Bailey Elyse is a Pacific Northwest-based writer and mental health counselor in training. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English and Norwegian, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the intent to study the intersections of trauma and substance use. She is passionate about harm reduction, drug policy reform, and expanding mental health access. Over the last ten years she has worked as a writer in the cannabis space, primarily as a content manager and patient advocate at Leafly where she also co-authored The Leafly Guide to Cannabis. In the gaps between writing and her studies, she is typically sinking deep into a video game, cooking with music blasting, or wandering around mountain trails.
Aldous Huxley popularized mescaline in "The Doors of Perception," but no conversation today about this entheogen is complete without attention paid to indigenous sovereignty and conservation strategies around the mescaline-containing peyote succulent.