Hi, my name is Jessica, and I love psychedelics... intentional use of psychedelics, that is.
This hasn’t always been the case, though. For most of my life I was afraid of all “drugs”. Growing up, I went through the D.A.R.E. program and remember the “Just Say No” campaign. I was convinced that all drugs fry your brain, just like the commercial taught us. For the vast majority of my life, I thought any drug use would inevitably result in catastrophic personal failure, mental problems, and/or death.
I was in my 30’s when I learned the truth about psychedelics. A friend introduced me to the concept of psychedelics having therapeutic effects. Initially I was skeptical, but I started to educate myself and eventually read “How To Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan, which literally changed my mind. After reading it, I had to give psychedelics a try.
My first psychedelic journey was in 2020 during the pandemic. Feelings of isolation had become the norm, so I was surprised when I suddenly found myself more connected than ever. I felt connected to myself, my friends who journeyed with me, and nature. I felt present and grounded. I remember thinking, this is illegal? I was amazed and shocked at the same time.
I haven’t been able to stop learning and talking about psychedelics since. I have continued to practice intentional use of psychedelics by setting intentions, dedicating time, carefully selecting who I do them with, and integrating the lessons provided through psychedelic experiences into my life.
Psychedelics have been my greatest teacher. They have enabled me to open my mind, shift my perspective, and heal trauma. They have taught me what it feels like to be connected, grounded, and free. Most of all, they have helped me find my purpose.
I'm proud that I saw through the stigma and took a chance on something that I can only describe as profoundly positive and life changing. If you’ve had a similar experience with psychedelics, I hope you are proud, too. If you feel inspired to share your story, then ITrip is here to help.
Together, we can destigmatize psychedelics.