Here researchers summarize the potential of the Diviner's Sage as a tool to treat addiction. Salvia is easily among the most potent and bizarre of the plant psychedelics. It has unfortunately been severely misunderstood and is often used irresponsibly, so it is encouraging to see it get the attention it deserves. Salvia has a long history of medicinal usage and perhaps still has something to teach humanity, if we are able to learn how to work with it and listen.
The Psychedelic Frontier summarizes new findings from research published late last year in The Bryologist. A lichen sample collected over 30 years ago in South America by ethnobotanist Wade Davis was determined to be a new species. Chemical analysis suggests the presence of both psilocybin and 5-MeO-DMT.
An interesting take on the recent study that found psilocybin actually decreases brain activity in certain regions, the connection this has with other instances of decreases leading to expanded awareness, and the possible implications for materialist interpretations of consciousness. It also highlights how it is necessary to read the studies themselves, as interpretations by journalists and media can at times be quite inaccurate.
Physicists have begun to sound more and more like wild-eyed psychonauts these days. What with matter consisting of mostly "empty" space (where particles pop in and out of existence)...Electrons behaving as waves and particles...Particles in different locations simultaneously...The majority of the universe consisting of "dark matter" and "dark energy"...Multiple dimensions...And now the possibility of multiple universes.
Key to the psychedelic resurgence we are currently in the midst of is the dramatic increase in academic research on their capacity to transform human health, often in ways many of us have known about all along. Instead of a daily pharmaceutical regime alleviating the symptoms of certain psychological conditions, we are finally rediscovering the tools that help us address the root of such issues.
Transforming Medicine is a mini-documentary showcasing the exciting, multidisciplinary field of psychedelic science through interviews with attendees of Psychedelic Science 2013, an unprecedented event that gathered more than 100 of the world's leading researchers and over 1,900 international attendees to share knowledge about the risks and benefits of psychedelic substances.
..."It was quite extraordinary," Grof tells NPR's Arun Rath. "This was a tremendous deepening and acceleration of the psychotherapeutic process, and compared with the therapy in general, which mostly focuses on suppression of symptoms, here we had something that could actually get to the core of the problems."...
Jungle Svonni has been wrongly accused of a crime. He has been acquitted twice. But still the threats from the Swedish State continue. He is currently awaiting a third trial. This is a story about the struggle for recognition...And for the right of a people to express their own culture as they see fit; to tell their own story.
Dr. Rick Strassman is widely known for his pioneering study on the effects of DMT on human volunteers, chronicled in his book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, that played a key role in jump starting psychedelic drug research after a 20 year hiatus. In addition to later co-authoring Inner Paths to Outer Space in 2008, he has finished a new book, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy, and released this sneak peak of the first chapter.
In this article, James Oroc gives a fascinating overview of Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin's life and contributions to the psychedelic revolution. From the popularization of MDMA, which became synonymous with electronic dance music and fuels the ever-growing rave culture of today, to an unnoted secretive hand in making sure that the LSD culture persisted through the sixties and beyond.