Sacred Medicines

This term refers to natural and synthetic substances that alter consciousness, commonly known as Psychedelics, or in more recent times Entheogens. The term Psychedelics may remind some people of recreational drugs used for escape. Instead I prefer the term Sacred Medicines because quite simply, they are sacred substances that can induce mystical states, and they are medicines that are often very effective when all other methods have failed. Popular examples include: Ayahuasca, Huachuma/San Pedro, Iboga/Ibogaine, Peyote, Psilocybin/Mushrooms, Yopo, 5-MeO/Bufo, DMT, LSD, and MDMA.


The Temple of Chavin de Huantar, Peru, an ancient ceremonial space where San Pedro rituals were performed.

The Temple of Chavin de Huantar, Peru, an ancient ceremonial space where San Pedro rituals were performed.

History

Sacred Medicines have been used for thousands of years by our ancestors and indigenous people for many purposes including healing, gaining knowledge, and spiritual growth. For example, the Huichol of Mexico use Peyote as their sacrament, Siberian shamans use Amanita Muscaria, Amazon tribes use Ayahuasca and Yopo, Andean people use San Pedro, the Mazatec of Mexico use Psilocybin Mushrooms and the people of Gabon use Iboga. In modern times these substances have been classified as drugs having no known value in many countries of the world, and consequently are illegal there. Increasingly, both scientific research and personal reports indicate that this is simply not true; that Sacred Medicines do indeed have great value to those who need them.


Peyote in bloom, Arizona.

Peyote in bloom, Arizona.

Legality

In the U.S. most Sacred Medicines are illegal to consume, sell or possess with the exception of those protected by freedom of religious use for certain organizations. There are other countries where these substances are legal. Regardless of legal status, I provide preparation and integration support for people who consider or have already participated in Sacred Medicine ceremonies/sessions. I do not sell these substances.

Huachuma in bloom, Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Huachuma in bloom, Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Research

We are currently in the beginning stages of a Psychedelic Renaissance as scientists, universities and non-profit organizations are increasingly studying the safety, effects and benefits of Sacred Medicines. This research occurs despite a legal status that puts many obstacles in place. Organizations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) lead the way and aim for federal approval of some substances for therapeutic use as early as 2021.


Peruvian Turquoise

Peruvian Turquoise

Benefits

Sacred Medicines are currently being studied and used for the treatment of a wide range of mental, emotional and psychosomatic conditions such as addiction, anxiety, chronic pain, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In some cases specific substances are particularly effective for specific conditions. For example, many Iboga/Ibogaine centers specialize in the treatment of opiate addictions. In the case of Ayahuasca, people use it for nearly any ailment of the mind or body.

Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona, Arizona.

Direction

The results of scientific studies are spreading throughout the internet, and personal stories are being shared with social media. As society awakens to the potential benefits of Sacred Medicines it is inevitable that people will continue to explore these substances with or without government approval. For this reason my goal is to provide the information and guidance necessary for people to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their experience.