KNOW THE FACTS
Psychedelics are not only much safer than prescription medication, tobacco and alcohol but have powerful physical, psychological and spiritual healing properties that have been known since early human history.
“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
– Steve Jobs
Psychedelics provide the user with an altered perspective of themselves and the universe.
One of the main effects is to reduce the “sense of self”, opening the mind up to perceive aspects of oneself from a ‘third person’ point of view; objectively analyze situations in themselves and their lives; and, conversely, place themselves in a different subjective view in these same situations.
The many “side effects” of this experience are increased wisdom through the additional viewpoints; increased self-knowledge through objectivity; a sense of unity with the cosmos through the reduced sense of self; and peace of mind through a better understanding of stressors in the person’s life.
There are countless reasons why psychedelics should be legalized.
Every individual should have the right to alter and explore their consciousness as they see fit.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The physical and psychological benefits of the psychedelic experience far outway its risks.
The current scheduling of psychedelics is in direct contradiction to accepted science. Furthermore, it makes research and scientific inquiry extremely difficult.
FAILED DRUG WAR
Treating drug use as a criminal issue instead of a public health issue has had a devastating impact on all aspects of society.
LEARN ABOUT PSYCHEDELICS
MAPS is currently funding pilot studies investigating the use of MDMA in PTSD therapy and social anxiety therapy for autistic adults.
For centuries, the indigenous tribes of the Amazon have used DMT-based medicines, such as Ayahuasca as powerful tools for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and awakening.
Scientists believe LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) can be used to treat addictions, depression and chronic pain.
Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms has been shown to treat anxiety and “existential distress” in the terminally ill.
Some scientists believe Salvia could turn out to be valuable for treating problems such as drug addiction, chronic pain and bipolar disorder.
Ketamine is a powerful dissociative that has proven effective in treating previously intractable depression.
Used for thousands of years by West African tribes for spiritual development and as a rite of passage Iboga is also known as a powerful addiction treatment.
Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating numerous health conditions including glaucoma, epileptic seizures, and Parkinson and has been found to stop cancer from spreading.
TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
For decades psychedelics have been used in clinical studies, private therapy, and at home to alleviate depression.
TREATMENT OF ANXIETY
Psychedelics have been known to alleviate feelings of anxiety, helping to identify root causes, and often enabling resolution.
Psychedelics can be helpful to artists working on creative projects as well as problem-solving in scientific domains.
HELPS TREAT PTSD
Research trials with MDMA are showing incredible results in treating PTSD in veterans.
CAN TREAT ADDICTION
Ibogaine has been helpful in treating addiction to opiates as well as alcohol, methamphetamine and nicotine.
Psychedelics enable people to confront their deepest fears and anxieties with rare compassion and understanding.
WHO SUPPORTS PSYCHEDELICS?
JAMES FADIMAN, PHD
Psychedelic experiences have been the foundation stones of my worldview, as crucial now as when I had my first experience. If it is true, as one tradition suggests, that “God is as close to you as your jugular vein,” knowing that personally should be beneficial.
RICK DOBLIN, PhD
Psychedelics are a door to authentic faith, born of encountering directly the sacred dimension of everyday experience. This is not the only gate to that discovery, but it is the most ancient and universal, and potentially the most accessible to the majority of the human race.
All experience is a drug experience. Whether it’s mediated by our own [endogenous] drugs, or whether it’s mediated by substances that we ingest that are found in plants, cognition, consciousness, the working of the brain, it’s all a chemically mediated process. Life itself is a drug experience.
Know what you’re using, decide just why you’re using it, and you can have a rich experience. They’re not addictive, and they’re certainly not escapist, either, but they’re exceptionally valuable tools for understanding the human mind, and how it works.
The history of human use of plants, mushrooms, and animals for their psychedelic effects is far older than written history, and probably predates the appearance of the modern human species.
If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.
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