Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: An Introduction

1.5 hours

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: An Introduction

What You'll Learn

  • A brief history of psychedelic therapy
  • The most widely used psychedelics for therapeutic benefit
  • The pharmacology, clinical indications, safety considerations, and legal status for each
  • The effects these substances have on the brain and body
  • The results of the latest clinical research
  • Naturopathic supportive tools for psychedelic-assisted therapy


We’re in a time of psychedelic renaissance in which tremendous breakthroughs are being made in clinical studies as well as groundbreaking shifts in decriminalization and access. In this heavily research-focused course, Dr. Diana Quinn will cover the following psychedelic medicines and, as available, their pharmacology, classifications, active constituents, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, clinical indications, therapeutic benefits, contraindications, adverse effects, safety considerations, and current legal status:

  • Ayahuasca
  • Peyote
  • San Pedro
  • Psilocybin
  • 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT)
  • Ibogaine
  • Lysergic acid diiethylamide (LSD)
  • N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
  • 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
  • Ketamine

Dr. Quinn starts the course with a brief history of psychedelic medicine and the pharmacology of psychedelics. She dives into neuroscience and neuroplasticity and the incredible effects that these substances have on the brain and body, including the amygdala, the fight or flight response, the gut-brain connection, HPA axis, and immune modulation. She will share the therapeutic benefits from various clinical trials where psychedelics have been used for a wide range of conditions. Although a minor portion of the course, she will briefly discuss microdosing and the difference between macro and microdose use of psychedelics.

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Quinn also lays out key foundational naturopathic supportive medicines that can assist patients undergoing psychedelic-assisted therapy, including botanical medicine, nutrient therapy, and others.

Course Content

  • Introduction 10min
  • Psychedelic Pharmacology 21min
  • Neural Correlates 15min
  • Clinical Indications, Contraindications and Research 25min
  • Naturopathic Modalities to Support 13min


Diana Quinn ND (she/her) is a queer Chicana, licensed naturopathic doctor with over 15 years of clinical experience in integrative mental health, mind/body medicine and somatic modalities. Her work is grounded in healing justice, a framework that aims to intervene on generational trauma and bring collective practices to transform the consequences of oppression. She has been honored to serve healing justice organizations such as Healing by Choice!, Trauma and Crisis Care (TRACC) for Movements, and the Psychedelic Liberation Collective.

Dr. Quinn is a graduate of the CIIS Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program and sits on the Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies. She is a member of the Chacruna Institute Racial Equity and Access Committee, and serves on multiple boards and advisory committees focused on justice, equity, diversity and access (JEDI) in psychedelic medicine.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    0.75 CEU total (up to 0.75 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    1.5 CEUs total (up to 1.5 CEUs General, up to 1.5 CEUs Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General, up to 2 hours Pharmacology) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    0.75 CPD total (up to 0.75 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    1.5 CMEs total (up to 1.5 CMEs General, up to 1.5 CMEs Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    1.5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    1.5 credits total (up to 1.5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    1.5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    1.5 CEUs total (up to 1.5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    1.5 CEs total (up to 1.5 CEs General, up to 1.5 CEs Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    1.5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General, up to 1.5 hours Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    1.5 contact hours total (up to 1.5 contact hours General, up to 2 contact hours Pharmacotherapeutics) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours General, up to 1.5 hours Naturopathic Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    1.5 credits total (up to 1.5 credits General, up to 1.5 credits Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    1.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    1.5 CEs total (up to 1.5 CEs General, up to 1.5 CEs Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Category 2, up to 1.5 hours Category 2 - Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
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