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Nicholas Levich
Nick is one of the Co-Founders of Psychedelic Passage. As a facilitator himself, he draws upon his personal experience as well as scientific literature and anecdotal reports when writing. His goal is to provide tangible and actionable advice to readers looking to establish healthy and intentional relationships with psychedelic medicines.

For the most part, psychedelics reached mainstream America as a result of moral panic, and only recently have they received positive press. Starting in the mid 1900’s, the American public was terrified by news articles and propaganda videos discussing the ‘consequences’ of psychedelic drugs, like LSD leading to psychotic episodes, aggressive behavior and two-day trips. 

Or they discussed the dangers these substances presented to society as a whole, arguing that moral reason, dignity, and integrity were compromised when psychedelics were consumed. While some of that stigma and fear still exists, we’ve come a long way over the past few decades. 

Though still largely illegal, it’s estimated that more than 17% of Americans have used psychedelics. Many now view psychedelics in a much more positive light thanks to a resurgence of scientific and medical research, and a rediscovered appreciation for their role in indigenous spiritual healing and cultural significance around the world. 

Despite this newfound shift, the psychedelic substances are rather elusive and It’s safe to say that many people are curious to know where to get dmt legally, or where to find psychedelic substances.

The Legal Status of Psychedelic Drugs: Where Are We Now?

Psychedelic substances such as magic mushrooms and psilocybin mushrooms have been used for centuries for spiritual and medicinal purposes. However, the legal status of these substances has been a source of controversy for decades. 

Despite the growing interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, most of these substances are still illegal under federal law in the United States. However, the last few years have seen significant progress towards the legalization of psychedelic substances for medical and research purposes. 

For example, the FDA has granted breakthrough therapy designation to psilocybin therapy for the treatment of depression, and there are ongoing clinical trials investigating the use of psilocybin for the treatment of PTSD and other mental health conditions.

Furthermore, in recent years, several cities in the US have decriminalized the possession and use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelics. In May 2019, Denver became the first city in the US to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. 

Since then, several other cities, including Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Ann Arbor, have also decriminalized the possession of magic mushrooms and other psychedelics. The decriminalization of psychedelics has sparked a nationwide conversation about the benefits and risks of these substances. 

Despite the growing support for psychedelic legalization, it’s important to note that these substances remain illegal under federal law. This means that individuals caught in possession of magic mushrooms or other psychedelics could face legal consequences, including fines and imprisonment.

In conclusion, the legal status of psychedelic drugs remains a complex issue. While there is growing evidence of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, these substances are still illegal under federal law in the United States. 

However, the decriminalization of magic mushrooms and other psychedelics in several cities and ongoing clinical trials investigating their medical uses are positive signs that the conversation around psychedelics is changing. 

As more research is conducted, it will be interesting to see how the legal status of psychedelics evolves and how they are integrated into mainstream mental health care.

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Where to Find Legal Psychedelic Drugs 2023

If you’re one of the 47 million people suffering from mental illness in the United States, you too may be wondering how to access the various benefits provided by psychedelics. That’s where psychedelic-assisted therapy comes in. 

Psychedelic assisted therapy is where psychedelics are administered by a licensed medical professional in a clinical setting and is often combined with the support of a therapist (usually a co-therapist, too). This is not to be confused with psychedelic integration, where a coach, therapist, or guide helps you prepare, process, and integrate lessons from a separate psychedelic experience. 

Psychedelics have been used throughout history for spiritual and psychological health.  Psychedelic assisted therapy is Western medicine’s take on what shamans and elders have practiced in indigenous cultures for centuries, though typically removed from any cultural, religious, or spiritual context. 

This has both pros and cons: legal psychedelic assisted therapy is more available than ever before but may fall flat for some who are seeking more than just improved mental and physical health (i.e. it may not be as spiritually profound as a traditional plant medicine ceremony). Currently, in the US, there are three ways to legally access psychedelics via assisted therapy:   

1. Participate in a Clinical Trial

We realize that ketamine and cannabis are just two of the various psychedelics in existence. At this point, the only way to legally access psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, or DMT is through participation in a federally approved clinical study. 

Psychedelic researchers are continuously becoming more interested in not just studying potential benefits for mental illness, but also using psychedelics to understand more about the inner workings of the brain. 

What exactly is a clinical trial? Clinical trials are a way for scientists to collect data to ensure the safety and efficacy of certain drugs. These must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are typically funded by government agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, medical and educational institutions, and private organizations. 

Drugs go through a few phases before becoming approved and available for patients. If a drug appears safe, it moves into phase 3 trials (like MDMA and psilocybin), where the study size includes more participants from multiple study sites. If the drug is successful in demonstrating more benefits that outweigh the risks, it can be made available to the consumer market. 

If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, you can visit clinicaltrials.gov to search the database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. Simply enter the condition or disease you seek treatment for, enter the psychedelic substance you wish to use, and select your country. We’ve written a more in-depth article detailing the clinical trial application process step-by-step.

2. Guided Psychedelic Journeys with Psychedelic Passage

At Psychedelic Passage, our mission is to spread awareness about the healing potential of psychedelics and make these medicines accessible to everyone. We firmly believe that the benefits of psychedelics are not meant to be kept to oneself, but rather, shared for the betterment of all.

Our comprehensive 5-week program is designed to facilitate personal transformation and is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. We take great care in pairing each client with the most suitable facilitator, and we offer the convenience of having your psychedelic ceremony in the comfort of your own home.

Though we cannot source the psychedelic medicine for you, we will help you connect with our pre-vetted network of psychedelic facilitators located near you. Our network facilitators are committed to supporting you throughout every step of your journey, from preparation through integration, in the way that best meets your individual needs.

3. Consider an International Psychedelic Retreat 

Another way to legally acquire psychedelics that has become quite popular over the years is to go to a psychedelic retreat, typically held abroad. With relaxed legislation, legal loopholes, or complete legalization, there are countries around the world that can host travelers while they legally experience psychedelics. 

Whether you’re after one the more classic psychedelics like psilocybin, or if you’re interested in trying San Pedro, ibogaine, 5-MeO-DMT, or ayahuasca, a psychedelic retreat might be your best option. However, as you’ll quickly see, the extensive list of options can make it hard to choose which retreat center is the best fit for you. 

Plus there are a number of logistics to coordinate as well as safety issues to consider. The psychedelic experience puts you and your psyche in a vulnerable position, so it’s important that you pick a trusted retreat center. So though this is a viable legal alternative, it’s not a decision to be made lightly or spontaneously.

If you need help preparing for an international plant medicine retreat, choosing a retreat center, or integrating your previous psychedelic experiences, we suggest scheduling a discovery call with one of our psychedelic concierges today. 

4. Go Foraging (Recommended for Mycology Experts Only)

If you’re interested in one of the more unconventional (and admittedly more dangerous) ways to get psychedelics, you could try to source them in the wild. Magic mushrooms grow in the wild—and picking them might not be as difficult as you think. 

While we don’t formally recommend this route, we do believe it’s important to list it as an option given that our ancestors—including shamans and indigenous tribes—have been doing this for centuries. 

It’s important to know, however, that going foraging for your own psilocybin mushrooms can be extremely dangerous. Exercise extreme caution when identifying them, mistaking them for another similar-looking mushroom could be dangerous, or even fatal. 

If you’re familiar with mushroom spores and live in an area where mushrooms are decriminalized (Denver, Colorado, Santa Cruz, California, Oakland, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Oregon), growing your own mushrooms may also be an option. Spores can be legally purchased in many states and while you aren’t actually supposed to inoculate the spores, doing so in New Mexico is surprisingly legal, too. 

To ensure that you have the right psychedelic substance in hand, we recommend you checkout our review of the best reagent test kits. We’ve also dedicated an entire article to reviewing the best psilocybin mushroom grow kits. This route is much more preferred as it allows you to be 100% of the species you’re consuming.

Talk to a Psychedelic Professional

If you’ve never tried psychedelics and are curious, working with an experienced integration coach can help achieve your desired outcome, while simultaneously avoiding a “bad trip.” If you’ve tried any of the psychedelic drugs listed here and had a meaningful experience, it is important that you integrate your journey to get the most long-lasting benefit. 

Speaking with a psychedelic professional about your journey can help you better understand the psychedelic experience. Exploring novel states of consciousness can be confusing, and working with guides can help you process emotions and thoughts that came up and develop tools that contribute to long term benefits and healing. 

Let us be your resource. If you’re new to psychedelics it’s normal to be overwhelmed by terms like ‘integration’ and ‘consciousness.’ That’s why we exist. We know that some people have no idea where to start, and we can help you take that first step. 

Simply schedule a call to speak with one of our psychedelic concierges today, and get connected with our pre-vetted network of facilitators. If you have any more questions, we empower you to head on over to our resources page, where you’ll find an extensive library of informative articles like this one.

Maybe one day the answer to “where do you get psychedelics” will be as easy as going to a legal cannabis dispensary. But until decriminalization or legalization happens nationally in the United States, these four tips are the best options available. Best of luck with your psychonautic experience, and don’t forget to practice safely and intentionally. 

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