The “Sweetheart City” truly lives up to its name. The city of Loveland is renowned for its Valentine Re-Mailing Program, where people worldwide mail Valentine’s cards to Loveland. These cards are hand-stamped with a special poem and then sent to their final destination.
Neighboring Denver, Loveland shares the love for psychedelics (no pun intended). Within the next few years, residents of Loveland will be able to access legal psychedelic therapy within the city.
The state of Colorado has undoubtedly paved the way for broader acceptance of psychedelics throughout the country. With the ongoing passage of new psychedelic laws, it’s important you fully understand them for your personal safety.
As psychedelic therapy is becoming a reality in Colorado, it’s also important that you are aware of the potential risks it comes with, so we’ll go over the factors that may exclude you from psychedelic therapy.
Continuing our latest discussion of psychedelic therapy in Colorado, today we’ll focus on the lovely city of Loveland and how psychedelics are starting to come into the picture.
Current Legal Status of Psychedelics in Loveland
Colorado has played a significant role in the world of psychedelics and remains a role model for accessible psychedelic therapy. Before we dive into the specific city of Loveland, let’s understand how Colorado’s psychedelic laws have evolved over time.
In 2012, Colorado made headlines by becoming the first state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults aged 21 and older. This move not only provided safer access to cannabis but also set the stage for social justice reform surrounding psychedelics and other drugs.
Rather than punishing those using psychedelics and other substances, the emphasis shifted towards a harm reduction approach, which involved promoting strategies to minimize harm and prioritizing rehabilitation over imprisonment.
In the following years, Denver became the first city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. This move aligned with the trend of moving away from punitive measures and embracing a more health-oriented approach.
While not fully legalized, psilocybin became Denver law enforcement’s lowest priority, allowing them to focus on more pressing issues rather than drug offenses.
The shift towards decriminalization and legalization resulted in a broader societal acceptance of these substances, in contrast to the outcomes of the War on Drugs in the 1970s.
These changes don’t end there. Last year, Proposition 122 was passed, decriminalizing hallucinogenic plants and fungi in Colorado, such as psilocybin, psilocin, ibogaine, DMT, and mescaline (not derived from peyote).
Prop 122 also decriminalized the use, possession, cultivation, and sharing of these substances. While selling is prohibited, gifting these substances is allowed as long as there is no exchange of money or other items.
There are many more aspects covered by Prop 122, so we encourage you to check out our podcast episodes on the topic.
Reinforcing Prop 122, Senate Bill 23-290 went into effect this past July, establishing a regulatory framework for the legal use of natural medicine in licensed healing centers. More specifically, psilocybin healing centers will be among the first to operate under this framework.
So, what does this mean for the city of Loveland?
Unlike Measure 109 in the state of Oregon, Prop 122 doesn’t allow Colorado cities to opt out of opening psychedelic healing centers. The only say that the cities in Colorado have is determining where these centers can be located and their hours of operation.
It’s anticipated that the psychedelic healing centers will finish accepting applications by the end of 2024, which means you’ll start to see these establishments become available around the middle of 2025.
As of now, the plan is to introduce more natural psychedelics into these healing centers in the following years. The Natural Medicine Advisory Board will vote on July 1st, 2026, on whether to incorporate other natural psychedelics, such as DMT, ibogaine, and mescaline.
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Are Psychedelics Right for You?
It’s natural to be excited about the emerging psychedelic centers in Loveland. Before you begin your psychedelic journey, whether through a licensed healing center or with the guidance of a psychedelic guide, it’s important to be well-prepared.
Psychedelic therapy is typically considered a relatively safe form of treatment, especially when proper support is in place, as psychedelics generally come with few side effects.
One of the first things you should do when starting your healing journey is to make sure psychedelics are right for you. Similar to other treatments and medications, psychedelics aren’t suitable for everyone, and certain individuals should take extra caution when using them.
One of the most common reasons people are excluded from psychedelic therapy is if they have been diagnosed with or have a family history of certain mental health conditions, like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.
Using psychedelics with these disorders can worsen its symptoms, such as delusions and increasing feelings of anxiety and paranoia, potentially causing you to become distressed and overwhelmed.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with these psychotic disorders but they run in your family, the use of psychedelics can trigger the symptoms of these disorders in you due to their genetic nature.
Besides intensifying negative effects, using psychedelics with bipolar disorder can increase the likelihood of a manic episode, which is characterized by significantly elevated energy levels and extreme changes in behavior, manifesting as heightened energy or irritability.
With the upcoming psychedelic healing centers, their primary focus for now is treating depression. Current treatments for depression, such as medication and talk therapy, may not always be effective for everyone.
However, it’s recommended to discontinue antidepressants before engaging with psychedelics. You should never stop these medications on your own, so it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure a safe transition.
Depending on the type of antidepressant, combining antidepressants with psychedelics can weaken the effects of the psychedelic substance or create an excessive buildup of serotonin, which can lead to serotonin syndrome.
Other medications that shouldn’t be combined with psychedelics include mood stabilizers such as lithium, stimulants like Adderall, heart medications, antiseizure medications, and benzodiazepines.
While psychedelic use might help mothers with postpartum depression, it’s not advised during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to the lack of research available.
Psychedelic experiences can be intense, potentially causing heightened positive or negative emotions. Given the vulnerability during this time, the unpredictability of altered perception, cognitive function, and decision-making could potentially harm the individual or the baby.
Furthermore, psychedelics can elevate blood pressure. Pregnancy already poses a risk of increased blood pressure, which could lead to reduced nutrients and oxygen for the baby, hindered growth, and even premature birth.
If you’re uncertain about whether a psychedelic experience is right for you, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider. If discussing this with your doctor feels uncomfortable, you can also consult with a psychedelic guide, as they also assess your medical history for suitability.
Where to Find Legal Psychedelic Experiences in Loveland, 2023
While psilocybin healing centers might be a year or two away, this doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to find a legal psychedelic experience. In Loveland, you currently have two options available: ketamine clinics and guided psychedelic journeys with Psychedelic Passage.
1. Ketamine Clinics
Ketamine has undergone quite the journey to get to where it is today. Starting as an anesthetic, evolving into a party drug, and now having found its purpose in treating severe depression and PTSD.
Ketamine works in the brain by disrupting its normal activity and altering neural connections. As a result, the brain becomes more adaptable and capable of creating new neural pathways, leading you to view your emotions and traumas in a different manner.
Currently, ketamine therapy is recognized for its notably high rate of success, with individuals claiming to have experienced relief extending beyond their ketamine sessions.
To be exact, ketamine therapy often requires a minimum of six infusion sessions with the possibility of additional maintenance treatments.
The cost of ketamine therapy can be burdensome for some individuals, as a single session may amount to hundreds of dollars. Therefore, it’s important to thoroughly research the ketamine clinics near you to ensure you are aware of their pricing, as well as what services they provide.
We also encourage you to check out our discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of ketamine therapy before embarking on your ketamine healing journey.
2. Guided Psychedelic Journeys With Psychedelic Passage
While you’re the one in control of your journey, we’re here to make your journey as seamless as possible – from connecting you with the perfect psychedelic guide to providing valuable resources.
At Psychedelic Passage, we understand that psychedelic encounters are different for everyone, and that’s why we created a 5-week ceremonial program that can be entirely tailored to you. This program includes:
- Two 60-minute preparation sessions
- Eight hours of trip-sitting
- Two 60-minute integration sessions
- Microdose coaching
- Resources and workshops on preparation, integration, and microdosing
- Text and email support
Continuing with the theme of customization, you also have the freedom to choose the location of your psychedelic experience. Whether within nature’s embrace or from the comfort of your own home, our network of guides are able to meet you wherever you choose.
Our network of guides have experience working with a wide range of psychedelics, meaning you have the ability to choose any medicine to work with on your journey.
While sourcing psychedelics can be tricky, your psychedelic guide can actually gift you with a natural psychedelic substance in the state of Colorado, as gifting is legal under Prop 122.
Not ready for a full-blown psychedelic experience? No worries, we also offer a microdosing program that includes:
- Four 1-hour long microdose coaching sessions
- Resources on microdosing
- Text and email support
We’ve made it our mission to make psychedelic healing journeys accessible to everyone who seeks it. Therefore, our network of guides offer a sliding payment scale for our programs, ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to benefit from this transformative journey.
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