A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the SAND (Science and Non-Duality) conference in San Rafael, California. This yearly gathering aims to bring preeminent scientists and thinkers into direct dialogue with spiritual teachers.
For millennia humankind has lived with nature, utilizing the flora and fauna to survive. Over the centuries, through trial and error, they learned which plants were the most nutritious, healthy and beneficial; and consequently they learned which plants possessed unique healing, spiritual and magical properties. Early in antiquity humankind discovered the healing properties and magical qualities of plants like Papaver Somniferum, Cannabis Sativa and fungi like Amanita Muscaria
When studying the many powerful entheogens that are found the world over, it is very common that one comes across information about how particular plants and chemicals affect the brain at a cellular level. Therefore, in order to fully study entheology, it is extremely important to have at least a very basic amount of knowledge regarding how the brain and the nervous system works.
According to MAPS, on May 26, 2011, the last subject was treated in a study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety due to life-threatening illness. This study is the first clinical LSD study to take place in over 35 years.
A New Perspective on Death and Life: The 2012 Bioethics Conference “Final Passages: Near-Death and The Experience of Dying”
What happens to us after we die? Do we simply cease to be? Or is there some kind of continuity of consciousness after death, despite the best evidence of materially-based science?
The Huichol refer to themselves as “Wixáritari”, which is translated into “the people”. They were a vividly rich culture that relied heavily on shamanic tradition to guide them and to keep them in harmony with the land. They’re now fighting for survival.
Alkaloids are particularly important to the study of entheogens because many of them have pharmacological effects and may be used as medicines, recreational drugs or spiritual catalysts. In fact, in much of the history of screening of plants for psychoactive and medicinal compounds, any species found to contain no alkaloids has been disregarded for the most part.
According to outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, rising health care costs for the military have ballooned from $19 billion in 2001 to over $52 billion in 2011. But there’s a pill for that, explained Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’ (MAPS) executive director Rick Doblin.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a severe anxiety disorder which occurs when an individual is exposed to extremely traumatic events. The term is a fairly new one, having only been formally recognized in 1980. Prior to that, PTSD symptoms were often classified as ‘exhaustion’, ‘shell-shock’, ‘stress syndrome’, ‘traumatic war neurosis’, and so forth.
When consuming pharmaceutical Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or plants which contain alkaloids that act as MAOIs, it is important to observe a strict diet in order to avoid health issues. In particular, there is an amino acid known as tyramine which is found in various foods which can cause a hypertensive reaction when combined with an MAOI.