Psychedelics 101

By popular request, I recorded the short video above to cover what I consider “psychedelics 101.” There is a sea of misinformation out there, and the video covers resources I consider well vetted. All links are listed below. Please be sure to see the important disclaimer at the bottom of this post. 







IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These plants and compounds are illegal in many countries, and even possession can carry severe criminal penalties. None of this post constitutes medical advice or should be construed as a recommendation to use psychedelics. There are serious legal, psychological, and physical risks. Psychedelics are not for everyone—they can exacerbate certain emotional problems, and there have been, in very rare cases, fatalities.

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (Resources)

Training Resources

Individuals interested in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy and research can visit the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation Therapy Training webpage to sign up for the training newsletter, to receive updates on training opportunities, and to view application procedures and requirements for the MDMA Therapy Training Program. 

The MAPS PBC Therapy Provider Connect Portal is a community discussion forum for therapy providers, physicians, and facilities to connect with one another to develop a site or treatment staff in order to become eligible to participate in a MAPS Public Benefit Corporation MDMA PTSD protocol. 

Another training opportunity for practitioners interested in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy is the CIIS Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research Certificate. Additionally, there are alternative therapeutic approaches available now that can be complementary to psychedelic-assisted therapy, such as Internal Family SystemsHolotropic BreathworkHakomi, and Somatic Experiencing

Other useful experiences on the path to becoming a psychedelic therapist may include volunteering to provide psychedelic peer harm reduction through the Zendo Project, opportunities to work with individuals at the end of life as a chaplain or death doula, mediating peer support groups, or supporting individuals impacted by trauma. 

Information for students interested in the field of psychedelic therapy and research can be found on the MAPS website.

Additional Reading Focused on Cultural Trauma and Culturally Informed Care

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