Our mission is to help people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences in ways such as providing compassionate, accessible, and culturally responsive peer support, educating the public, and furthering psychedelic research, while embracing practices that increase equity, power sharing, and belonging within the psychedelic movement.
The Zendo Project provides professional comprehensive harm reduction education and support for communities to help inform and transform difficult psychedelic experiences into opportunities for learning and growth. We envision a world where communities are educated, resourced, and engaged in applying harm reduction principles to support individuals exploring psychedelic states; recognizing that challenging experiences can be opportunities for self-exploration and healing.
Welcome to Riding The Wave: Principles of Psychedelic Harm Reduction, an e-course presented by Psychedelic.Support, NEST Harm Reduction, and Project New Day. In this course, you’ll explore the principles of harm reduction, their impact on psychedelic users, and risks associated with different psychedelic substances. Further, we’ll discover tangible ways to support a psychedelic experience through holistic integration and preparation techniques. By the end of this course you’ll be able to: 1) Describe the principles of harm reduction and define terminology related to psychedelic harm reduction. 2) Understand risks and potential adverse consequences of psychedelic use and how risks vary across settings and individuals. 3) Specify contraindications for each drug class and identify common harms associated with altered states. 4) Discuss harm reduction strategies and how preparation and integration can help mitigate risks. 5) Explain how clinicians can talk to clients about harm reduction and psychedelic use.
Psychedelic-assisted therapy may represent an upcoming paradigm shift in the treatment of mental health problems as recent clinical trials have demonstrated strong evidence of their therapeutic benefits. While psychedelics are currently prohibited substances in most countries, the growing popularity of their therapeutic potential is leading many people to use psychedelics on their own rather than waiting for legal medical access. Therapists therefore have an ethical duty to meet this need by providing support for clients using psychedelics. However, incorporating psychedelics into traditional psychotherapy poses some risk given their prohibited status and many therapists are unsure of how they might practice in this area. This paper explicates such risks and describes ways in which therapists can mitigate them and strive to practice within legal and ethical boundaries. A harm reduction approach will be emphasized as a useful framework for conducting therapy around clients’ use of psychedelics. It is argued that therapists can meet with clients before and after their own personal psychedelic experiences in order to help clients minimize risk and maximize benefit. Common clinical scenarios in this growing clinical area will also be discussed.