“There are two great beings who invented psychedelics: God and Sasha Shulgin.” —James Fadiman.
In the late 1960’s James Fadiman, a psychologist, took 48 people who were either scientists, architects, doctors of all sorts that we’re working on something within their field that hadn’t been yet figured out with a patent, product, math or science problem, and or a publication. Some people had been working on their complications for over 20 years. After one LSD therapy session: 44 of the 48 people figured out their problems.
The co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Bill Wilson, is the non-profit support group for alcoholics and other substance abusers. AA itself helped cure Bill’s alcoholism in 1939. But, he still had debilitating depression, which almost drove him to suicide until the early 1950s. His one-night set-up by his father and the late great Aldous Huxley at the Veterans Administration hospital in Los Angeles cured his depression through LSD-assisted psychotherapy (back then, it was totally legal). Under Dr. Sidney Cohen’s supervision with Gerald Heard, a trusted spiritual mentor, as his guide, Bill had his first experience with LSD on August 29, 1956. After that time, Bill made it his goal to make LSD the 13th and final step of the AA 12-step program. He was quickly thrown out of AA, the fucking non-profit he started! He recognized back then that AA ignores the trauma side of things, which causes the addiction in the 1st place.
Would you take a pill that worked 80% or 20% of the time? Medicine was once viewed as what you were eating. People treated everything they put in their bodies as medicine. All of your drugs in your medicine cabinet could potentially kill you if you take enough. Hell, water could kill you if you drank too much of it. Psychedelics have no LD 50 rate, meaning lethal dose for 50% of the human population. Entheogens can’t and will never kill you unless you jump out a 10-story window high on LSD. A mouse tries cocaine in a water bottle, and every time they will do it repeatedly until it overdoses and dies. A mouse tries LSD in a water bottle once and never does it again. It (psychedelics) has the potential to cure: addiction, depression, anxiety, autism, PTSD, OCD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. I was nearing the end of the year in 2016; my intro psychology class was one of my last classes. In that class, we were talking about my favourite topic: drugs.
At the end of the course, my teacher warned people not to do psilocybin mushrooms because she claimed it would make their brains bleed. This couldn’t be further away from the truth. In fact, magic mushrooms have been shown to expand the mind by growing and re-growing brain cells literally. I stayed a half-hour after class, referencing the many studies that have shown that psychedelics have been curing depression, anxiety, many types of addictions, and other mental health issues. Like the most effective therapies, people under the influence of psychedelics were put into an fMRI machine to scan their brains. It showed that both their conscious and unconscious mind were blended, lighting up all parts of the brain. It was like the awakening, and the REM sleep brain was working together. Just like Eye Movement Desterilization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY), or people under hypnosis, they mesh your conscious and unconscious awareness together to help get over whatever it is you are dealing with, and or what don’t know what is bothering them, as it has been stuck in your unconscious mind.
Those are just some of the over 100 therapies psychotherapists offer nowadays. Psychedelics brings it out of you instantaneously, especially those who are being guided through their session. That is why when people have a bad trip, they fail to recognize that your unconscious mind is trying to tell you something, and the more you ignore it, the worse the trip gets—some feel like there are about to die. Needless to say, that professor in the next class retracted her statement and now teaches her course the healing power of these beautiful substances.
Thanks to one of my personal heroes: Alexander Shulgin, in the late 1970’s re-synthesized MDMA and said too many psychotherapists throughout the states that maybe you guys should look into this drug used with a guided psychotherapy session. Shulgin tried a new p every week for over 50 years up until his death at 88-years-old. He banked enough psychedelic drugs that he could easily replace all pharmaceutical drugs we use today, and they would be way better for us, with a hell of a lot fewer side effects. LSD was one of the first drugs ever adequately studied in the early 1950s. They quickly discovered serotonin as LSD mimics serotonin. Because of this discovery, we wouldn’t have the psyche meds we have today, or at least we wouldn’t have had them as fast as we did.
The many studies now involving people who are addicted to cancer-killing cigarettes and have each a dose of mushrooms with a guided therapy session. After a year, on average: 67% of the participants abstained from smoking. Now comparing that to people who tried Chantix, which is the most helpful drug besides psychedelics, only helped as much as 20% of people quit smoking and Nicorette gum, or the nicotine patch, helped significantly fewer people. Ram Dass, formerly known as Richard Alpert, who stop being a professor along with Timothy Leary (remember from 1967 “Turn on, tune in, drop out?”), gave his Guru 600 micrograms Masha Riri who never had taken a psychedelic prior, asked for the most significant dose Ram Dass would give him, and Masha Riri began to go crazy, yelling and making all sorts of weird jesters, as Ram Dass started freaking out thinking oh my God! What have I done to my Guru! Then Riri began laughing, as it was all a big joke, and it literally didn’t affect him whatsoever.
People can achieve the same altered states of consciousness through meditation/yoga/float tanks/etc. For me, it took about five years of solid meditation/yoga almost everyday practice, as well as utilizing float tanks, and Ibogaine helped speed up the ever so slow but well worth the procedure. Suicide, depression, anxiety is growing exponentially. We haven’t had much going on with pharmaceuticals since the early 90’s to help treat these mental illnesses. So even the FDA is getting desperate to help treat the millions of people suffering around the world. In the Pineal gland in mice, they found it produced DMT. When dreaming, the brain makes DMT in humans. DMT is also grown throughout the body and nature. There are some cultures now, and many, many before us, don’t use psychedelics recreationally. They use it once a year, and if people use it outside of that, they are punished.
On behalf of such humanitarians like Sasha Shulgin, Terrance Mckenna, Bill Wilson, Albert Hoffman, and Dr. Humphrey Osman (Saskatchewan LSD researcher who was curing Schizophrenia with LSD who coined the term Psychedelic with Aldus Huxley). Your work was not forgotten and you were all correct when you knew psychedelics would be the only thing to save consciousness one day.
Here are some of the many studies going on to observe how useful psychedelics can positively be:
https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/01/hallucinogen-treats-cancer-depression-anxiety/ John Hopkins: Study explores the enduring positive, negative consequences of ingesting ‘magic mushrooms’
https://hub.jhu.edu/2017/01/04/bad-trips-mushrooms/ Clinical Interpretations of Patient Experience in a Trial of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.00100/full Long-term follow-up of psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27441452 Single versus repeated sessions of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for people with heroin dependence.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16149326?dopt=AbstractPlus Ketamine psychotherapy for heroin addiction: immediate effects and two-year follow-up.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedDb=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17523581&ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum Safety, tolerability, and efficacy of psilocybin in 9 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17196053?dopt=AbstractPlus Report on psychoactive drug use among adolescents using ayahuasca within a religious context.
“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; Not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa. What I will do, though, is—lead a legacy.”
– Dean Mathers