Thursday, February 2, 2023

Tag: Psychedelics

The Culture Is the Poison: Why Psychedelics Are Dangerous Medicine in...

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Extraction of psychedelics from the ritual process has dissociated them from community, connectedness, and responsibility, which used to define psychedelic drug use.

Fireside Project: Peer Support for Psychedelic Experiences

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A new nonprofit support line takes a harm-reduction approach and helps people process their psychedelic experiences.

How Should Psychedelic Medicine Handle “Flashbacks”?

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Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) is one of the after-effects neglected amid the rapid march of the psychedelic renaissance. But is the impulse to pathologise these perceptual changes helpful?

Psychedelics—The New Psychiatric Craze

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Psychedelics have become popular through the potent mixture of financial interests and desperation. Evidence for their beneficial effects is lacking.

Psychedelics, Transformative Experiences and Healing: An Interview with Katrina Michelle

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Richard Sears interviews transpersonal psychologist Katrina Michelle about harm reduction practices with psychedelics in therapy.

How Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Changed My Life

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I don’t drink or smoke. I’ve never taken any drugs till four years ago. Yet today, my life revolves around psychedelic medicines—heavily stigmatized substances still illegal in this country and most others across the world. How did this happen?

Initial Trial of Ayahuasca for Depression Shows Promising Results

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Ayahuasca found to be effective in treating moderate to severe depression in low-income population.

Martha Elisabeth: Ayahuasca Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

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After taking the psychedelic drug ayahuasca, Martha Elisabeth went into an extended altered state diagnosed as psychotic. Her terrifying ordeal ignited a spiritual initiation that eventually brought gifts of awakening, insight, and compassion.

Can Psychedelics Prevent Suicide?

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From Big Think: "One commonality among those contemplating suicide is a lack of meaning in life. Someone doesn’t care about them, the world doesn’t...

The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time?

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From Massive: Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelics may revolutionize mental health care. In order for this "psychedelic renaissance" to last, scientists and citizens will need...

To See An Atom: Psychosis and Ecology

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Having smelled colors, heard ghosts, grown ecstatic, glimpsed Gaia, chatted with cartoons, and been overwhelmed by persistent paranoia and fear while under the influence of LSD, a modified fungus, I cannot distinguish how such plant-induced experiences differ from what psychiatrists call psychosis.

MDMA Crossed a Hurdle on the Path to Being Legally Prescribed

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From Yahoo! Finance: The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has passed a major hurdle on the path to getting MDMA approved for medical use....

Tripping for Knowledge: The Psychedelic Epistemologist

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In this interview for 3:AM Magazine, Chris Letheby argues that even though psychedelics may induce delusions or imaginary phenomena, their use can also lead to accurate...

The Promise of LSD Microdoses and Other Psychedelics

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In this interview for Scientific American, psychiatrist John Halpern discusses some of the potentially therapeutic effects of peyote, ayahuasca, psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics. "Once when...

Why Getting out of our Head is Good for us

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From Philosophy for Life: Though often pathologized by psychiatry and western science, spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness can actually be highly therapeutic and valuable. "Having...

Deep Ayahuasca Healing and the Truth of who you are

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From Chacruna: Shamanic healing through ayahuasca and other psychedelic modalities can help people reconnect with themselves and feel a greater sense of wholeness and unity. Article →­

In a Traumatised World, is Psychedelic Therapy our Best Hope?

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From VolteFace Magazine: MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can play a major role in helping people heal from the effects of trauma. "The results really are incredible and I’ve had...