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Drugs, Plants and Pharma

Shamanic Healing: We Are Not Alone

Shamanic Healing: We Are Not Alone
An Interview of Michael Harner by Bonnie Horrigan
© Shamanism, Spring/Summer 1997, Vol. 10, No. 1

Michael Harner, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving shamanic knowledge as it survives on the planet and to teaching the basic principles of that knowledge for practical applications in the contemporary world.

http://www.shamanism.org/articles/article01.html

Study of hallucinogen salvia shows intense, novel effects

In what is believed to be the first controlled human study of the effects of salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, a controversial new hallucinogen featured widely on YouTube and other Internet sites, Johns Hopkins researchers report that the effects are surprisingly strong, brief and intensely disorienting but without apparent short-term adverse effects in healthy people.

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Meditation and "Drugs"

It's a not-so-dirty little secret that most of today's leading meditation teachers were interested in drugs. By "drugs," of course, I don't mean alcohol or Oxycontin, but rather that subset of chemicals which our society has deemed unfit for human consumption, including cannabis, psilocybin, MDMA, and others.

Psychedelic Drugs Help Psychiatric Patients

Swiss scientists suggested Wednesday that psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine and magic mushrooms could be combined with psychotherapy to treat people suffering from depression, compulsive disorders or chronic pain. Research into the effects of psychedelics has been restricted because of the negative connotations of drugs, but the scientists said more studies into their clinical potential were now justified.

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Psychedelic Information Theory Shamanism in the Age of Reason

Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason is an examination of the nonlinear dynamics of hallucination and altered states of consciousness. By deconstructing the systems of human perception and memory Psychedelic Information Theory quantifies the limits of psychedelic perception and describes the methods by which psychedelics alter consciousness, create new information, and affect human culture. By presenting these methods in physical terms Psychedelic Information Theory offers a rational and objective model for shamanic transformation and psychedelic therapy in modern clinical practice. Written by James L. Kent.

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out … Get Well?

Acid is not the sort of drug patients would normally expect to be offered in a doctor’s surgery. Maybe at an Incredible String Band reunion tour. Or even a luncheon at Buckingham Palace. But most people will not have had their general practitioner write them an LSD prescription. However, ...

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