What are the positive effects of psychedelics on people’s mental health?
What do Steve Jobs, the Beatles and Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick have in common?
They all took psychedelics as a tool for personal and/or spiritual development.
There were many more famous influential people that did; eminent scientists, inventors, and artists. The common qualities between them were that they were innovativeб inspirational and creative.
I have been interested in herbal medicine and ethnobotanicals for a while, and I wanted to find out more. About three years ago I attended a conference in London called Breaking Convention. It’s a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness, featuring presenters from around the world.
I listened to some experts talk about psychedelics in law, politics, and society. I gained some fascinating insights on psychedelics as general medicine, in history, and in neuroscience.
I also heard about personal experiences of people who had experimented with psychedelics to try to understand the nature of human consciousness as well as accessing higher realms.
What I found especially interesting was a talk by psychologist James Fadiman Ph.D. on studies of Micro-dosing for therapeutic use in people with depression and addiction.
I was interested because of my work with homeless young people aged 16-25, often with mental health issues, addiction, and treatment-resistant depression. So naturally, I wanted to learn about the potential of psychedelics for treating mental health issues, as well as improved creativity and interconnectedness.