Daily Archives: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Psychotherapy and Psychedelics – What’s it all about?

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Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP What is psychotherapy? The roots of the word psychotherapy are psykhē, meaning of the soul, mind, spirit, life; and therapeia, meaning curing, healing in Greek. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a way of treating mental health problems with the help of a trained provider. The goal […]

Herbs to Pair with your Mushroom Journey – A Conversation with Reishi Strauss

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Reishi Strauss is an Appalachian-born herbalist and mycologist now based in the Pacific Northwest, where she attended Bastyr University and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Herbal Science. A lover of the intersections between science and spirit, Reishi has taken courses in pharmacology, ethnobotany, herb/drug interactions, the history of herbal medicine, and more. Reishi is […]

How do psychedelics affect the default mode network?

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Medical Editor: Dr. David Cox, PhD, ABPP What is the default mode network? Although it only makes up 2% of the body’s weight, the brain uses 20% of the body’s energy. Even when it may seem like we aren’t “using” our brains, there is a lot of activity going on in there. The Default Mode […]

How to Microdose with Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Medical Editor: Dr. Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, BCPP What is microdosing? A microdose is a sub-perceptual amount of a psychedelic drug. Initially popularized by Jim Fadiman in The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, microdosing is a rising trend both in persons that want to boost productivity and creativity as well as those attempting to heal mental illness. […]

Psychedelics and the Treatment of Eating Disorders

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Medical Editor: Dr. Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, BCPP Pseudonyms were used in this article to protect the privacy of the individuals who shared their stories. Eating disorders are complex conditions that affect eating, social functioning, and health. Nine percent of people will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime, with the prevalence three times higher […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Psychedelic Integration

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Psychedelic integration is the journey after the journey. Whether a psychedelic experience was therapeutic, religious, recreational, or in any other context, integration is the process of taking the wisdom that arose in the journey and bringing it into one’s daily life. Integrating a journey is an important aspect of psychedelic work, and it can mean […]

Sexual abuse in psychedelic ceremonies: What you need to know

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Thank you to the dynamic array of people in psychedelic communities who are committed to ending sexual violence and who contributed to this article, including Katherine MacLean, Juliana Mulligan, Oriana Mayorga,  Laura Mae Northrup, and Shea Prueger. Sexual abuse is a difficult topic to address in a single article. The sociocultural, political and spiritual underpinnings […]

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Grief and the Loss of Loved Ones

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Grief is a process that can take years to heal, and it’s not uncommon for people to feel like things will never get better. Psychologists have found that psychedelic-assisted therapy can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety related to grief and increase the feelings of connection with others. If you are struggling with grief […]

How to Engage in Psychedelic Reciprocity

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Interest in psychedelic substances and therapies is at an all-time high, but some questions remain: what can psychedelics do for humanity, and can they be integrated into modern society? How can we engage with these powerful compounds and the complex phenomena they elicit, while maintaining respect for and solidarity with the indigenous persons from whom […]

How Do Practitioners Keep You Safe During Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy?

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If you’ve been looking into psychedelic therapy to treat any number of conditions or for personal growth purposes, you are likely curious about how you can be sure of your safety during the therapeutic process. Just like any form of treatment for mental and physical health, trained practitioners should take certain safety measures to ensure […]

8 Current Psychedelic Studies Everyone Should Know About (Spring 2021)

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A psychedelic renaissance is underway, and coming alongside it is a continually increasing public and scientific interest in these fascinating substances. Research has shown promising evidence for the safety and efficacy of psychedelic therapies, and new efforts are being theorized and proposed each day. Curious about some of the exciting studies currently underway? There are […]

Does Free Drug Testing Increase Safety at Music Festivals?

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It’s not uncommon to hear that people frequently use drugs at music festivals. Sometimes, due to contaminants unknown to those consuming these substances, complications with mental or physical health arise. Law enforcement and on-site medical teams usually support the concept of drug testing services as a measure of harm reduction. Unfortunately, festival promoters resist acknowledging […]