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Five Ways to Experience Psychedelics Legally

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The use of psychedelics has grown significantly these past few years as more data on the substances’ health benefits is revealed in studies. Given that the drugs are still illegal in most parts of the country, it is important to find ways to consume them legally. Below, we look at lawful ways one can undergo a psychedelic experience.

Psychedelic retreats

These retreats provide individuals with supportive and safe environments for psychedelic exploration using drugs such as ayahuasca, psilocybin, ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT in countries where these substances are legal or not regulated, including Mexico and Jamaica.

Psychedelic retreats offer spaces to carry out sessions in the presence of seasoned facilitators and therapists, with users being able to undergo experiences either as individuals or in groups. While these centers are protected by law in most countries, it is important that one does their own research before settling on a retreat center where they can undergo a psychedelic experience.

Clinical trials

These trials are designed by experts in various areas of the biomedical sector, including psychology and neuroscience. The studies primarily focus on measuring the potential mental benefits of psychedelics in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

In order to be eligible for clinical trials, individuals have to meet the inclusion criteria. Basically, this means that they have to be diagnosed with the condition the trial is investigating. Additionally, participants must be of legal age and not be on contraindicative medications.

Spiritual rituals

Psychedelic experiences are often seen as spiritual awakenings, and given that religious expression is protected by law, undergoing a spiritual ritual is basically legal.

Churches such as the Santo Daime use ayahuasca tea in their ritual ceremonies, allowing congregants to explore the unconscious mind and connect to the divine.  It should be noted, however, that while these ceremonies are free, donations or voluntary work is appreciated.


These establishments, which originated in the Netherlands, are legally permitted to sell psychedelics. In the Netherlands, one can legally purchase and consume psilocybin truffles through these stores. It is important to note that psychedelics need to be used in a safe environment and with experienced individuals.

Psychedelic-assisted therapy

This is generally recommended for patients with treatment-resistant illnesses including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder, who have gained no benefit from conventional therapies.

People can access legal centers that offer psychedelic therapy in some states in the United States as well as in Australia. In Canada, individuals can access these services via the Special Access program. Thus far, only a few patients have been granted access to these therapies through the program.

The many clinical studies that are being conducted by various psychedelics startups such as atai Life Sciences N.V. (NASDAQ: ATAI) offer people who don’t find the prospect of traveling to a foreign country appealing an option of legally having psychedelic experiences under the watchful eye of trained professionals.

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