Psychedelic drugs are illegal in most nations around the world. However, we might be losing out on some amazing benefits that they may offer.
For thousands of years, cultures worldwide have been using hallucinogens. There are even cave paintings in the Sahara that date back to 7000 BC, depicting the use of magic mushrooms.
Just a little over a decade ago, in 2005, the government of the United Kingdom named magic mushrooms as a Class A drug. [...]
Ask any biologist and he’ll tell you lichens are an intriguing bunch. They exist only because of a symbiotic relationship between algae (or cyanobacteria) and fungi. The fungus creates a network that sustains, hydrates and protects the alga, which in turn provides sugars through [...]
We have been fortunate enough recently to come across a great organisation, namely ‘Ibogaine Thailand‘, who assist people looking in to cost effective and safe Ibogaine treatments.
Below is a short excerpt from their Article titled ‘The Cost : Why is iBogaine Treatment Expensive?‘, in which they explain why Ibogaine treatments are usually more expensive than other Entheogenic treatments and give advice on how to choose an Ibogaine facilitator.
Cost is one of the key [...]
It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is the appeal of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that produce altered states of consciousness. After all, there’s no obvious reason why unusual patterns of thought and perception – typically, the symptoms of poisoning or illness – should be attractive. And yet, people not only pay money for these experiences, they [...]
New research out of London suggests psychedelics, specifically psilocybin the active component of magic mushrooms, can have similar effects on the brain to meditation. More importantly, the two states of mind each generates may one day be used to help those suffering from depression or anxiety.
When Ram Dass, American spiritualist, writer and associate of Timothy Leary, gave his Indian guru and master meditator, Maharaji, a massive dose of LSD, Dass expected the worse you could imagine from giving an old [...]
DMT, the “spirit molecule” as it is known, is actually called Dimethyltryptamine and is one of the most common psychedelic chemicals in the world.
Found in plants and animals throughout Earth, it is accredited with the dream state that people feel, even while they are awake. It lends to human creativity and a large enough dose will send you into a short (10-15 minute) psychedelic trip that many people have attributed as a cleansing awakening.
In humans, the DMT is produced in the [...]
Psychological insight, spiritual healing, life-changing revelations. Such are the promises that lure the curious to a medicinal mix of plants called Ayahuasca.
The potion is made from vines in the Amazon and indigenous groups have used it for guidance and insight for centuries. In recent years, tourists have been flooding the jungle to try it, creating a cottage industry.
For some the journey is getting shorter. The Ayahuasca itself is leaving the jungle, bringing its powers to Europe.
Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports from [...]
Our collaborator Dr Jordi Riba presented these ground-breaking results at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research last week in Amsterdam. The results are, as yet, unpublished but you can have a sneak peak at the slides from Jordi Riba’s presentation here.
The study was conducted within the framework of the Beckley/Sant Pau Research Programme and in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council. In the study participated the following researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): Jose Morales-García, María Isabel Rodriguez-Franco, Ana Pérez-Castillo and [...]
DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical compound produced naturally in the pineal gland inside your brain that belongs to the tryptamine family.
This naturally occurring substance is produced and excreted by the pineal gland during sleep and is structurally similar to serotonin. It is found in both animals and plants and is pretty much connected with everything alive on this earth.
The reason this chemical compound gets so much attention is because it is the active component in psychedelic substances such as ayahuasca. Though scientists are still [...]
They’ve come to see a man and to drink his tea.
Julian Palmer is an ayahuasca facilitator. For more than a decade he has been hosting small ceremonies all over the country and making his homemade brew.
“These are plants that are on this earth for us to use,” he says.
“We humans find value in this all over the world. Why should it be criminalised? Why should it be criminal? It shouldn’t … I call myself a chai peddler. You know being a facilitator [...]
LA PINE, Ore. (AP) – A sheriff’s officer says four central Oregon residents were rushed to a hospital after they used a phone app to identify wild mushrooms but ended up consuming mushrooms that were poisonous.
A local television station reports that Deschutes County sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Sullivan says deputies and medics responded Thursday afternoon to a report of poisoning on private property south of Sunriver.
He says two boys, ages 4 and 14, and a 34-year-old woman were showing symptoms of [...]
Published in MAPS Creativity issue Fall 2000
The Creative Process and Entheogens
by Alex Grey
Twenty-five years ago I took my first dose of LSD. The experience was so rich and profound, coupled as it was with the meeting of my future wife, Allyson, that there seemed nothing more important than this revelation of infinite love and unity. Being an artist, I felt that this was the only subject worthy of my time and attention. Spiritual and visionary consciousness assumed primary importance as [...]