Where Can I Get Legal Psilocybin in Oregon?

Oregon residents and visitors can now get psilocybin legally due to a new bill. Here's what we know about getting legal psilocybin in Oregon.
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Author: Sam Woolfe
By Sam Woolfe
Author: Marie Hasty, RN
By Marie Hasty, RN
August 24, 2023(Updated: March 7, 2024)

In November 2020, the state of Oregon passed a new measure that allows people to participate in legal psilocybin sessions. This comes after lots of encouraging evidence for psilocybin’s safety and efficacy, and its FDA designation as a breakthrough treatment for depression. People are excited to take advantage of this new law, but there are some things you should know before participating. Let’s talk about where you can get legal psilocybin in Oregon.

In the last few decades, psilocybin and other psychedelics have been shown to be helpful for people with depression, anxiety, and more. Despite its association with the “hippie” counterculture, psilocybin and other psychedelic medicines are gaining credibility with medical researchers and rapidly gaining interest from the public.

Some researchers believe psilocybin could be one of the most effective psychedelics for treating mental health disorders [1]. In mood disorders such as depression, psilocybin could be a great tool to ease symptoms and improve the lives of patients substantially. Psilocybin has shown pain management benefits as well as mental ones. In clinical trials, it’s proved to be a helpful analgesic for migraines, chronic pain, and phantom limb pain2.

Perhaps most importantly, psilocybin is generally safe. Of all psychedelics, it’s thought to be the safest from a physiological point of view. The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances gives psilocybin a safety profile better than nicotine and aspirin1. It has little potential for abuse or addiction and is generally well-tolerated in a controlled environment.

Given the positive evidence for safety and efficacy, we’re excited to see Oregon’s initiative to help people take advantage of psilocybin as a tool for self-growth and healing. Let’s talk about what this bill means.

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Is Psilocybin Legal in Oregon?

Decriminalization and Access

As part of the 2020 bill, Oregon decriminalized psilocybin. Other cities and states have decriminalized psychedelics, starting with Denver in 2019. Oregon is the first state to not only decriminalize the substance but to regulate and make it available for the public.

This is exciting news for the state of Oregon, which has some of the highest rates of mental illness in the nation3. Nearly one in five adults in Oregon has a mental illness. The governor has declared a public health crisis due to the prevalence of addiction in the state. Between 2019 and 2021, the state planned to spend 2.8 billion on behavioral and mental health programs.

By creating this bill, Oregon is aiming to help not only people with mental health diagnoses but anyone who wishes to take part in facilitated psilocybin sessions. Unlike the medical card system for marijuana, anyone 21 and up will be able to experience psilocybin in certified service centers. 

From Therapists to Facilitators

People have raised concerns over the bill’s wording since the vote was passed. At first, we thought it would be offered as a therapeutic regimen under the strict supervision of a licensed therapist. However, these therapists wouldn’t be protected from liability from the state or insurance. It would be hard or impossible to find therapists willing to practice without protection. 

Since passing, the bill has been re-framed as sessions supervised by facilitators. In terms of access, this may help more people get access to psilocybin. However, facilitators will not be licensed or educated like therapists are, and they are not meant to diagnose or treat mental health conditions as part of their role, as this would be additional licensure. Facilitators may hold other professional licenses in Oregon but are not allowed to practice on those licenses while providing preparation, administration, or integration sessions to clients. The statute states that a licensed facilitator must take a non-directive approach to facilitating psilocybin services, which is supporting a safe, client-led experience.

It should be underscored, however, that therapists may still play an important role in the preparation and integration process. 

How to become a licensed psilocybin services facilitator in Oregon

Advocacy and Legislative Progress

We’re still excited about improved access to psilocybin. This bill would not have been brought up for a vote without the advocacy of Sheri and Thomas Eckert. They’ve been working to pass psilocybin therapy legislation for the last several years. Both are therapists in Oregon and believe strongly that psilocybin can help people better than pharmaceutical therapy. In a 2017 interview with The Oregonian, Thomas Eckert said, “Where typically pharma-type interventions fall short, psilocybin is really breaking through with pretty amazing frequency”4

Shaping the Psilocybin Landscape

In November 2020, the state of Oregon passed Ballot Measure 109. This established a new regulatory body under the Oregon Health Authority (OHA): The Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board (OPAB). Thomas Eckert heads this group and will develop a regulatory framework for the state. 

Sadly, Sheri Eckert passed away soon after this vote. A new foundation has been formed in her honor to continue her important work of creating “equitable access to psychedelic education and services”. Her husband Thomas continues to work towards her vision by heading up the advisory board and leading the implementation of this new law in Oregon. Learn more about Sheri’s foundation at sherieckert.org.

Between January 2021 and December 2022, the board is tasked with standardizing the manufacture, transportation, delivery, sale, and purchase of psilocybin in the state of Oregon. It’s also developing a system to track the manufacture, sale, purchase, and transfer of psilocybin so that it won’t be transported into other states. 

As the first state to implement a system like this, the board has a big job on its hands. They’re researching dosage, potency, strains, and synthetic vs. whole mushrooms. 

Manufacturers will have specific guidelines and standards and will need licenses before starting to make psilocybin. Facilitators who will assist with psilocybin sessions will need licenses as well. Service centers will host psilocybin sessions and will also need to get licensure before offering these services.

Where can I get psilocybin therapy in Oregon?

It is now possible to sign up to participate in legal psilocybin sessions in Oregon. It was predicted that people would be able to participate in these sessions in mid-2023, and in May this year, the OHA announced its first license for a psilocybin treatment centerEPIC Healing Eugene

Before anyone can go through a psilocybin journey, licenses have to be applied for and approved by the advisory committee. Oregon began taking license applications for service centers, training programs, manufacturers, and laboratories on January 2, 2023. It’s uncertain how long the licensure process can take, as each licensed service center will manage its own operations including communications, waiting lists, and scheduling with clients.

Even once these licenses and systems are in place, the process for getting psilocybin therapy in Oregon is still not immediate. Participants will need to have a preparation session before taking psilocybin, which includes a client information form, informed consent, a review of a client bill of rights, safety and support planning, transportation planning, and additional discussion with a licensed facilitator. Preparatory sessions may be completed in person or virtually via video call. As part of the preparatory session, a client will work with their facilitator to understand the dosage to take.

While the term ‘microdose’ is not defined in the statute, if a service center offers lower doses, a client can request a sub-perceptual dose of psilocybin in the preparation session (assuming in person). No minimum dose is set in the Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) Act, which defines the legal boundaries for psilocybin services in Oregon.

With the amount of interest in psilocybin, there may be a wait for these services. As the first state to implement this system, we’re excited to watch Oregon integrate this exciting approach.

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What to Know About Oregon’s Psilocybin Services

We’re excited for Oregon Psilocybin Services to provide access to legal psilocybin. There are several important things to note about these services, which refer to preparation, administration, and integration sessions provided by a licensed facilitator. 

  1. Psilocybin is still a Schedule 1 drug under the FDA. This legislation does not protect licensees or users from federal law. We’re not sure how this will affect users and facilitators. 
  2. You won’t be able to get psilocybin for private or home use. This bill grants access to psilocybin for licensed distributors to be used in the context of facilitated psilocybin sessions. Participants will be able to take part in psilocybin journeys in controlled environments (“service centers”) under the supervision of licensed service facilitators.
  3. A licensed manufacturer cultivates and processes the psilocybin products that are used. Products may be consumed as dried whole mushrooms, extracts, or powdered mushrooms that can be put into capsules or stirred into tea or edibles such as chocolate and other edible food products. Only natural psilocybin products are allowed (so synthetic psilocybin cannot be used, as it is in clinical trials). During the preparatory session, the client will work with the facilitator to understand and decide on the product type. All products are tested by licensed laboratories. After testing requirements are met, licensed manufacturers can send the packaged products to a licensed service center. Throughout this process, the products are tracked in a state-tracking system.
  4. The state or insurers will not fund Psilocybin. The cost of psilocybin therapy will vary depending on the service center. EPIC Healing Eugene released its price list, with different prices depending on the dosage used (costs range from $500 per individual session for a microdose and $3,500 for a high dose). The state of Oregon has voiced its commitment to providing access to as many people as possible, but there will still probably be an up-front cost. Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS), a section of the OHA that issues licenses to service centers, aims to align with the goals of Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan, which advances health equity for priority populations, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, tribal communities, people with low incomes, people who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, people with disabilities, and people living in rural areas.
  5. Oregon’s psilocybin bill does not provide workplace or housing protection for licensees and users. For instance, you could be fired from your job or evicted for using psilocybin.

Is Psilocybin Right for Me?

Only you can know if psilocybin can work for you. And it’s not right for everyone. For instance, people with a history of psychosis and mania may be triggered by psychedelic substances. By developing a relationship with a trained psychedelic therapist, together you can make the decision to pursue psilocybin therapy. 

There are specific diagnoses that psilocybin has been especially helpful for so far. Psilocybin has proven itself to be a useful tool for depression. It’s given relief even for people suffering from major depressive disorder and treatment-resistant depression5. One study even compared psilocybin with escitalopram (Lexapro), an antidepressant. Even though psilocybin was given once, and Lexapro was taken every day, psilocybin performed better in the long term6

We’re still early in the process of understanding the potential for psilocybin and other psychedelic therapies. The body of research and legislation on psilocybin is growing rapidly. Who knows what other diagnoses could be treated with psilocybin therapy? Check back in on our articles page to stay up-to-date on the latest research and laws on this exciting subject.

Learn more about choosing therapy on our blog. To understand whether psilocybin could be a good fit, you can search for a psychedelic provider on our search page. If you are a practitioner wanting to offer your patients the healing benefits of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs, take a look at our free resources and paid courses.

This article was originally published on January 14, 2022.


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  6. Carhart-Harris, R., Giribaldi, B., Watts, R., Baker-Jones, M., Murphy-Beiner, A., Murphy, R., Martell, J., Blemings, A., Erritzoe, D., & Nutt, D. J. (2021). Trial of psilocybin versus escitalopram for depression. New England Journal of Medicine, 384(15), 1402–1411. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejmoa2032994
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Author: Sam Woolfe
Sam Woolfe
Sam Woolfe is a freelance writer, blogger, and journalist based in London. His main areas of interest related to psychedelics include philosophy, psychology, mental health, and risks. You can follow him on Twitter and find more of his work at samwoolfe.com.
Author: Marie Hasty, RN
Marie Hasty, RN
I'm Marie Hasty - a nurse, medical copywriter, and artist living in Charlotte, North Carolina. I get to use my clinical and academic background to create accurate, readable medical copy. I am passionate about writing informative articles for patients and the community.

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