Psychedelics & Plant Medicine
Psychedelics & Plants Medicine
According to the indigenous medicine people of the Amazon, the discovery of ayahuasca, a ceremonial brew used for centuries for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, came from communication with the plants themselves. Wherever it came from, ayahuasca has gained an international reputation for being a powerful catalyst for personal growth, and a subject of interest and study in modern Western science. Learn more
DMT, short for dimethyltryptamine, is considered by many to be among the most powerful psychedelics medicine that we can experience. People who have used DMT report mystical visions that are often far stronger than with other psychedelics. They feel that they had been taken to alternate realities, interacted with sentient interdimensional beings, and had their worldview changed by visceral experiences that seemed realer than their daily life. Although the duration of DMT’s effects is short — 10-20 minutes — users claim it feels like days, weeks, and even years of experience unfold within that span. But the most compelling fact about this highly psychoactive substance is that it stands alone among other entheogens as the only one that is naturally found and produced in the human body, a fact that has great implications for its use in the treatment of substance abuse, addiction, and other psychological maladies. learn more
Tabernanthe iboga, a plant containing the entheogenic substance ibogaine, is a powerful psychedelic from West Africa that has been in use for centuries in traditional healing ceremonies. It can be used in its traditional form from the root bark of the plant (known as iboga), or in the laboratory-isolated form of ibogaine which only contains the central psychoactive substance (known as ibogaine). Today iboga is best known for its miraculous ability to cure or drastically reduce addiction to substances like alcohol, crack cocaine, and heroin in a single treatment. It can also help people overcome addiction to prescription opiates such as morphine, methadone, Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. While this may sound too good to be true, scores of personal testimonies and now clinical research is backing up this claim, and iboga treatment centers are popping up all over the world specializing in treating addiction, post traumatic stress, and mood disorders. learn more
Kambo is a substance that comes from frog secretion, and for many indigenous cultures in the Amazon, this purgative, immunity-boosting medicine is very important. Known in Portuguese as the “vaccine of the forest,” it has also gained renown outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependence.
Kambo is powerful substance and shouldn’t be administered except under the care of an experienced practitioner. A practitioner can help guide you to gain the maximum benefits from a kambo application, helping you to set an intention before the ceremony, ensure proper set and setting during the ceremony, and integrate the experience afterward. learn more
Ketamine stands apart from similar medicines because of its unique properties and position within the world of psychedelics. Its effects are a combination of qualities similar to other psychedelic and natural medicines—it’s an analgesic like cannabis, an anesthetic like kambo, can have euphoric effects like MDMA, and induces deep visionary experiences like ibogaine or ayahuasca.
Acquired through a prescription from your doctor, ketamine is also the only legally available psychedelic in the U.S. Ketamine has been used since the 1960’s for its properties as a powerful anesthetic and was originally utilized in emergency operation rooms and on battlefields. Whereas most psychedelics have been villainized for the better part of the last century, ketamine is included on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. learn more
In the fight against addiction and pain, finding an effective treatment without unwanted side effects is a tricky process—especially if you’re looking outside of the traditional realm of pharmaceuticals. Psychedelics like ibogaine and ayahuasca can be powerful addiction interrupters, but it’s helpful to have a supplemental medicine to help curb cravings in the weeks after the initial treatment. For those looking for a natural alternative to synthetic opioids like methadone, kratom is one of the most promising choices to supplement ongoing addiction treatment or pain management. learn more
Psychedelic mushrooms are a particular type of mushrooms that contain the drug psilocybin which can lead to hallucinations and out of body experiences when consumed. The chemical complex of psilocybin is related to LSD though they are not the same exactly they are very similar in scope. Most people know psilocybin on the streets as mushrooms, magic mushrooms or shrooms. learn more
THC is known scientifically as tetrahydrocannabinol and it is the active chemical found in marijuana. THC is the most widely abused drug in the United States and continues to be controversial in both cases of personal consumption and in cases of being appropriate for certain medical uses. learn more
Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive plant that can produce strong dissociative effects when it is smoked or eaten. The level of effects that a user will feel are not easily determined from one user to the next and the unpredictable nature of this drug makes it highly dangerous. Although a relatively new drug being used in the United States, Salvia Divinorum has long been used in Mexico by tribes attempting to evoke a religious connection. learn more
LSD is a psychedelic drug that is commonly referred to as acid. This is one of the most common hallucinogens and has been widely abused since the early 1950s when it was thought that LSD may have beneficial uses in the clinical field. This psychedelic drug is also known as a hit, dose, microdot or sugar cube on the streets referring to the various methods of which the liquid form of the drug is placed on elements for consumption. learn more
MDMA, popularly known as “ecstasy” or “molly”, is a synthetic psychoactive substance that was discovered in the early 1900’s. You’ve probably heard about MDMA in conjunction with rave culture and electronic music, but before that association ever began, psychotherapists were experimenting with MDMA and recognizing its huge potential in treatment for a variety of mental conditions. Today the healing potential of MDMA is being explored scientifically in the realms of treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), treating social anxiety in autistic adults, and easing end of life for terminally ill patients. learn more
Psychedelic mushrooms appear to have been part of human culture since its very inception. Art dating back to 5,000 B.C. and ranging across multiple continents shows how different cultures across the world venerated the mystical healing powers of the magic mushroom. Starting in the 1960’s and continuing today, scientific studies are being carried out that investigate the short and long term effects of the active ingredient in psychoactive mushrooms- psilocybin- and their results are overwhelmingly positive. learn more
5-MeO-DMT—short for 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine—looks just like DMT on both a macro and micro level, with a few extra atoms attached (which is what “5-MeO” in the name tells us). That slight change makes all the difference, though.
Like DMT, 5-MeO-DMT also appears in many plants and animals—including the venom of a particular toad—but has not been found in humans. While the DMT experience tends to be highly visual, 5-MeO-DMT is more like a perspective shift. Some have said it’s something like a near-death experience. learn more