Established 2012 in Boulder, Colorado, Medicinal Mindfulness pioneered and became the first Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy, Psychedelic Therapy & Conscious Cannabis organization in the United States, and has since become an established leader in the emerging field of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, and safe and legal Psychedelic Experiences.
Medicinal Mindfulness is not just a psychedelic therapy clinic, we are an intentional psychedelic community that promotes safe and intentional psychedelic medicine use practices for personal and global healing and transformation.
Medicinal Mindfulness integrates the four primary paradigms of psychedelic medicine use (the Creative, Scientific, Psychological & Spiritual) to elicit profound psychedelic healing and transformational experiences in a safe, legal and supportive environment. These experiences can be geared to individual sessions to support the transformation of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction and other emotional struggles. These experiences can also be used to explore the extreme growth edges of our human potential. They can also be shared in small groups, private retreats, or at our ongoing community programs, our Conscious Cannabis Events and twice monthly Community Breathwork with live music.
Our program is a safe space. We are trauma informed, clinically trained, psychedelic activists, psychotherapists and healer-explorers. Our approach is Transpersonally-aligned, somatic (body-centered) and mindfulness based. Medicinal Mindfulness has helped establish professional psychedelic therapists and grassroots psychedelic communities in multiple cities in the United States and Canada. Our trained practitioners are actively facilitating psychedelic experiences in legal settings throughout the country.
Learn how to join the cutting-edge field of Psychedelic Therapy by attending Psychedelic Sitters School, the Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Training Program. PSS offers foundational courses in psychedelic harm reduction, safe psychedelic sitting and crisis intervention, the use of cannabis as a psychedelic medicine, Psychedelic Guide Training, Psychedelic Group Facilitation, and others. Our local psychedelic apprenticeship program provides hands-on experience for becoming a professional Community Breathwork Facilitator, Psychedelic Cannabis Sitter & Guide, and Group Psychedelic Facilitator. The program is designed for new and advanced practitioners, and is in a retreat setting to support out of town participants.
In addition, we sponsor and organize educational events such as the Psychedelic Shine Speaker Series and Community Gatherings, and facilitate community outreach with other psychedelic communities, programs and organizations.
The Extended-State DMT Program completed its first DMTx Psychonaut Training in September 2018, and is currently initiating Phase 2 of the research.
Keep scrolling to meet our team.
The Medicinal Mindfulness Team
Daniel McQueen, MA
Executive Director, Psychedelic Therapist, Principal Organizer DMTx Program
+ About Daniel
Daniel McQueen (MA) is a professional psychedelic therapist and guide with a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. With his wife Alison McQueen (MA, LPC), Daniel is the co-director and manager of Medicinal Mindfulness, a local consciousness community and psychedelic education program in Boulder, Colorado.
Daniel facilitates individual and group psychedelic experiences using psychedelic cannabis blends and transformational breathwork techniques. He is the Principal Organizer of the Medicinal Mindfulness Extended-State DMT Program.
Operations Director & Psychedelic Curator
+ About Marshall
Originally from Jamaica, NY, Marshall moved to Colorado in 2001 and today serves as the Operations Director for Medicinal Mindfulness Events LLC. He, along with Megan S., also oversees Vinyasa Productions LLC, a grassroots organization focused on delivering unique and revolutionary sound-healing experiences across various educational, healing, and medicine communities. Having played piano at Carnegie Hall for several years as a child, Marshall was raised in a fully-immersed world of classical music, the influences of which can still be felt today via the cosmically symphonic presentation of his sacred instruments practice.
Previously, Marshall worked for several large financial institutions in New York, Charlotte, and Denver. As an investment banker, he structured and placed more than $3 billion in institutional mezzanine financings, private debt & equity issues, and single-asset/portfolio-level commercial real estate investment sales. Marshall graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo, where he attained dual majors in Finance and Accounting.
Cindy P., M. Div
Lead Community Breathwork Facilitator
+ About Cindy
Rev. Cindy Pincus is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and student of the Franciscan mystical tradition. She serves as a Hospice Chaplain in the Denver/Boulder area and is one of the lead facilitators for the Medicianal Mindfulness Breathwork Community. Her services include End of Life Workshops for individuals and groups, Death Doula work, Altar work for the dead and living, and Nature-Based Psychedelic Journey Integration.
Cindy is professionally trained as an ecologist, biologist, and theologian. She weaves these subjects together with Buddhist psychology, trauma-based healing theory, and the practice of offering blessing to others to support her clients.
Cindy's greatest teacher is, of course, the Earth herself and you will often find her in the mountains snowshoeing and skiing during the winter, or walking the alpine tundra in the summer.
of Nibumbu, Lead Music Facilitator
+ About Joe
In 2001, Joe nearly perished in a car accident. The long recovery process nurtured a healer’s spirit within him, and as his wounds healed, his soul yearned for ways of channeling this ever-growing impulse. Eleven years later, in 2012, Joe was still searching for his life’s calling when some friends invited him to come along with them to a music festival.
One of the musical performances had such a potent effect on him that by the end of the night, the direction of his entire life would be changed forever: he would become a musician...or die trying. In 2013, his new calling would bring him all the way from Florida to the Rocky Mountains, where he found fertile ground for nurturing his musical inclinations. Shortly thereafter he connected with groups of like-minded individuals and out of that substrate of community and nature, he co-founded Nibumbu (https://www.medicinalmindfulness.org/nibumbu), and thus an ideal vehicle for harnessing his creative and healing impulses.
Joe’s ever growing list of Instruments: Acoustic drum kit, 3+ types of electronic drum systems, Didgeridoo, Loop pedals, Hang drums/Handpans, Jaw Harps/Danmoi, hand drums and various types of percussion instruments.
Craig S. MA, LPC, LAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Addiction Counselor
+ About Craig
I am interested in blending the evidenced-based practices of Western psychotherapy with the wisdom and compassion of Eastern psychology. Utilizing mindfulness practices and depth psychotherapy, I focus on bringing openness, curiosity, and compassion to the parts of ourselves that generate fear, resistance, and trepidation. Often, symptoms of pain and suffering arise from shadow areas that require more light and compassionate attention. I value psychotherapy as a safe space to begin doing this deep personal work with guidance, support, and care.
I have been interested in substances and psychedelic psychotherapy since a young age. Inspired by the psychedelic research of Rick Strassman, I pursued a career in understanding both the wisdom and neurosis of various mind-altering substances. This path took me down a road of working directly with addiction, trauma, and spirituality. I became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in 2015 and have explored how substances can both heal and devastate. I have become passionate about exploring ways to utilize psychedelic medicines for growth and expansion, while reducing the potential for harm. My end goal is to support healthy relationships towards ourselves, towards others, and towards the medicines we choose for personal growth.
Areas of Specialization
• Contemplative Psychotherapy & Mindfulness
• Substance Abuse & Addiction
• Psychedelic Integration
Dr. Joseph Cohen, D.O.
Medical Cannabis Consultant
+ About Dr. Cohen
After having practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist with concomitant training in Functional Medicine at a Yale University hospital, Dr. Cohen subsequently developed an interest in Cannabis Medicine. Having treated thousands of patients with cannabinoids, Dr. Cohen is considered an expert in this new frontier. He believes that the most significant results from the use of cannabis occur when finding, and removing, triggers of disease along with good nutrition and lifestyle choices. Dr. Cohen’s areas of interest include the prevention and treatment of auto-immune disease, dementia and CTE. He is the Medical Director for Journey 2 Life and Holos Health.
+ About Brad
Brad serves as Senior Counsel at McAllister Garfield, P.C. and also directs the firms Tribal Cannabis Law Group.
Now entering his third decade of legal practice, Brad regularly advises his clients on business transaction matters including corporate start up, financing, and regulatory and environmental compliance. Brad is also a highly experienced litigator and has handled numerous environmental enforcement cases and American Indian law matters in tribal court, state court and federal trial and appellate courts.
Over the course of this career, Brad has worked extensively throughout Indian Country. Brad regularly advises his clients on developing tribal civil and criminal codes to address cannabis and hemp, establishing tribally owned and operated cannabis businesses and creating joint ventures and other business arrangements. In 2018, Brad scored a decisive federal court victory on behalf of a federally recognized American Indian tribe in Wisconsin upholding the tribe’s ability to cultivate hemp and produce Cannabidiol or CBD.
Brad is licensed to practice law in Colorado and admitted to practice before Federal courts in Colorado and Wyoming as well as the Ninth, Tenth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Prior to joining McAllister Garfield, Brad served as an assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and was founder and managing attorney of a prominent environmental/energy law firm.
Brad graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law’s Environmental and American Indian Law program in 1998 and is an enrolled tribal member of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians.
Alison McQueen, MA LPC, ATR
Clinical Director, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist
+ About Alison
I practice as a licensed counselor, art therapist, and somatic (body-centered) trauma specialist with a private practice focused on mindfulness-based trauma and depth work, conscious parenting and women’s issues, psychedelic integration and cannabis use support for physical and psychological well-being. I have a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (Art Therapy emphasis) from Naropa University, over three years of training in somatic trauma work with the Somatic Training Institute, as well as advanced training and experience as a MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapist in the Phase 2 MAPS sponsored study for the treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Bringing together over a decade of experience in the mental health field, clinical research experience in psychedelic therapies, and four years of international experience in therapeutic art education in the Czech Republic, I work skillfully and empathically with individuals and groups in cultivating lives of meaning and authenticity.
I believe that no one does this work alone, and I am inspired by a transparent and collaborative feminist approach to psychotherapy. Your stories, your wisdom, and your vulnerabilities are safe with me. I invite you to reach out so that I may support you on your journey.
Digital Media Director
+ About Megan
Born and raised outside Denver, CO, Megan Sax began her sacred yogic journey over 15 years ago. Megan teaches a broad spectrum of yoga classes throughout the Denver area. Recognizing yoga as a truly revealing practice, the encouragement of introspection and nurturing one’s “awareness of self” have been her guiding focuses, both as a teacher and student. Her exploration of sound healings has brought her to love tuning forks. She is certified in Sonopuncture and has developed a Chakra Tuning during which she uses forks tuned to each chakra while guiding the journeyer through meditation and affirmation. Weaving together yoga and cannabis, two healing medicines she believes in, to offer Ganja Glowga, is a yoking of two of her passions.
With a background in graphic design and English, she was formerly the art director for an international, non-profit blood supply company, and now serves as the Digital Media Director for Medicinal Mindfulness. She is the co-founder of, and the creative director for, Vinyasa Productions LLC, a grassroots organization focused on delivering unique and revolutionary sound-healing experiences across various educational, healing, and medicine communities.
Principal Investigator DMTx Program & Clinical Advisor
+ About Carla
Dr. Carla Clements (PhD, LPC, BCPB) has been a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, CO in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology Department for the last 15 years. She was the chair of the department for a decade, and continues to teach Assessment in Counseling, Group Dynamics, Helping Relationships, and Transpersonal Psychology. In May 2018, she retired to become the Principal Investigator of the DMTx program.
Carla has also maintained a private practice in psychotherapy, specializing in the treatment of PTSD in women, for the past 30 years. During the past three years, Carla was the Independent Rater for the MAPS-sponsored phase 2 study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant, chronic PTSD. This experience renewed a lifelong interest in consciousness-expanding compounds which she continues to research today.
of Nibumbu, Lead Music Facilitator
+ About Justin
Justin is a musician and artist who picked up his first instrument at the age of 4. Justin was raised on the west coast in southern California and moved to Colorado at the age of 13 with his family. Over the years, family trauma, addiction and long hours working on the road as a contractor put his artistic output on hold. A traumatic injury on the job in his mid-twenties forced him to rethink his career path. Fortunately it created enough space in his life for art and music to reemerge and mark the start of his healing journey.
Now in his mid 30’s, he’s fully focused on his artistic passions including tattoo, music in many forms, visual art, and a combination of all of the skills he’s picked up along the way, allowing him to come into his true purpose. Always evolving and years of work with entheogens made stepping into sound healing a wonderful and natural match for Justin. Grateful to be a part of people’s healing process, he also uses his music and this opportunity to heal himself in the process. Justin co-founded Nibumbu (https://www.medicinalmindfulness.org/nibumbu), with Joe D.
Justin’s ever-growing list of Instruments: Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Didgeridoo, Keys/Synths, Production Software, Tank Drums/Drums, and Singing Bowls
Mark Braunstein, D.O., ABPN
+ About Dr. Braunstein
Dr. Mark Braunstein, DO, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with a background in wilderness psychiatry, osteopathic medicine, cannabis psychiatry and a passion for helping people to use less psychiatric medication.
He has been in the trenches treating serious mental illness since graduating medical school in 1997. Dr. B., as referred to by patients and colleagues, started his psychiatry career working in the jails of New Mexico. From there, he treated severely mentally ill patients in the state hospitals of Main. Moving to Colorado in 2002 he started his private practice and began combining cannabis medicine with psychiatry.
Not long after, he was sought out to work for a wilderness therapy treatment center. He was not only essential in combining the fields of psychiatry and wilderness therapy, but pioneered a new way to treat patients in this realm. He created a industry-specific model that others now follow. While working with patients who were spending three months at a time in the wilderness, he found they were coming in overmedicated and leaving very well on none, or at least, much less medication. A large part of this due to the powerful combination of wilderness therapy, coupled with integrative and holistic medicine and Dr. B.’s unique treatment style. His uncanny knack for creating a safe space for patients to be honest and raw, have yielded unmatched results. Educating his patients on issues and medications while infusing a collaborative approach, have been catalysts for empowering his patients to become better advocates for their own health and wellbeing.
Witnessing these results spurned a passion for helping people outside of wilderness therapy to minimize or stop their psychiatric medications via other modalities of healing, including medical cannabis. Over the past sixteen years of practice, he has treated over ten thousand people with medical cannabis. He now specializes in treating psychiatric disorders with medical cannabis, adjusting their dosages and changing formulations, using an evidenced-based approach to cannabinoid science in prescribing marijuana as a medicinal treatment.
Karina Maria Tibble, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor and Psychedelic Integration Specialist
+ About Karina Maria
Karina Maria Tibble, MA, LPC, is a bilingual transpersonal counselor (Spanish & English) and somatic trauma specialist offering non-judgmental and mindfulness-based integration work for individuals who choose to heal and grow through psychedelic therapies. Karina Maria offers expertise related to:
• Supporting clients facing abortion, chronic illness, fatigue, depression or anxiety
• Making meaning of peak, challenging & mystical experiences
• Issues of immigration, outsiderness & belonging
• Mindfulness-based and somatic trauma work
• Women waking up, rejuvenating and expanding into the depths of womanhood
• Goddess mythology, ritual and ceremony design/facilitation
• The gifts and challenges of being highly sensitive/empathic
In addition to individual counseling and integration work, Karina Maria Tibble offers ongoing women's temple groups. Her temple evenings are a safe and nourishing space for women who are committed to their spiritual awakening and are longing to connect with the immense power of the feminine way.Previous temple themes include: Intuition, Pleasure, Rising Rooted, Fighting your Battle, Womb Wisdom, Feed your Wild One and more!
Matthew Campeau, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Clinical Assessment Specialist
+ About Matthew
Matthew trained as a psychotherapist at Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. He has been an Independent Rater with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) since 2012 and supported Phase 2 MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy studies and MJP-1 Cannabis for PTSD symptoms among others. He is currently administering assessments for Phase 3 MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy studies. Matthew’s approach is mindfulness-based, DSM-5 oriented, transpersonal and compassionate. He specializes in crisis evaluations, interventions, and referrals and skillfully administers and interprets DSM-5 based assessments. He has 11 years clinical experience with individuals with mild to chronic and severe mental illnesses and has a strong ability to remain grounded and support clients in dysregulation, crisis, psychosis, or altered states of consciousness. In his work, Matthew embodies the integration between a highly clinical and transpersonal perspective that creates a more complete image of the individual to work toward genuine healing and recovery.
Extended-State DMT & Conscious Cannabis Research
The Medicinal Mindfulness Extended-State DMT program (DMTx) was initiated in February 2016 by Daniel McQueen, co-founder of Medicinal Mindfulness. DMTx is based on the cutting edge pharmacokinetic research of Dr. Andrew Gallimore and the revolutionary DMT research of Dr. Rick Strassman. Our DMTx program explores legal psychedelic research and exploration opportunities that are congruent with the needs and interests of the psychedelic community.
Potential applications of Extended-State DMT experiences seem limitless: therapeutic healing, advanced creative problem-solving, consciousness exploration, and explorations in the nature of reality itself.
It is because of the importance of this work that all of us at Medicinal Mindfulness wish to share what we are learning with the international psychedelic community and to bring our community into the creation and implementation process of this psychedelic inspired program.
Psychedelic Shine Speaker Series & Other Media
Since 2016, the Center of Medicinal Mindfulness has produced an ongoing psychedelic speaker series and community event called Psychedelic Shine. Our largest event featured Dr. Dennis McKenna at the Boulder Theater in 2017. We’ve also hosted Dr. Rick Strassman, and Dr. Andrew Gallimore to discuss their work on DMT, among many local activist, researchers and practitioners. We’ll do this again in the near future, but no events are currently planned.
You can view Previous Presentations at our Psychedelic Shine YouTube Page.