The book Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance by Antón Gómez-Escolar, tells us how in 1938 Albert Hofmann, after having accidentally absorbed an infinitesimal amount of a compound he had just synthesized in his laboratio, returned home experiencing a cognitive sensation out of reality. He had just discovered the effects of LSD. Between this event, celebrated in the psychedelic community as the beginning of all that was to come, and the famous summer of love and counterculture, three decades were to pass.
A new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry appears to conclude that psychedelic-assisted therapy may be an effective and long-lasting treatment for symptoms related to anxiety and depression. The results, measured using scientifically validated and widely used questionnaires, appear to have been much better than the researchers expected. To conduct the study, a team of Swiss researchers administered twenty participants diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and twenty-two other participants with a mental disorder, significant amounts of LSD under the supervision of a trained therapist.
A few weeks ago we told you how Portugal became a reference in the legal issue and psychedelics two decades ago, decriminalizing their use. At the end of the article, we wished that the rest of the countries would look at this type of measures and start to expand. Well, this morning we woke up to fantastic news: San Francisco has decriminalized psychedelics. Psychedelics such as psilocybin and ayahuasca will be “among the lowest priorities” for law enforcement.
As Antón Gómez-Escolar tells us at the beginning of the second chapter of the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, “psychoactive substances are those that when introduced into the organism by any route (oral, nasal, intramuscular, intravenous) exert a direct effect on the Central Nervous System, causing specific changes to its functions (pain, mood, perceptions, etc), as for example do alcohol, caffeine, anxiolytics, antidepressants, some analgesics,. . and drugs.”
The Psychedelic Conference: Innovative Approaches in Mental Health: Achievements and Challenges of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy will take place next Saturday, November 19. The meeting, organized by the Psychedelic Association Fuerteventura, will bring together some of the leading voices in psychedelic research, including the Psychedelic Guides book series, official sponsors of the event. The event will include among the speakers the scientific supervisor of the book series, José Carlos Bouso, as well as the author of Tu Cerebro con Psicodélicos, Genís Oña, and the legal advisor of the collection, Francisco Azorín.
Jose Carlos Bouso's new study provides evidence of interaction between the effects of THC and CBD and social cognition skills
Jose Carlos Bouso, scientific director of the Psychonaut Guides book series, has published a new study that aims to determine the effect of THC and CBD on social cognition skills, testing how CBD may counteract the possible effects of THC on these abilities. The hypothesis stated that participants under the effects of THC would show lower social cognition skills, and co-administration of THC-CBD would counteract these effects. In order to prove this, the authors designed a contextual, naturalistic, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study to test the acute neuropsychological effects of vaporizing different types of cannabis extracts.
DMT (dimethytriptamine) is a natural psychoactive compound of the hallucinogen class, present in varying amounts in many plants, such as mimosas, acacias, mimosas or chacrunas. Traces of DMT can also be found in some mammalian organisms, although its function in our body is still unknown. DMT belongs to the chemical family of tryptamines and is a very simple compound, very similar to tryptophan (a common amino acid in the diet).
In our book series Psychonaut Guides we talk in depth about the most commonly used traditional psychedelics, but there are also other psychedelics of less common use and, among them, some are legal under certain circumstances. Here are 5 legal psychedelic substances you may not have known about. 1. HAWAIIAN BABY WOODROSE Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa) is a perennial climbing plant native to India, with large heart-shaped leaves and white stunted flowers.
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.