Tripping De-Light Fantastic
Are psychedelic drugs good for you?
...Citing this research, some scholars and scientists are proposing that the prohibitions against psychedelics -- or entheogens, "God engenderers," as believers in their spiritual benefits prefer to call them --should be reconsidered. This legal issue has recently been brought to a head by a religious sect in New Mexico that is suing the United States for the right to drink a hallucinogenic tea called ayahuasca in its ceremonies.
This scenario may not be so far-fetched, given last year's court decision favoring the UDV in New Mexico and other developments. A sanctioned study of psilocybin's capacity for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder is now under way at the University of Arizona. And UCLA psychiatrist Grob recently received FDA approval to investigate whether psilocybin can relieve anxiety in late-stage cancer patients. Maybe those of us who enjoy an occasional psychedelic sojourn will be able to do so without feeling like outlaws. Wouldn't that be a trip?
also see: Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics
Council on Spiritual Practices
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
John Horgan's website
posted by Cyndy