Psychedelic therapy involves a psychedelic session in which an individual takes a psychedelic while being supervised by one or more trained therapists. It is the combination of the psychedelic experience with psychotherapy. However, psychedelic therapy, as traditionally understood, is not simply therapy with the adjunct of a psychedelic; it specifically involves a single high dose of the psychedelic in question, with the aim of inducing a mystical or transcendent experience, based on the principle that such an experience is where the most potential therapeutic value lies. The psychiatrists Humphry Osmond and Abram Hoffer developed this form of therapy in the 1950s.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 1, 2020.