Almost all psychedelics are labeled as Schedule 1 dangerous substances
, which means the federal government recognizes no accepted medical use for them. That includes cannabis, heroin, LSD, peyote, ecstasy, psilocybin and quaaludes, among others. The current labeling places psychedelic substances in the same category as heroin and quaaludes.
Today, psychedelics are only legally consumed in clinical research trials (or if you’re a member of the Native American Church). However, psilocybin mushrooms are decriminalized in Denver, Colorado, which may be the first signal of a legal shift on at least the local level. That does not mean mushrooms are legal for consumption but that law enforcement treats their possession as a low-priority for enforcement.
However, the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy
. It is a signal that the federal government is paying attention to the flood of research, as well as the diligent work of nonprofits, researchers, and institutions, that have pushed for a shift in perception.
With that little background, we can now delve into how psychedelics may help your clients.