General

Gold Star Behavior

  • ✅ Actually complete the onboarding. This may seem simple and perhaps not necessary, but it sets the example for the rest of the community and helps us to build familiarity and trust.  It only takes 5 minutes, we promise! Plus our revolutionary SWAG software doesn’t recognize new members until after they have introduced themselves.
  • 👋 Participate! Ask questions, offer your perspectives, share what you’re working on, suggest meet-ups or events. Each individual contributes to our collective health and longevity.
  • 🤔 Connect with each other. This is a place to create new relationships! However, be mindful of your actions. Our community is a place people feel comfortable being vulnerable, and it is our mission to keep it that way.
  • 🪜 Support one another! Everyone loves the dopamine hit of (uplifting) emojis, reactions and comments.  
  • 🤝 Collaboration over conflict. 
  • 🤓 Curiosity over judgement.
  • 🚨 Alert a member of the Empathic Team if you notice a dangerous situation, a violation of these guidelines, or a breach of our Terms of Use. Send them a direct message immediately.
  • 🎉 Enjoy yourself! This community’s purpose is to enrich the lives of its members, and if it is not accomplishing that for you, please let us know.

Not Cool Behavior

    • Illegal activity
      • Attempting, facilitating, or even hinting at a transaction involving a controlled substance
    • Providing medical or legal advice
    • Sharing any information/content/materials from insinde the community to an outside party without the consent of all involved community members
    • Interpreting any information in the Empathic ecosystem as medical or legal advice
    • Providing or asking for personal identifying information and/or medical information
    • Posts:

                –Trolling

                –Spam

                –Judgement

                –Hostility

                –Misinformation

                –Hateful comments of any kind

    • Harassment or privacy violations
    • Copyright or trademark infringement
    • Anything else that violates our Terms of Use
 

Don’t Be “That Person”

    • If you care more about what you’re saying than who’s hearing it, or are not mindful of how much you are speaking in relation to those around you, you are being “that person.”
    • If you speak as if you know better than someone else or have all the answers, you are being “that person.”

Please don’t be “that person!” 🙃

Moderation & Escalation

How We Protect the Community

Every situation is different, and we always take that into account.

In general, you can expect the following:

  1. A conversation
  2. One day account suspension
  3. Indefinite account suspension
    1. You will receive an email to meet and discuss your case with the Community Values Committee (CVC), consisting of 3 anonymous volunteer community members, who will determine the appropriate next steps. Decisions made by the committee will be respected by all community members.
 

So what’s okay to talk about?

The distinction between illegal and legal content with respect to psychedelics

Generally, the Controlled Substances Act prohibits a person from making a public statement knowing that it has the purpose of seeking or offering to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substance. However, this prohibition does not include materials that advocate the use of a similar material, which advocates a position or practice, and does not attempt to propose or facilitate an actual transaction in a Schedule I controlled substance. 21 U.S.C. §843(c).

In other words, it is completely legal to discuss past experiences, integration practices, and questions about psychedelics, as long as those questions are not promoting, involving or facilitating an illegal transaction of a controlled substance.

Schedule I controlled substances include, but are not limited to:

  • DMT (an active ingredient in ayahuasca)
  • LSD (“acid”)
  • Psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”)
  • Ibogaine
  • 5-Meo-DMT
  • Mescaline
  • MDMA (“molly” or “ecstasy”)
  • Cannabis

Specific mushroom growing and cultivation content guidelines can be found here.


Nature Saturdays (optional)
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EVERY SATURDAY THE COMMUNITY IS CLOSED

Every Saturday from 12am-11:59pm PST the community will be paused (in our minds, not actually).  Our hope is to encourage members to take some time away from technology and go spend that time in the great outdoors instead.  We’ll be here when you get back 🙂

 

In-Person Meetings

Community members hug! Forget about this western handshake thing. Members caught shaking hands are welcome to post an embarrassing (appropriate) photo of themselves for the community.

 

I know someone else that would love this community! How do I invite them?

Awesome! Once you have finished the onboarding and have started to get comfortable, we’ll send you a private link to start inviting people you’d like to welcome to the community. If you can’t wait until then, direct them to our website, and they can apply for a referral screening. Note that joining this way takes a few days and some extra steps, so we recommend getting involved in the community so you can send them an invite and they can skip this step!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about these guidelines please email team@empathic.health, or direct message a member of the Empathic Health team in Slack.

Thank you for doing your part to make this community wonderful.