Article by Sam Riches, London Free Press
Jamaica and the Netherlands are popular destinations for those looking for a legal psilocybin mushroom experience. Psilocybin truffles can be openly purchased in the Netherlands, while Jamaica never outlawed the compound.
In recent years, companies have started hosting retreats in jurisdictions where psilocybin is legal. This includes Toronto-based Rise Wellness Retreat, which offers five-day wellness retreats in its Jamaican villa.
Once there, visitors can choose to take micro or macro doses of psilocybin in a setting designed to give them the best experience.
“People are really looking for better ways to take care of their mental health. In my opinion, this is an evolution and a necessary step as we use more technology-based medicine,” Rise Wellness Retreat co-founder Irie Selkirk told The GrowthOp last year.
“It’s important that people understand that this is definitely a long-term approach to meaningful change in the way that people take care of their mental health,” Selkirk said.
With laws around psilocybin beginning to change closer to home, however, such as Oregon voting to decriminalize drugs and start a state-backed psilocybin program, those interested in taking a psilocybin trip might soon be able to do so without leaving North America, reports the Washington Post.
Later this month, Oregon-based Silo Wellness plans to host a wellness retreat using ketamine, reports thePost. A small, socially distanced group will go hiking and white-water rafting and undergo three sessions of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Mike Arnold, founder of Silo Wellness, told thePostthat he believes it will be the first legal psychedelic retreat to take place in the United States. The company also grows mushrooms in Jamaica, and Arnold said he’s hopeful Oregon will soon become a psychedelic retreat destination.
With Vancouver on track to become the first jurisdiction in Canada to decriminalize drugs and Health Canada showing a willingness to increase access to psychedelic therapies, it’s not unreasonable to think that legal psilocybin retreats could soon be happening in Canada, too.