Psychedelics have been with humanity for a long, long time. A popular theory suggests they created the cognitive leap that gave us dominance over the rest of the animal kingdom. They may play a role in saving our planet. In an age of disinformation, nothing cuts through the veil like plant medicine.
At some point in history these natural substances were lost to popular culture, and then vilified when America began the War on Drugs. This policy effectively lumped psychedelics in this big category of "drugs", an umbrella word that also contains cocaine, caffeine, alcohol, and heroin.
However, the tide of public opinion is turning. New research is demonstrating the amazing efficacy of psychedelics to treat PTSD, help the dying come to terms with their mortality, and break addictions.
In the last decade I have brought the same attitude of courageous exploration to both adventure travel, and to exploring the deep terrain of the mind. Plant medicine has been a valuable resource in opening up my perspective. However, it does demand respect. There is something sacred in these depths. Just as the Ark of the Covenant melted the faces off the Nazis, there is danger for the poorly prepared. Doors will open that a person may have spent years keeping closed. But for the prepared and intrepid, something wondrous awaits.