Support Independent Film Making: Divinorum: The Documentary
Why is this documentary important?
Through your support we aim to:
- Foster a dialogue between Western, alternative, and Mazatec medicinal systems to raise awareness of Salvia divinorum.
- Explore and promote Salvia divinorum’s therapeutic potential and the radical alternatives it offers for healing, from psychiatric disorders to gastrointestinal problems.
- Immerse ourselves in the Mazatec world of ritual to learn more about the ceremonial use of the plant.
- Provide new insights into understanding human consciousness.
- Encourage further scientific research into the plant and its extraordinary effect on the brain.
- Offer new arguments in the debate on prohibition to help prevent Salvia divinorum’s criminalization in Mexico and all around the world.
What is Salvia divinorum?
On the brink of extinction in its natural habitat, and facing criminalization by the Mexican government, Salvia divinorum is the most potent entheogenic* plant found in nature. Growing naturally only in the remote Sierra Mazateca in Mexico, where it is commonly known as Xka pastora, it has been used in rituals by Mazatec shamans for centuries to induce profound visionary states of consciousness.
The recent renaissance in the serious study of psychedelics and their therapeutic possibilities has mainly focused on other entheogens such as psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and peyote. Salvia divinorum, widely considered the most potent of these psychotropic substances, has long been overlooked.
The properties of this psychoactive plant have recently come to the attention of the international scientific community. Research into the plant’s active ingredient, Salvinorin A, has revealed the uniqueness of this molecule. It induces profound alterations in consciousness in very small doses, and operates on completely different pathways than other naturally occurring psychotropic molecules. It exclusively and very selectively activates the kappa-opoid receptors in the brain which leads to very distinctive experiences.
This is opening up very promising avenues of investigation into the study of consciousness, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology. This also has exciting applications for treating addiction, depression, degenerative diseases, and other psychiatric disorders.
*entheogen: “a chemical substance, typically of plant origin, that is ingested to produce a nonordinary state of consciousness for religious or spiritual purposes.”