Psychedelic Guides with Kimberly Adams of LYT Mind

This week’s Psychedelic Guide is Kimberly Adams, Founder for LYT Mind. LYT Mind is the first platform with medically assisted care to begin recovery from home. Their mission is to reconnect clients to their mind and body by alleviating the causes of their addictions with nutraceutical support, community and psychedelic therapies.

When did you first become involved in the psychedelic industry and why?

I had my start in college in the 2000s because my Psychology professors were some of the original experimenters with high-dose LSD and MDMA in a therapeutic setting. Back then, I was just made aware of this work, but the industry was completely underground, so my experience went that way, as well. In early 2018, I was brought together with some fantastic people to restart the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. Out of that work and several other projects in the industry, the Decriminalize Nature Initiative was born in Oakland, Ca. We had no idea what it would become, but I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of changing the Psychedelic political landscape forever!

Do you, or have you taken, psychedelic substances?

I have been working therapeutically with many different medicines for about eight years. Ayahuasca changed my world more than any other, as my work with it informed my recovery from alcohol dependency. I was fortunate to sit with traditional Native American medicine women initially, but then with several underground sitters with various substances. I work with many Phenethylamines and Tryptamines now, both psychedelic and otherwise. This work supports my continued recovery and helps me experience peak states of awareness.

What’s your favourite psychedelic compound?

Ayahuasca, hands down.

Do your parents/family members know what you’re doing?

I actually came to Ayahuasca a few years after my mother’s passing as an attempt to say goodbye to her and heal grief. I know she approves 100% from the other side! My other family members know if they ask, but I do not broadcast it.

Have you had an experience with mental health/chronic pain?

Yes, both. I had what would have been called depression as a teenager, but the pharmaceutical companies did not have the hold on our collective consciousness as they do today. My alcohol abuse was a response to that but came after many years of illegal substance abuse of all kinds trying to find an answer to how I felt. I was lucky enough to have never been diagnosed with anything, technically, so I sought alternative ways to heal. Psychedelics and amino acid therapies have been the primary ways I have found relief.

I also had a terrible car accident at 20 years old that left me with chronic pain in my neck and back. Then after 15 years of studying dance, it left me with more injuries. Alcohol played a role in masking the pain and served its purpose at the time but now yoga, mediation and CBD do what alcohol could never do.

What’s your vision of the industry in 20 years?

My hope may not match reality, but I believe there is a good chance that mental health will be completely transformed after a few years of some mishaps. The rate that these substances are coming to market is not congruent with the support and wisdom needed to navigate these experiences in the mainstream. My hope is that more political and prison reform will come alongside this renaissance and allow those who have experience in making and offering these substances the ability to do so without retribution of past mistakes.

We will stumble, it is to be expected but I hope that the psychedelics will inform the decision-makers because they experienced them themselves rather than speculate their value on the trading floor.

Once the stigma is cleared from them, and drug policies change, I believe several new industries will emerge from what is happening today. My hope is that we bring these medicines into the mainstream in the ways that indigenous tribes use them- in community, available to all, and as an effort to heal our collective.

What are your biggest worries for the industry?

That patents and greed will impede access and that issues because of inexperience will overshadow those who know how to navigate these experiences, further limiting access.

Who are your heroes?

Honestly, I can not name them because they currently work illegally, but those that have cultivated these medicines and supported people quietly for decades to expand their consciousness, are my heroes in this industry.

They did what was hard, they risked their freedom and gave their time to help others without fame or fortune. That is what a real hero does in my book.

If you could create a psychedelic to do anything you wanted, what would it do?

Cultivate compassion… oh wait they do that!!! So many of Shulgin’s creations likely will do more than I can ever dream up. Not being a chemist myself, I just want to be able to experience as many of them made safely and legally as I can!

We’d like to thank Kimberly for being a part of the Psychedelic Guides series. Stay tuned for weekly profiles on leaders in the psychedelic industry.

Microdose Psychedelic Insights

Microdose Psychedelic Insights

Your Guide to the Business of Psychedelics. Our mission is to shift the world's perception of psychedelic medicine.