A psychedelic is any substance that produces a profoundly altered state of consciousness, and a sense of expansion of perception. They typically (but not always) work by affecting the serotonin system in the brain, but most importantly can induce mystical or spiritual experiences in those who take them.
Psychedelics can include both plant medicines (like ayahuasca or peyote) and synthetic substances (like LSD and ketamine). Arguably, any substance that can evoke profound changes in consciousness could potentially be grouped psychedelics – such as cannabis and MDMA.
The common factor with all psychedelics is their power to show people a very different way of seeing the world, and their potential to catalyze profound personal transformation.
Magic mushrooms have been used by human cultures for thousands of years. But how can we, as Westerners, respectfully and reciprocally share indigenous wisdom? Mushroom facilitator Françoise Bourzat shares her perspective.Read More
Manesh Girn, PhD candidate in neuroscience at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada, joins Lorna for an interview in which he summarizes some of the latest scientific findings and perspectives on how psychedelics can help facilitate lasting healing and transformation.Read More
The Seeker’s Guide to Amanita MuscariaThere is, perhaps, no species of mushroom that has inspired as much folklore and purveyed as much mystery as the picture-perfect Amanita muscaria. From age-old Siberian shamans through the Vedic soma, Nordic vikings, and ancient Romans, to Super Mario World, Alice in Wonderland, and the story of Santa Claus, it’s…Read More
The Seeker’s Guide ToChanga”Smokable Ayahuasca”With the growing popularity of ayahuasca, it’s no surprise that changa is also seeing an explosion of interest. Referred to as “smokable ayahuasca,” changa is a smoking mixture infused with DMT, invented by ethnobotanist Julian Palmer.Changa is said to provide people with a glimpse into the ayahuasca experience, without requiring a…Read More
A new paradigm of healing is emerging at the intersection of psychedelic medicine and ancestral shamanic healing… Psychedelic medicine has been pushed to the forefront as the new frontier in psychotherapy, a new solution to the global mental health crisis. Psychotherapists might say that its cause is widespread trauma, the outcome of an increasingly unequal…Read More