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Racism and the Discrimination Against Traditional Ayahuasqueros by Anthropology Users in Academia by Danny Nemu

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Racism and the Discrimination Against Traditional Ayahuasqueros by Anthropology Users in Academia by Danny Nemu

Danny Nemu explores the implicit racism and discrimination in the discourse of anthropologists dealing with traditional ayahuasca users.

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Towards an Integration of Psychotherapy and Pharmacology: Using psychedelic drug-assisted psychotherapy by Dr Ben Sessa

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Towards an Integration of Psychotherapy and Pharmacology: Using psychedelic drug-assisted psychotherapy by Dr Ben Sessa

Abstract The fields of psychology and psychopharmacology have developed along surprisingly divergent historical trajectories, given their shared clinical endpoint. The subsequent schism between drug and psychotherapeutic treatments is artificial, and exaggerated by continued ignorance on both sides of the debate. In fact, such distinctions are relatively contemporary. There exists a rich history of shared psychotherapeutic-drug assisted clinical practices in pre-history and non-Western cultures using the psychedelic (hallucinogenic) drugs. These practices were re-invented in the 1950s and 1960s in Western medicine and are now enjoying a renaissance in contemporary research. It is postulated in this article that further development of psychedelic...

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Microdose Research: Without approvals, control groups, double-blinds, staff or funding by Dr James Fadiman

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Microdose Research: Without approvals, control groups, double-blinds, staff or funding by Dr James Fadiman

There is an abundance of good news. After forty plus years of research being denied, what Charles Grob kindly called, “a lull,” psychedelic science is back. Excellent research results appear in the top peer-reviewed journals. The popular science press, as well as the general media, favorably covers the findings. In fact, it is difficult to find a thoughtful negative article about psychedelics anywhere. Governments hover on the edge of funding and hundreds of graduate students in religious studies, social work, psychology, biochemistry, neuroscience and psychiatry intend to go into psychedelic research.       Major research groups in the US and the UK...

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Visions of Iboga, Harm Reduction and Addiction

Visions of Iboga, Harm Reduction and Addiction

Documentary film-maker David Graham Scott, whose work includes the award-winning Detox or Die and Iboga Nights, which has had a huge impact on the harm-reduction and addiction communities, takes us on a tour of his work and the personal struggles that helped frame them. This article originally appeared in the Psychedelic Press journal Volume XVI. It’s only recently that I’ve fully acknowledged the underlying issues that led me into the dark subculture of opiate use. A longstanding problem with depression and anxiety broke any confidence I had, and I felt myself becoming increasingly alienated from the world around me. After...

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Sumiruna Awakenings: Emergence of a New Consciousness 23-26 June 2016

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Sumiruna Awakenings: Emergence of a New Consciousness 23-26 June 2016

23rd – 26th of June, Bucharest, Romania, Caro Hotel, 400 seats 7 presentations with special guests * 5 workshops * 3 interactive Q&A sessions * 7 visionary artists exhibiting * 1 movie screening with the director’s presence *4 days of networking Keynote presenters; Graham Hancock, Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, and Dennis McKenna Dedicated to the Visionary Wisdom and Art of Pablo Amaringo   The Conference title, Sumiruna, is inspired by the great visionary artist Pablo Amaringo. He described a Sumiruna as a human who through their years of spiritual evolution and learning has moved to the highest levels of knowledge...

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