What are the different frameworks being employed by entheogenic guides? How are these frameworks different from those used in the research of the s? How do the variations in present day frameworks appear to affect the outcome? Regardless of one's individual assumption of the value of psychedelic work, it is happening in a variety of contexts across the planet. This alone demands scholarly attention.
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Integrative medicine treatment of post traumatic stress has been evolving and growing worldwide to include entheogens also called psychedelic medicine. We have been exploring and altering our states of consciousness since our first animal friends found their way into a mound of psychedelic mushrooms, saw the goddess of the cosmos and shared their discovery with us.
It is a challenge to suggest what is older: the experience of traumatic events, or that if the first vision leading to what we now called spirituality or religion. Some scholars suggest that the apple of Eden was actually a psychoactive mushroom Amanita muscaria Wasson, Kramrisch, Ruck, Ott, Many pharmaceuticals are derived from these plants whose chemical compounds are now extracted, synthesized and concentrated in laboratories.
In addition to their medicinal uses, psychoactive plants and mushrooms are also used recreationally and ritually. Trauma alters consciousness and it is no surprise that upwards of 70 percent of people with PTSD self-medicate to the point of addiction at some point in their lives. Substance use intersects both the natural human urge for inner exploration with the need to suppress unpleasant states. The suppression of mind-altering drugs in the begun by the Inquisition in the New World continues today even as the ability to conduct research is emerging, ever so slowly once again.
Our clients benefit from understanding the meaning of why they use what substances they use and the larger context of what it means to be human and what it means to have an altered state thrust upon one in contrast to choosing one for healing. Indeed, there is a profound connection between PTSD, ineffective drug policies and incarceration.
The backdraft of US Drug policy filters down to us as clinicians working with women and men in prison when we are charged with helping people who are there predominantly due to their color and their use of drugs to self-medicate their PTSD. The Global Commission on Drug Policy has announced a call for ending the drug war; ending the criminalization marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs—individuals who do not harm others.
Too sober an attitude also fails to acknowledge the human yearning and capacity for transcendence; there is no greater need to transcend than when one is traumatized. Avocado Bowl. Avocados contain entheogens. By Kjokkenutstyr Net. Not all of the plants or their analogs that I discuss below are entheogens or hallucinogenics. Not surprisingly, botanical medicine, the hallucinogens, and entheogens interact with these same systems.
Nature provides an abundance of plants for this purpose. This reality suggests that successful treatment of PTSD may be more about what path we take to arrive at the synapse.
Historically, indigenous and traditional societies use psychoactive plants in the context of a community-based ritual.
Under these conditions, the community and the ritual provide the setting to support the process of initiation and healing experienced by the participant user. The spirit molecules that I explore in the second part of this blog are all used by people with PTSD and most have been or are the subject of ongoing clinical research for the treatment of PTSD or the sequelae.
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.
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. Wasson, R. The road to Eleusis: Unveiling the secret of the mysteries. Center for World Indigenous Studies. Published: October 20, By: Dr. Leslie Korn.
Altering States of Consciousness Trauma alters consciousness and it is no surprise that upwards of 70 percent of people with PTSD self-medicate to the point of addiction at some point in their lives. Ready to take control of your health? Schedule an Appointment.
What are Entheogens?
An entheogen is a psychoactive substance that induces alterations in perception , mood , consciousness , cognition , or behavior  for the purposes of engendering spiritual development in sacred contexts. The neologism entheogen was coined in by a group of ethnobotanists and scholars of mythology Carl A. Gordon Wasson. The adjective entheos translates to English as "full of the god, inspired, possessed", and is the root of the English word " enthusiasm. Genesthai means "to come into being. Entheogen was coined as a replacement for the terms hallucinogen and psychedelic.