How safe is your psychedelic trip?
…consciousness-expanding retreats in destinations where the substances used are legal (or at least not explicitly illegal) are becoming an increasingly popular wellness ‘holiday’.
The endeavour doesn’t come cheap; Beckley Retreats start from €3,600 in the Netherlands and $5,500 in Jamaica; Soltara’s start at around $1,875; the five-day Expansion retreat at Synthesis costs almost $6,500. By 2023, you will also be able to have a psilocybin experience in the state of Oregon, where Ballot Measure 109 legalising therapeutic use was tabled in 2020 (implementation is what’s complicated, and thus pending)… the numbers highlight another, wider issue: the financial barriers to entry. The legalities around schedule 1 substances mean research is expensive; so is procurement; so, therefore, are most retreats worth considering, not just the ones cited here. Advocating to reschedule the compounds, being able to offer them closer to home at much lower cost: that appears to be the next frontier of consciousness-expanding – and would constitute wellness of a much more inclusive nature.