GENERAL INFORMATION & FAQ

Most Frequently Asked Questions

The Personal Use clause within Proposition 122 is a significant feature of the NMHA (Natural Medicine Healing Act). This clause played a pivotal role in the NMHA’s effort to decriminalize the possession and use of various natural medicines, which include substances such as psilocybin, psilocin, ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and mescaline (with the exception of peyote). Under Proposition 122, the personal possession, growing, sharing, and use of these medicines by individuals aged 21 and over has been decriminalized.

Ketamine: Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic and can be legally prescribed by medical professionals for specific medical conditions. It is often used as an anesthetic in surgical procedures and, in some cases, for the treatment of severe pain.

This medicine is also used in ketamine-assisted therapy for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These treatments are administered under the supervision of medical professionals and licensed therapists.

Psilocybin and DMT: Under Proposition 122, the personal possession, growing, sharing, and use of these medicines by individuals aged 21 and over has been decriminalized.

Cannabis is widely accessible across the US and the world and is becoming more recognized as a classic psychedelic. After working with cannabis for a decade, we have found it to be a powerful and reliable tool for working with psychedelic spaces. After training with cannabis, many of our students and practitioners discover the value of working with cannabis and keep it as a cherished asset to their personal and private psychedelic practices. 

Psychedelic cannabis reliably elicits states as potent as ayahuasca and psilocybin, with the emotional support akin to a plant-based MDMA. Cannabis also directly affects the endocannabinoid system, which supports nervous system regulation and trauma resolution. Read more about psychedelic cannabis.

Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy™ (MBPT), is a psychedelic therapy modality that integrates mindfulness practices, transpersonal psychotherapy and traditional guiding practices with somatically-informed psychotherapy and psychedelic medicines.

MBPT is the therapeutic modality that the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness teaches through Psychedelic Sitters School and is the modality our practitioners use during sessions with clients. The modality teaches that the presence of the therapist is central to the process and that “Awareness with Acceptance is the Healing Process.”

Our credentialing program to become a professional psychedelic guide is simplified in two levels: Psychedelic Guide and Psychedelic Therapist. Graduates of this program will gain protected professional, credentialed titles that are registered trademarks of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness and Psychedelic Sitters School.


Obtaining credentialing in MBPT from the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness enables individuals to promote the fact that they have completed this training program with additional supervision over the four to eight-month credentialing process.  This allows individuals to stand apart from anyone who may refer to themselves as a psychedelic guide by holding a credentialing certificate designated by the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness.

Psychedelic cannabis reliably elicits states as potent as ayahuasca and psilocybin, with the emotional support akin to a plant-based MDMA. Cannabis also directly affects the endocannabinoid system, which supports nervous system regulation and trauma resolution. 

Unlike other programs that can be mostly theoretical in nature, PSS emphasizes experientials and learning from the medicine itself. We believe that in order to become a well-rounded psychedelic guide, it is essential to do your own journeys and become familiar with the psychedelic space.

We also are unique in that we do not limit our training to those currently practicing in the clinical or medical fields. We believe that everyone involved with psychedelics can benefit from these skills even if you choose not to work professionally.

You can begin our professional Psychedelic Guide Credentialing program immediately after the foundational Psychedelic Guide Training. For those who wish to participate in the professional Psychedelic Therapy Credentialing program, students must first complete their prerequisites (Psychedelic Guide Training, Psychedelic Guide Credentialing) before being accepted.

Whether you hold a degree or not, it doesn’t impede your participation in the PSS curriculum. Regardless of your current educational status, all students commence their journey with our foundational program, Psychedelic Guide Training. Professionally credentialed helping professionals are allowed to skip certain requirements of this program and have reduced requirements for credentialing with our program.

 

There will still be two practicums, but with added webinar material to go over the basics of the mechanics of online work. You will be invited to either sit or guide in each of the two practicums. Qualified legacy and licensed practitioners will be able to skip one of the practicums. 

No content has been  cut from the curriculum, but some of it will be moved to be incorporated into the webinar content. This allows us to be more experiential and to add more practice sessions and demonstrations. It also lets us cut the cost some. The combined PSS1-2 series, Psychedelic Guide Training, includes additional weekly classes and includes 5 days of intensive classes. This format includes two practicums.

As soon as your full PSS payment has been processed, you will have access to the online webinars.

Currently, Psychedelic Guide Training has approximately 30 hours of webinar material, with more being added monthly (including guiding demonstrations). As long as you’re a member of the school, you’ll gain access to all new material in a course you’ve already taken for free.

Create your own payment plan: You can create your own payment plan to make as many payments as needed to complete the due balance before your upcoming PSS cohort.

PSS payment plans: We can also create a payment plan for you on our system, these are 3-6 month options. You would need to fill out our Credit Card Authorization form. You’ll get charged with an installment, then get a monthly charge.

Please note that your seat is reserved when you reach half of your tuition payment. Access to the webinars and online content is provided as full tuition is paid. If on a payment plan, access to online webinars and content will be available immediately.

Psilocybin Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The personal use of dimethyltryptamine, ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), psilocybin, and psilocin (aka natural medicines). The Center for Medicinal Mindfulness offers support services for clients working with psilocybin, cannabis,ketamine and DMT.

Any amount necessary to share with other persons twenty-one years of age or older within the context of counseling, spiritual guidance, beneficial community-based use and healing, supported use, or related services.

While the purchase, gifting, or donation of natural medicine is legal in Colorado, the sale of natural medicine is currently  not allowed. Natural medicines are gifted by our foundation for those who choose to work with us.

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic alkaloid found in nearly 200 strains of mushrooms that grow on every continent.  The body converts psilocybin into psilocin, which is the main psychoactive compound.  There is significant evidence to suggest that this compound has been used for ritual, medicinally, and recreationally for at least 12,000 years.  We can find depictions of their use on murals in Australia that archeologists have dated to 10,000 BCE and in Spain in 4,000 BCE.  There is a history of their ceremonial use in Central America by the Aztec and Mayans, in Siberia, in ancient Greece, ancient Egypt and across Europe. Since their popularization in the 1950s in Western culture they were nicknamed “magic mushrooms” and they can be found wild and cultivated all over the world.  Psilocybin and psilocin have been thoroughly studied for their potential benefits to mental health by reputable universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and are actively being studied at John Hopkins University.

Initial clinical studies suggest that psilocybin is of benefit to people struggling with:

  • Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD
  • End of life struggles
  • Studies have also shown that psilocybin is a powerful nootropic, meaning that it aids the brain in neuroplasticity, whole brain connectivity, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Many speculate (no clinical data but rooted in wisdom from many cultures across the world) that it may be effective for a wide range of other applications such as:

  • Spiritual growth
  • Exploration of your human potential
  • Initiatory practices
  • Ego dissolution and unity experiences
  • Post-traumatic growth work
  • Moving through significant life transitions
  • Creative problem solving
  • Aiding the brain’s neuroplasticity
  • Whole brain thinking
  • Positive changes to autism disorder
  • Speech impediments
  • Healing phobias
  • Repairing spinal injuries

There have been limitations on studying the full potential of this medicine given its Schedule 1 designation.  It’s our hope that with the decriminalization propositions passing in Oregon and most recently in Colorado, it will lead to much more research and data.

Within 20-40 minutes after ingestion of psilocybin, clients often report:

  • Heightened physical sensations of touch, vision, hearing, taste, and smell.
  • Heightened emotional responses that can range from grief catharsis and energetic discharge to intense joy, love, peace, and awe.
  • Increased heart rate (which can be modulated with guidance and breath)
  • Heightened sense of somatic (body held) emotions and trauma
  • Visual distortion and spatial disorientation (eyes open)
  • Vivid internal visualization (eyes closed)
  • Distortion of time, space, and reality
  • Heightened awareness of self, life, world, spirit, and connectivity.
  • Whole brained thinking, creativity, and access to insight
  • A decrease in activity in our brain’s default mode network (psychologists would call this the ego)
  • Non-dual experiences, sense of unity, connection to larger Spirit, God, Buddha-Nature, etc.
  • There is a wide variety of strains that will vary the duration of types of effects.  A safe estimate is that a journey lasts between 6-8 hours.

Research shows that psilocybin is generally very safe for many people when administered in controlled settings. Research also shows that psilocybin can be unsafe for people using certain pharmaceutical medications.

Medicinal Mindfulness offers bona fide psychotherapy services to individuals engaged in personal use of natural medicines.

MM consists of a team of trauma-informed practitioners that help individuals seeking deep, transformational healing.  The MM team has extensive experience working in the areas of ketamine and cannabis assisted psychotherapy and are well versed in psychedelic informed healing processes.

Natural medicines can work as a catalyst to bring forward therapeutic content within non-ordinary states of consciousness.  Those individuals engaged in personal use of natural medicines often experience or re-experience traumatic or life altering events or root traumas.

MM’s therapy services before and after personal use of natural medicines can help individuals deepen and integrate the natural medicine experience and address the root causes.

Medicinal Mindfulness offers bona fide support services to those who engage in personal use of natural medicines.

MM’s support services consist of sitter services and/or spiritual counseling to those engaged in personal use of natural medicines in the comfort of their own homes or other settings.

Medicinal Mindfulness offers beneficial community-based use and healing services to those individuals interested in using natural medicines in a group or community setting.

It is our strong belief that the MM Foundation model offers safe, reliable and beneficial results. There is a big difference between having a recreational experience with these medicinal compounds versus a guided one. A guided experience that addresses deeper problems and concerns, is much harder to guide by oneself. In our experience, it can be quite difficult to stay with the discomforts that are often part of healing, and/or stay steady when there may be an instinct to get up and pull away from the content at hand.  Without proper guidance one may have a higher likelihood to have what feels like stuckness or an unfinished/incomplete experience.

Furthermore, we teach that the journey begins with the preparation sessions beforehand and continues with integration after the psychedelic experience.  The preparation can be instrumental to the outcome of a journey, and oftentimes the most delicate and important work actually takes place afterwards during the integration phase.  Having a relationship with a professional therapist or guide that includes this in their work with you can be really important and rewarding in order to have a powerful and therapeutic psychedelic experience.

 

DMT Frequently Asked Questions

DMT, short for N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, is a powerful psychedelic compound found naturally in some plants and animals. It’s also known as the “spirit molecule” due to its profound effects on consciousness.

DMT can be consumed in several ways, including smoking, vaporizing, or in some cases, as part of Ayahuasca, a traditional Amazonian brew. Smoking or vaporizing DMT typically leads to intense, short duration, powerful experiences.

DMT induces intense, short-lasting psychedelic experiences characterized by vivid visuals, altered perceptions of time and space, and encounters with entities or otherworldly beings. Many users report profound spiritual or mystical experiences.

DMT is considered safe when used responsibly in a controlled setting. However, it can be mentally and emotionally intense, and individuals with a history of mental health issues should approach it with caution.

Researchers are exploring the potential therapeutic benefits of DMT, particularly in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

DMT is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in many countries, making it illegal to possess, produce, or distribute. However, the legal status of DMT can vary by country and region, so it’s essential to research the specific laws in your area. In the state of Colorado, naturally derived DMT is legal  under the Personal Use clause of the  NMHA. This allows for the sharing, gifting and personal use of this medicine of persons 21 years of age and older.

A DMT trip typically lasts around 10 to 15 minutes when smoked or vaporized. However, the perception of time can be greatly distorted during the experience, making it feel much longer.