What ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Gets Right and Wrong About Psychedelics Retreats

  • Wellness retreat guests microdose psychedelics on Hulu’s limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers.”
  • The show references real research on psychedelics as potential treatment for mental conditions.
  • However, details like the mandatory blood tests and the lack of consent are mere fiction.
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Warning: This article contains “Nine Perfect Strangers” spoilers.


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‘s new series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, follows nine people who travel to a remote part of California for a luxury wellness retreat.

At the retreat center run by Masha (Nicole Kidman), guests soon learn they’ve been microdosing psilocybin, the intoxicating substance in “magic” mushrooms. Throughout the series, Masha tells her employees to increase the guests’ doses, implying they eventually experience full-blow psychedelic trips.

Though the show is part-satire of the wellness industry, it also contains truths about what it’s like to attend a psychedelic wellness retreat.

These destinations have become increasingly of interest as a mounting body of research suggests psychedelics, like psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, and DMT, have therapeutic potential for mental health.

Insider spoke with Paul Austin, the founder of psychedelics education company Third Wave and psychedelic retreat company Synthesis, to separate fact from fiction.

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