Psychedelic Assessments

Medicinal Mindfulness experts can provide assessments and structured interviews to determine possible psychological, spiritual and social influences that may make using psychedelics and cannabis less safe and are known to increase the chances of specific types of psychedelic crises, either during or after an experience.  We also strongly recommend individuals interested in using such substances speak to their primary care physician about their intent.  Our assessment services can help our clients who are interested in bringing as much responsibility and intention as they can to their use, either those interested in psychedelic tourism, such as Aya retreats in Peru, or for those intending to go to events like Burning Man.  We help our clients navigate the complex and interrelated factors that influence the safety of their use so that they can make the most informed decision they can to mitigate possible risks in using, or in deciding not to use. 

This is a Harm Reduction and Education program.  While we cannot provide any recommendations or guarantees regarding safe experiences, we can name possible factors in an individual's makeup or life situation that increase the likelihood of causing harm. 

It is important to note that NO ONE is immune to a bad trip and they can happen to the most experienced and intentional practitioner. 

Individuals with serious mental disorders have occasionally come to psychedelic and entheogenic events and ceremonies with the unrealistic expectation that these experiences will cure or alleviate their mental health problems.  Unstable interpersonal relationships and a history of various treatments can be additional factors which make it difficult for such people to benefit from a psychedelic/entheogenic experience.  Although these experiences and ceremonies can be beneficial for most people, they are not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment and we do not recommend them in any way, but especially for people with serious psychiatric disorders or physical conditions that may impair their ability to participate safely.  

Contraindications may include, but are not limited to, acute anxiety or other mood disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, acute/unprocessed trauma and PTSD, and acute addictions.  These experiences are extremely evocative and participants are strongly encouraged to have stability in their life and relationships and a strong social/family support system. 

Some of these contraindications may be confusing because so many new research studies are showing significant benefits for treating many of these disorders.  It is important to note that these research settings provide a specific therapeutic container to assess for and address possible negative outcomes during and after these experiences.  This type of therapeutic container is more often not provided in traditional and recreational settings.  Such support is provided through our Intention Setting & Integration Support Circles and EntheoAwareness groups so contact us for more information if you and your friends are considering taking a psychedelic or entheogenic journey to Peru, for example. 

These experience may be physically, psychologically or spiritually difficult and very uncomfortable, and it is not uncommon to experience difficult emotions, realizations or memories during an experience.  Although extreme adverse reactions are uncommon when used within a safe and intentional container, they may still happen, and include but are not limited to extreme emotional disturbances, mania, psychosis or death. 

Even on the positive end of the spectrum of personal and spiritual transformation, realizations during an experience may be fundamentally life transforming and require significant changes in one's life trajectory.  We encourage everyone to seriously consider all of the risks and benefits, no matter how unlikely, before taking a psychedelic/entheogenic journey.

 

Medicinal Mindfulness Assessments

Medicinal Mindfulness provides free safety questionnaires to participants to help them self-evaluate their readiness to participate in one of our hosted entheogenic circles, specifically one for cannabis use before our Conscious Cannabis Circles/Journeys and one for peyote use for participants of our sponsored Native American Church ceremony.  In addition, we are continually revising our Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Safety Assessment (MMPSA) that looks into factors related to body, mind, spirit, society/family and previous drug use that are known to influence outcomes.  If you are interested receiving support around reviewing these factors, please contact us to receive the assessments and to schedule a structured interview.  The cannabis and peyote assessments can also be filled out and reviewed in an individual session.  The peyote assessment is also a very useful (and short) questionnaire for other psychedelic medicines.  The MMPSA is over 20 pages long and requires additional time for clients to fill out and for practitioners to review.

 

Assessment Rates

$125 an hour or $175 for an hour and a half in depth structured cannabis or peyote (and other psychedelics) safer use conversation

$25 additional fee to review questionnaire before conversation

$395 Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Safety Assessment.  Includes 2 hour structured interview and safe use conversation and additional time for professional review.  Recommended to clients who are interested in an holistic/in depth review of all factors that may influence outcome of use. 

 

Payment & Cancellation Policy:  Payments can be made by cash, check and credit card and are expected at the time of service.  Individual coaching sessions require a 48 hour notice for cancellation or client will be charged for service.  Individual altered states sessions require one week cancellation notice.  Sponsoring any event requires a 50% deposit that is nonrefundable unless sponsor provides at least 30 days prior notice of cancellation.

 

Additional Mental Health Assessments

There are dozens of mental health assessments that are used by psychedelic research professionals to assess research subjects for possible contraindications before being provided a psychedelic as part of their research protocols.  We are currently working with a research professional to develop an assessment program similar to one that would be provided to psychedelic research participants.  If you are interested in this level of in depth mental health assessment, please contact us for more information. 

 

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.