The return of psychedelic medicine
COVID-19 has played a significant role in the rise of mental health issues. Promising studies and destigmatization are making psychedelics an increasingly viable treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression and addiction. The use of substances listed below, should only be used after consultation with your health care provider, and taken in a supervised setting, if the law in your country allows.
Psychedelic medicine such as peyote (Lophophora williamsii); datura (Datura stramonium); psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms) and the seeds of morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) have been used for thousands of years by Native Americans, the Algonquin people from Eastern Canada, the Huichol and Tarahumara (indigenous people from Mexico) and pre-Mayan cultures.
Bwiti practitioners in Western Africa and the tribes of Gabon conducted ceremonies for at least 1 000 years using Iboga. The Bushmen of Botswana used kwashi (Pancratium trianthum) juice rubbed into incisions into tribesman scalp. San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) has been used in Peru since 1 300 BCE and the ayahuasca brew was used by indigenous groups in Peru, Brazil, and other South American countries since at least 1 000 AD.
In 1970 US president Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law, effectively eliminating the scientific study of the effects of psychedelics. In 1986, the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies was founded, representing the return of the field of psychedelic medicine. Uncovering the potential of psychedelic medicine is something we will definitely follow up on. For now, we invite you to read the article on ayahuasca in this week’s newsletter.
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