Top 5 Myths About Psychedelics You Need To Know
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There are many misconceptions about psychedelics in the world. Many people consider psychedelics as associated with festival and party drugs. I remember a time when I was in 9th grade, and our health teacher told us that LSD (acid) makes your nose bleed and causes holes to be formed in your brain. Of course I knew better even at that time.
Here are 5 of the most popular myths about psychedelics that I think need to be corrected, so people can understand psychedelics and discuss them in an honest manner.
Psychedelics Are “Party” Drugs
However, there is a vast majority of the public that looks at psychedelics as party drugs used primarily at festivals. The studies conducted by John Hopkins University, sponsord by MAPS.org on MDMA proves otherwise.
The Amazonian Shamans used a brew called Ayahuasca, containing two plants: MAOi (Banisteriopsis Caapi vine) and Psychotria Viridis (or Mimosa Hostilis) which contain the most powerful psychedelic known to man, DMT for spiritual and healing purposes. Ayahuasca has been show to have amazingly positive effects on depression5. Read our guide on What is DMT to find out more.
The Mazatec Shamans of Oaxaca, Mexico use the Salvia Divinorum plant for healing and religious ceremonies. Salvia is one of the most potent psychedelics known to man. It is said that after taking Salvia, one sees through the eyes of the Goddess of Planet Earth, Mother Salvia, and that salvia takes you back in time on a journey, where you see your entire from from beginning life through her eyes.6
Scientific studies on Salvia have shown is therapeutic abilities in controlled settings.7
For those interested in Salvia, we have for you some very important advice about using this amazing plant.
Psychedelics have a long history in human cultures, dating back to pre-historic days of the Archaic Man.8
Psychedelics Cause Brain Damage
Another great misconception about psychedelics, including Cannabis is that they damage the brain. On the contrary, the opposite has shown to be true. There are studies done by prominent scientists what show that traditional psychedelics such as LSD (Acid), Magic Mushrooms, DMT (also used in Ayahuasca), and MDMA do not cause any damage to the brain, but instead help to heal the brain. According to a Cell Report9, psychedelics promote neuroplasticity.
Psychedelics help heal the brain from damage and trauma, increase neuroplasticity, and are generally good for developing new neural pathways that help users cope with difficult situations in a healthy manner.
LSD Causes Birth Defects
This is yet another bogus belief, and a huge misconception about LSD. The truth of the matter is that Albet Hofmann, the swiss chemist who developed LSD, did so in order to research the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and the care of women giving birth, known as obstetrics, in order to induce labor in pregnant women.
On averge, in the 1940s, 10,000 women were dying from childbirth. Research was being conducted to see if this could be prevented. LSD is derived from the ergot fungus, which has a long history of human use in oder to induce labor.10
Ergot has a long histtory of use among the midwives and shamans who have used the ergotimines for their ability to induce labor, and to prevent bleeding after birth, known as post-partum hemorrhage, which was the leading cause of death in childbirth.11
Dr. Arthur Stoll led the pharmaceutical research on Ergotemarine, the pre-cursor to LSD which is an essential medication in treating post-partum bleeding. It is actually on the list of essential medications by the World Health Organization. Ergotemarine is regulated, because it can be used to make LSD.12
LSD is one of the most amazing psychedelics human have ever invented. Here are 9 facts about LSD that you should know that will clear up most misconceptions about this wonderful drug.
Psychedelic Users Have Positive Experiences
While true that some of the hallmarks of psychedelics, such as visionary states, feelings of happiness, euphoria, and oneness with the Universe are common, the actual experience is generated by one’s own past life.13
Sometimes people have bad trips, and there is a history of violence associated with bad trips. Though LSD itself does not make a person violent, it can make the person paranoid which can lead to violence. LSD-fueled fatal stabbing took place in Nederland, and another sad story of a Boy, 15, who stabbed his best friend during ‘bad’ LSD trip
According to Terence McKenna, psychedelics feed on intelligence. Intelligence, of a certain kind, is gained through a vastness of experience. The more a person has in their brain as knowledge, the more the psychedelic has to work with. The lower the intelligence, the less challenging the psychedelic experience becomes.14
Every psychedelic experience is different and unique. Someone smoking DMT twice will have two different experiences.
Psychedelics Always Have A Beneficial Effect
Everyone Should Try Psychedelics at Least Once
This is not true. Psychedelics don’t always produce benefits for everyone who takes them. Some people with a low threshold for psychosis, schizophrenia or a history of mental illness in the family should avoid psychedelics as it can trigger these illnesses.15
Here is an example of someone battling suicidal feelings after having consumed LSD.
Some people have comitted suicide after taking psychedelics. Here is another sad example of someone committing suicide after taking LSD as reported on Reddit.
The notion that everyone ought to try psychedelics is one of the bigest misconceptions and potentially the most dangerous advice possible. Psychedelics, sometimes, work against a person instead of in their favor.
There are many ways of understanding oneself without psychedelics. There are many ways to skin a cat, as they say. To achieve a better mind and body connection and to be in tune with nature does not always require the use of psychedelics. This is not to say that psychedelics are not useful or that they are dangerous. In very rare cases, psychedelics can pose a danger to the person and those around them.
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