In recent years, the use of psychedelics in treating PTSD has gained notice in the scientific community. Past studies on the effectiveness of psychedelics such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methylene dioxin methamphetamine (MDMA), dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and Psilocybin (mushrooms) have shown some efficacy in treating various mental health conditions. Ayahuasca brew, which contains DMT, is a popular alternative for those with PTSD who have tried more traditional treatments such as therapy and medication unsuccessfully. … [Read more...] about Ayahuasca and Its Potential to Treat PTSD
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All causes of death are devastating in terms of impact, but it could be argued that suicide holds a special place in terms of human cost, because it is often otherwise physically healthy people, with many more years of active life ahead of themselves, who kill themselves. Dying through a mental impulse, when no physical disorder will have taken you instead, could be conceived as a much more unnecessary death. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19
Cannabis is sometimes classified as a "minor psychedelic" and in his pioneering book, On Being Stoned, psychologist Charles Tart (1971) questioned 150 marijuana users who’d used the drug at least a dozen times, finding that 44 percent reported having OBEs (much higher than found in general surveys). About a quarter of them (23%) had had one OBE and about a fifth (21%) had had many. But their OBEs did not tend to occur when they were stoned. In fact, most of these cannabis users had never had an OBE while intoxicated. The same applied to those who used psychedelics as well as cannabis; they reported more OBEs and more multiple OBEs. … [Read more...] about Psychedelics and the Out-of-Body Experience
People with PTSD use all kinds of medications to self-medicate. Understanding the types of drugs that people use help us understand more specifically the psychological biological and spiritual needs to address through the with conscious use of psychoactive alternatives. With the exception of tobacco, which I include here, because of its historical use as a ritual plant, and its problematic use by people with PTSD, all of these substances show promise as allies along the path of healing. Perhaps the most commonly used plant (besides tobacco) for altering consciousness by people with PTSD is cannabis or marijuana. It also demonstrates favorable effects for the treatment of a variety of symptoms associated with PTSD including depression, anxiety, and pain. I will explore this and other plant allies and entheogens in the next post. … [Read more...] about Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma
While the participants in this study were, on average, in their seventies, the findings could be helpful for any of us in sexually active relationships regardless of our age. That is, even if we're not yet in our post-retirement years, now is as good of a time as any to consider whether we hold too-narrow definitions of sex, and whether our sexual activity could look and feel more pleasurable and more satisfying if we expanded our definitions to include more physical intimacy. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?