Diagnosis, support, lifestyle changes, and medication information

Ketamine treatments

  • Ketamine Advocacy Network, information on ketamine for treatment resistant depression and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This is an excellent resource for patients to learn more about ketamine, how it works, and what to expect

  • KRIYA, ketamine research institute and host of annual conference for providers

  • Wikipedia article on ketamine, lots of easy to access information on ketamine

  • Ketamine and depression: a review, scholarly work discussing the nuances of ketamine for this indication

  • The Ketamine Papers, 2016 book published by MAPS which discusses the science, phenomenology, use, and history behind ketamine, useful for both patients and clinicians. Contains an updated review of ketamine for depression, by Dr. Ryan and colleagues


Local / Community Organizations

  • Common Ground, needle exchange and HIV testing in Santa Monica

  • Venice Family Clinic, free clinic for indigent community members, in multiple locations around Venice and Santa Monica

  • St. Joseph Center, agency that provides medical and mental health care, as well as housing and food support, to homeless individuals in Venice

  • Ocean Park Community Center, similar to St. Joseph Center but in Santa Monica; operates several homeless shelters in the area. Now merged with LAMP under the new name, The People Concern

  • Westside Urgent Care Center (UCC), a 24 hour psychiatric crisis center open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, operated by Exodus Recovery, Inc and contracted by Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health

Harm Reduction

  • Erowid, Bluelight, and PsychonautWiki, peer sourced information aimed at harm reduction (i.e. accepting that some individuals will choose to use substances despite their risks, and offering ways to use them safer)

  • Zendo Project, providing psychedelic harm reduction at festivals such as Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, and others

  • DanceSafe, provides harm reduction and drug testing services within the electronic music community

  • The Manual of Psychedelic Support, a collaborative and open source document that describes the implementation and methodology for psychedelic harm reduction services

Research / Advocacy Organizations

  • Hefter Research Institute, funding research into clinical applications of psilocybin (active component of Psilocybe mushrooms) for addiction, depression, and more

  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, funding research into clinical applications of psychedelic agents, such as MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, and ibogaine for opiate use disorder

  • The Beckley Foundation, a UK based think tank focusing on drug policy reform and research into psychoactive substances

  • Drug Policy Alliance, an organization aiming to reform domestic drug laws consistent with science, compassion, health, and human rights

  • Aware Project, a Southern California based organization that hosts bi-monthly lectures on psychedelics, as well as other events

  • Usona Institute, a WI based medical research organization, focusing on treatment resistant depression and anxiety, such as psilocybin

  • ProjectCBD, non-profit educational service discussing therapeutic applications of cannabis/cannabinoids, and particularly of CBD

  • Psychedelic.support, website featuring a directory of providers and discussion regarding psychedelic drugs and medications, including an article talking about clinical trials and the FDA approval process (linked here)

Professional Organizations

Research / Writing