Psychology

Ego death… from psychedelic therapy?

We can think of the ego as three components. Self-Image. The view an individual holds of themselves. Self-Esteem. How much value an individual places on themselves. Self-Identity. The many beliefs, opinions, ideologies, and affiliations that an individual holds… Researchers from Imperial College London have found that the mystical experience drives the efficacy of psychedelic therapy. Patients…

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Psychology

…salvinorin…

Published reports suggest potential benefits of Salvia divinorum in the treatment of TRD [treatment-resistant depression]. One doctor reported on 7 patients with TRD who described relief from depressive symptoms with triweekly oral consumption of salvia leaves. Several patients reported lasting benefits from their use of salvia, with significantly reduced scores on quantitative measures of depression. Patients…

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Psychology

…case studies in cultural plasticity and political pluripotency

We suggest that the historical record supports the concept of psychedelics as “politically pluripotent,” non-specific amplifiers of the political set and setting. …we argue that any experience which undermines a person’s fundamental worldview—which we assert includes the psychedelic experience—can precipitate shifts in any direction of political beliefs post-psychedelic session.  Original Article (Frontiers):Right-wing psychedelia: case studies…

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…on Easthampton decrim…

The upcoming vote on the part of Easthampton, Mass. is expected to decriminalize possession of all drugs, while enabling adult residents to cultivate [entheogens]. Owen Zaret, Easthampton council member and sponsor of the decriminalization resolution. “It’s time that we recognize their different therapeutic uses as well as the lack of harm of recreational use,” he…

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Psychology

Can psychedelic[s]… treat physical pain?

…he was pleasantly surprised to find that his physical pain seemed to decrease as well, even on the days he was not taking anything. …feeling anxious and depressed, Kevin (a pseudonym) decided to try… psychedelics, including psilocybin-containing “magic mushrooms.” Twice a week… takes about half a gram of the outlawed fungi. This amounts to too…

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Psychology

…cannabis… social life

For centuries, cannabis has been used to open minds to new perspectives and allow people to see problems from whole other angles.  …cannabis can help you to appreciate those around you more than if you hadn’t taken it, it can even help you appreciate your surroundings… aid in your social skills as it can open…

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Psychology

Seattle… entheogen enforcement and decriminalization resolution

WHEREAS, punitive drug policies disproportionately impact people of color and low-income communities; and state and federal scheduling of entheogens and other substances has served as a pretext for disrupting and criminalizing those communities and destroyed countless lives and torn families apart, this resolution is an effort to begin correcting the irreparable harm caused by the…

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Psychology

MDMA [sassafras] goes mainstream

From this brain state, a person can safely observe and analyze their circumstances, and begin to observe and resolve harmful neurological patterns. They put their brain into a state which allows them to begin rewriting its system of functioning.  I’m not opposed to drug use – though I was raised with the “Just Say No”…

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