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Using psychedelics to treat opioid use disorder

Opioids are prescription medications or street drugs derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a mental disorder that involves the harmful use of opioids or dependence on them. Symptoms may include a strong desire or difficulty in controlling use, persistent use despite harmful consequences, or physical withdrawal states. Opioid use in …

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Psychedelic Research Company Developing Sustainably-Grown Peyote in Canada

Lophos Pharmaceuticals Corp. is a Canadian psychedelic research company focused on peyote and its derivatives such as mescaline. Peyote, an endangered plant species with a long history of therapeutic use, has legal status in Canada, but mescaline, a powerful psychedelic molecule derived from the plant, remains a Schedule 3 controlled substance. At their facility, Lophos Pharma …

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Psychedelics and Spirituality: Shining Light on the Mystery Surrounding Entheogens

By Sandra Nomoto The title of this book describes it quite accurately. Edited by Dr. Thomas B. Roberts, Psychedelics and Spirituality is a collection of essays, speeches, and stories that reveal how the psychedelics conversation inherently includes one about spirituality. This is the third book sponsored by the Council on Spiritual Practices, which published two …

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Commonly Used for Healing and Decoration, the Cactus Remains Endangered

By Sandra Nomoto Cactus: The Precious, Parched Plant Known as desert plants that grow in dry, sandy, and rocky soil, one-third of cactus (cactaceae) species and their desert ecosystems are threatened by climate change. Cacti are now considered more endangered than birds and mammals. In addition to hot U.S. states and Mexico, cacti also grow …

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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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