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How Psychedelics Saved My Life

 
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by Amber Lyon

on May 28, 2014

Amber Lyon is an Emmy Award-winning former CNN investigative news correspondent.

Amber Lyon is an Emmy Award-winning former CNN investigative news correspondent.

I invite you to take a step back and clear your mind of decades of false propaganda.  Governments worldwide lied to us about the medicinal benefits of marijuana.   The public has also been misled about psychedelics.

These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.

Psychedelics saved my life.

My Experience with Anxiety and PTSD Symptoms

 

I was drawn to journalism at a young age by the desire to provide a voice for the ‘little guy’.  For nearly a decade working as a CNN investigative correspondent and independent journalist, I became a mouthpiece for the oppressed, victimized and marginalized.  My path of submersion journalism brought me closest to the plight of my sources, by living the story to get a true understanding of what was happening.

At a press conference exposing human rights abuses in Bahrain.

Speaking at a press conference in Lebanon on the human rights abuses I witnessed while reporting in Bahrain.

After several years of reporting, I realized an unfortunate consequence of my style- I had immersed myself too deeply in the trauma and suffering of the people I’d interviewed.  I began to have trouble sleeping as their faces appeared in my darkest dreams. I spent too long absorbed in a world of despair and my inability to deflect it allowed the trauma of others to settle inside my mind and being.  Combine that with several violent experiences while working in the field and I was at my worst.   A life reporting on the edge had led me to the brink of my own sanity.

Because I could not find a way to process my anguish, it grew into a monster, manifesting itself into a constant state of anxiety, short-term memory loss, sleeplessness, and hyper arousal.  The heart palpitations made me feel like I was knocking on death’s door.

Why I Chose Psychedelic Drugs Medicines 

 

While at CNN, I investigated human rights and environmental issues.

Prescription medications and antidepressants serve a purpose, but I knew they were not on my path to healing after my investigations exposed their sinister side effects including infants being born dependent on the medicines after their mothers couldn’t kick their addictions. Masking the symptoms of a deeper condition with a pill felt like putting a Band-Aid on bullet wound.

I was made aware of the potential healing powers of psychedelics as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in October 2012.   Joe told me psychedelic mushrooms transformed his life and had the potential to change the course of humanity for the better. My initial reaction was one of amusement and somewhat disbelief, but the seed was planted.

Psychedelics were an odd choice for someone like me.  I grew up in the Midwest and was fed 30 years of propaganda explaining how horrible these substances were for my health.   You can imagine my jaw-dropping surprise when, after the Rogan podcast, I found articles on the prodigious effects of these substances that behave more like medicines than drugs.  Articles like this one, this, this , this, and this.   And studies such as this,  this, thisthis, this… and this … all gut-wrenching examples of how we’ve been misled by authorities who classify psychedelics as schedule 1 narcotics that have ‘no medicinal value’ despite dozens of scientific studies proving otherwise.

Tripping Around the World 

 

Having only ever smoked the odd marijuana joint in college, in March 2013 I found myself boarding a plane to Iquitos, Peru to try one of the most powerful psychedelics on earth.   I ditched my car at the airport, hastily packed my belongings in a backpack and headed down to the Amazon jungle placing my blind faith in a substance that a week ago I could hardly pronounce: ayahuasca.

Shamans, or healers, prepare the Ayahuasca brew by combining chacruna leaves, that contain the powerful psychedelic DMT, with the ayahuasca vine.

The ayahuasca brew is prepared by combining chacruna leaves, that contain the powerful psychedelic DMT, with the ayahuasca vine.

Ayahuasca is a medicinal tea that contains the psychedelic compound dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.   The brew is rapidly spreading around the world after numerous anecdotes have shown the brew has the power to cure anxiety, PTSD, depression, unexplained pain, and numerous physical and mental health ailments.  Studies of long-term ayahuasca drinkers show they are less likely to face addictions and have elevated levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness.

If I had any reservations, doubts, or disbeliefs, they were quickly expelled shortly after my first ayahuasca experience. The foul-tasting tea vibrated through my veins and into my brain as the medicine scanned my body.  My field of vision became engulfed with fierce colors and geometric patterns.  Almost instantly, I saw a vision of a brick wall.  The word ‘anxiety’ was spray painted in large letters on the wall.  “You must heal your anxiety,” the medicine whispered.  I entered a dream-like state where traumatic memories were finally dislodged from my subconscious.

It was as if I was viewing a film of my entire life, not as the emotional me, but as an objective observer.   The vividly introspective movie played in my mind as I relived my most painful scenes- my parents divorce when I was just 4 years-old, past relationships, being shot at by police while photographing a protest in Anaheim and crushed underneath a crowd while photographing a protest in Chicago.  The ayahuasca enabled me to reprocess these events, detaching the fear and emotion from the memories.  The experience was akin to ten years of therapy in one eight-hour ayahuasca session.

On my mat before the ayahuasca ceremony begins.

We wait nervously for the  ayahuasca ceremony to begin. We are given buckets for the intense abortive effects of the medicine.

But the experience, and many psychedelic experiences for that matter, was terrifying at times.  Ayahuasca is not for everyone- you have to be willing to revisit some very dark places and surrender to the uncontrollable, fierce flow of the medicine.  Ayahuasca also causes violent vomiting and diarrhea, which shamans call “getting well” because you are purging trauma from your body.

After seven ayahuasca sessions in the jungles of Peru, the fog that engulfed my mind lifted.  I was able to sleep again and noticed improvements in my memory and less anxiety.   I yearned to absorb as much knowledge as possible about these medicines and spent the next year travelling the world in search of more healers, teachers and experiences through submersion journalism.

I was drawn to try psilocybin mushrooms after reading how they reduced anxiety in terminal cancer patients.  The ayahuasca showed me my main ailment was anxiety, and I knew I still had work to do to fix it.  Psilocybin mushrooms are not neurotoxic, nonaddictive, and studies show they reduce anxiety, depression, and even lead to neurogenesis, or the regrowth of brain cells.  Why would governments worldwide keep such a profound fungi out of the reach of their people?

The curandera blesses me as I consume psilocybin mushrooms for the healing ceremony.

The curandera blesses me as I consume a leaf full of psilocybin mushrooms for the healing ceremony.

After Peru, I visited curanderas, or healers,  in Oaxaca, Mexico.  The Mazatecs have used psilocybin mushrooms as a sacrament and medicinally for hundreds of years.  Curandera Dona Augustine served me a leaf full of mushrooms during a beautiful ceremony before a Catholic alter.   As she sang thousand year-old songs, I watched the sunset over the mountainous landscape in Oaxaca and a deep sense of connectivity washed over my whole being.  The innate beauty had me at a loss for words; a sudden outpouring of emotion had me in tears.   I cried through the night and with each tear a small part of my trauma trickled down my cheek and dissolved onto the forest floor, freeing me from its toxic energy.

Psilocybin mushrooms are not neurotoxic, non addictive, and a study shows they can repair brain damage from trauma.

Psilocybin mushrooms are not neurotoxic, non-addictive, and a study from University of Southern Florida shows they can repair brain damage from trauma.

Perhaps most astounding, the mushrooms silenced the self-critical part of my mind long enough for me to reprocess memories without fear or emotion.  The mushrooms enabled me to remember one of the most terrifying moments of my career: when I was detained at gunpoint in Bahrain while filming a documentary for CNN.  I had lost any detailed recollection of that day when masked men pointed guns at our heads and forced my crew and I onto the ground.  For a good half an hour, I did not know whether we were going to survive.

I spent many sleepless nights desperately searching for memories of that day, but they were locked in my subconscious.   I knew the memories still haunted me because anytime I would see PTSD ‘triggers’, such as loud noises, helicopters, soldiers, or guns, a rush of anxiety and panic would flood my body.

The psilocybin was the key to unlock the trauma, enabling me to relive the detainment moment to moment, from outside of my body, as an emotionless, objective observer.  I peered into the CNN van and saw my former self sitting in the backseat, loud helicopters overhead.    My producer Taryn was sitting to the right of me frantically trying to close the van door as we tried to make an escape.  I heard Taryn scream “guns!” as armed masked men jumped out of the security vehicles surrounding the van.  I watched as I frantically dug through a backpack on the floor, grabbing my CNN ID card and jumping out of the van.  I saw myself land on the ground in child’s pose, dust covering my body and face.  I watched as I threw my hand with the CNN badge in the air above my head yelling “CNN, CNN, don’t shoot!!”

I saw the pain in my face as the security forces threw human rights activist and dear friend Nabeel Rajab against a security car and began to harass him.  I saw the terror in my face as I glanced down at my shirt, arms in the air, praying the video cards concealed on my body wouldn’t fall onto the ground.

During the ceremony the psilocybin unlocks traumatic memories stored deep in my subconscious so I can process them and heal.  The experience is intensely introspective.

During the ceremony the psilocybin unlocks traumatic memories stored deep in my subconscious so I can process them and heal. The experience is intensely introspective.

As I relived each moment of the detainment, I reprocessed each memory moving it from the “fear” folder to its new permanent home in the “safe” folder in my brain’s hard drive.

Five ceremonies with psilocybin mushrooms cured my anxiety and PTSD symptoms.   The butterflies that had a constant home in my stomach have flown away.

Psychedelics are not the be-all and end-all.  For me, they were the key that opened the door to healing.  I still have to work to maintain the healing with the use of floatation tanks, meditation, and yoga.  For psychedelics to be effective, it’s essential they are taken with the right mindset in a quiet, relaxed setting conducive to healing, and that all potential prescription drug interactions are carefully researched.  It can be fatal if Ayahuasca is mixed with prescription antidepressants.

I was blessed with an inquisitive nature and a stubbornness to always question authority. Had I opted for a doctor’s script and resigned myself in the hope that things would just get better, I never would have discovered the outer reaches of my mind and heart. Had I drunk the Kool-Aid and believed that all ‘drugs’ are evil and have no healing value, I may still be in the midst of a battle with PTSD.

The Creation of Reset.me

 

This very world that glamorizes war, violence, commercialism, environmental destruction, and suffering has outlawed some of the most profound keys to inner peace.   The War on Drugs is not based on science.  If it was, two of the most deadly drugs on earth-alcohol and tobacco- would be illegal.  Those suffering from trauma have become victims of this failed war and have lost one of the most effective ways to heal.

Humanity has gone mad as a result.

Lyon and a scientist cut open a fish stomach to inspect for plastic litter while filming a documentary on ocean pollution.

Lyon and a scientist cut open a fish stomach to inspect for plastic litter while filming a documentary on excessive ocean plastic pollution.

I spent ten years witnessing the collective insanity as a journalist on the frontlines- wars, bloodshed, environmental destruction, sex slavery, lies, addiction, anger, fear.

But I had it all wrong journalistically.  I had been focusing on the symptoms of an ill society, rather than attacking the root cause: unprocessed trauma.

We all have trauma.  Trauma rests in the violent criminal, the cheating spouse, the corrupt politician, those suffering from mental illness, addictions, inside those too fearful to take risks and reach their full potential.

If it’s not adequately processed and purged, trauma becomes cemented onto the hard drive of the mind, growing into a dark parasite that rears its ugly head throughout a person’s entire life.   The wounds keep us locked in a grid of fear, trapped behind a personality not true to the soul, working a mundane job rather than following a passion, repeating a cycle of abuse, destroying the environment, harming one another.  The most common and severe suffering is inflicted during childhood and hijacks the driver’s seat into adulthood, steering an individual down a road deprived of happiness.   Renowned addiction expert Gabor Mate says, “The major cause of severe substance addiction is always childhood trauma.”

We live in a world full of wounds and when left untreated, they’re unceremoniously handed from one generation to the next, so the cycle of trauma continues in all its destructive brutality.

But there’s hope.   We can transform the course of humanity by collectively purging our grief and healing at the individual level, with the help of psychedelic medicines.  Once we collectively heal at the individual level, we will see dramatic positive transformation in society as a whole.

I founded the website reset.me, to produce and aggregate journalism on consciousness, natural medicines, and therapies.  Psychedelic explorer Terrence McKenna compared taking psychedelics to hitting the ‘reset button’ on your internal hard drive, clearing out the junk, and starting over.  I created reset.me to help connect those who need to hit the ‘reset button’ in life with journalism covering the tools that enable us to heal.

It’s a human rights crisis psychedelics are not accessible to the general population.  It’s insane that governments worldwide have outlawed the very medicines that can emancipate our souls from suffering.

It’s time we stop the madness.

there are 137 Comments

Soundwave Ryan

Great work, as always, Amber!

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Ross W

Paducah, KY

Amber, I’ve been following your story since I saw you on the JRE podcast. You’re speaking out for a whole community of people who have never felt comfortable coming out in support of these medicines. Keep up the great work!

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pathman

Amber, thank you for sharing your experience. The more people hear about the true value of these medicines the faster we can get them reclassified. Also, I’m assuming the psilocybin was a “heroic dose.” Wink, wink.

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ComfortablyNumb

Italy

Finally some good non-propagandized information.
keep it going!

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Dan Cleland

Thank you Amber. When I first experienced ayahuasca I was recovering from a 20m fall, which happened while rock climbing drunk on alcohol. The recovery period left me addicted to Oxycontin, which was the most agonizing addiction to break that I’ve experienced. I had legit withdrawal symptoms. And the meds we’re being fed to me by doctors. That first aya ceremony spun my life around, and after a few years of using aya to inform my life decisions, things are pretty damn good.

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James Parsons

Hey great article! Thanks for spreading positive momentum. Be careful with that word “cure” though.

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Elisa Massenzio

California

Thank you for getting the word out there against the propaganda we’re told as kids, and even as adults. I’ve never suffered from any mental illnesses, but I tried LSD with a group of friends, partly out of curiosity and partly because my friends were telling me how amazing it was. They were right. I had an amazing trip and it opened my eyes to how much love we have within us, and we don’t even realize we have it, because we live in such a messed up world, as you point out! I firmly believe that if everyone tried a psychedelic drug/medicine at least once as a young adult, the world would be a much safer, more loving place.

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Sea

Tanaina, Alaska

I’m thrilled and inspired by Amber. I’ve been waiting on the reset.me to go live for a few months now and even it it’s beginning I’m stunned already by the wealth of community and support. The journalism is well constructed, the community is (so far) positive and sharing, and the motivation to heal is immense. I can’t wait for more podcasts, photos, articles, and stories!

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Fernando TheThinker

is completely immoral and barbaric not to give a natural treatment to those veterans that ended killing themselves for lack of treatment in the VA.
Amber Lyon is an amazing human being. More people should have her honesty and passion. I hope she gets better and better. Nice people shouldn’t have any problems :)

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Curt Webbe

Cusco, Peru

Thank you Amber for bringing this to the forefront as one potential cure for our collective insanity. My story, as many others I image, is so very similar to yours in that personal traumas drove me to getting on the plane to IQ solo and diving deep into the jungles of the Amazon for the promise of healing by traditional plant medicines. “Western” medicines had only masked my broken heart and broken spirit and thus had utterly failed to root out the cause of my pain. After many medicine journeys to Peru, my mind and spirit were rebooted after these experiences. I now lead journeys into the heart of the Peruvian Andes for healing and transformation through the use of Wachuma or San Pedro for individuals who suffer as I did. Thank you again for your courage in helping bring these ancient healing medicines to those who need it. Peace

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SimplyAlice

Washington

Amazing and brave story Amber. I found myself in the same boat about 10 years earlier. I suffered from extreme childhood trauma and physical abuse by the hands of all my previous boyfriends. For two years, I regularly dosed with LSD out in nature and each trip unlocked my fear and my agony. Yes, I cried a lot on many of my trips but I also was able to laugh and giggle uncontrollably with joy as the pain lifted off. Now years later, I maintain with yoga & meditation. But since then, I’ve barely had any forms of PTSD. THANK YOU FOR SHARING SUCH A PERSONAL JOURNEY. I really hope it gets heard.

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Justin Kinser

//The ayahuasca enabled me to reprocess these events, detaching the fear and emotion from the memories. The experience was akin to ten years of therapy in one eight-hour ayahuasca session.//

I was able to use LSD to accomplish the same thing several years ago and for the first time in my life I finally got a handle on my depression and have since completely turned my life around. That’s not to say that psychedelics are trivial drugs, they aren’t. They are powerful and can bite back. As such, they should be respected, but taken responsibly they can absolutely help people and the DEA needs to stop choking them off.

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Muhlone Luhveigh

New Haven, CT

Amber, you are a true prophet to the world! I agree, psilocybin and other entheogens do indeed hold the key to the salvation of humanity and healing the Earth. God the Creator has given mankind the key all along, growing naturally and most likely in the forests and grasslands around where you live, anywhere in the world.

The amazing experiences I have had through three sacred mushroom ceremonies have left deep, profound changes, always for the better. Healing, and an absolutely unshakable Faith that God does exist indeed, and God loves all of us, there is never any reason to fear anything, ever. And we should love all peoples and revere the Earth and its wonders.

I am on board! Your crusade Amber Lyon is true and with God on our side, so long as our purpose remains TRUE, we SHALL be VICTORIOUS!

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Jake

Golden, Colorado

Thank you Amber. For being a voice to those you can’t!

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Hargi.ad

Israel

Thanks Amber, Ever Since the first JRE podcast I thought that there is something special going on with you and I am glad that has come into fruition in such a way. I believe and hope for a spectacular future for you and your important endeavours!

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chakra

sandpoint, idaho

hi amber… i enjoyed your article. thanks for sharing your journey! i wanted to share with you that when we experience trauma, or any kind of wounding that is not healed at the time of wounding, the imprint of this goes into our chakras. this is where it informs our central nervous system. while taking psychedelics to open doorways to healing is good for some, to truly heal would mean anyone taking or not taking psychedelics to heal would have to remove the informing imprint. not just process through the mental. there is a process called “the illumination process” that does just that. it is healing work done from the energetic level. the energetic informs the mental/emotional, and the mental/emotional informs the physical. i trained in this form of energy medicine. i also sat in native american church where peyote medicine is used. when most people use medicine to heal, most are not taking it to the energetic. most people tend to rely on the medicine to do the work for them. it is a wonderful tool. there is more to healing than taking medicine, prescription or plant. a friend of mine speaks the same as you about psychedelics. he believes they healed him. he is also not willing to open up to energetic healing. one of the reasons for this is he would have to do the work to heal… instead of the plant medicine. plant medicine can show the way, but is not necessarily “the way”. medicine, be it plant or prescription is an easy path. “when life looks like easy street there is danger at your door” . i am sure this post will get some response. as i end this, i prepare dinner for three shamans. two who have journeyed with ayahuasca, and one with peyote medicine. all of which do the energetic work. the same as me :) many blessings!

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CjSchool

South America

Sweet, I’ve Ayahuasca transform many people, a great example is the story related here–Ayahuasca Cures Depression: http://ayahuascarecipe.org/ayahuasca-cures-depression/

Keep up the good work.

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Amber Lyon

Los Angeles, CA

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I am looking forward to creating this community where we can share experiences, knowledge, and support. Much love!

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Mark Calvin

F.U. Alcohol is great. I use it to relax and enjoy myself. I shouldn’t have to pay taxes or fees to have or use it.

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Matthew Robertson

Great post. I’ve experienced similar wonderful changes to my life thanks to psychedelics. Initially psychedelics helped me come to terms with the anxiety that I was trying to hide, burying my head beneath the sand scared to deal with it. Eventually I came into contact with the wonderfully healing psychedelic AMT which was once a prescription anti-depressant in the USSR and functions similarly to both empathogens like MDMA and traditional psychedelics like Psilocybin in one substance, offering the therapeutic benefits of both – I took it with one of my best friends and a single trip has changed my life. Years later I’m no longer anxious to go outside and I’m happy and no longer feel like my life is doomed to me being a hermit with no friends or future.

Having experience with many other substances I know first hand that a lot of them have a rather dark side and can have quite a negative impact on one’s life, I’ve been addicted to alcohol and opiates, neither of which is pleasant, and anyone seeing the effects that these more dangerous drugs can have on someone’s life’s only natural response is to fear them, but psychedelics on the other hand have only ever offered me great benefit – even the most trying of psychedelic experiences, while difficult to go through at the time, has always led to many positive changes after the experience that last for months or years, unlike traditional medication that has to be taken daily these are substances where a single well thought out session with a friendly guide can really turn your life around.

So to those of you who’ve seen the damage that many drugs can cause, do not let this reputation carry over to something as healing and positive as psychedelics, we’re just two of so many people who’ve had their lives changed permanently in a tremendous way by these beautiful medicines and they shouldn’t be associated with drugs like alcohol, stimulants, and opiates, which have the potential to ruin lives when abused.

These have the potential to save lives and I hope we can change our attitudes and accept them into our culture so others can benefit in the way we have. My mother suffers from PTSD, but having seen me suffer as a result of other drugs I’ve taken she understandably may always only see the dark side of what other substances did to me – I hope one day though she can get the help she needs, and I think a guided MDMA or psychedelic session could be the key to finally freeing her from the torment she’s had to deal with all her life – to see her free of all that and truly happy again would be wonderful. :)

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Jessica Ann Lewis

Very well written, but curious how to ensure a safe environment for healing when leaving the country is not plausible. Also, curious as to how much time should have passed from the trauma before trying this. I am in the pediatric cancer world and it is very sad to see the parents live day to day and are often on multiple antidepressants. It’s like they are numbed during the death of their child, and they will never get that time back. Anyone with any recreational hallucination experience knows the people could have a “bad trip”. Who would be qualified to help guide them through to healing?

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Isabelle

Chakra, I am trying to decide whether or not I want to try ayahuasca. Your comments about psychedelics only making a change on the mental level strikes me as very similar to what many spiritual teachers have said in the past. However, I’ve known very advanced teachers to also turn out to be extremely wrong about certain critical areas – for example, like diet or sexual practices.
So my question to you is, how do you know that taking ayahuasca is ” just process through the mental” and that “the illumination process” is healing work done from the energetic level?” Do you have personal experience of that truth and if so, how?

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Nan Wolf

I cannot afford to fly to Peru.

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Sterling Allan

Ephraim, UT, USA

You’re a great writer, Amber. I admire your bravery in traveling, reporting, covering things that are unpopular — and now in stepping forward to promote these natural remedies.

I learned about Ayahuasca while down in Brazil last month, from three different people who all had great personal experiences with it. Now I’m exploring how I might get access to its benefits, and I came across your article. I may make a pilgrimage to Peru as well, though there may be reliable sources and practitioners closer to home. Turns out a couple of my friends here in Utah have been involved with it as well. And when I had my first New Energy Systems Trust conference call after returning from Brazil, it sounded like most of those associates had also heard of it and spoke positively of it.

I’ve been familiar with your journalism for about a year, with your appearances on Infowars, where I also was interviewed by Rob Dew.

Some day soon, I hope our paths cross. You’re an amazing person.

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CuriousGeorge27

Las Vegas

I agree with the article that this must all be legalized so people can make their own free choices.. But having said that, I must admit that this particular part is very misleading: “These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.” While I may agree that these things may help give people a ‘nudge’ here and there depending where the person is at with their lives.. But the fact remains even Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and that it gives you the happy feeling since it it activates mu receptors, these are the receptors responsible for opiate dependence and the likes. The closest drug which does not have any of this is Salvia Divinorum, (Which surprisingly the lady never mentions this especially since many states are in progress of making it illegal to use) No one has ever reported any addictive behavior with the respect of using salvinorin A or Salvia Divinorum.
Addictive behavior is compulsive drug use. The key word is compulsive. To produce it, a drug must be a powerful “reinforcer,” as opiates such as morphine indeed are. The powerful reinforcing effect of opiates depends on dopamine release in a part of the brain called the shell region of the nucleus accumbens. Both mu and delta agonists produce dopamine release in this region; however, selective kappa agonists do not. This dopamine-mediated reinforcement (euphoria, rush, buzz, reward) is very important in determining if a drug will be addicting or not. And dopamine induced euphoria is different from the mechanisms underlying both physical dependence and tolerance. It is dopamine related euphoria more than tolerance or physical dependence that will determine if a drug is liable to be habitually abused. Anyhow, dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens may be why certain animals/people will choose to repetitively self-administer morphine, heroin, etc. Surprisingly, stimulation of the kappa receptor has the opposite effect. It decreases dopamine release in the shell region of the nucleus accumbens, and in experimental animals this discourages self-administration. The decreased dopamine release that results from kappa receptor stimulation may be the reason why Salvia divinorum, and salvinorin A, does not cause addiction, unlike anything else we know of.

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CuriousGeorge27

Las Vegas

I agree with the article that this must all be legalized so people can make their own free choices.. But having said that, I must admit that this particular part is very misleading: “These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.” While I may agree that these things may help give people a ‘nudge’ here and there depending where the person is at with their lives.. But the fact remains even Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and that it gives you the happy feeling since it it activates mu receptors, these are the receptors responsible for opiate dependence and the likes. The closest drug which does not have any of this is Salvia Divinorum, (Which surprisingly the lady never mentions this especially since many states are in progress of making it illegal to use) No one has ever reported any addictive behavior with the respect of using salvinorin A or Salvia Divinorum.
Addictive behavior is compulsive drug use. The key word is compulsive. To produce it, a drug must be a powerful “reinforcer,” as opiates such as morphine indeed are. The powerful reinforcing effect of opiates depends on dopamine release in a part of the brain called the shell region of the nucleus accumbens. Both mu and delta agonists produce dopamine release in this region; however, selective kappa agonists do not. This dopamine-mediated reinforcement (euphoria, rush, buzz, reward) is very important in determining if a drug will be addicting or not. And dopamine induced euphoria is different from the mechanisms underlying both physical dependence and tolerance. It is dopamine related euphoria more than tolerance or physical dependence that will determine if a drug is liable to be habitually abused. Anyhow, dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens may be why certain animals/people will choose to repetitively self-administer morphine, heroin, etc. Surprisingly, stimulation of the kappa receptor has the opposite effect. It decreases dopamine release in the shell region of the nucleus accumbens, and in experimental animals this discourages self-administration. The decreased dopamine release that results from kappa receptor stimulation may be the reason why Salvia divinorum, and salvinorin A, does not cause addiction. In contrast salvinorin A is a powerful selective kappa agonist. It strongly activates the vision-inducing kappa receptors but does not activate the addiction producing mu receptors. So, unlike opiate drugs such as morphine, salvinorin produces remarkably powerful visions, but not addiction unlike many other psychoactive substances. This is why Salvinorin A may be used during surgeries without having to deal with pain and the addiction that comes from masking the pain. *

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I agree with the article that this must all be legalized so people can make their own free choices.. But having said that, I must admit that this particular part is misleading: “These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.” While I may agree that these things may help give people a ‘nudge’ here and there depending where the person is at with their lives, but these things are in no way shape or form “Non-addictive”.. Also this stuff in no way has been ‘proven’ to heal from these disorders..There is evidence that points to the conclusion but there is no proof.. If these things are truly so helpful and can heal people then we would have already seen it operating in our veterans lives who fought during the 60′s and 70′s living much more harmoniously without any sort of disorders (Or at least the majority of them especially given the fact how popular hallucinogens were in those days).. Its just so ironic that you can find many of these veterans including from the present moment on the streets homeless sharing their adventures to others about all the drugs they messed with.. If these drugs can really help, then why did it not help them? If these drugs were truly a miracle then we would have seen some sort of change by now, I can guarantee that.. The fact remains even Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and that it gives you the happy feeling since it indirectly activates the mu receptors, these are the receptors responsible for opiate dependence and the likes. The only drug to work a bit differently from the rest is Salvia Divinorum. No one has ever reported any addictive behavior with the respect of using salvinorin A or Salvia Divinorum.
Addictive behavior is compulsive drug use. The key word is compulsive. To produce it, a drug must be a powerful “reinforcer,” as opiates such as morphine indeed are. The powerful reinforcing effect of opiates depends on dopamine release in a part of the brain called the shell region of the nucleus accumbens. Both mu and delta agonists produce dopamine release in this region; however, selective kappa agonists do not. This dopamine-mediated reinforcement (euphoria, rush, buzz, reward) is very important in determining if a drug will be addicting or not. And dopamine induced euphoria is different from the mechanisms underlying both physical dependence and tolerance. It is dopamine related euphoria more than tolerance or physical dependence that will determine if a drug is liable to be habitually abused. Anyhow, dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens may be why certain animals/people will choose to repetitively self-administer morphine, heroin, etc. Surprisingly, stimulation of the kappa receptor has the opposite effect. It decreases dopamine release in the shell region of the nucleus accumbens, and in experimental animals this discourages self-administration. The decreased dopamine release that results from kappa receptor stimulation may be the reason why Salvia divinorum, and salvinorin A, does not cause addiction. In contrast salvinorin A is a powerful selective kappa agonist. It strongly activates the vision-inducing kappa receptors but does not activate the addiction producing mu receptors. So, unlike opiate drugs such as morphine, salvinorin produces remarkably powerful visions, but not addiction unlike many other psychoactive substances. This is why Salvinorin A may have so much more potential than any other hallucinogen out there IMO.

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Oops, didn’t notice my other two posting that I did not intend to post on here! Sorry about that! :-x

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Chills going down my spine. Story of my life. Pro journo with a diagnosed panic disorder. Living,on medication for the last two years. Seems worth researching. Thx!

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Dear Amber, You inspired me to share my own story of How Psychedelics Saved My Life as well.
It was submitted to Reset.Me under Personal Stories.
My experiences were always “Self Guided” but after listening to you speak I am considering an experience with a shaman like the Curandero.

Thank you for creating this website and having the courage to champion this topic.
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‘Feds? :/’

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