(TFC)– From November’s last week’s surfaced a troubling story from the psychedelic underground. A German “therapist” was arrested after confessing to having administered research chemicals, not classical psychedelics like mushrooms or LSD, in a clandestine experiment. As obscure as the…
Interest in medicinal use for psychedelics is exponentiating within the confines of American consciousness. Perhaps successes in medical cannabis aided the humble psychedelics to transcend cultural stigma, but that’s less important.
What’s important is compounds like LSD and psilocybin have qualities besides medical benefits. Namely, the psychedelic experience: a journey through the self, outer world and, some report, those beyond. Psychedelic research oftentimes introduces scientists to a “god-line” separating simple medical curiosity, and “the other”. How is western– particularly American–science to navigate the god-line? Is our culture prepared for the consequences of crossing it?
Psychedelic science continues it’s redemptive march out of obscurity, and stigma. Decades of misinformation and propaganda is crumbling in a free fall accelerated by cannabis reforms. It’s a revolution conjuring up uses for psychedelics ignored since the days of 1960’s counter-culture. Among those benefits, researchers now say, is an uncanny ability to remedy the chains addiction.
The findings hail from a study done by numerous United Kingdom-based researchers. Unlike many, the study noted the “thousands of years” of historical use of psychedelics by indigenous cultures. It’s a facet sometimes referenced, but rarely held with any real credibility, or esteem. Rather, such native knowledge is left to languish well beyond the margins of academia. The UK study also acknowledged the role legislation has played in stunting psychedelic inquiry.
One day, it’s reported that a 15 year old Canadian boy discovered a Mayan city using a star map. The next, sources come out attempting to “debunk” the teen’s discovery, or at least its connection with the heavens. Why though, was the academic status quo so quick to mobilize against this story, and that celestial detail?
Countless examples of anonymous monuments and unclaimed megaliths worldwide continue to beckon humanity to a prior age. Thousands have marveled over how such structures were made and for what purpose. Few suggestions seem more taboo, however, than to suggest any correlation between ancient man and the stars. That’s exactly what 15 year old William Gadoury, of Saint Jeen De Matha, did upon putting an idea to the test.