The word Psychedelic originates from the Greek psyche, which means mind and delos, which means to make visible or reveal. Psychedelics are substances which induce hightened states of consiousness charachterized by a hyperconnected brain system. The most popular psychedelics are Psilocybin, which is the active compound found in Magic Mushrooms, DMT, an organic compound found in almost all living organisms, including the human body and considered to be the most powerful psychedelic known to man and finally LSD, a psychedelic compound first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.
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A blanket ban on all psychedelics back in 1971 put a stop to any research that was being done for over 40 years. During the past few years, however, numerous scientific studies have begun to emerge that suggest psychedelics have numerous benefits, including being a breakthrough therapy for mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, OCD and even PTSD. Matthew Johnson, who leads the Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin Research Project, says “Unlike almost all other psychiatric medications that have a direct biological effect, these drugs seem to work through biology to open up a psychological opportunity”.
Even for those who may not necessarily be suffering any mental health issues psychedelics can still have extremely profound and life-changing effects. In a study by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 80% of those who received psilocybin said it was one of the five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 50% said it was the single most meaningful experience. Many of the participants said they were left with the sense that they understood themselves and others better and therefore had greater compassion and patience – a change reported by their colleagues, friends and families too.
If that wasn’t enough, these magical compounds also improve creativity and problem-solving abilities, especially when used in small doses following a Microdosing Protocol, they can greatly improve the quality of life those who use them correctly. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple wrote in his biography that taking LSD was “one of the most important things [I did] in my life”
The classic psychedelics are not addictive and have not been found to be toxic to the body, although they can induce powerful changes in the way the brain functions whilst on the substance, it has not been shown to cause lasting or negative effects. Most of the scare stories in mainstream media are just that, scare stories. It is possible to take a large enough dose and cause yourself harm by accidentally walking into traffic, that is why we encourage the spread of knowledge regarding these substances to allow you to use them safely. If you do your research and use these substances in a safe environment you don’t have much to worry about.
A 2010 study published in the top medical journal, The Lancet rated LSD and magic mushrooms as among the safest of 19 commonly used psychoactive substances; twelve times safer than alcohol and four times safer than tobacco. As for longer-term safety, an unprecedented 2013 study of more than 130,000 people found that psychedelic use was not indicative of increased mental health problems . In fact, some use of psychedelics corresponded with lower rates of psychological distress.
Despite thousands of years of use by humans around the world, psychedelics were abruptly made illegal to supply and possess by a UN convention in 1971 as a consequence of President Nixon’s War on Drugs.
Whilst the policy was framed as promoting public health, one of Nixon’s top advisors said in 1994 that the drug war was, in fact, a ploy to undermine Nixon’s political opposition :
“You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.”
To this day, the UK government persists in claiming that psychoactive substances are classified on the basis of harm, but the House of Commons’ own Science and Technology Committee has described UK drug law as “arbitrary”, “unscientific” and “based on historical assumptions, not scientific assessment”, and the government’s chief drug adviser was famously sacked when he pointed out that classical psychedelics are far less dangerous than alcohol.