Psychedelic therapy in the Netherlands
Legal psychedelic therapy
In the Netherlands you can do a legal psychedelic therapy session with psilocybin containing magic truffles and a legal variant of LSD. Most people choose to do a session with the psilocybin containg magic truffle because it’s more natural, slightly shorter en typically more spiritual than LSD variants. Are you looking for such a session?
What are psychedelics?
Psychedelics are psychoactive substances (drugs) that can temporarily alter perception and feelings. Psychedelics can enable people to resolve conflicts and traumas that underlie mental illness. Enormous neuroplasticity and reorganisations are triggered by serotonin 2A receptors in the neo-cortex that are stimulated by psychedelics and the body’s own neurotransmitters. These non-patentable compounds are unattractive to big pharma and therefore research is slow. In any case, the research subsidised by smaller parties is showing good results.
Read more about the ongoing research on psychedelics
Psychedelics are mainly substances found in nature. Think of mushrooms, fungi, plants and animals. Psychedelics have been used by mankind for thousands of years as sacred and healing substances. Some even state that religion originates from the use of psychedelics.
5HT2a receptors and the DMN network
Psychedelics binds to the serotonin-2A receptors in the neocortex. These receptors increase the connectivity between cortical neural networks that do not normally talk to each other. This increases neuroplasticity in the brain. Another nice additional benefit of the psychedelic state is that the default mode network (DMN) becomes less active. The DMN is active in a neural ‘resting state’ and causes people who are not doing anything to have more thoughts about the past, the future and the self-image (such as ‘ego’). A less active DMN as a result of psychedelics therefore causes less self-awareness, less fear for the future and therefore a lower control of the amygdala towards the adrenal glands, which results in less cortisol secretion. Furthermore, activation of 5HT2A receptors triggers neuroplastic changes, both functional and structural. This is due to the fact that more BDNF hormone is produced, which causes the repair and production of new nerve cells/neurons.
Read more about the Default Mode Network and psychedelics
Read more about BDNF and psychedelics
What do you experience during a psychedelic trip?
Apart from the changes on the physical (biochemical and electrochemical) level, there is also a subjective experience that changes in relation to everyday life. Depending on the dosage and the person in question, other effects arise and the intensity of these effects may vary. Other effects arise in addition to the hallucinations. Patients’ subjective experiences include ego-death (breaking away from thought-filled, controlling and rigid aspects of our mind), connection, access to emotions, memories, access to the subconscious, and a change in previously rock-solid beliefs about oneself and the world. Sometimes the start of such a session can be a challenge because, in addition to the beautiful effects, tension can first arise from the need to control the effects of the psychedelics. A good therapist or counselor will help you through the beginning, increasing the therapeutic potential. During the peak of a therapeutic session, emotions are allowed to surface so that they no longer form a blockade in the future.
Read more about the different dosages and effects of psilocybin (Mushrooms/truffles)
Read more about hallucinations caused by psychedelics
Psychedelics against PTSD, trauma, depression, addiction, social anxiety and burnout
In trip therapy, we use psychedelics especially against depression and addiction problems. We also help many clients with anxiety-related complaints. Every approach is slightly different and we take personal circumstances into account. We make personal recommendations based on an intake in which we also estimate how we can improve the neurochemistry before the session. We also give tips on how to prepare for the session. The preparation and the psychedelic session enhance the effect synergistically, which increases the chance of success. Are you curious about the different trajectories? Then read on via the links below.
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