Great essay, Will. We know that when people are made vulnerable, it’s possible others will emerge to exploit them. Unfortunately, that is part of human nature, too, and exists among psychotherapist, doctors, and others in the healing arts. I say the following as someone who has personal experience with psychedelics, none of it bad (though some incapacitating). I believe that an occasional psychedelic trip is far safer than taking a psychiatric drug every day. BUT…. There’s far, far too much hype about psychedelics to cure emotional ills. It’s the hype that should be mistrusted — and those who would administer the drugs and control the patient’s environment (and the patient herself). As neither psychiatry, even with its boasting of psychopharmacological prowess, or psychotherapists seem to understand the prescription psychotropics that are so abundant now, probability is low that they have any grasp of the upsides and downsides of psychedelics, or have the capacity of selfless caring to guide someone made vulnerable by a drug. (Agape is something not taught in medical school.) As usual, they (and the public) are just itching to try the next new thing. As you say, the effects of psychedelics, like other psychotropics, are unpredictable. Psychiatry’s promising a miracle cure from them is highly inappropriate and will come back as disillusionment from many trusting patients. I hope they are not also harmed.