Can psychedelics have a role in psychiatry?
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2005)
Psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4,5-trimethoxy-β-phenethylamine (mescaline), psilocybin, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and their relations occur in abundance throughout the natural world, and have been used by humankind for thousands of years. In some cultures they are important tools for spiritual experiences, whereas in others they are labelled as dangerous drugs of misuse.
Using Indigenous Medicinal Knowledge to Treat Drug Addiction
By Jacques Mabit, Director of the Takiwasi Center
Translated by Kartina Amin
Ancestral medical practices are based on a highly sophisticated practical knowledge and, in contrast to the clumsiness with which Western peoples induce altered states of consciousness, view the controlled induction of non-ordinary states of consciousness as potentially beneficial, even in the treatment of the modern phenomena of drug addiction.
What is a Shaman?
Definition, Origin and Distribution
By Roger Walsh
There is currently unprecedented interest, excitement and confusion about shamanism. Shamanic literature, rituals and workshops are proliferating and have spawned a veritable cottage industry. Genuinely shamanically trained anthropologists such as Michael Harner and highly controversial figures
such as Lynn Andrews, "the shaman of Beverly Hills" (Clifton, 1989), are offering shamanism workshops. Given that only a few years ago there was concern that shamanism would soon be
extinct, it is clear that the tradition, or at least its contemporary Western version, is doing rather well.