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Psilocybin Dietary and Medical Guidelines

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Preparing for Your Psilocybin Experience

Working with plant medicines in sacred ceremony requires proper preparation and understanding, both for your safety and to have a fulfilling and beneficial experience. 

Please note: In order to ensure your complete safety and well-being, it is important to discuss with your medical provider any changes in your medications and let our team know of any medications you are taking.

Dietary Guidelines

In general, we encourage you to eat whole foods, limiting processed foods as well as foods high in salt, sugar, oils, and saturated fats. We highly encourage an anti-inflammatory, whole food diet.

It is highly encouraged to avoid the following for at least 2 weeks prior to your retreat:

  • Plant Medicine (e.g. Cannabis, Psilocybin, Hape, Peyote, Datura, Salvia, Ayahuasca or DMT)
  • Synthetic Psychedelics (e.g. Ketamine, LSD, MDMA, 5MEO-DMT)
  • Stimulants (e.g. Cocaine, Caffeine Pills)
  • Alcohol 
  • Limit nicotine (vaping, patches, cigarettes, or pouch/ dipping)
  • Limit processed foods 
  • Limit salt and foods high in salt 
  • Limit foods high in sugar 
  • Limit foods high in oils & animal fats
  • Limit News Media and Social Media

It is highly encouraged to avoid the following for at least one week prior to your retreat:

  • Caffeine
  • Energy Drinks (e.g. Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Nos, Xyience, Bang, Amp)
  • Sexual and sensual activity with self or others
  • Adrenaline inducing activity (i.e. sky-diving, extreme sports, endurance activities, getting a tattoo, horror films, etc. – routine workouts are OK)

The general principle here is that your base energy level or adrenaline levels should not be peaking and dropping. Think of it as trying to remain on an ‘even keel’ of energy before and during your retreat.

Medical Guidelines

In general, we recommend stopping most medications, if possible, four weeks in advance of your retreat. However, we recognize that this may not be possible for all medications. It’s not always necessary to discontinue medications, but it’s very important to discuss this with your primary medical provider as well as the HHP team.


At HHP we hold a high standard for every aspect of our program processes. We believe all those who feel the call of the medicine, regardless of where they choose to partake, should understand the potential risks involved as well as the current knowledge, traditions, and recommendations, both spiritual and medical, in preparing for such an experience.