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Therapeutic Psychedelics Are In — and Now There’s a Peer Support Line to Help

The New York Times has called psychedelics and MDMA (i.e. “molly”) the “hottest new therapeutics since Prozac.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper declared a “psychedelic renaissance” on an episode of “60 Minutes” in 2019.

And Esquire magazine has even suggested LSD is actually good for us.

Psychedelics are having a moment. However, they need to be taken seriously and not as a joyride as they become more available. Now there is an app and hotline called The Fireside Project that will help people have a safer experience while undergoing a therapeutic psychedelic session.

Last year, a study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed promise for psilocybin in treating depression and anxiety.

Fireside aims to help you have a therapeutic trip. And if you’re having an uncomfortable experience, Fireside’s Psychedelic Peer Support Line can talk you through it.

The Bay-Area-based nonprofit is the first-ever hotline of its kind, offering support to those who are taking psychedelics who may need either some handholding, or just someone to talk to while they experiment with psychedelics.

Fireside is staffed by 30 trained volunteers. It acquired seed money from supporters in San Francisco, a city that is a longtime friend of psychedelics, given its history of the hippie culture in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood and homegrown bands like The Grateful Dead.

Launched in April 2021, The Psychedelic Peer Support Line is free and confidential, and its central goal is to “Help all people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences.” You can text or call them at 62-FIRESIDE, open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. PT.

“The Psychedelic Peer Support Line is staffed by compassionate, supportive volunteers from diverse

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