Mindfulness Based Psychedelic Harm Prevention and Responsible Use Education
Psychedelics & cannabis are powerful medicines used in recreational, spiritual, psychological and creative exploration to promote dramatic changes in consciousness. As much as practitioners report powerful healing experiences using these medicines, like any powerful tool, they can also be misused and misunderstood, sometimes leading to serious legal, psychological, spiritual and physical health consequences. Even growth oriented and healthy practitioners sometimes need support in integrating and understanding the powerful insights and experiences that are evoked by these medicines.
As trends in use continue to rise, we believe mental health professionals are ethically required to provide objective, research-based education and support to this community. Medicinal Mindfulness is designed to educate and counsel this growing community in the Boulder/Denver areas on safe and responsible use practices. We work within a “Harm Reduction” paradigm and believe a non-judgmental approach to education that provides a set of practical strategies aimed at managing risks associated with medicine use is the greatest tool we have as counseling professionals.
We take this Harm Reduction strategy a step further, exploring the possibility of “Harm Prevention,” believing that much of the harm that comes from using these medicines can be avoided with the right education and support. Combining research-based interventions with mindfulness practices, transpersonal psychology and traditional spiritual disciplines, our program works with individuals and communities to develop honest conversations around informed decisions.
Please note: We do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or other medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. We are conditional advocates for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use for those individuals who have chosen to use cannabis already on their own. A substantial amount of skill development, the right mind set, and an intentional setting are required to minimize the risks involved in the exploration of powerful medicines. Our work is, at its foundation, a Harm Reduction program.