You’ve made the decision to move forward with your ketamine treatment and psychedelic therapy program here at Mindbloom. First of all, congratulations are in order! This is a big decision and a bold first step along your path towards healing and wholeness.
You’ve met with your clinician and are ready to kick things off. You may receive a notification from your Guide that your medicine and your “Bloombox™" have been sent out for delivery and are on their way to you.
We’ll fill you in on what exactly a Bloombox is™, and why you need one.
What is the Bloombox™?
A Bloombox™ is your experience toolkit for everything you’ll need throughout your treatment program here with Mindbloom. Your medicine will arrive separately, but there will be a space in the Bloombox™ to place it in once it’s arrived.
Our team of psychedelic therapy experts have spent tons of time diving into the nuances of each product that is included in your Bloombox™ —each component serves a necessary and vital function towards the success of your experiences. You will walk through all of this with your Guide, but to get you started, we’ll cover everything included for you:
The Bloombox™ itself will hold everything you need in one convenient and elegant location. It is a physical symbol of the work you’re doing, and a home base for you to return to when preparing, running, and integrating your medicine sessions.
The Welcome Guide
You will receive your Bloombox™ before your first session, and your Welcome Guide will point you in the direction you need to go. It walks you through what’s included, the next steps, and advice from the team for you.
Your journal is a powerful tool to use. It’s where you’ll write and keep your process and integration notes throughout your time with Mindbloom. You can record your intentions in it before a session, and take time to reflect and process the experiences as you have them.
Having everything in one journal is powerful, so that you can reflect on the progress you’ve made as you go through the treatment protocols.
The Blood Pressure Monitor
Safety is a core part of any good psychedelic therapy protocol, and the included blood pressure cuff helps ensure this for you.
Your Guide will ask for these readings before/after your initial session, and it’s a helpful tool to use before and after your subsequent sessions to keep everything in check. As everyone is unique, you can connect with your Guide on functionality, healthy reading ranges, and how this fits into your ongoing treatment sessions.
The Eye Mask
Your Mindbloom journey is about turning inwards, and your eye mask will help you do exactly that.
If you’re comfortable, we recommend using your eye masks during your dosing sessions to aid the process of turning your attention inwards. This helps prevent unwanted or unnecessary external stimuli from interrupting or interfering with the experience.
The Medicine Case
Your medicine will ship separately from our partner pharmacies, and the Bloombox™ will include a covered compartment for you to safely and securely store your medicine for future sessions. We currently offer six dosing sessions per program.
Overall, your Bloombox™ helps set the stage for your dosing sessions, and will give you everything you need to prepare your set and setting, and to be well equipped for safe, effective, and powerful sessions with the medicine.
Why Is the Bloombox™ Important?
As you may have seen from our other articles on preparing for your experiences — the (mind)set and setting you find yourself in for your dosing sessions heavily influence the nature of your experiences. They are important considerations regarding your safety, efficacy, and intensity of the medicine sessions.
We want to do everything in our power to assist with this process, and the Bloombox™ goes a long way to helping us achieve this end. Having the best tools of the trade available to you can help set you up for success, provide a feeling of safety and security, and help bring out the best of the medicine sessions and the integration periods that follow.
What If I Don’t Have One?
If for some reason you are approaching your first dosing sessions and do not yet have your Bloombox™ —or if you have your prescription medicine without the Bloombox™— the best thing to do is to reach out to your Guide and inquire.
The Bloombox™ does contain one very critical component for your introductory sessions: the blood pressure cuff. Having these readings before and after your first dosing sessions is a requirement in order to be able to move forward with the first session, so we must ensure that you have a blood pressure cuff available.
If you have not received one, it’s outside of the expected shipping window on your shipping notice, or have any questions at all about your Bloombox™, feel free to message your Guide and they will help you sort it out.
Do I Need it All the Time?
We would recommend using your Bloombox throughout the entirety of your treatment and programs with Mindbloom. All of these items have been included for a reason — they are assets to the psychedelic therapy process, and each session is just as important and has just as much potential as any other sessions.
You should approach each session with the same level of care and attention as you do the first one, and this includes using the tools available to you that are provided in the Bloombox™.
Taking your blood pressure, using the eye mask, journaling your intentions and your experiences/learnings afterwards, all of these add up in small increments to create powerful healing experiences for you.
The Center of Your Experience
In closing, it’s worth revealing that your Bloombox™ also serves another, but just as important purpose for your psychedelic therapy program — it is a physical symbol, a beacon of that work you’re doing here.
Simply coming back to your Bloombox™ throughout this process can be powerful for you — a tangible marker of your commitment to your growth, your healing, and your overall well being.
It is courageous, and powerful work to show up for yourself in this way, and become the best and brightest version of yourself possible. Your Bloombox™ is a totem, a recognition of this work. It’s something you can come back to, use throughout, and have as an ally on this process and program.
If you have any questions about the Bloombox™, how to use it, where it fits into the process, or any questions at all, reach out to our team or to your Guide. We’ll help you along your way.
Enjoy the beginning and the rest of your therapeutic journey here with Mindbloom!
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This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at +1 (800) 273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Important FDA Safety Information
Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Learn more about off-label uses here.
Side effects of ketamine treatment may include: altered sense of time, anxiety, blurred vision, diminished ability to see/hear/feel, dry mouth, elevated blood pressure or heart rate, elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure, excitability, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), restlessness, slurred speech, synesthesia (a mingling of the senses).
Do not proceed with ketamine treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- Allergic to ketamine
- Symptoms of psychosis or mania
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- CHF or other serious heart problem
- Severe breathing problem
- History of elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure
- History of hyperthyroidism
- Other serious medical illness
- Pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Ketamine has been reported to produce issues including, but not limited to, those listed below. However, lasting adverse side-effects are rare when medical protocols are carefully followed.
While ketamine has not been shown to be physically addictive, it has been shown to cause moderate psychological dependency in some recreational users.
- In rare cases, frequent, heavy users have reported increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, pain urinating, passing blood in the urine, or reduced bladder size
- Ketamine may worsen problems in people with schizophrenia, severe personality disorders, or other serious mental disorders.
- Users with a personal or family history of psychosis should be cautious using any psychoactive substance, including ketamine, and discuss potential risks with your MindBloom clinician before proceeding with treatment.
- The dissociative effects of ketamine may increase patient vulnerability and the risk of accidents.
To promote positive outcomes and ensure safety, follow these ketamine treatment guidelines:
- Do not operate a vehicle (e.g., car, motorcycle, bicycle) or heavy machinery following treatment until you’ve had a full night of sleep
- Refrain from taking benzodiazepines or stimulants for 24 hours prior to treatment
- Continue to take antihypertensive medication as prescribed
- Avoid hangovers or alcohol intake
- Refrain from consuming solid foods within 3 hours prior to treatment and liquids within 1 hour prior to treatment
- Ketamine treatment should never be conducted without a monitor present to ensure your safety