DENVER (AP) — On a picturesque autumn night in early November, the sundown belied a briskness to the Denver breeze. However inside a nondescript brick constructing downtown, anticipation was heating up the air.
A gaggle of 25 individuals sat in a circle on the ground, every with a ramen spoon filled with a brownish paste. Amongst them was Rabbi Ben Gorelick, a fast-talking 42-year-old with a multi-colored mohawk. On that evening, Gorelick’s tempo was a pair beats slower than ordinary as he calmly instructed these within the room to devour what was on the spoon — a personalized combination of psychedelic mushroom extract — and discover a spot to put on the ground as they ready to “drop in” throughout a guided respiration train.