Psilocybin Mushroom Support Services

Welcome to the strange, mycelial world of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

The urge to see beyond the limits of the egoic identity, to merge into the field of consciousness itself, absolute being, and identify with the interconnected network of all that is instead. To die and to be reborn, to visit the world of spirit and the imagination, to connect with our ancestors, our spiritual family, and our past and future selves.

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In November of 2022, Colorado voters legalized the personal use of psilocybin mushrooms with the Natural Medicine Health Act, and by the beginning of 2023, the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness, in partnership with the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation religious non-profit, has regularly provided personal use support sessions under this new legislation. As the laws and regulations change, we will continue to evolve our program with them, but our current protocols already well exceed these upcoming regulations, and we welcome clients from all over the United States and the world who wish to experience a safe, supported psychedelic mushroom experience in an above board legal setting. 

At the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness, we offer professional guidance or professional support during sessions with well researched doses of potency-tested psilocybin mushrooms to elicit fully immersive psychedelic experiences. The teas we make substantially reduce nausea, and our two step dosing protocol allows us to customize the intensity of the experience based on the intentions and needs of our clients. What if you could gently wade into shallow waters before the deep dive of pure consciousness, instead of being quickly pulled into the depths of the soul before you were ready? Our process creates more time to orient towards the profound nature of the journey, reducing anxiety and increasing confidence, and it lengthens the onset, peak and return of the journey, leading to greater recall to help with integration. A full day is scheduled for these expeditions, and the journey is supported by a primary facilitator and an assistant. The medicine is gifted through a member of the MM Foundation non-profit at no cost to our clients.

Psychedelic Intensives with Psilocybin Mushrooms

Visit Psychedelic Intensives & Pricing to learn more about these intensives. A very brief description of each is provided here for your reference. All intensives include the necessary preparation and integration support and these sessions are added to the total hours of the series below.

  • Helix – (12 hour Intensives) – single psilocybin mushroom session
  • Double Helix – (21 hour Intensives) – two psilocybin mushroom sessions
  • Triple Helix – (30 hour Intensives) –  three progressively intense psilocybin mushroom sessions inspired by the current research on the treatment of OCD
  • Weaver – (22 hour intensive) – a single psilocybin mushroom session between two psychedelic cannabis sessions
  • Helix Weaver – (31 hour intensive) – Two psilocybin mushroom sessions between two psychedelic cannabis sessions
  • Short Weaver – (17 hour intensive) – a single psychedelic cannabis experience followed by a psilocybin mushroom journey, great for 2 or 3 day, shorter expedition in consciousness
  • Explorer – (18 hour intensive) – a single psilocybin mushroom session between two ketamine sessions
  • Helix Explorer – (27 hour intensive) – two psilocybin mushroom sessions between two ketamine sessions, usually over a one to two week period
  • Short Explorer – (15 hour intensive) – is a single ketamine experience followed by a psilocybin mushroom journey, great for 2 or 3 day, shorter expedition in consciousness
  • Helix Sanctuary – (28 hour intensive), is the same as Sanctuary (two ketamine and two cannabis sessions), but with an added psilocybin mushroom session and integration session in the middle, and is typically over a 9 day to 2 week or longer period.
  • Dreamer (+3 hours as add-on or 5 hours as standalone) – a single DMT session with 2 journeys. Dreamer can be added to any of the above intensives, such as: Helix Dreamer, Dreaming Weaver, Dream Explorer, etc.
What are Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic alkaloid found in nearly 200 strains of mushrooms that grow on almost 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 became synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s, along with LSD and cannabis.

Psilocybin and psilocin have been thoroughly studied for their potential benefits to mental health by reputable universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge and are actively being studied at John Hopkins University and the Imperial College of London.

Colorado legalized the personal consumption of psilocybin mushrooms as well as the regulated access for therapeutic purposes.

Cultural Considerations in the Ethical Use of Mushrooms in Nontraditional Settings

The community of Medicinal Mindfulness recognizes the nearly universal use of psilocybin mushrooms throughout human history, particularly in ancient times, and acknowledges that some indigenous communities have a direct, unbroken lineage to these ancient histories. We also can’t help but openly wonder about Terence McKenna’s “Stoned Ape Theory” and the possible relationship of psilocybin containing mushrooms and the evolution of humanity in Africa. However, even with the profound beauty of this history and our personal experiences, what we don’t want to ignore is the more recent history of this medicine and how it came to be popularized in the 1950s and 1960s.  

In 1955, CIA operative and banker, R. Gordon Wasson, on an expedition covertly funded by MK-Ultra, tricked a Mazatec healer named Maria Sabina into providing a healing session for Wasson using a mushroom strain now scientifically known as Psilocybe mexicana. After the experience, Wasson wrote an article for Life Magazine about his experience, and, as a result, beginning in 1962 an influx of hippies and other spiritual seekers left Maria Sabina to deal with unwanted police harassment, imprisonment, community ostracization, her house being burned down, her son murdered, and Maria dying in poverty in 1985. This wasn’t that long ago. 

Collectively, the members of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness acknowledge and grieve this painful history. As inspired stewards for the ethical use of this medicine, in our own way, we have a very alive and ongoing community conversation about how to ethically work with psilocybin mushrooms in the context of Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy without culturally appropriating and furthering the harm caused by colonization.  We are actively exploring these questions and will continue to invite members of traditional lineages to speak about this harm and to do our part and work with whomever we can to help all communities heal from this collective trauma. 

We recognize that certain traditional communities will never consider our practice as ethical because of our non-indigenous practitioners. We understand this too. If you would like to learn more about the Mazatec lineage, we recommend exploring the advocacy of one of our friends, Chacruna: Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, and consider joining us in donating to their work. You can also learn about Maria Sabina by watching this documentary, or reading this book

While many on our team have a diverse range of previous trainings, cultural backgrounds, experiences and initiations, and we have listened to our elders and actively practice Earth-based philosophies and ways of living, recognize the sacred nature of our human experience, and honor our ancestors, we make no claims to being members of these lineages, and respect their legal right to practice their tradition in accordance with their teachings. More information about the journeys and identities of our practitioners can be found on their profiles.

While the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness community acknowledges the near universal use of psychoactive mushrooms and other psychedelic substances in ancient and indigenous cultures across the planet, we choose not to whitewash our history. For this reason, we recognize the real suffering caused by how this medicine was introduced to mainstream America, and we acknowledge Maria Sabina in our prayers as a healer and guide. 

To learn more about our relationship to community accountability and ethics, our work in both reciprocity initiatives, and our efforts to “pay it forward,” please visit Community, Diversity and Governance.

General Psychedelic Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms at CMM

Psilocybin mushrooms are “classic psychedelics”, and the intensity of effects are based on the strength of the dose, our clients’ weight, and other factors. Medicinal Mindfulness generally starts with a standard dose based on the Johns Hopkins research, and this is adjusted up or down based on these variables, and in future sessions from the feedback of our clients. The optional booster dose can increase the experience to what we call “Supratherapeutic” doses, often eliciting transpersonal, spiritual and otherworldly experiences.

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)

As the medicine reaches peak levels, clients often report:

  • 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 the ego)
  • Non-dual experiences, sense of unity, connection to larger Spirit, God, Buddha-Nature, and other profound transpersonal phenomenon
Who are Psilocybin Mushrooms for?

There is an incredible amount of interest in the supported use of psilocybin mushrooms. The age of our clients is quite broad, from young adults, mature professionals, to early retirees, and even those facing a terminal diagnosis or coming to the end of their lives. 

Many of our clients are growth oriented but are also seeking support to help them find resolution of a difficult life experience or process, while simultaneously curious to explore the deeper places of the soul and psyche. 

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 Anxiety 

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 have observed that psilocybin mushrooms 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
  • Speech impediments
  • Healing phobias
  • Repairing neurological 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.

What to Expect from a Psilocybin Mushroom Personal Use Support Session

These full day sessions begin in the morning and are scheduled for eight hours to provide appropriate preparation and integration support. This gives enough time for a full journey experience with an optional booster. When you arrive, you will be greeted by your guide, the assistant guide, and the mushroom gifter, a member of the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation community. The medicine gifter will help you determine your dose based on a brief survey, your weight, and the potency of the strains. Both the initial dose and booster will be measured. Once the gifting ceremony is complete, the medicine gifter will leave and you’ll complete your preparation with your guide as the sitter prepares the mushrooms in a tea. 

After checking in with your guide, you’ll be invited to intentionally take the medicine and when ready, lay down and close your eyes so that you can turn inward. Your guide will support you in easing into the psychedelic experience. After about an hour, you’ll be invited to take an optional booster. After that, the medicine begins to reach its peak effect. The remainder of the experience is guided with gentle prompts of Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy and music, as well as trauma-involved therapeutic interventions when appropriate, and the journey lasts anywhere from 5-7 hours. At the end of the journey, our clients are offered snacks and a space to share more about their experience.

Are Psilocybin Mushrooms Safe?

Research shows that psilocybin is generally very safe for many people when administered in controlled settings and clients are appropriately screened and prepared for the experience. This work is not for everyone, and our team provides a thorough screening process to ensure physical as well as psychological safety. Research also shows that psilocybin can be unsafe for people using certain pharmaceutical medications. Our medical review process allows us to discuss safety with our clients and help them determine if they are ready for a psilocybin mushroom experience. 

The positive of psilocybin as a medicine is that it’s quite powerful and has a lengthy duration for some deep and transformative work to occur.  The negative is similar,  just how powerful and long the experience is (sessions generally last 6-8 hours).  Psilocybin doesn’t always allow for a lot of personal agency and control, although your guide can be instrumental to steering things in healthy ways.  But once you’re on the ride, it’s not really possible to get off until it’s over.  For these kinds of reasons, psilocybin may not be a perfect fit for everyone.  And for many, the equally powerful yet shorter experiences, such as Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy or Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy, may be a better option.

What are Reasons Not To Take Psilocybin Mushrooms?

There are some mental health and medical and pharmaceutical contraindications for using psilocybin mushrooms, and these will be discussed with you by someone on our medical team during your medical review. We only recommend this if it is safe to do so, and the process is supported by a trusted medical professional. We can discuss this in your onboarding process, as well as offer other types of psychedelic intensives while taking the time to properly prepare for a psilocybin mushroom journey.

What Makes a CMM Guided Experience with Psilocybin Mushrooms Different?

Psilocybin mushrooms are widely available in the state of Colorado now, and they are easy to grow and harvest. Anyone over the age of 21 is allowed to responsibly consume them. A lot has been misunderstood about this psychedelic, and many people think they can consume more than they should. A psilocybin journey experience with our center includes a substantial amount of dosing and journeywork education, professional psychological and spiritual support, and preparation and integration support. We are accountable to our community and work within a container of real oversight. Our guides are trained to work with extremely difficult experiences and are there for our clients when they need us the most. 

These are potentially life changing experiences. While most friends are well intended, it is important that you know you have the right support for what you are wanting to explore. A journey working through difficult experiences is fundamentally different from a journey with an intention of curiosity and self discovery. Our clients appreciate what we are able to bring to the session. 

In addition to the medicine session itself, these journeys can be part of a larger intensive with other psychedelic medicines. No other center is engaged in these possibilities, and we have found that other medicines prepare and compliment the psilocybin mushroom session in a way that exponentially amplifies the benefits of the experience. 

The Natural Medicine Health Act of Colorado and the Legality of Psilocybin Mushrooms

The personal use of naturally derived dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), and psilocybin and psilocin in psychedelic mushrooms, known legally as “natural medicines,” are legal to possess and use in the state of Colorado.

What is “Personal Use?”

“Personal use” is a legal distinction that allows for the personal and community possession of psilocybin mushrooms and the ingestion or use of the medicine for healing or community purposes. As long as you are private and responsible, it’s legal. In addition to the right of personal use, consumers of psilocybin mushrooms also have the right to pay for professional support during a psychedelic experience. The Center for Medicinal Mindfulness works within these regulations to provide supported sessions with psilocybin mushrooms. “Regulated Access” rules will start coming into effect in 2024, and licensed healing centers, training programs and practitioners will be regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies. CMM will work towards becoming a licensed healing and training center. 

Personal Use Harm Reduction, Therapy, Support Services

The Center for Medicinal Mindfulness works with Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation practitioners to offer bona fide harm reduction, psychotherapy and support services to individuals engaged in personal use of natural medicines. These 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.

Beneficial Community Based Use and Healing

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

Does CMM Provide Mushrooms for the Session?

To fully comply with the new Colorado laws, and to ensure the highest standards of safety and testing for our clients, members of the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation religious non-profit community gift mushrooms to a representative of the MM Foundation. This representative has the medicine tested at a lab for potency before gifting the medicine to a client who wishes to use psilocybin mushrooms in a supported session. These lab results can be reviewed if requested. No payment is exchanged for this service. The medicine is tested and weighed, and the dosing is based on standard research. 

Can I acquire psilocybin mushrooms for my own use?

While the purchase, gifting, or donation of natural medicine is legal in Colorado, the sale of natural medicine is currently prohibited. The easiest way to legally obtain psilocybin mushrooms is to purchase a kit online and learn to grow them. As long as the growing area is secure and doesn’t allow access by children, this is legal to do under Colorado state law. 

How much natural medicine can I possess?

The actual amount is pretty vague in the law. Any amount necessary to share with a friend 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 is legal to securely possess under Colorado state law.

What is Microdosing?

A practice commonly known as microdosing is using very low doses of psilocybin mushrooms on an ongoing basis, usually every other day or other similar protocol, to elicit long term neurological health and, as a result, feeling better in the body, mind and emotional bodies. These doses are extremely low, and often nearly sub-perceptual. There are a lot of misunderstandings about microdosing and underground providers sometimes provide doses to their clients that are too strong to be an actual microdose. For this reason, CMM offers Microdose Coaching and Harm Reduction Education through our program.