Psychedelic Medicine Specialist

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Set & Setting

Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Beaverton, OR

Humans have been using psychedelic medicine for thousands of years to explore their spiritual and emotional selves more deeply. Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, at Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, uses psychedelic medicine for mental health treatment. When combined with psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine promotes personal growth and development. To find out more about psychedelic medicine, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Psychedelic Medicine Q & A

What is psychedelic medicine?

Psychedelic medicine is an emerging area of treatment for mental health conditions. These medications create a non-ordinary state of consciousness that promotes personal growth and awareness. 

Psychedelic medicine includes drugs that alter your thoughts and sensory perception. Types of psychedelic medicine include:


Ketamine is a dissociative general anesthetic that alters your state of consciousness by blocking certain neurotransmitters in your brain. It’s used in high doses for surgical procedures for sedation and pain management.

In low doses, ketamine puts you in a dreamlike state and may cause hallucinations. 


Psilocybin is a substance found in mushrooms that also blocks certain receptors in the brain, altering your sensory perception. Oregon recently legalized the use of psilocybin for mental health treatment. However, legal guidelines and a framework for treatment are pending.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

MDMA is a psychedelic medicine that increases the release of serotonin — a mood-stabilizing chemical — in your brain. MDMA is currently in phase III clinical trials and may be legalized for use soon. 

Am I a candidate for psychedelic medicine?

Set & Setting determines if you’re a candidate for psychedelic medicine after a safety screening and evaluation. The practice primarily uses psychedelic medicine to treat patients who fail to get relief from their symptoms with traditional psychiatric treatments. 

Mental health conditions the practice treats with psychedelic medicine include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

During your safety screening and evaluation, you meet with the medical prescriber and therapist. Your medical prescriber reviews your medical history and talks to you about the psychedelic medicine treatment.

Your therapist spends time getting to know you and asking detailed questions about your expectations from psychedelic medicine treatment. They help you set your treatment goals. 

If your providers at Set & Setting think you can benefit from psychedelic medicine, they set up your “pre-flight” and intention-setting sessions. 

How does psychedelic medicine work?

Set & Setting uses ketamine for psychedelic medicine. Their treatment, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), combines ketamine treatment with psychotherapy.

Psychedelic medicine works by helping your brain create new neural pathways, allowing you to create new ways to respond to old hurts and relieve your mental health symptoms. 

To help you maximize the benefits of your psychedelic medicine treatment, Set & Setting works closely with you to help you change your mindset before, during, and after your treatment. A prepared and open mind helps improve your response to treatment.

Find out more about psychedelic medicine at Set & Setting by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.