Transform Your Life with Psychedelic Therapy

Discover Yourself, Eliminate Mental Fog, and Embrace Your Life's Purpose.

Embark on a transformative journey with Garuda's Psychedelic Therapy, where self-discovery meets profound healing. Dive deep into the essence of your being, unveiling the best version of yourself while weaving meaning into every aspect of your existence.

Our unique, integrative approach, deeply rooted in the wisdom of Nature and guided by the principles of Vitalogy, positions us not merely as guides but as your companions in transformation.

As we walk this path together, we're committed to helping you achieve a life filled with purpose, peace, and divine grace. Embrace this opportunity to clear the mental fog, resolve emotional turmoil, and eliminate the distractions that hinder your true potential, paving the way for clarity, peace, and a renewed direction in life.

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Core Benefits of Choosing Garuda

Embark on Profound Self-Discovery

Unlock the depths of your psyche and embark on a journey of profound self-discovery with Garuda's Psychedelic Therapy. This unique pathway illuminates unseen aspects of your being, offering deep insights and clarity. Through exploration, uncover your true purpose and potential, transforming your understanding of self and unlocking a fuller, more meaningful existence.

Gain Emotional & Mental Clarity

Experience a liberation from mental fog and emotional reactivity. Our integrative approach provides the tools and guidance necessary for navigating through the complexities of your emotions and thoughts. This process not only clears the distractions and blockages but also promotes a sense of peace and mental clarity, fostering a healthier relationship with yourself and others.

Find Purposeful & Inspired Living

Transform your existence into a life filled with purpose, peace, and inspiration. By addressing the root causes of your struggles and facilitating a meaningful connection with your inner self, Garuda guides you toward a life that transcends mere existence. Rediscover joy, passion, and motivation, creating a fulfilling life that resonates with your deepest values and aspirations.

How It Works

We trust deeply in our process and capacity to hold you in a safe container

We do not fix or heal our clients, the responsibility to heal ultimately lies with the individual. This process can be challenging, but for the majority of our clients, very beneficial. It is also important to mention that psilocybin does not have a strong visual or hallucinogenic quality for everyone, in people with strong ego defenses, the psilocybin experience may be lessened.

Safe and Supportive Environment: We create a safe container for your journey, trusting deeply in our process and your capacity for transformation.

Empowerment Over Healing: We facilitate your path to self-discovery; healing is a personal responsibility, empowering you to navigate your journey.

Varied Experiences: The psilocybin experience varies; for some, it's profound, while others with strong ego defenses may find it less intense.

Challenge and Benefit: Embracing the process can be challenging but is immensely beneficial for the majority who undertake this journey.

Personal Eligibility: Not everyone is immediately ready for this journey; our "Can I Participate?" section helps assess your readiness and fit.

What to Expect?

Pre-screening

Once your application is submitted, our screening process begins. Each successful application will receive an hour consultation with a psychotherapist to ensure our retreats are mutually suitable and to answer any of your questions.

Our retreats are not suitable for people who have had a mental health diagnosis (such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar, clinical depression or personality disorders, suicidality), cannot cease any psychiatric medication (ie SSRIS), or are dealing with serious addiction or substance abuse issues.

During Retreat

Pre-departure Preparation

Before your retreat, we provide detailed guidance to prepare you mentally and physically for the experience. This preparation is crucial for maximizing the benefits of your journey with us.

The Psychedelic Retreat

Our retreats offer a carefully curated environment for your psychedelic experience, combining expert guidance with supportive practices to deepen your journey of self-discovery and healing.

Post-Retreat Integration

Following the retreat, we emphasize the importance of integrating your experiences into your daily life. Our process ensures you can apply the insights and growth achieved during the  retreat.

“The best part about Garuda - they are real. There’s no facade, there’s no veils, no ego. They are good people doing good things for the world. My highest teachers call that Dharma. Continue the good work my friends!”

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The Vitalogy-Garuda Connection

The Vital Role of the Center for Vitalogy

The Center for Vitalogy stands at the heart of Garuda, embodying the essence of natural wisdom and healing beyond the confines of conventional medicine. In a world where the dialogue between nature and science is often fragmented by regulations and skepticism, we remain steadfast in our belief in the transformative power of nature. Our mission transcends the boundaries of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies, focusing instead on the profound interconnection between human potential and the natural world.

At the Center for Vitalogy, we harness the delicate strength of the plant kingdom, particularly the mystical world of fungi, to facilitate a journey of deep psychological exploration and self-discovery. Garuda, our psychedelic retreat center, represents a pivotal expression of our philosophy, offering a sanctuary for individuals to transcend their mental barriers and tap into the expansive realms of their psyche. Here, amidst the serenity of nature, we provide the time, space, and compassionate support necessary for a profound exploration of natural hallucinogenic fungi, guiding individuals towards a harmonious dance with nature.

Nature's Wisdom: Trusting in the inherent power of nature to heal and transform, beyond the reach of pharmaceutical constraints.

Human Potential: Fostering an environment where the resilience and potential of the human spirit can flourish in unity with nature.

Harmonious Exploration: Offering a unique pathway through the use of natural hallucinogenic fungi to explore the depths of the psyche, supported by the serene backdrop of Garuda's retreat setting.

The High Stakes of Stagnation

Why Staying the Course Could Cost You More Than You Realize

In a world where the mind's adaptability dwindles with age, the stakes of inaction are alarmingly high. Our societal structure, marked by a mental health crisis, often opts for temporary fixes over addressing the root causes of our deepest pains and struggles. This approach leaves many trapped in cycles of suffering, substance abuse, and disconnection from their true selves and the natural world. The reliance on pharmaceutical solutions, with their myriad side effects, only deepens the chasm between our lived experiences and the potential for genuine healing. Moreover, the fragmentation of spiritual and communal rites of passage in modern society has led to a profound disconnection from the holistic understanding of life's journey, leaving individuals adrift in a sea of disjointed beliefs and practices.

Mental Lockdown: The diminishing ability to adapt and heal from trauma as we age, exacerbated by societal norms that prioritize efficiency over well-being.

Root Cause Neglect: A pervasive tendency to mask symptoms rather than addressing underlying issues, leaving individuals in a cycle of temporary fixes and long-term dissatisfaction.

Spiritual Disconnection: The loss of cohesive spiritual teachings and communal rites, leading to a fragmented sense of self and purpose.

Transformation, Healing, Evolution

Discover Your Hidden Potential with Gwen

Gwen, with a Ph.D. in natural medicine, offers unparalleled expertise in plant-based healing, transcending conventional medical approaches. Her command of Ayurveda presents a holistic perspective on health, weaving together the physical, energetic, and spiritual dimensions of well-being. Utilizing psilocybin as a catalyst for self-discovery, Gwen acts as a conduit between profound knowledge and its practical application, fostering transformative experiences for those who work with her.

Her straightforward approach is marked with passionate authenticity, and filtered through her deep compassion for the human experience. Gwen has found the axis of how to support her clients through the lens of her extensive knowledge of functional medicine while maintaining an open and curious approach to the individual needs and unique inherent wisdom of each person she works with.

Rather than assuming the role of a guru, Gwen  embodies the role of an ideal guide—her own journey mirrors those she aids, grounded in humility and a shared pursuit of self-knowledge. This unique stance, paired with a rare combination of both analytical and intuitive capabilities, renders her an truly valuable mentor for individuals navigating the intricacies of personal and spiritual development. To put it candidly, Gwen is a huge nerd for all things Body, Mind, and Soul :) Her genuine passion for the myriad of ways one may explore a more positive experience of being a human comes through in everything she does.

Holistic Expertise: Unmatched knowledge in combining natural medicine and modern integrative understanding.

Self-Discovery: Psilocybin as a tool for profound personal insight.

Trusted Guide: Insightful, balanced guidance for your journey.

Empathy, Humor, Growth

Embrace Resilience and Compassion with Chelsie

Chelsie's journey through adversity has honed a resilience and empathy that set her apart as a facilitator of profound personal growth. Her early encounters with loss and grief have imbued her with a deep understanding of the human condition, enabling her to connect on a level that transcends the conventional facilitator-participant dynamic. With a big heart, a keen sense of the liminal spaces where transformation occurs, and an infectious sense of humor, Chelsie brings an unparalleled spirit to her work. This isn't something that can be quantified on a resume; it's the essence of who she is. Her approach underscores the belief that the heart's wisdom often surpasses the intellect in facilitating healing and personal discovery.

Chelsie exemplifies the power of listening as the cornerstone of effective facilitation. She maintains that everyone has lessons to learn as well as insights to share, fostering an environment of mutual growth and understanding. Her realness, coupled with her humility and humor, makes her an exceptionally relatable and effective guide. In her sessions, Chelsie creates a space where humility and learning coexist, encouraging participants to embrace their journeys with both seriousness and light-heartedness. This balance, along with her commitment to genuinely listening and engaging with each individual's story, makes Chelsie an invaluable companion to those seeking to navigate the complexities of their own paths towards healing and self-discovery.

Profound Resilience: Forged from sorrow, Chelsie embodies strength and empathy.

Authentic Spirit: Blends humor with the sacred, offering unique and heartfelt guidance.

Active Listening: Believes in the power of listening, learning, and contributing together.

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The Transformative Power of Choosing Garuda

Benefits of Embracing Garuda's Healing Journey

Choosing Garuda opens a gateway to a world where healing transcends conventional boundaries, offering a path to true self-discovery and deep, lasting change. Our approach, rooted in the potent yet gentle wisdom of natural medicine, minimizes the risks of side effects, paving the way for a journey back to your authentic self. By embracing the therapeutic possibilities of psychedelics, you unlock the door to retraining your brain, expanding your understanding of yourself, and healing from deep-seated wounds and traumas. Our philosophy places love and profound, experiential learning at the heart of the healing process, offering a new lens through which to view yourself and the world around you. This journey with Garuda is not just about seeing different; it's about being different—transformed, aware, and deeply connected to the fabric of life.

Natural Healing: Embracing the minimal side effects of natural medicine for a safer path to wellness.

Expansive Self-Discovery: Opening new doorways to understanding and healing, expanding the realms of your self-awareness.

Transformative Perspectives: Gaining a novel understanding of reality, rooted in love and deep experiential learning, leading to a holistic sense of well-being.

Customer testimonials

Our highest priority is respecting the privacy and anonymity of our community. We understand the deeply personal nature of the journey through psychedelic therapy and choose not to display testimonials with names or photographs. This approach ensures that every individual's experience remains confidential, allowing for a safe and private exploration of self-discovery and transformation.

“Wow, I had no idea. I am speechless. There is so much I can’t put into words about this experience. I highly recommend Garuda and their whole team. What a remarkable opportunity to see myself in a whole new light. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Divine Anonymus

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 “I have to admit, my ego defenses were too great to experience a deep sense of the medicine. Instead of blaming the medicine, or blaming the staff at Garuda, I saw myself for who I really was. I had a horrible breakdown and Chelsie was there to hold me and guide me to a place of clarity. She exhibited grace, compassion and humor for me as I lay on the floor weeping. I will do this again one day, after I work more with myself. I am also working with Origins Health so I can find the necessary resilience to come back to this place one day and let myself open."

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“The best part about Garuda - they are real. There’s no facade, there’s no veils, no ego. They are good people doing good things for the world. My highest teachers call that Dharma. Continue the good work my friends!”

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We respect privacy of our clients.

“I was nervous, I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing. I had a fear that took a long time to cease before I felt ready to experience the medicine. Garuda helped me for months prior to the actual experience by providing all the support, the preparation and helped create a good container within my mind as well as my body so I ould journey without fear. What a gift.”

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“Garuda continues to hold me accountable for all the work I put into the experience. I am truly grateful for the support, the knowledge and the love they put into this work. It shows on every level. I will continue to work with Garuda and Origins Health as I witness myself becoming truly healthy.”

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“Mind blown, Heart opened. I had an idea about the power of the medicine but Gwen and her team really curated a powerful experience. The best part was the continued care. It doesn’t end with a journey, it is where the real journey begins…”

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Beyond Guidance: Your Journey with Garuda

Why Garuda Stands Apart in Your Quest for Transformation

At Garuda, we distinguish ourselves not merely as guides but as companions in the profound journey towards self-discovery and transformation. Our ethos is deeply embedded in the principles of Vitalogy, where the journey itself is as significant as the destination. This unique approach ensures that we walk with you, step by step, towards unveiling a more empowered version of yourself. Our commitment extends beyond traditional methodologies, embracing a path intertwined with nature and the intricate process of inner exploration. By choosing Garuda, you're not just selecting a service; you're joining a community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of shared experiences and the profound impact of nature on our healing journey.

Companion on Your Journey: More than guides, we are fellow travelers dedicated to walking the path with you, sharing insights and experiences to enrich your journey towards inner peace and self-discovery.

Rooted in Vitalogy: Our unique approach is deeply intertwined with the natural world and the philosophy of Vitalogy, ensuring a holistic path to discovering your truest self.

A Community of Shared Experiences: By joining Garuda, you become part of a community that values the transformative power of shared journeys and the deep connections they forge.

Evolution of Psilocybe

Ancient Evolution—Rites of Passage

65 million years ago

Around the time the dinosaur-killing asteroid caused a mass extinction event, it is established that psilocybin first synthesized in mushrooms within the Psilocybe genus. This period marks the beginning of psilocybin's evolutionary journey, with evidence of four to five possible horizontal gene transfers spreading its presence across various mushroom species from 40 up to 9 million years ago. Ongoing research and genome sequencing continue to shed light on the ancient roots of these psychedelic compounds.

1620

The term “conscious” makes its first appearance in the English language within the Oxford English Dictionary, defined as “inwardly sensible or aware.” This conceptualization of internal awareness lays foundational stones for understanding the effects of psychedelic substances on human consciousness.

1799: October 3rd

Dr. Everard Brande documents the first known psychedelic mushroom experience in the London Medical and Physical Journal. The mushrooms, identified as Psilocybe semilanceata, open the door to the scientific exploration of psychedelics.

1904: August

American mycologist Franklin Sumner Earle becomes the first to collect and identify Psilocybe cubensis in Cuba, marking a significant milestone in the academic study of psychedelics.

1957: May 13th

Life magazine publishes an article by R. Gordon and Valentina Wasson on Psilocybe mexicana, significantly popularizing psychedelics in America and sparking widespread interest in their effects.

1958

Albert Hofmann isolates and determines the structure of psilocybin and psilocin, the active compounds in psychedelic mushrooms, laying the groundwork for future psychedelic research and therapy.

1960

Sandoz Pharmaceutical begins production of psilocybin pills, branded as Indocybin, each containing 2 mg of psilocybin, marking the first commercial production of the substance.

1960: August

Dr. Timothy Leary experiences his first psychedelic journey with magic mushrooms in Cuernavaca, Mexico, describing it as the deepest religious experience of his life. His subsequent work with synthetic psilocybin at Concord State Prison opens new avenues for psychedelic research.

1970: October 27th

The Controlled Substance Act is signed into law by Richard Nixon, categorizing federally regulated drugs into schedules and marking a significant shift in the legal status of psychedelics.

1981

Dr. Emanuel Salzman initiates the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado, fostering a community-focused platform for educating the public on the beneficial uses of mushrooms.

1995

Paul Stamets publishes the first description of Psilocybe azurescens, discovered by Boy Scouts near Astoria, Oregon, in 1979, highlighting the ongoing discovery and exploration of psychedelic species.

1998: December

Research led by Dr. Franz Vollenweider demonstrates that psilocybin's psychedelic effects are mediated through the 5-HT2A serotonin receptor, advancing our understanding of its neurological impact.

2011: January

A groundbreaking study on the use of psilocybin for treating anxiety in advanced-cancer patients is published, highlighting its therapeutic potential and safety.

2018: October 23rd

The FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Compass Pathways' psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression, signaling a new era in the acceptance and potential of psychedelic treatments.

2019: May 9th

Denver, Colorado, becomes the first U.S. city to decriminalize the cultivation, possession, and use of psilocybin mushrooms, marking a significant shift in drug policy and public perception.

2019: September

The documentary Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness is released, alongside the establishment of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins, focusing on the extensive potential of psychedelics to affect various aspects of human health and consciousness.

2022: November 9th

Colorado decriminalizes several psychedelic substances, including DMT, ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), psilocybin, and psilocyn, further advancing the legal and cultural acceptance of psychedelics.

2024: February 29th

The opening of the Center for Vitalogy in Paonia, CO, marks the establishment of the first psychedelic community center, embodying the culmination of years of research, advocacy, and shifting perceptions towards the acceptance and integration of psychedelic experiences in society.

Choose Your Path to Transformation

Embark on a Journey Tailored Just for You

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to facilitating profound personal and collective growth. Our offerings range from introductory microdosing programs that ease you into the expansive world of psychedelics, to bespoke outpatient services and deeply connective group retreats. Each path is meticulously shaped to support your unique journey towards personal breakthroughs and holistic wellness. Delve into our array of options to discover the journey that aligns with your aspirations for growth and self-discovery.

Microdosing Mastery
Prepare, Empower, Transform
$250/mo
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8 and 12-week preparatory programs
Personalized health guidance
Therapeutic microdosing option
Step-by-step confidence building
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Journey Facilitation
Deep Dive, Personalized Guidance, Lasting Change
starting at $2200
Includes:
Comprehensive health evaluation
Customized pre and post journey support
Minimum two-month commitment
Inclusive of overnight stay in exclusive bungalow
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Transformation Retreats
Shared Journeys, Collective Healing
starting at $6000
Includes:
5-day all-inclusive luxury retreats
Designed for specific cohorts and challenges
Includes local adventures and enrichment
Comprehensive pre and post retreat support
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Transformative Healing, By the Numbers

Research-Backed Benefits of Psychedelic Therapy

Dive into the compelling evidence that highlights the transformative power of psychedelic therapy. Groundbreaking research underscores its potential to revolutionize mental health treatment, offering new hope and profound insights. Below, we distill key findings into digestible statistics, showcasing the significant impact of psychedelics on well-being and mental health.

32 Million Users

Widespread Use

in the US, highlighting a significant portion of the population exploring psychedelics, with a peak usage among individuals aged 30 to 34.

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12 months

Long-Term Improvement

with 2 doses of psilocybin showing potential to ease symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder for up to 12 months.

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1 dose

Lasting Emotional Relief

with a single dose of psilocybin combined with psychotherapy, significantly improving emotional and existential distress in cancer patients, effects lasting nearly five years.

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FAQs: Unveiling the Mysteries of Psychedelic Therapy

Stepping into the world of psychedelic therapy can evoke a myriad of questions and wonders. To assist you on this journey, we’ve gathered the most common inquiries in our FAQ section, aiming to shed light on the process, set expectations, and ease any concerns. Whether you’re seeking to understand the basics or have more nuanced questions, our comprehensive guide is here to provide the answers you need. Embark with confidence, knowing you have the knowledge to navigate this transformative path.

Still Have a Question?
HOW DO I TELL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY I AM DOING/TRYING TO DO PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY?

Starting the conversation of psychedelic therapy with friends and family can be challenging and even intimidating. Given that psychedelic therapy is a relatively recent and evolving form of treatment gaining acceptance, each person has their own standpoint. It is important to discuss to your loved ones why you may feel psychedelic therapy will be beneficial to you. You can explain how psychedelics function, bringing subconscious thoughts into conscious awareness, creating openness and freeing expression of emotions. It is essential to clarify that psychedelic therapy is administered under clinical supervision by qualified psychiatrists. As there are a number of criteria that must be met when prescribing medicinal drugs and treatment, this ensures individuals accepted for psychedelic therapy are most suitable. If the conversation does not initially go as planned, be patient and understand that some people may need more time to process information. There are a number of resources available online including Johns Hopkins, Stanford, NYU, and MAPS all have websites for further reading. Providing family and friends with external resources and organizations can assist with their education and confirming any questions they may have.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF PSYCHEDELIC ASSISTED THERAPY?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy, while potentially beneficial, requires therapists to exercise utmost caution as patients can remain vulnerable during these sessions. Similar to any medication, even legal psychedelic substances can carry side effects. Psilocybin may lead to temporary increases in blood pressure and heart rate, with a risk of inducing psychosis in predisposed individuals. MDMA, on the other hand, can result in sensations of faintness, elevated blood pressure and pulse rate, panic attacks, and, in rare cases, loss of consciousness or seizures. These potential risks and side effects are thoroughly discussed with patients, ensuring their informed consent. Patients who have concerns about the suitability of psychedelic-assisted therapy are encouraged to consult with their own doctors. It's important to note that some individuals may not be suitable candidates for this therapy due to an increased risk of experiencing the aforementioned side effects. Furthermore, while psychedelics can facilitate therapeutic experiences, they can also induce negative experiences, commonly referred to as "bad trips," characterized by fear, anxiety, or an altered sense of reality, which may prompt individuals to behave in ways that put them at risk. Therapists are trained to provide guidance and support to mitigate these potential negative outcomes.

ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS OR MEDICATIONS THAT MAY EXCLUDE A PERSON FROM PSYCHEDELIC ASSISTED THERAPY?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy may not be suitable for individuals with specific health conditions or those taking certain medications. Some medications used to manage mental health conditions can interact with psychedelics, potentially diminishing their effectiveness and increasing the risk of serotonin syndrome. Health conditions such as uncontrolled hypertension, cardiovascular issues, liver or kidney problems may exclude individuals due to limited safety data. Additionally, a history of borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, or related psychotic conditions are often a contraindication. Clinical trials have strict eligibility criteria and will only include participants with specific conditions or indications. Individuals who can't provide informed consent, are unwilling to commit to the program's intensity, are regular recreational psychedelic users, or those at a high risk of suicide or also often excluded. A psychological assessment helps assess readiness and motivation for PAT, and proper preparation is crucial, ideally after exploring other treatment options like psychotherapy or medication. These considerations ensure that PAT is safe and tailored to each individual's needs.

HOW CAN I DECIDE IF PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED THERAPY IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Deciding if psychedelic-assisted therapy is suitable for you involves careful consideration of multiple factors. Firstly, you must have the curiosity to pursue this type of therapy. Secondly, it's crucial to understand the substantial time commitment required, including 1-3 in-clinic dosing sessions separated by several weeks, each lasting up to 8 hours. Additionally, regular non-drug therapy and counseling sessions are typically part of the process. Financial considerations are important too, with the anticipated cost for psychedelic-assisted therapy being above $2000 per session, although there's hope that affordability and accessibility will improve over time. Having a strong support system is essential; you'll need someone to accompany you home from the dosing clinic to offer support and monitor your well-being after the psychedelic session. Furthermore, being able to set aside time from your usual duties and responsibilities to process your psychedelic experiences is important. If you're facing extreme psychosocial disadvantages such as homelessness or living in an environment with family or domestic violence, it may be advisable to engage in support services first to address fundamental needs like safety and stability before considering the intensive program of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Lastly, successful outcomes often require ongoing integration after completing psychedelic therapy, which demands commitment and resources. Additionally, willingness to taper off prescribed or herbal medications, including some psychiatric medications like SSRIs, is essential, as these may interact with psychedelic medicine. In summary, deciding on psychedelic-assisted therapy involves assessing your readiness, resources, and willingness to meet its requirements and potential challenges, and it's advisable to consult with mental health professionals for guidance in this decision-making process.

HOW CAN I ACCESS PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED THERAPY IN COLORADO?

Prop 122, passed in 2022, legalizes and regulates the provision of psilocybin and psilocybin services. In 2026, additional psychedelic compounds may be added to the program. The regulations for the container of this program will be finalized by September 30, 2024. They also immediately decriminalized several psychedelics for personal use.

Legalization Vs. Decriminalization

It is easy to confuse these two, but they have very different meanings in the legal world. Legalization means that the compound in question is fully legalized. However, psychedelic legalization measures often include strict regulations as to who can cultivate, manufacture, distribute, and use psychoactive drugs. These stipulations often include expensive licensing, strict control of who can offer psychedelic services, and an age requirement for patients. There are currently two routes to legalizing psychedelics in the US. The first is the route that Oregon and Colorado have taken. The two states have fully legalized the supervised adult use of psilocybin (the active compound in magic mushrooms), despite it remaining federally illegal. The other route is the one that biotechnology companies are taking— FDA approval. This will allow patients to access psychedelics the same way that they would receive any medical treatment. This method has no been proven yet, though MAPS is very close to doing so. Decriminalization simply means that enforcing the laws against psychedelics becomes the lowest priority. Law enforcement will be urged not to arrest people on charges of psychedelic use and possession. Many decriminalization laws do not include large-scale manufacturing and distribution of the illegal substances.

ARE PSYCHEDELICS LEGAL IN THE USA?

The answer to this question is far more complicated than yes or no. The psychedelic legal landscape is tricky to navigate because no two jurisdictions’ are taking the same approach. In the US, a handful of cities have decriminalized certain psychedelic compounds, but if you step foot outside that city’s jurisdiction, the law no longer applies. In addition, several states have legalized psilocybin but are imposing strict guidelines as to how it is used.

CAN NON-PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY COMPLEMENT PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED SESSIONS?

Non-psychedelic therapy sessions play a crucial role in the overall psychedelic assisted therapeutic process, contributing to both the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Non-psychedelic therapy sessions can assist those preparing for psychedelic experiences by discussing expectations and possible challenges of an upcoming journey. Non-psychedelic therapy emphasizes the potential for emotional and psychological growth, complementing the benefits of psychedelic-assisted sessions. By providing a supportive space, individuals are able to make sense of their experiences in everyday life.

WHAT IS INTEGRATION?

Following a dosing session, the process continues through integration sessions. These post experience sessions are essential for maximizing the therapeutic benefits of the psychedelic journey. During integration, the client and the therapist team collaborate to explore the contents of the psychedelic experience. Together, they delve into the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that emerged during the journey, seeking to extract profound meaning and understanding. Challenges that may have arisen during the psychedelic journey are addressed in a safe and supportive environment. Therapists assist clients in navigating and processing difficult emotions or memories that may have surfaced, fostering a healing process. The goal of integration is to translate the insights, new perspectives, or sensations gained during the psychedelic session into the client's everyday life. By identifying the meaningful revelations and applying them to real-life situations, clients initiate long-term, meaningful change.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED SESSIONS?

Psychedelic-assisted sessions typically span 6-8 hours and are conducted in a specifically prepared treatment room designed to optimize the therapeutic experience. This psychedelic journey or dosing sessions are characterized by several elements that contribute to its unique and transformative nature. The sensory environment within the treatment room is meticulously considered. A specific scent is selected, recognizing its potential as a trigger for memories associated with the psychedelic experience. Lighting also plays an essential role in fostering a therapeutic atmosphere. Warm and comforting lighting creates an ambiance that promotes feelings of security and relaxation. Music takes on a dual role as both an anchor and catalyst for the psychedelic journey. A thoughtfully curated playlist of music guides the client's emotional state and thought patterns. Crucially, the client is accompanied by a therapy team, typically consisting of two trained practitioners. These therapists create and maintain a safe, neutral therapeutic space. The practitioners adapt to the client's needs, providing guidance when required and listening when the client seeks to express their thoughts and emotions.

WHAT IS PREPARATION?

Preparation occurs in the weeks leading up to the psychedelic experience. The therapy team, often composed of two practitioners, works with the client to explore their intentions, history, symptoms, desired outcomes, and any other queries they may have. The preparatory sessions serve as the groundwork for the psychedelic dosing sessions, fostering a therapeutic bond and understanding between the patient and therapists.

IS PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED THERAPY SAFE?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy is generally considered safe when administered under clinical supervision. These substances, compared to other mind-altering drugs, have a low potential for harm, as they are non-addictive and not prone to abuse. They typically have minimal physical effects on the body and are well-tolerated by most individuals. However, it's crucial to conduct a medical assessment to determine suitability, as certain medical conditions may be contraindicated with specific psychedelics. Additionally, some medications may be incompatible with psychedelics, requiring individuals to either exclude them from treatment or taper of medications before therapy begins. Misuse or improper use of psychedelics can indeed lead to harm. Vulnerable individuals who are unprepared to navigate the experiences they may encounter or lack adequate support to make sense of these experiences can potentially suffer psychological trauma, often referred to as "bad trips." However, such adverse outcomes are rare when psychedelics are administered by well-trained therapists in controlled settings with careful attention to preparation and the environment. In clinical and supervised settings, psychedelics have demonstrated good safety and tolerability profiles. Toxicity risks are negligible, and when prescribed appropriately by qualified psychiatrists, they are unlikely to lead to addictive behaviors. In fact, some psychedelics are being investigated for their potential to reduce or eliminate substance abuse.

WHAT IS PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED THERAPY USED FOR?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy has a rich history rooted in indigenous healing practices. Early Western research In the 1950s and 60s saw benefits for a variety of conditions. In the modern context, it has shown promise in addressing various mental health conditions. Recent research, including well-controlled clinical trials, has indicated its potential effectiveness in treating conditions like Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), end-of-life anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, it's being explored for its impact on neuroplasticity, potentially opening new avenues in mental health as well as the betterment of well people. Notably, regulatory agencies including DORA (Department of Regulatory Affairs, State of CO) have permitted the non-medical use of psychedelics, by accredited professionals in select cases, acknowledging their therapeutic potential.

WHAT IS PSYCHEDELIC ASSISTED THERAPY (PAT)?

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT) is a therapeutic approach in mental health that combines intensive psychotherapy with the administration of a psychedelic substance. In Colorado, the only legally prescribed compounds for this therapy are Ketmine and soon psilocybin. This treatment typically comprises three phases: preparation, the psychedelic experience or dosing, and integration.

WHAT ARE PSYCHEDELICS?

Psychedelics received their name from the Greek words ‘psyche’ and ‘delos’ which translates roughly to ‘mind-manifesting’. Psychedelics have the potential to bring subconscious thoughts into conscious awareness, facilitating transformative changes. These substances, when used appropriately, can create an environment in which deeply ingrained and rigid thought and behavior patterns can become more flexible and adaptable. Psychedelics are substances capable of altering perception, cognition, mood, and behavior while active in the body. Much like many other psychiatric medications, they are psychoactive, exerting their effects by interacting with processes in the brain and nervous system. One notable aspect of psychedelics is their tendency to induce mystical experiences, which research suggests are linked to the long-lasting psychological benefits observed in psychedelic therapy. From a biochemical standpoint, psychedelics primarily interact with serotonin receptors and various neurotransmitters, depending on the specific substance. These interactions can lead to changes in neural connectivity and activity, both during and after the psychedelic experience.

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Introductory Insights: Your First Steps in Psychedelic Therapy

Venture into the evolving world of psychedelic therapy with our specially curated blog posts. Designed for newcomers, each piece shines a light on the fundamentals, offering a welcoming introduction to the profound potential of this healing journey. Discover the blend of ancient practices and cutting-edge research, and let these articles be your guide to understanding and embracing the transformative power of psychedelics.

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“Mind blown, Heart opened. I had an idea about the power of the medicine but Gwen and her team really curated a powerful experience. The best part was the continued care. It doesn’t end with a journey, it is where the real journey begins…”

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“Garuda continues to hold me accountable for all the work I put into the experience. I am truly grateful for the support, the knowledge and the love they put into this work. It shows on every level. I will continue to work with Garuda and Origins Health as I witness myself becoming truly healthy.”

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“I was nervous, I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing. I had a fear that took a long time to cease before I felt ready to experience the medicine. Garuda helped me for months prior to the actual experience by providing all the support, the preparation and helped create a good container within my mind as well as my body so I ould journey without fear. What a gift.”

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 “I have to admit, my ego defenses were too great to experience a deep sense of the medicine. Instead of blaming the medicine, or blaming the staff at Garuda, I saw myself for who I really was. I had a horrible breakdown and Chelsie was there to hold me and guide me to a place of clarity. She exhibited grace, compassion and humor for me as I lay on the floor weeping. I will do this again one day, after I work more with myself. I am also working with Origins Health so I can find the necessary resilience to come back to this place one day and let myself open."

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“Wow, I had no idea. I am speechless. There is so much I can’t put into words about this experience. I highly recommend Garuda and their whole team. What a remarkable opportunity to see myself in a whole new light. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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“The best part about Garuda - they are real. There’s no facade, there’s no veils, no ego. They are good people doing good things for the world. My highest teachers call that Dharma. Continue the good work my friends!”

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