For 40 years, Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March, has believed psychedelics are an effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Now a growing number of scientists agree.
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I don’t encourage anybody to do psychedelics for any purpose whatsoever. I think that people should be free to make up their own minds based on accurate, complete, and honest information. I do acknowledge that for me, personal experiences with psychedelics have been transformative and I wouldn’t consider them medical. Recreational use has been given a bad name, considered hedonistic and extraordinarily dangerous.
I think, for example, the celebratory use of psychedelics at festivals and concerts can be profoundly healing and inspirational. At the same time, MAPS is focused on providing psychedelic harm reduction services because people sometimes take these substances just for recreation and then deeper material rises to the surface. The use of these drugs explicitly for recreation with the intention of only having an easy happy experience is in some ways a recipe for disaster.
A deeper respect for the intention of these drugs should be involved even if the purpose is celebratory and recreational. For non-medical use to be as safe as possible we need to move to some sort of legalized setting so people can know what they’re getting. The distinction between medical and recreational is in some senses artificial. Sasha Shulgin used to say, there should be no such thing as a casual experiment with psychedelics.
-Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, MAPS
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Psychedelics have been the subject of experiments by scientists for decades but went out of favor with the law in the 1960s and 1970s when they “escaped the lab” and were picked up by proselytizers who helped give them a bad name, conference presenters said. This led to a backlash that slammed the lid on research for the next several decades.
This is definitely worth your time to listen to and it gives amazing insight on the benefits of working with mushrooms. Here are some highlights about mushrooms:
- Produce strong antibiotics
- Rot is essential for nutrients in forest (mycelium goes underground)
- Mycelium inhales oxygen like we do
- Mycelium is earth’s natural internet (highly branched)
- Fungi one of the first organisms to come to land
- Produces oxalic acids = makes rocks crumble to make soil
- Fungi do not need light: uses radiation as source of energy
- Largest organism in the world: mycelia wall
- Ways mushrooms can be used to save the world
- Habitat restoration
- Active against flu viruses and pox
- Energy called “Econol” made by the breakdown of cellulose to fungal sugars