jacksonville 2023
If you are in Florida and looking to take part in psychedelic therapy, there are three options available to everyone. Ketamine clinics, guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage, or working with one of the religious organizations and joining an ayahuasca retreat.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Ketamine has a long history of being used as a dissociative anesthetic. It’s widely used throughout our medical system and is quickly becoming a first line of treatment for illnesses like PTSD, depression, and chronic pain.
When under the influence of ketamine clients report being able to dissociate from their problems. A lot of the time, this distance enables clients to be more empathetic and objective. By having some space from the issue allows for healing and growth.
Although this is a great option, as it is easily accessible and there are multiple clinics in the Jacksonville area, clients often report this therapy falling short in terms of preparation and integration support.
The relief that a person experiences is often only temporary, and maintaining a positive outcome requires many follow-up visits. This can quickly become very expensive, pricing people out. To learn more, check out our article on the benefits and pitfalls of ketamine therapy.
2. Guided Psychedelic Experiences with Psychedelic Passage
At Psychedelic Passage, we’re dedicated to spreading the message of psychedelics and psychedelic healing. Our hope is to allow everyone to benefit from these medications. Psychedelics are for the betterment of everyone.
Every part of our 5-week program is designed for personal transformation and customized to each client’s needs. We match you with the best possible facilitator so that you can easily reach your personal goals, and we will even go further than that.
We allow you to choose from a wide range of psychedelics and offer a sliding payment scale so those from all income levels can benefit from high-quality psychedelic healing services. Psychedelics should be easily accessed by all.
3. Ayahuasca Church
Florida has quickly become the epicenter of Ayahuasca ceremonies. A law that was passed in 2006 allows for religious organizations to offer Ayahuasca, and since then, there has been an explosion in the number of churches.
If you do decide to go down this route, you need to be very discerning of what retreat you use. Ask questions about how the facilitator was trained and about their background. There are no real controls on who can begin an ayahuasca church.
If you are looking to learn more, many of these churches have a similar description with the churches describing themselves as “spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, guidance, and ayahuasca ceremonies”.
Find Your Next Psychedelic Journey in Any Major Jacksonville Area
- Palm Valley
- Orange Park
- Fernandina Beach
- Saint Augustine
- Saint Marys
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Florida may not be Denver or Oregon, but it is still making a name for itself in the psychedelic space. Although, at times navigating psychedelics and psychedelic healing can feel intimidating, we are here to make them as easily accessible to everyone.
To commence your journey of self-discovery and improvement, we invite you to book a consultation with our psychedelic concierges. When you do so, they’ll help you get connected to a facilitator that’s right for you.
Time and time again psychedelics have shown they hold the power to promote large-scale healing and growth. Take some time, set an intention, and visit our resources page for more information. Have fun, enjoy the journey of self-discovery, and stay safe!