Learn about MDMA and ecstasy with Dr. Peter H Addy

What’s the difference between MDMA and “ecstasy”? Where did these thing come from, who uses them, and why? Watch this video to learn the answers to these questions and more. You might already be experimenting with “ecstasy” or “molly”, two names for street drugs which sometimes contain MDMA. MDMA and ecstasy are not the sameContinue reading “Learn about MDMA and ecstasy with Dr. Peter H Addy”

Transpersonal Psychology and Salvia Divinorum

If you’ve never heard the phrase “transpersonal psychology” before, you’re in good company. It certainly isn’t a household name. I believe that transpersonal psychology is a great foundation for entering into relationships with my clients, coworkers, friends, and anyone I meet in a day. Watch this video to learn about some of my early trainingContinue reading “Transpersonal Psychology and Salvia Divinorum”

Salvia Divinorum, an Atypical Psychedelic

Where does Salvia divinorum come from and what traditions and rituals are associated with it? Salvia is truly a plant of mysteries! Watch this video to learn how Mazatec peoples treat this plant after fostering relationship with it over hundreds of years. You can also get a pretty good introduction to the pharmacology of salvinorinContinue reading “Salvia Divinorum, an Atypical Psychedelic”

An Introduction to Kratom

Before moving to Portland to start a psychotherapy private practice, I was a research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine. I specialized in behavioral pharmacology investigations of atypical opioids. I first learned about kratom through that research in 2011, and I have been very interested in it ever since. Based on my careers asContinue reading “An Introduction to Kratom”

Four Options for Legal Psychedelic Use

Potential clients and curious members of the public ask me pretty often how they can safety experience psychedelic healing and exploration. Most of the time it is against the law to use psychedelic medicines and you can go to prison if caught. However, there are some legally-sanctioned approaches you might want to consider. I spokeContinue reading “Four Options for Legal Psychedelic Use”

Post Psychedelic Integrative Follow up Sessions

What are the evidence-based best practices regarding psychedelic integration therapy? In this talk for the Portland Psychedelic Society’s inaugural conference in 2018, I discuss what integration work looks like in the context of clinical trials. Researchers and clinicians use psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, mood, substance use,Continue reading “Post Psychedelic Integrative Follow up Sessions”

Therapeutic Potential of the Plant Salvia Divinorum

Salvia divinorum: is it useful? People ask me this question a lot, in interviews, at conferences, in psychotherapy sessions. How can we adapt Salvia divinorum or salvinorin A to a Western medical context to treat DSM mental health disorders? I don’t know! In 2017 I spoke at MAPS’ Psychedelic Science conference about what scientific evidenceContinue reading “Therapeutic Potential of the Plant Salvia Divinorum”

Losing your Body on Salvia is a Heavy Trip

We are bodies, and our relationships with our bodies can be a source of pain and frustration, and a source of healing and inspiration. In 2015 I gave this talk in Boston as part of a Psymposia forum on different ways we have relationships with drugs. As therapist specializing in substance use disorders, I thinkContinue reading “Losing your Body on Salvia is a Heavy Trip”