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WHY THIS GUIDE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
Steve Jobs once said taking a psychedelic was one of the most important events of his life. In his words:
“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.”
As important as LSD was to one of the most influential mind’s of the 20th century, most are still put off after even hearing the word psychedelic. Negative images begin conjuring in their minds of stoners, hippies, hedonists, addicts, and losers. As you’ll read below, most things you’ve heard about psychedelics are simply untrue. Some of the leading research institutes are debunking decades of myths around these substances and uncovering how powerful these tools can be used to dramatically improve one’s life. Here’s a few of the benefits you can experience after using psychedelics:
- Heal past trauma holding you back for years
- Treat crippling mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Overcome addictions, bad habits, and dysfunctional mental patterns
- Find purpose and meaning in your life
- Create long term positive personality change
- Supercharge your creativity and problem solving ability
- Experience a profound connection with the world around you
- Deepen your spiritual life
- Increase your focus and accomplish the things that matter
- Have a greater ability to handle stress, worry, and problems that may come your way
If any of this sounds enticing, then this guide may be for you. It may even save your life.
We’ve gathered the world’s best resources and assembled it all into an easy to read users guide – from their history, to their science, to a concrete beginner’s guide of how to use them properly. After reading this guide, you’ll come away with deep knowledge around psychedelics, equipped to use them for lasting change.
Before we begin, it’s important to understand that these substances are not for everyone. Just like any other medicine, there is a potential upside and downside. There’s also a wide spectrum of experiences you can have, many of which could be unpleasant. Do your homework, outweigh the pros and cons, and make an informed decision. This guide will help you with just that. In Chapter 7, we cover the fundamentals of responsible psychoactive use, which shares extensive harm reduction resources. Be sure to give that a read before deciding to use these substances.
With that said, buckle up, hold tight, and let’s travel down the rabbit hole to the exciting world of psychedelics.
CHAPTER 1: THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE
Following the anti-establishment movement of the 1960’s, psychedelics were locked in the closet of mainstream culture – swiftly labeled as Schedule 1 drugs showing high potential for abuse, with no accepted medical treatment use.
Yet over the last few years, psychedelics have undergone an exciting renaissance. Growing numbers of people around the world are exploring powerful applications of these tools – from silicon valley executives, to professional athletes, to a range of independent thinkers and non-conformists. Science is now behind this movement, as a new wave of researchers are uncovering its benefits in a wide range of applications.
These resources will bring you up to speed with this recent trend, and give you an overview of the exciting potential behind psychedelics.
CHAPTER 2: COMMON PSYCHEDELIC MYTHS DEBUNKED
For almost 5 decades, psychedelics have been banned from public use. Since President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971, constant streams of propaganda have aggressively shaped the public’s narrative around psychedelics: highly addictive, dangerous, gateways towards harder substances. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, resulting in over $1.7 billion poured into the drug war. Industries were created around this new war, giving many organizations a financial incentive to continue its myth.
In this chapter, we examine what these myths are, and shed light on its validity. You’ll come away with a more accurate understanding of psychedelics, helping you realize that most of what you’ve been told about these tools are wrong.
Overview of psychedelic myths:
Myths around specific psychedelics:
The failed War on Drugs:
CHAPTER 3: THE HISTORY OF PSYCHEDELICS
A curiosity of the afterlife. A yearning to transcend reality. Exploring the depths of consciousness. These are all at the very fabric of what it means to be human, and traces of these pursuits can be found in almost every civilization in known history. As humans explored these realms over the years, so too have psychedelics been used to aid in this journey.
In this section, we’ll examine the history of psychedelics throughout the world, dating all the way back from 5,000 BCE. From the mysterious kykeon brew of ancient greece, to the powerful iboga shrub used in central Africa, you’ll get a better understanding how central these plant tools have been used in practically every major civilization.
Psychedelic use throughout history:
Psychedelic use in American history:
CHAPTER 4: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON A PSYCHEDELIC
As powerful as psychedelics are, until recently no scientific explanation could explain what occurs in the brain while under a psychoactive substance. Yet breakthrough research is now uncovering the neurological processes the brain undergoes during such an experience. Leading organizations have finally been given the green light to research this field, something locked in the scientific closet for decades. fMRI scanners, advanced software, and host of other cutting-edge medical technology is allowing researchers to see firsthand how the mind behaves under substances such as psilocybin and LSD.
In this section we share some of the most exciting findings in this field, allowing you to get a better idea of how psychedelics affect the mind.
CHAPTER 5: TYPES OF PSYCHEDELICS
Now that you have a better idea of how psychedelics work, what type is best for you or your loved ones? In this section we break down the different types of psychoactive plants and drugs available to us – from common psychedelics such as marijuana, to elusive substances such as ayahuasca found in the amazonian jungles of Peru. You’ll get a better idea of the potential behind each of these tools, and how you can use them to drastically improve your life.
CHAPTER 6: APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHEDELICS
With such a wide range of possible applications, psychedelics can be looked at as a swiss army knife of sorts – from treating a wide variety of mental illness such as depression and anxiety, to beating crippling addictions such as alcohol and heroin, to inducing powerful mystical experiences you’d normally only read in ancient religious texts. Even Silicon Valley executives are harnessing substances such as LSD to enhance creativity, aid in problem solving, and boost productivity in the workplace.
In this chapter we share our exhaustive review of these various applications. Chances are, you’ll find a particular practice hitting a chord with you.
Treating Mental Health:
- Psilocybin Helps to Treat Depression
- Ketamine Gains Traction As A Treatment For Depression
- Using Psychedelic Drugs To Treat PTSD
- Ayahuasca Drinkers Have Better Mental Health
- How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death
- Psychedelics Reverses Negative Cognitive Biases
- Magic Mushrooms Repair Brain Damage Caused By Extreme Trauma
- ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Trigger Lasting Personality Change
- Longtime Sufferers of Cluster Headaches Find Relief in Psychedelics
Inducing Mystical Experiences:
CHAPTER 7: HOW TO PROPERLY USE PSYCHEDELICS
Now that you have a better understanding of psychedelics, you may be interested in trying one for yourself. These substances are extremely powerful, and could fling you on the most intense experience of your life. In the same way you’d need to be prepared to get behind the wheel of a high performance sports car, the same care needs to be taken with psychoactive substances.
In this section you’ll learn the fundamentals of effective psychedelic use – from setting up the right environment, to getting in the right mindset, to everything in between. You’ll get a better idea of the wide spectrum of experiences you may have, which could be enlightening, terrifying, revelatory- sometimes all in one night. You’ll also learn how to integrate the key takeaways from the experience into your everyday life to see lasting change.
Psychedelic Experience Integration:
CHAPTER 8: NEXT STEPS
Congratulations! We’ve reached the end of our Ultimate Guide to Psychedelics. After reading the chapters in this guide, hopefully you have a better idea of how powerful these tools can be to dramatically improve your life. But where to go from here?
If you want to continue your exploration in the the fascinating world of psychedelics, there are a number of organizations that could help you along the way. In this list below we share a host of resources that will help further your education, connect with a community of fellow psychonauts, and offer opportunities for healthy psychedelic involvement.
If you know of any resources we’ve left out, be sure to let us know and we’ll add it to the list.
Psychedelic Retreat Center Reviews:
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