Psychedelics Have Been Changing Minds Since Prehistoric Times

Explore the truth behind the taboos
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The Webdelics Podcast

Health journalist and former Cambridge University neuroscientist David Cox joins us today to talk about big picture psychedelics use.

From the stigma of plant medicine to the role of big pharma’s involvement to the therapeutic value of tripping, today’s episode is all about how the decades-long controversy behind psychedelics is rapidly giving way to acceptance in Western medicine – and what a world of regulated psychedelics use might soon look like.

Ayahuasca

What is unique about ayahuasca is that it is a concoction of two plants, the combination of which is essential for the ayahuasca experience. Combining two plants to use as medicine may not seem groundbreaking in and of itself, but the fact that if one is taken without the other, the experience is entirely different, and arguably non-existent, is what makes the discovery of ayahuasca so surprising.

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Ayahuasca

DMT

For millennia indigenous-American tribes have consumed N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) as a key ingredient in botanical brews, such as ayahuasca, and snuffs, such as yopo, as part of religious ceremonies in Central and South America.

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DMT

Ketamine

Though ketamine gained a reputation for being dangerous and easily misused and abused, it wasn’t until 1999 that the US classified it as a Schedule III controlled substance. While it is often associated with the party scene, ketamine therapy is helping change the lives of many with severe depression, PTSD, OCD and even chronic migraines.

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Ketamine

LSD

In 1938, a Swiss chemist by the name of Albert Hofmann, working out of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, became the first man to synthesize Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). Active at the microgram level (one-thousandth of a gram), LSD is the most potent psychoactive drug known to humankind.

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LSD

MDMA

The MDMA molecule bears structural resemblance to stimulants and some psychedelics, invoking feelings of euphoria, empathy, and boundless energy. MDMA also intensifies sensory perception, enhancing one’s appreciation of music and color which makes it one of the most popular drugs among festival-goers and electronic dance music fans alike.

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MDMA

Mescaline

In the 16th century, Spanish chroniclers attempted to eradicate ritual use of peyote cactus among indigenous American cultures, which led to the plant’s eventual prohibition in 1720. In the face of adversity, several indigenous communities righteously persevered, continuing and preserving their sacred practice in clandestine secrecy, and even managing to spread it widely over the last 150 years

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Mescaline

Peyote

Peyote is a green spineless cactus that contains the classic psychedelic compound mescaline. Numerous Mesoamerican cultures, including the Huichol (Wixárika), the Cora (náayeri), the Tepehuanes, the Tonkawa, the Mescalero, and the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) have long regarded the plant as sacred, using it in spiritual and healing ceremonies for millennia.

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Peyote

San Pedro

Since prehistory, San Pedro has been instrumental to Peruvian cultural traditions. in northern Peru in particular, it has been a tool to facilitate the shaman’s ‘‘journey’’ for healing purposes. Throughout this period, the visionary cactus has been known by many names, including huachuma or achuma.

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San Pedro

Shrooms

While shrooms were initially used for ceremonial purposes and spiritual awakenings, they have gained popularity for recreational use and current research on shrooms effects in a therapeutic setting is promising.

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Shrooms

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Futurist/Filmmaker/Psychedelic Concierge

Psychedelic medicine is about to change everything In society. Webdelics provides the exact kind of education that everyday people are looking for but have been unable to find. - Zappy Zapolin

Zappy Zapolin
Futurist/Filmmaker/Psychedelic Concierge

Psychedelic medicine is about to change everything In society. Webdelics provides the exact kind of education that everyday people are looking for but have been unable to find. - Zappy Zapolin

Zappy Zapolin
Futurist/Filmmaker/Psychedelic Concierge

Psychedelic medicine is about to change everything In society. Webdelics provides the exact kind of education that everyday people are looking for but have been unable to find. - Zappy Zapolin

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