From historical ritualistic use to almost complete worldwide criminalization, psychedelics are now close to becoming a hot new trend in the health and wellness industry.
The use of psychedelics has been long connected with an altered state of consciousness and influence and sensory perception. It’s also known that most countries have criminalized the use, possession, selling, and production of these substances. However, this might change in the future as more and more scientists are getting into the research of these highly misunderstood compounds.
Like many other substances, the use of psychedelics dates to ancient times, mostly in regions such as South America. Native Americans have been using peyote, a spineless cactus that contains hallucinogen mescaline, for millennia in both in medicine and rituals. Unfortunately, until recently, research in psychedelics was limited, mostly due to the stigma surrounding the use.
The improvement in understanding and managing mental health and conditions, especially addictions, that studies on psychedelics have produced were almost erased by the improper recreational use in the 1960s. After numerous cases of bad trips were recorded, the spread of panic has led the US government to ban psychedelics completely.
Lately, studies on psychedelics and its benefits have experienced a revival with many research debunking existing myths and uncovering new advantages, while the public has become more open to the use and decriminalization.
For example, some individuals who have stuggled with a perpetual state of anxiety have reported incredible, positive changes in their thought process and feelings of anxiety. In theory, our brains are used to the same thought patterns, such as a car always driving along the same road, which leads us to the same thoughts, worries, and feelings. Consuming a psychedelic drug, in a moderate quantity, allows your brain to change its usual pattern, and take the less travelled dirt road. It provides a sense of clarity — giving you a chance to percieve yourself and the world in a different light.
Anxiety is simply one of the conditions psychedelics have been thought to help lessen, and with further research it can prove revolutionary for many issues plaguing the human brain. Naturally, just like man-made pills, it might not work for everyone, and we should be careful which psychedelics you try along with the quantity you try. It's always recommended to take it with someone you trust, who has previous experience with your chosen drug, and can help guide you through your journey. In order to be able to accurately determine the effects, much more research will be needed, until then make sure you do quality research in case you decide to try this method of 'rewiring the mind'.
There are currently different types of psychedelics that have differenet affects on the brain. The types are as follows:
Acid, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide or LSD
This synthetic chemical is made out of a fungus called ergot, which grows on rye. The low-dose research has shown improvement in depression and post-traumatic stress management, and the alleviation of anxiety-related disorders. Although further research is needed, it’s positive that there haven’t been any recorded deaths connected to the overdose on LSD.
Dimethyltryptamine or DMT
This naturally-occurring drug is derived into the crystal-like white powder. It is widely known as a spirit molecule due to its intense effects on sensory perception, which can completely distort reality. Some users have reported improved confidence and body image, reduced anxiety, and an increase in motivation.
Psilocybin or Magic Mushrooms
Shrooms are a naturally-occurring group of fungus that consists of a large number of different species each with different quantity of hallucinogenic compounds. Some theorists believe, fueled by a limited number of human trials, that psilocybin heightens the emotional response, which can help in curing and preventing depression.
Regardless of the seeming benefits, more research is needed to solidify the existing theories and findings. Whether the lawmakers in the US, UK and other countries with well-known scientific research facilities will decide to loosen up their grip on psychedelics is still up to question as well. However, it seems that public discourse has started to aim in the right direction with more and more people wanting to explore the mentioned benefits to better their mental health and overall quality of life.
What are your thoughts on this emerging trend?