Psychopharmacology Consulting for Spiritual Drug Experience
Psychedelics as Holistic Drugs
Holistic models of health and humanity recognize our existence comprises physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual domains. While many drugs are known and used to influence physical, emotional, cognitive, and social domains of health, psychedelics appear to have a special ability to evoke sacred, ineffable, and mystical experiences.
We are bio-psycho-social-spiritual beings and psychedelics impact the spiritual domain of health among others.
This has been recognized since time immemorial by myriad indigenous cultures and is evidenced by their long histories of psychedelic sacraments in ritual settings to connect directly with the divine. Psychedelics are sometimes referred to as ‘entheogens’, meaning to ‘cultivate the divine from within’. Additionally, it is clear that psychedelics still influence physical, emotional, cognitive, and social domains of health, making them particularly holistic drugs.
The Wild West of the Psychedelic Renaissance
Modern research methods are validating psychedelics as important tools in the treatment of illness, increased understanding of Self, and biological constructs of spiritual experience. Their resurgence in scientific and medical spheres is sometimes referred to as ‘the psychedelic renaissance’. As psychedelic research gains momentum, public interest in their use is also increasing. Indeed, several psychedelics have produced profoundly beneficial results in studies to date and their healing potential can no longer be ignored. Despite a blossoming interest and return of psychedelics to clinical laboratory settings, there are still many barriers and difficulties in research undertakings due to illegal status in many of the world’s jurisdictions.
It is truly unfortunate and a disservice to humanity that psychedelics remain illegal in many jurisdictions of the world, which increases risk due to inadequate support or information needed for safe use.
Illegal status and high demand inevitably gives rise to grey or black markets that may or may not have the best interests of the user at heart. Even in jurisdictions of the world that allow legal use of psychedelics, the psychedelic community is amok with scandalous stories of experiences gone wrong, facilitator abuse of power due to the user vulnerability created by psychedelic drug experience, and psychedelic centers that function closer to cash mills than true healing centers. Psychedelic healing centers or facilitated psychedelic experiences often exist as clandestine treatments and attract individuals that may be feeling desperate, which can be a dangerous combination. In parallel, traditional treatment providers often harbor uninformed attitudes and stigma toward psychedelic use that limit their ability to provide objective information or be supportive of intentions to use psychedelics. In short, psychedelics treatments today exist as a Wild West with little or no regulatory oversight.
A Medicated World
Our society uses more pharmaceutical and recreational drugs as well as plants, herbs, and supplements than any other in history. Many are truly marvelous, medically necessary, and allow people to liver longer and healthier lives. Others may only minimally impact symptoms, leave users with side effect burdens that are then treated with additional medications, or physical and psychological dependence that makes cessation difficult. While psychedelics are safe under optimal circumstances, they can be unsafe in others. Use in unsafe circumstances can lead to short or long-term damage, which is not unlike any other drug, medicine, or sacrament.
Facilitators of psychedelic experiences may not be equipped with adequate skills to interface between existing drug or supplement regimens and psychedelics.
Many, but not all, of the drugs that introduce risk are psychotropics used for the treatment of mental illness. Beyond the introduction of potential risk by drugs or supplements taken by the user in combination with psychedelics, many illnesses and their symptoms can introduce risk in and of themselves. Despite the frightening narrative of the psychedelic Wild West, many facilitators of psychedelics are earnest people with the best intentions for user healing. In hopes of minimizing risk they will recommend to discontinue medications without understanding that withdrawal or untreated illness may actually present more risk than continuing them. Conversely, others have inadequate screening processes and may allow use of drug combinations that introduce significant safety risks.
The Bottom Line
If you are taking medications or have existing illnesses and would like a professional informational consultation regarding risks, benefits, and management strategies regarding psychedelic use then I offer myself in service of safety.
Love & Blessings - Spirit Pharmacist