Psychedelic substances haven’t always been illegal. Before the backlash of propaganda that swept through the 1960s and 70s, psychedelics weren’t just being used to “tune in and drop out”. Many psychedelics were being used to explore the finer reaches of the mind, including the trauma responsible for conditions like addiction and depression.
The history of psychedelics spans back some 5,000 years or more, with the earliest accounts all coming from naturally occurring substances. Some plants, roots, and cacti, hold psychotropic properties that alter the mind and alter the state of consciousness. Throughout the course of history, various cultures worldwide have used psychedelic plants as part of spiritual, religious, and healing ceremonies.
Classic psychedelic substances used throughout the course of history include peyote, Iboga, psilocybin mushrooms, and ayahuasca. All of these substances contain compounds that alter the mind into a state of altered consciousness…and all have been used as psychedelic medicine.
It wasn’t until the late 1930s when Albert Hoffman first synthesized LSD that psychedelic medicine was considered by mainstream culture. It was then that psychedelic research began, and what they found had the possibility to change the way we looked at healing forever.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of psychedelic healing involves the ability for many of these substances to uncover and help alleviate past trauma. For true change to take place, healing must occur at deeply fundamental levels. It is through the use of certain psychedelics that these levels are tapped into where the mind can open to these repressed memories and process what role they play in one’s current emotional state.
Three Psychedelics that Help Uncover Past Trauma
There are many different psychedelic compounds responsible for helping one to uncover past trauma. The following are but three of the many psychedelic medicines that can be found in nature. Each of these medicines can provide healing and help with uncovering past trauma and finding new meaning in life.
Native to the Amazon, ayahuasca is a tea made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. It contains the psychedelic compound DMT (dimethyltryptamine) and has shown to help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and various other mental and physical health issues. For those that drink ayahuasca on a regular basis over a long period of time, it’s shown to lead to elevated levels of serotonin in the brain.
While ayahuasca may not be for everyone, for those looking to explore the deeper reaches of their mind and work through the darker aspects of themselves, ayahuasca can offer some of the most profound healing experiences known. Some consider an experience with ayahuasca to be one of a dream-like state where traumatic memories resurface, but are looked at through an objective state of mind.
The ability to detach from emotions like fear and anger while recalling past memories has the potential to be life changing. And for many, this is exactly what ayahuasca provides. Ayahuasca helps one to move through the fog and into clarity and understanding by recognizing and releasing past trauma.
Ibogaine is the isolated alkaloid from iboga, a shrub native to West Central Africa. It is the root of the Tabernanthe iboga shrub that holds the psychedelic properties that have been used for thousands of years as a powerful healing agent. Traditionally used in rites of passage ceremonies and as a powerful spiritual healer, the use of Ibogaine has made its way out of Africa and is now used globally as a powerful healer for those suffering from addiction.
Like ayahuasca, Ibogaine is a very strong psychedelic that dramatically alters one’s consciousness and takes them to a place in the mind where past traumas and memories lay buried under years of suppression. Ibogaine works to uncover memories through a dream-like state where everything makes sense, but also doesn’t make sense at the same time. Here is where people come face to face with their past, often through bizarre hallucinations and a “trip” that can last up to 48 hours.
The long experience Ibogaine provides not only helps people to recall past memories, but also acts as a guide to help them better understand what they have to do with their current state of mind. Used primarily as an addiction treatment, Ibogaine helps one to recognize how these traumas have led to their addiction and encourages them to forgive, release, and move on from the past.
- Psilocybin Mushrooms
Not only do psilocybin mushrooms help to uncover past trauma, but also help to repair brain damage that’s caused by extreme trauma. “Magic mushrooms” have been used for thousands of years by the Aztecs and show to be extremely powerful in helping people release pain and unprocessed trauma.
Psilocybin has shown time and time again to help people overcome depression, anxiety, and PTSD. An experience with mushrooms can help silence the self-critical part of one’s mind and allow them to process past traumatic events without fear or judgement. It is within this unbiased viewpoint that real healing can begin to take place. It is here that past trauma is evaluated and subsequently silenced.
Psychedelic medicine has immense potential in helping people uncover and process past trauma. While not for everyone, psychedelic medicine is gaining more and more attention as people look for alternative ways to heal their physical and emotional pain. When taken with the right mindset and in the right environment, psychedelics have the power to unlock the dimensions within the mind that serve for one’s greatest evolution.