• Lives are being saved. Let’s protect that.

    Mounting evidence from leading medical research institutions such as Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and NYU tell us that plant medicines are uniquely effective in treating depression, trauma and addiction, and end-of-life anxiety.

    These potentially life-saving medicines are currently illegal. Alaska, it’s time to decriminalize.


    Decriminalize Nature Anchorage is a community of Anchorage citizens standing up for individual rights. We share a common belief that no human should ever be labeled a criminal for using plant medicines for healing, personal development, or spiritual practice.


    Decriminalize Nature aims to inform the public about the value of entheogenic plants

    and fungi for personal and collective healing and is working to expand access to these medicines through community organizing, education and political advocacy.

    Why Decriminalize?


    Mounting clinical research—and thousands of years of traditional use—suggests that entheogenic medicines could be a crucial missing piece in treating epidemic rates of mental illness, addiction and trauma-related conditions and empower people to realize greater wholeness, purpose and connection.

    Society pays the price of inadequate mental-health treatments in loss of life and in unmet human potential. Those costs are far too high. Innovative methods must be added to our existing health-care system.

  • Alaska has one of the highest alcohol, drug, and suicide death rates in the nation. Alaska's suicide rate remains among the highest in the country — around 30 deaths per 100,000 people. Experts warn that these "deaths of despair" may increase in the wake of Covid19.

    It is time for a change.

  • “Increasing scientific evidence and burgeoning clinical experience show that, in the proper context, the use of plant medicines can be a positive adjunct to healing, with lasting positive impacts on mental well-being. In advocating for people's right to access these potentially beneficial traditional modalities, this petition is a step in the right direction."


    Dr. Gabor Maté - M.D., C.M.


    Lives are being saved, and that needs to continue. Let’s be clear, decriminalization doesn’t mean legalization. Decriminalization doesn’t authorize recreational use, or retail sales.

    While important groundwork such as funding critical scientific research and creating a legal therapeutic framework is ongoing, there is an urgent need to make sure that those who require these medicines for their mental health and wellness are protected from criminal prosecution.


    “The criminalization of substances for personal use has ruined lives and prevented important research into the positive benefits of plant medicines.”


    Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

  • Not drugs. Entheogens.

    An entheogen is a plant or fungi that has the ability to induce an altered state of consciousness which can inspire cognitive, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth and healing. Entheogens are naturally occurring and have been consumed for millennia by human beings. In many cultures, entheogenic plant medicines are considered sacred sacraments. Some are already recognized as such by existing U.S. law today. Leading medical researchers have clinically demonstrated that entheogens have significant healing outcomes for individuals suffering from conditions including addiction, depression, trauma and terminal illness.


    What about the risks?


    We recognize that there are legitimate concerns around self-treatment. Anecdotally, we know that many of the lesser-known plant medicines that are used for more acute treatment, such as ibogaine and ayahuasca, are almost exclusively found in ceremonial and therapy-based settings, where they are administered by mental health professionals and/or those with deep traditional training.

    There is sound research into the more commonly self-administered substance, psilocybin (the key ingredient in magic mushrooms) that finds it is safer than all other drugs, including alcohol.

    Many people who struggle with mental health already self-medicate, too often with hard drugs or alcohol. This situation has played out with appalling consequences in the current opioid crisis.


  • The Medical Potential of Psychedelics

    with Michael Pollan

    An Interview

    with Michael Pollan

    After decades in the shadows, new studies are looking at psychedelic drugs and their efficacy at treating a variety of psychological issues, including depression. Bestselling author Michael Pollan wrote about the potential uses for LSD and psilocybin (so-called "magic mushrooms") in his new book, "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence." Pollan spoke with "CBS This Morning" about his own experience with psilocybin.



    Our Stories...


    Anchorage, AK

    I have been working with entheogenic plant medicines for over a decade. Not only have they helped me to understand more about myself and the world that we live in, but they help me to see - more clearly - the changes that I need to make in my own life in order to live a happier, healthier life. They are wonderful tools that we can use for self-healing and personal development and now is the time to destigmatize & decriminalize these medicines.


    Anchorage, AK

    Psilocybin has helped me to overcome depression. I was moving through a difficult time in life and had heard about the positive benefits of micro-dosing. Psilocybin has helped me to understand myself in a way that has been beneficial. I am grateful.


    Wasilla, AK

    I had a pretty hard childhood and grew up with a lot of trauma. I became an alcoholic and all I can say is that my life was in tailspin. Using mushrooms has helped me to stop drinking and although life is still challenging, I'm happy that I here right now.  

  • Decriminalization does not authorize recreational use or retail marketing. It simply reduces people’s risk of arrest for using natural substances that can treat common mental health conditions.

  • We all have the right to be well!

    Support DN Anchorage & get involved today.