This blog post is a summary of the video “The Right to Drink of Ayahuasca in America: Current Status & What’s Next” from Sacred Plants in the Americas II, a virtual psychedelic summit by Chacruna. The speakers in the video are attorneys Martha Hartney and Sean McAllister. Martha Hartney is based in Colorado Therapies & Research Program, has published and presented on the art and science of death and dying, and is a member of Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. Sean McAllister is a member of Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants, a drug policy reform lawyer, and a legal advisor to various cities and states around decriminalization. Religious Exemptions The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Read more

Portland Psychotherapy joined with a team at OSU led by Dr. Alan Davis to conduct a survey of 366 psychologists from the U.S. about their attitudes and beliefs toward psychedelics. Here are the highlights: Our results show that stigma and misinformation about psychedelics persists among a sizable minority of psychologists. 21% of the surveyed psychologists said they would be “very” or “extremely” concerned about the safety of a client who just reported a psilocybin mushroom experience they perceived as therapeutic and transformative. 16% indicated that they wouldn’t believe this person’s report of benefit from the psilocybin experience. While we are glad that the vast majority of psychologists would believe a client’s statement of benefit from a recent psilocybin experience, this Read more

Altered States of Context is a new podcast about psychedelics and psychotherapy hosted by Nathan Gates and Brian Pilecki. Altered States of Context explores the uncertain fit between a medicalized view of individual mental illness and a psychedelic view of suffering and change, and explores the many possibilities, opportunities, and pitfalls that emerge from this union. Podcast guests include leaders within the field of psychedelic medicine who bring their expertise and perspective to help understand the past, present, and future of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Whether you are new to psychedelics or have been around the block a few times, this podcast is suitable for a wide audience. Nate and Brian also try to “keep it weird” by highlighting some of the Read more

On May 28th, 2021, Portland Psychotherapy hosted a moderated panel discussion with leading advocates, psychedelic therapy researchers, and psychedelic therapist training providers on creating legal, equitable access to psilocybin therapy in Oregon after the passing of Measure-109. Presenters gave an update on the status of the Oregon Psilocybin initiative, particularly as it relates to the training of facilitators, and discussed ways that local therapists can get training in the practice of psilocybin-assisted therapy. Watch the recording below.

Psychedelics are growing more popular for treating mental health problems and public demand for integration services is growing in sync with this demand. Many therapists have begun offering psychedelic integration therapy for clients who are already using or experimenting with psychedelics, but also have questions about legal and ethical risks involved in doing this kind of work. Psychedelic integration work is a relatively new practice and guidelines are still developing. Practicing in any new areas entail risk, so it’s important to think about how to manage it. A common question is, “What will my licensing board think?” These two activities are particularly risky when it comes to licensing boards:  Helping clients access psychedelics, for example by referring them to an underground guide  Doing Read more