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Legal Experiences/Retreats:

  • Ayahuasca

    • Paititi Institute

      • At Paititi, we implement a multi-disciplinary approach of indigenous and alternative healing modalities, all geared towards the detoxification of physical and emotional toxins and the reactivation of the evolutionary healing potential of the human organism.

      • The retreat is facilitated by our team of Amazonian medicine men and women, transformational guides, healers, and natural medicine doctors. Depending on the severity of the condition, a Western MD doctor and a nurse will also visit regularly to diagnose, observe and document the healing process of the participants. These doctors and nurses do not intervene with the process except in cases of dire emergency.

    • Nihue Rao

      • Nihue Rao Center Espiritual is the ayahuasca healing center owned by the master healer Ricardo Amaringo, co-founded with Dr. Joe Tafur, family physician and the visionary artist Cvita Mamic.

      • They offer healing ayahuasca retreats with master plants, traditional Shipibo diets, and ayahuasca ceremonies. They are specialists in shamanic treatment under the guidance of master healer and ayahuasquero Ricardo Amaringo. They are an integrative healing center also providing training in Amazonian shamanism and opportunities for visionary art.

    • Temple of the Way of Light

      • The Temple of the Way of Light is a traditional plant-medicine shamanic healing center located in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest that offers intensive ayahuasca retreats with female and male Shipibo healers. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the opportunity to benefit from the ancient healing wisdom of the Shipibo people, and to helping this unique culture preserve its knowledge and identity in the 21st Century.

    • Soltara Healing Center

      • A global online community and oceanfront retreat center in the lush mountainous jungle of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. They work with Peruvian Shipibo master shamans and offer plant medicine ceremonies along with other holistic healing modalities. Their vision is to empower you with the tools, knowledge, and space to release what doesn’t serve you, effect positive change, and live your truth

  • Ibogaine

    • Crossroads

      • Crossroads Ibogaine Treatment Center is located on the tropical Island of Nassau in the Bahamas.

      • Ibogaine is the primary active alkaloid in the Iboga plant, which is native to West Central Africa. It is a potent psychedelic substance with a long history of medicinal and ceremonial use. More recently it has gained popularity for its success in treating addiction, particularly opioid addiction.
        Ibogaine is effective in interrupting addictions to a number of substances including heroin, opioid medications (ie. Suboxone, Methadone, Oxycodone, etc), amphetamine & methamphetamine, cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol. Ibogaine is unique in that it is both an addiction interrupter as well as an effective way to address mental issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

  • Psilocybin (aka “magic mushrooms”)

  • Ketamine

    • Because ketamine is a prescribable drug, medical doctors offer treatments at infusion centers in many locations throughout the US and we won’t list them here. However caution should be taken when seeking these out for treatment for psychological support such as depression and PTSD because many of them are run by anesthesiologists, not psychiatrists and therefore are not paired with any type of psychological support.

    • Innate Path

      • This center in Colorado specialize in the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD (complex and developmental trauma), and bipolar disorder. They utilize a unique form of psychedelic therapy that combines body-based psychotherapy with psychedelic medicines. Currently, they offer ketamine and cannabis assisted psychotherapy. They have found both of these psychedelic medicines extremely effective in accessing non-ordinary states of consciousness for working towards symptom resolution.

    • Sage Integrative Health

      • Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy package includes:

        • Psychiatric consultation to determine whether the treatment is appropriate

        • 3-hour long ketamine treatment session, including 1 hour of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy

        • Prescription for take-home lozenges, if deemed necessary

        • Acupuncture session

        • Bodywork session

        • Membership in their integrative health treatment program

  • Cannabis

    Internationally

    • Cannabis has varying legal status in multiple countries around the world. Most notably in the Netherlands, Uruguay and recently in Canada and Mexico. And all drugs are decriminalized in Portugal. Additional legalization information for other countries has been compiled below from the following source (from 2017), and updated with recent developments with links to source information where needed:

Toking up Around the World

        • Canada was the most recent country to legalize cannabis for recreational use at the federal level in October 2018.

        • Mexico recently announced in October 2018 that it is unconstitutional to continue the federal prohibition on cannabis, and is moving towards full legalization.

        • South Africa has legalized the private recreational use of cannabis as of September 2018

        • Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana in 2013. Residents are free to cultivate, consume, and distribute cannabis without punishment and the country recently allowed the sale of cannabis in local pharmacies. Tourists, however, need to be in tight with a resident to get their hands on the green in Uruguay.

        • Costa Ricans are allowed to have a “small amount” of marijuana. But there is no specific guideline that states exactly how much constitutes a “small amount.” In late 2016, the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly drafted a medical marijuana bill, titled the “Law for the Investigation, Regulation, and Control of Cannabis and Hemp for Medicinal, Food, and Industrial Use,” which is still undergoing revision.

        • Peru allows you to possess marijuana without repercussions as long as it’s for personal, private, and immediate use. In February, the Peruvian Congressional Committee on National Defense signed off on legislation to officially legalize the use of medical marijuana. Last week, the country’s Congress passed a medical marijuana bill by a vote of 68-5 that would allow production, imports, and sales of cannabis-derived oil. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is expected to sign the bill into law.

        • Spain respects the rights of private citizens to grow and consume cannabis. Thanks to this “you do you” philosophy, Spain has more than 800 dispensaries or private social clubs where enthusiasts lucky enough to get an invitation can consume cannabis while socializing with friends old and new. Just don’t get caught selling it. Cannabis distribution is not tolerated. Catalonia legalized cannabis this year.

        • In the Netherlands, marijuana is still illegal. But as long as you’re not bothering anyone, officials generally turn a blind eye. In Amsterdam, however, social use is perfectly acceptable thanks to a provision that allows for “coffeeshops,” where both residents and visitors can purchase cannabis products for on-site — and even outdoor — consumption.

Not legal, but generally accepted

        • Recreational and medical cannabis users in Germany have little to worry about when it comes to possession and consumption. Recreational users may face a fine if caught, but no criminal penalties. And their medical marijuana program requires insurers to cover the cost of products for patients with severe conditions.

        • Jamaica has long been known as a place where you can find ganja, but it wasn’t until 2015 that cannabis was actually decriminalized in the country. Individuals caught with 2 ounces or less face a $5 fine. This year, the country introduced its medical marijuana program. Visitors to Jamaica who have legitimate medical prescriptions from their place of residence can acquire a cheap permit to purchase and use medical marijuana while visiting the island.

        • If you’re in Portugal, small quantities of all drugs for personal consumption are considered non-criminal and you can safely carry and consume cannabis privately. You may still get fined or be given orders for rehabilitation if caught, but when it comes to practice, such cases are usually suspended. Do not grow it, however. Cultivation is illegal — even cannabis seeds are prohibited.

        • In Argentina, it’s OK to consume cannabis, but it’s illegal to sell, transport, or cultivate the herb. When it comes to medical marijuana, however, cannabis is available to qualified patients for free. In India, you can drink Bhang, a cannabis drink, but no other cannabis use is tolerated.

        • Visiting the Czech Republic? Medical cannabis is legal for locals and in many urban areas, Mary Jane is considered a low priority to authorities as long as you’re not consuming it in public.

        • In Australia, it depends on where you are. Some Australian states have decriminalized marijuana while others enforce strict punishments for possession. Medical marijuana is allowed in very limited cases and the criteria vary by region. Personal use is decriminalized in the Northern Territory, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.

        • Ecuador has decriminalized the personal use of up to 10 grams. While in Italy, medical and religious consumption is OK, but personal use — even small amounts — can net you a misdemeanor.

        • Estonia doesn’t mess around. Possession of up to 7.5 grams for personal use is OK, but any more than that and you face up to five years in jail.

        • Up to 5 grams of cannabis is decriminalized in Austria while in Belgium, you can possess up to 3 grams without criminal penalty. Other countries that have decriminalized small amounts of cannabis include Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Italy Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Paraguay, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and the Virgin Islands.

        • While the cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis is illegal in Switzerland, possession is decriminalized for small amounts. Products that contain less than one percent THC are allowed.

        • In Cambodia, it’s common practice for police to look the other way if locals are found in possession of cannabis and Israeli citizens can possess small amounts of cannabis without a criminal penalty. Smoking in public, however, is not tolerated and carries a fine.

No matter where you travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the legality of cannabis and the full risks associated with its possession or consumption in that country.

    • United States

      • Psilocybe mushroom home-cultivation is not considered “manufacture” of a schedule-I-containing substance in all of New Mexico due to a state appeals court case, but possession after harvesting is technically still illegal.

      • Psilocybin-containing mushroom cultivation and possession is decriminalized in Denver, CO and Oakland, CA. This means possession cannot be prosecuted or investigated by police.

      • Spores of psilocybin-containing mushrooms are NOT illegal in all states EXCEPT for California, Georgia, and Idaho. This is because the spores don’t contain any schedule-I substances, but possession with the intent to grow psilocybe mushrooms IS illegal.

      • In Oakland, CA, all naturally occurring plants and fungi such as San Pedro cacti, DMT-containing plants of ayahuasca, Iboga, Peyote cacti, and psilocybe mushrooms are decriminalized. This means possession cannot be prosecuted or investigated by police.

      • In Minnesota, cannabis is decriminalized for possession up to 42.5g. This means it is a misdemeanor and can be punishable by fine, but is technically not a crime. However, it can still be used as reasonable suspicion to search your property. Any extracted forms of cannabis fall outside of these exceptions.

      • Medical cannabis is legal for various disease-specific treatments to varying extents in 32 states

        • Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia

      • Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and Washington DC

        • Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Michigan, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC

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