A Look At Psychedelic Medicine

A Look At Psychedelic Medicine

Since LSD was discovered in the 1940s, there have been studies on the effectiveness of psychedelic medicine ever since. And before psychedelics were banned in the 1960s, substances such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms showed remarkable potential for treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. When the government decided to ban psychedelics in the 1960s however, all research regarding their potential for medicine was banned along with them. For decades the psychedelic substances that had the ability to naturally help with things like depression and anxiety were highly unavailable for any kind of clinical research. The Traditional Use of Psychedelics Long before people began to tune in and drop out in the early 60s, psychedelics were used in medicinal and spiritual ceremonies. People of indigenous cultures found that certain plants contained certain attributes that helped them to heal on both a physical and mental level. Native Americans have used cacti that contains mescaline (peyote, San Pedro, and Peruvian torch) for years. One thing they found with the use of mescaline? It has a very powerful effect against alcoholism. Ayahuasca has been used by natives of Peru for centuries as it contains DMT, a powerful hallucinogen endogenous to the human body that has shown to heal on both a spiritual and physical level. In Africa the Bwiti have used Ibogaine for centuries in both rites of passage ceremonies and as a powerful spiritual healer. Certain psychedelic substances have certainly withstood the test of time. And although deemed dangerous by the FDA, this hasn’t stopped people from using them to receive the healing they provide. While the FDA claims...
The Crossroads Treatment Center is now the Crossroads Research Initiative, a single source compiling psychedelic research data, offering expert consultations, clinical guidance, case studies and best practices for integrative psychedelic medicine.
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