Why you’ll want to go on a psychedelic retreat this year

The 5-MeO-DMT inhalation it offers Tandava retreats, is part of a new growing worldwide wave of the use of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. According to Data Bridge Market Research, the market for psychedelics is expected to reach $10.7 billion by 2027, up from $3.8 billion last year (which coincides with the latest report from the Global Wellness Institute, which states that it is expected the wellness travel market will double to become a $1.4 trillion industry by 2027). Statistics show that there are incredible opportunities to bring psychedelics and travel together, especially in the form of retreats. So one might ask, why are people increasingly drawn to these experiences? And the most obvious answer seems to lean toward mental health.

Derived from the parotid glands of Sonoran desert toads, also known as Bufo Alvarius, 5-MeO-DMT and its synthetic derivative are unlike any other psychedelic in the world. Whereas in my previous ayahuasca, mushroom, and peyote ceremonies—all of which lasted about six hours—where I felt like an active participant, 5-MeO-DMT made me feel like I was just a passenger. It didn’t take more than 30 seconds and the whole ceremony took less than an hour I was told. Although it was not known to cause visual effects, my experience was marked by a glow: For a moment I saw what appeared to be the smallest molecule in existence, and how else, that same molecule was also the extent of the universe. It was terrifying and euphoric, but also incredibly short, like I was finally being privy to a great cosmic joke and the possibility of understanding the meaning of enlightenment, even if only temporarily.

But it also left me in a state of deep vulnerability, leading to half-asleep nights for nearly two weeks due to reactivations. Or the feeling of falling back into the healing experience (that is, dying). These reactivations occurred mainly between 2 and 4 in the morning, when I entered REM sleep, the period closest to death. The vision repeated itself: I was a shooting star-shaped silhouette, suspended in space until I completely dissolved. Like a shooting star, I was catapulted into everything, but also into nothing. I woke up gasping for air, clutching the bed for balance. I live on the eighth floor of a building, so you can imagine how disoriented I was, especially since REM sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation and emotional processing.

In a recent study of 5-MeO-DMT, the vast majority of participants diagnosed with depression or anxiety reported improvement in their symptoms. The results of a similar study showed that a single dose of the molecule caused lasting reductions in depression, stress and anxiety, as well as increases in conscientiousness, life satisfaction and full awareness. Although I felt quite shaken after my experience, once the dust settled and my sleeping habits returned, I felt more joyful, playful, and hopeful than I had ever felt in my life. In addition, since the launch of retreats in Tepoztlán in 2018, the number of reservations has increased seven times. “The world is changing and so is the way we navigate it,” explains its CEO, “people want to connect with them. themselves, their fellow man and nature – all this offers psychedelic wellness stays.

However, this benefit also comes with a contradictory aspect, as some studies reveal that certain psychedelic experiences can trigger negative reactions. According to research conducted by Jules Evans as part of the “Challenging Psychedelic Experiences” project, approximately two-thirds of the 608 participants surveyed reported experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, low mood or depression, paranoia, panic attacks, shame, guilt, and retraumatization, among other things, after ingestion psychedelics, mainly psilocybin and LSD, probably because they are more readily available. A third of those surveyed said that their difficulties had lasted for more than a year, and a sixth for more than three years. Only 8% of survey respondents used psychedelics in a therapeutic or clinical setting, demonstrating the importance of choosing the right device while proving that harm can occur even in the safest of settings.

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