Spirituality

Psychedelics and spirituality

…the emergence of what is known today as shamanism and psychedelic rituals and trips can be traced back to the expanded visionary ritual capacity expressed by… human ancestors. The past and present events have shown that the synergy between religion and psychedelics will remain unbroken even in generations to come. Psychedelics have survived various forms…

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Spirituality

California advances decriminalizing psychedelic substances [through Assembly Public Safety Committee]

[The bill SB 519’s sponsor states] “people will be able to cultivate for personal use… some like mushrooms… it will allow, just like we did for cannabis, cultivation of small amounts for personal use.” California has moved another step closer to decriminalizing psychedelics amid a debate over whether their prohibition is an outdated remnant of the…

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Anthropology

Psychedelic [social sharing Senate bill]

…would amend the state criminal code to specifically permit both the cultivation and distribution of certain psychedelics… the bill allows “social sharing” of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, ibogaine, MDMA, mescaline, and DMT. Social sharing” is defined as the “giving away” or “consensual administering… not for financial gain.” The bill also declares that the “planting, cultivating, harvesting,…

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Spirituality

[Entheogen] advocates eye… reform

At last, a new era for entheogenic plants has begun… the idea is to essentially convince… district attorneys to make investigation and prosecution of crimes related to entheogenic plants their city’s lowest law enforcement priority. In September [2020], that’s what Ann Arbor’s City Council in Michigan voted unanimously to do. A term used to categorize plants…

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Spirituality

Barred from selling pot, Windsor man now giving it away

Not even two weeks after being raided by the Windsor police drug squad for allegedly selling cannabis illegally, the Compassion House was packing them in again this week, only now the pot was being given away. “This is what it’s all about at Compassion House,” owner Leo Lucier said Friday between truck runs of coats…

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Modern Culture

Are psychedelic [plant/fungi]… the next… wellness trend?

The government is currently considering a petition that calls for the decriminalization of psychedelic drugs. “I feel more strongly than ever that decriminalization will happen,” says Trevor Millar, executive director of Canadian Psychedelic Association, “We’re 10 years ahead of where I thought we’d be at this stage of the game five years ago.” “We know…

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Spirituality

[A] sacred-scientific, psychedelic future

Every human culture since prehistory has had experiences with mind-altering substances, which could be one of the earliest indicators of religious formation.  The Tassili n’Ajjer National Park in south-east Algeria is home to ancient rock art carvings (7,000 – 9,000 years old) that point to a lengthy, deep relationship between humans and psychedelic mushrooms. These…

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Spirituality

Thousands of DMT users report positive encounters with spirit entities, study finds

Scientists don’t really know why DMT users are far more likely to report encounters with mysterious entities than users of other… [psychedelics], but a new study recently published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology may shed some light on this phenomenon. Most subjects said the encounter was initiated by the entity, and most participants also said that they were…

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Spirituality

The case for… [entheogens]

These restrictions were not just for children or for recreational use, but for all use, with the exception of very expensive and highly regulated research, and some religious ceremonies—and these exceptions were only allowed after legal battles. These agencies even banned potential drugs based on the existing ones so people couldn’t develop new variants. In a sense,…

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