LIFE’S A TRIP
A look at psychedelic therapy
With recent studies indicating that psychedelics can help with everything from alcoholism and binge eating disorders – and the Biden administration enthusiastically onboard – alternative therapies that center around medicines like ketamine and psilocybin could soon go from experimental to standard practice. Today, we’re taking a look at three companies working to bring psychedelics into the mainstream.
Soap company Dr. Bronner’s recently partnered with Enthea, a psychedelic healthcare provider, to offer psychedelic-assisted therapy as an employee healthcare benefit. Currently, 8% of its 450 employees have tapped into the offering, which is a first-of-its-kind program for U.S. employers. Dr. Bronner’s and Enthea have a “shared belief that Psychedelic Assisted Therapies are highly effective for the treatment of many kinds of mental health problems and should be accepted into standard mental healthcare as soon as possible,” the companies said in a joint statement. Though the partnership is only a pilot program for Enthea, they say they have at least 25 other employers who are interested in offering psychedelic benefits and hope to make the offering widespread by 2025.
FIELD TRIP HEALTH
Two-year-old wellness startup Field Trip, which bills itself as “the world’s first mental wellness company focused on psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy,” provides in-person, high-touch ketamine therapy. With 11 locations in North America, as well as one in Europe, the clinics look more like fancy salons than drab doctors’ offices, making for a rather chic environment to find oneself in an altered state of consciousness under the watchful eye of a trained clinician. This year, it expanded its portfolio to include “Field Trip at Home,” bringing at-home psychedelic care in partnership with Nue Life, a telehealth startup that offers ketamine therapy.
DIMENSIONS ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS
In July, Canada-based psychedelic wellness company Dimensions opened its doors to Dimensions Algonquin Highlands, a gorgeously-designed 45-acre five-star resort offering all of the usual trappings of a luxury spa getaway – yoga, massage, nature – with the addition of legal psychedelics like psilocybin administered by clinicians. The property includes a woodland lake, a maze, and a secret garden, all of which is intended to facilitate psychedelic healing. Though they’ve only been open a month, Dimensions already has plans to expand internationally to Costa Rica and Mexico.
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