Sustainability is typically applied to ecological issues, but it also deals with cultural concerns. For peyote, sustainability is a conversation about environmental concerns and sustaining the cultures that use peyote as a religious sacrament — namely the Native American Church (NAC). Considering that mescaline derived from peyote inspired the very term psychedelic, there is a […]
Daily Archives: Sunday, April 11, 2021
A Beginner’s Guide To San Pedro
Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP What is San Pedro? San Pedro cactus, also known as huachuma (wa-choo’-ma), is one of several cacti that produce the alkaloid mescaline, the psychoactive compound that inspired the term psychedelic in the first place. San Pedro grows prolifically throughout the Andes’ mountain ranges and is prized as an […]
Do Magic Mushrooms Treat Depression?
Medical Editor: Dr. Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, grow naturally on every continent — except Antarctica. They are the primary source of psilocybin, a psychoactive compound known for its transformative and therapeutic potentials. In 2019 the FDA granted psilocybin breakthrough therapy status for the treatment of depression. At […]
Psychedelic Mutant Vehicles and Art Cars of Burning Man that Make You Wonder if You’re Still Tripping
Every year, around 70,000 people gather in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to form a temporary city (called Black Rock City or BRC) in a semi-circle shape around an enormous effigy of a man that is burned at the end of the week, along with much of the art and community temple. But this […]
Burning Man’s Immersive Psychedelic Art Experiences
A small beach bonfire gathering in 1986 has grown into a massive gathering in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada called Burning Man, an annual celebration of art and community dedicated to boundless self-expression free from judgment or exclusivity. Black Rock City is a temporary construct with a population of over 70,000 citizens who come […]
Psychedelic Ceremonies Around the World
Different cultures have been using psychedelic substances in rituals for thousands of years. In many cases, these plants are still used in ceremonies to this day. The use of psychoactive plants like iboga, peyote, ayahuasca, and psilocybin has been more than a social aspect of various cultures; these plant medicines are an integral part of […]
MDMA Assisted Couples Therapy: Can It Work?
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a psychoactive substance with both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. It works on neurotransmitters that influence mood and bonding, including dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and oxytocin. It is not a new substance, nor is the concept of its potential use in addressing mental health conditions or as an aid in the therapeutic process for […]
Can MDMA Treat Depression and Anxiety?
Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP Also casually referred to as Molly or ecstasy, 4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic psychoactive substance that is commonly known for the state of euphoria it can induce. The feelings of openness and peace have many people wondering: can MDMA be used to treat conditions like depression and anxiety? […]
Treating Addiction with LSD
Medical Editor: Dr. Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), commonly referred to as acid, is probably most well known in the United States for its popularity during the 1960s counterculture movement, but it has since re-emerged as the subject of continued speculation for its potential uses as a therapeutic tool. While some […]
How Do Psychedelics Affect People with Bipolar Disorder?
Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP Psychedelics are a group of psychoactive substances that can cause hallucinations and changes in perception. They have been used as medicines, in spiritual ceremonies, and for recreational purposes by cultures around the world. In recent years, researchers have expanded the scope of studying psychedelics as they explore potential […]
Psychedelic Therapy for Migraines
Medical Editor: Dr. Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq Migraine headaches are chronic and debilitating. The most basic functions of life may be put on hold, sometimes costing sufferers the experiences that cultivate joy, careers, and opportunities to succeed personally. There are conventional medicines and treatments for migraines, of course. But in treatment-resistant cases where they […]
Microdosing Psychedelics as an Alternative to Stimulants for ADHD
Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP Behavioral therapy, nutrition, exercise, sufficient sleep, and maintaining a routine are all important methods of managing attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, but sometimes these efforts aren’t enough. It can be discouraging when the aim of achieving executive functionality similar to that of neurotypical peers requires an immense […]