Psychedelics

ICEERS Publishes Initial Findings on Ayahuasca and Grief

Scientific evidence about Ayahuasca has the potential to change health care, policy, and lead to an increased appreciation of indigenous Amazonian medicine practices. The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service Foundation (ICEERS) has new findings on ayahuasca and grief that were just published, and other papers on the way. They need help to share these with …

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Participate in a Mobile Microdose Study or Other Clinical Trials

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Canada, along with Quantified Citizen, a mobile health research platform, are launching the world’s first mobile study on the effects of microdosing psychedelic substances on cognitive performance and mental health. They are seeking both microdosers and non-microdosers who are over the age of majority, fluent in English, …

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Indigenous Cultures That Used Psychedelic Plants

By Sandra Nomoto You might know about psychedelic plants and their potential for healing, but how much do you know about the indigenous cultural groups that used them? Here is a brief review of groups that were documented to have used plants as part of their cultural, spiritual, or healing traditions. North America Dating back …

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Six Powerful Psychedelic Medicinal Plants

By Sandra Nomoto These six plants are reported to have both medicinal and psychedelic properties, though many more exist. Types of fungi — which are also known to have psychedelic properties — are not listed here. 1. Salvia Also called diviner’s or seer’s sage but commonly referred to as salvia, salvia divinorum — a plant …

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Aerial drone image of the rainforest and a small river at Amboro National Park, Bolivia

Ayahuasca: A Brew that Reveals You

By Sandra Nomoto Adults around the world are learning about Ayahuasca (also known as yagé) and experiencing its effects. Ayahuasca is a brew made out of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients such as the shrub chacruna/chacrona (Psychotria viridis), native to Amazon countries such as Peru. Annually, thousands of people visit the region to …

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The Magic of Psilocybin Mushrooms

By Sandra Nomoto Prehistoric art in Europe shows that psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as psychedelic/hallucinogenic mushrooms, magic mushrooms, or “shrooms,” may have been used thousands of years ago. In 1958, scientist Albert Hofmann discovered psilocybin and psilocin, the active compounds in the plant. The use of psychedelic drugs including psilocybin mushrooms followed in the 1960’s, …

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Plant Psychedelics 101

Psychedelics can be associated with the experimental 1960/70s era or as the occasional party drug. But what exactly are psychedelics, and where are they derived in nature? Psychedelic substances can produce intensified sensory perception, perceptual distortion and/or hallucinations, and feelings of extreme euphoria, or despair. Betel nut (Areca catechu), cocaine (Erythroxylum coca), opium poppy (Papaver …

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