How The New Science of Psychedelics Can Teach Us About Depression, Trauma

The use of psychedelics and plant medicines in our current society is no longer considered taboo. We have been seeing an increase of research and discussion around the potential healing capacity of such substances over the past decade or so and words like ayahuasca are echoed quite regularly throughout many conversations between people from all walks of life. Perhaps this is because of the tremendous healing capacity of such plants, or because of the multitude of research conducted from organizations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Recently, Michael Pollan, author of best-selling books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food, decided to put something else in his mouth — psychedelic substances, in the name of his research, of course, for his most recent best-seller, How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.

Pollan, now a self-proclaimed psychonaut decided to take it upon himself to see what all the fuss was about in regards to the psychedelic research and it’s potential. After hearing about a research study in which people with a diagnoses of terminal cancer were given psilocybin, or more commonly referred to as, magic mushrooms, to help them come to terms with their impending fate.

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