UN attempting to outlaw all sacred plants (Ayahuasca, Iboga, etc.). SIGN PETITION!!

25 06 2011
Important message from Luis Eduardo;

Dear friends,

I urge you to sign this petition. Once more, this is an attack against the cultural and spiritual heritage of non-western people, a continuation of conquest and colonization of the word by people with a very limited worldview.
Best regards,

Luis Eduardo

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has published on their website their annual report about the world situation on drugs in 2010. In this report, the INCB has included the preoccupying recommendation towards governments to outlaw  traditional plants such as Ayahuasca (a decoction made with botanicals like Banisteriopsis Caapi and Psychotria Viridis) andTabernanthe Iboga among others, neglecting their important role as traditional medicine, as a sacrament and as therapeutic tool. These are the primary uses of these plants found in societies all over the world.

The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) is organizing a letter-writing campaign to counter this demonic injustice.  Please read more about this issue and add your signature here, and take a moment to browse the beautiful website of ICEERS.org.

 





Clare S. Wilkins: Data & Observations from Four-Hundred Ibogaine Sessions

11 03 2011

Clare S. Wilkins, an ibogaine therapist and researcher, gives a phenomenal presentation about the dynamics, causes and treatments of addiction, at the 2010 NYC conference, Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics.  A must-see for anyone interested in addiction or ibogaine.

“Four-Hundred Ibogaine Sessions: Data on Detoxification, Recidivism, and Quality of Life.”

 





Online Videos from the 2010 Horizons Conference

17 12 2010

Videos from the 2010 “Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics” conference are now online. The conference took place on Sept. 24-26 at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. The available videos are:

  • Jeffrey Guss, M.D., “The NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project’s Psychedelic Psychotherapy Training”
  • Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., and Mary P. Cosimano, M.S.W., “Psilocybin in Smoking Cessation: A Pilot Study”
  • Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., “Psychedelics, Psychotherapy, and Change”
  • Jill Harris, “Challenges in Changing the Legal Status of Entheogens”
  • JP Harpignies, “Psychedelics, Utopianism, and Psycho-Spiritual Inflation”
  • Erik Davis, “Psychedelics: Between Natural and Supernatural”
  • Rick Strassman, M.D., “Old Testament Prophecy – A Western Model of the Psychedelic Experience

HorizonsNYC.org





Psychedelic Science Conference Videos Online

2 12 2010

MAPS has just uploaded 85 of the presentations from the medical conference: Psychedelic Science In The 21st Century.

There should still be more to come too, but in this batch are many phenomenal talks.   Lots immensely fascinating scientific and medical topics as well as many videos on ayahuasca topics.

Some non-technical presentations I recommend are:

~Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia – On The Bus
~Shulgin Tribute Banquet
~Robert Jesse – Closing Talk (on the betterment of well people)
~Andrew Weil M.D. – The Future of Psychedelic Research

…to name but a few for there are countless wonderful presentations to peruse: MAPS.org






Popular Science on Ibogaine

31 07 2010

Brief yet informative article:

Animal tests, however, have shown the drug’s medicinal promise. “Rats addicted to morphine will quit for weeks after receiving ibogaine,”

Fighting Drugs With Drugs: An Obscure Hallucinogen Gains Legitimacy as a Solution for Addictions

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Ibogaine Addiction Treatment

24 04 2010

Martin Polanco, MD, founded the Ibogaine Clinic in Mexico that was featured in the beautiful documentary, Ibogaine: Rite of Passage.  He moved up to the bay area for a few years to work on a start-up
venture and is now working with a new clinic:

Ibogaine-Treatment.com





Psychedelic Science in the Media

22 04 2010

Still absorbing the conference.  It fell right in between some midterms and a cold slammed me as soon as I got back.  All I can say right now is that it was truly historic, sincerely inspiring, profoundly emotional and intellectually charging.

Here’s the first batch of mainstream media attention garnered by the medical conference.  It’s only 3 days after it ended so I’m sure more is yet to come.

Two videos from CNN; a video segment with Rick Doblin and Dr. Michael Mithoefer and one with Dr. Steve Ross and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

and below are links to several mainstream articles and reports:

New York Times (Front page, above the fold!)

The Lancet

Philadelphia Inquirer

WIRED

Metro Active

Nature Magazine

Santa Cruz News

Scientific American

Psychiatric Times (requires free registration)

Popular Science

Yahoo News

The Associated Press

Huffington Post (Amanda Fielding transcript)

National Post

Fox News Atlanta

Digital Journal

AOL News

CBS News

Iran PressTV

San Jose Mercury News

The Times of India