LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide. It is a psychoactive substance, which means that it acts on the central nervous system. This results in a change in behavior and the way the user relates to the world around them. These effects occur because of the way LSD affects the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. This substance helps control mood, thinking, behavior, and the senses. As Anton Gomez-Escolar tells us in the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, LSD was originally used as a psychotomimetic.
23 years ago Portugal decriminalized the consumption of narcotics. Contrary to what many expected at the time, this measure brought about a reduction in the consumption of substances such as heroin or cocaine, as well as a drop in the rate of HIV patients. Source: Portugal’s Parliament discusses comprehensive regulation of cannabis (https://canamo.net/noticiasimundo/el-parlamento-de-portugal-discute-la-regulacion-integral-del-cannabis) After the end of the dictatorship, a countercultural movement swept Portugal. And, as with much of the countercultural movements in the West after World War II, this wave was accompanied by a boom in the consumption of different types of substances.
We usually talk about the potential positive effects of psychedelic substances, however, it is important to keep in mind that these potential positive effects of psychedelic substances usually have an important psychological burden. That is why the psychological variables of person and context are especially crucial to not only make this type of experience as risk-free as possible, but also to turn it into a positive and, hopefully, transcendental experience.
As Antón Gómez-Escolar tells us in his Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, throughout history, psilocybin mushrooms have had various religious, ritual and shamanistic uses. Nowadays, its use can be associated with recreational, spiritual, self-knowledge contexts and, therapeutically, it is investigated for the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions or obsessive-compulsive disorder. But, how exactly does psilocybin act in our brain?? Antón Gómez-Escolar answers this question in his book, from which the information in this article is taken.
We recently heard the news of the release of the first trailer for Netflix’s new four-part documentary series ‘How to Change Your Mind’, based on Michael Pollan’s best-seller. With the mainstream world every day more immersed in the Psychedelic Renaissance, and awaiting regularization and legalization of the therapeutic use of these substances, in this post we have collected three legal psychedelic substances, with information about them extracted from the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, by Antón Gómez-Escolar, indicating in which countries and under what circumstances they are legal:
The first trailer for Netflix’s new four-part documentary series How to Change Your Mind has been released. New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan’s 2018 book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence is being adapted by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney. The documentary series, like the book, aims to inform viewers about a lesser-known side effect of some psychedelic drugs.
The idea of banning all “recreational” use of certain psychoactive substances was driven by a growing influence of Anglo-American Christian Puritanism and the temperance movement against alcohol in the late temperance movement against alcohol in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which in the United States also led to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States between 1920 and 1933. The campaign for prohibition was also fueled by racist sentiments toward by racist sentiments toward immigrants from China and Mexico, who used opiates and cannabis.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the world there are 450 million people suffering from mental disorders and estimates that one in four people in the world will suffer, at some point in their lives, some mental disorder. Faced with this panorama and the lack of success in the treatment of some of the diseases, several researchers have resorted to look for other alternatives, among them, the use of psychedelics.
The Psychedelic Renaissance promises to revolutionize mental health through the use of psychedelics, but what exactly are psychedelics? The relationship between psychedelics and mental health has been studied since the 1940s. As we discussed in our post on the Psychedelic Renaissance, the excess of uncontrolled recreational use and a campaign to discredit the cultural movement to which they were linked caused research on their effects on mental health to be abandoned in most universities.
Pharmacology and neuroscience of psilocybin, DMT, LSD, MDMA or mescaline. “When I first approached psychedelic drugs, I knew instantly that my life was changed.” So begins Your Brain with Psychedelics, by Genís Oña, psychologist and pharmacologist and researcher at ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service). That change in his life, as a transcendental before and after, is one of the multiple themes explored in Your Brain with Psychedelics.
The Psychonaut Guides are now available in Amazon and Apple Books. The Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, the first title that opens the book series, will introduce us to the exciting world of psychedelics by the hand of Antón Gómez-Escolar. This title is ideal whether you are approaching the Psychedelic Renaissance movement for the first time or you are passionate about this world, as it brings together the history, neuroscience, legality, therapeutic applications and harm reduction methods of the most promising psychedelic drugs for science.
The first books of PsychonautGuides.com have been released. Psychonaut Guides launches a series of books with a scientific approach for those who want to explore and discover the exciting world of hallucinogens, their potential and applications as part of the so-called Psychedelic Renaissance. Opening this collection on the Psychedelic Renaissance, we have the book by Antón Gómez-Escolar, “Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance”, which presents the history, neuroscience, legality, therapeutic applications and harm reduction of the most promising psychedelic drugs for science, as an introduction to this revolution that is beginning to spread around the world.
In the last few days two presentations of the first three books that will open the Psychonaut Guides collection have taken place in the United States. The first presentation in the United States has taken place in Boston and the second one in New York. Both events had an excellent reception among the participants, who were able to obtain some copies of the books, as you can start to see in the social networks, and have an interactive talk about the psychedelic world.
In the coming weeks the first three books of the PsychonautGuides.com catalogue will be available. The launch will be made in conjunction with the PsychonautGuides.com website and the titles will be available in English and Spanish, as well as in full color or B&W versions. Digital versions of the books will available in Amazon, Google Books and many other selling channels. The first introductory book to the collection will be “Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance”, by Antón Gómez-Escolar.