The social climate around psychoactive substances is shifting again. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada, Portugal’s newer “radical” drug policy, and Colorado’s decriminalization of mushrooms, the idea that psychedelics could start becoming more integrated into modern medicine is not farfetched. The health benefits of psychoactive plant medicine/entheogens/psychedelic drugs have long been a topic of debate. Some folk say psychedelics are harmful drugs, and others claim that psychedelic experiences are a “rebirth” and can be used medicinally.
Neither position is ‘wrong’.
It’s important to understand psychedelics from a neuropharmacological perspective. I spoke with a psychedelic integration specialist to understand how Canadians can integrate psychedelics in their health journeys in a safe and healthy manner.