Psychedelics, including the fungus, are currently still in many Parts of the world illegally. In most countries, they do not fall under categories such as “drug with a high abuse potential, no medical Use”.
This psychedelic substances to be consumed for thousands of people. In almost all cultures there is a Tradition of their use. You were an important part of religious rituals, and were taken for the purpose of healing.
In the West, its use in psychotherapy of the 50s was investigated in the 70s-intensive. You took advantage of, in particular, LSD, by the way, is derived from a fungus, for the treatment of addiction disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and the death of the sick, fear of cancer. Even then, over 50 years ago, the results were extremely promising. They suggested that the use of psychedelics in psychotherapy promises better results than all previously known therapy method. However, LSD and other psychedelics were banned psychoactive substances in the USA in 1966, the Rest of the world after which it moved. Despite the promising research results of this prohibition also for the science and the use of the therapy was caused by a process of looking back a shake of the head. How could it come so far?
The most important political reasons for this, certainly. There is no other way to explain that scientific research is prohibited in spite of positive results.
The ban came at a time when the United States was in the middle of the Vietnam war. The U.S. government saw a Chance to fight communism without the risk of the nuclear war with Russia.
In the years before that was developed in the USA, a youth movement, who declined to be decided in this war. We know today as “Hippies”.
The consumption of psychedelic substances was prevalent in this movement far.
An important effect of this caused many consumers, was that she feels a lot more with other people and even in other recognize could. In order for them to war as a means of problem-solution was unacceptable.
The members of this movement were now in the tens of thousands to the streets to demonstrate against the war. The government was increasingly these protests threatened.
Demonstrate that you could not prohibit the people in a democracy, therefore, to ban the substances which were, for many a Symbol of this movement.
This counter-culture was perceived by the society for many reasons, as a threat.
The young people developed values, interests and attitudes which were very far from those of the Mainstream. They did things that worked for people at the time, as if they were crazy, because the majority not at all into them could move.
If, for example, in 1960, someone gave up his studies to travel to India to learn Yoga, this was so far from the reality of the majority that it was, for many, in fact, as the One who had gone crazy. Today, nothing so special.
Also, it was highly unusual, because to make sense of the profession in question. That a man gives up the profession because he recognizes no sense in it, or recognized the something else suits him, was not the reality of most people.
Anyone who has experienced psychedelics themselves, know very well that encourage you to see things in a different light. This is exactly what happened in the case of the youth movement of the 60s and 70s. People who had experienced these substances, began to ask questions. They met their own decisions, which differed widely from those of the majority. Also now authorities in questions, and it was getting harder to control the people. Many saw the stability of the society as a Whole is in danger.
The way LSD of some prominent supporters, was promoted rest contributed to this. The former Harvard Professor Timothy Leary became famous with the slogan “Turn on, tune in, drop out”. He called for a conscious use of LSD to make the values of the society in question, and from this to get out.
Psychedelics have been perceived more as a threat.
Anyway, the company fears often the change.
It was obvious, that, if many people did in the psychedelic experience, it would lead to change. And change is scary.
The fear of these substances goes even deeper.
Normally initiation organized rituals of the adults for the young to the young in the community. At that time, the youth with the consumption of LSD and now their own initiation ritual created by the adults understood nothing. The LSD brought you a world of thought, which was to be the adult and fear generated. To restore, instead of, as usual, a connection between the Old and the Young, created this Ritual, distance, and separated the generations.
During this time it also came to some spectacular accidents. Both mushrooms and LSD count according to the psychiatrist and Psycho-pharmacologist David Nutt of the safest drugs ever. In people with a genetic predisposition for the development of a psychosis is a powerful experience can mean, however, that this experience their first psychotic Episode.
It is also important that psychedelics are taken in the right environment. The perception is greatly changed, and you find yourself in a completely different reality. In this state, it also has its dangers cannot be assessed realistically. Especially in the case of high dosages is, therefore, to let all the while accompanied by another Person.
These conditions were not always observed. It came, therefore, to some accidents, among other things, someone fell under the influence of LSD out of the window.
From this, headlines emerged then as the “people under LSD jump out of the window because you believe you could fly”. Also use as a party drug, has led to some accidents.
At the time, the opinion of the government already, more and more against these substances, which led, together with such accidents to the media followed sometime this setting. They had reported a long time, is extremely positive about the research with psychedelics.
That psychedelics were forgotten in the Western time for a long time, is due to the fact that they were suppressed by the Catholic Church.
There are numerous references to the fact that in ancient Greece, the mother of a grain fungus Ergot part of religious rituals. About 2000 years, the mystery cult of Eleusis existed there. The culmination of this Ritual of taking a potion called the Kykeon was. Those who had drank it, made an experience of death and rebirth, an experience the psychedelic experience is often the case.
Numerous personalities of the ancient world, such as the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and Greek philosophers such as Socrates and Plato were among the participants of this Ritual. In this way, psychedelics have contributed thus probably an important part of the culture of ancient Greece, which is also regarded as the cradle of Western culture as a whole.
This cult was banned in the year 400, after the Christian Faith was always meant to be more of the Roman Church.
This taught that a believer can only come about through their teaching to God, all the rituals, the people were forbidden to possible self-mystical experiences have been to experience.
Too much that would jeopardize the absolute claim to power. This rejection of the Church's own mystical experiences by means of substances, is still valid today. To experience apart of frankincense, myrrh, host and wine, which have all been a strong Belief to what is supernatural.
With security a has General Fear of the Unknown helped. Psychedelic experiences can force the consumer to face their own Fears and shadows pages. This includes, for many people, however, precisely the aspects of your personality that you want to displace prefer. During a psychedelic experience, there is no such possibility. The substance forces relentlessly, to deal with these points. The more you fight, the experience, the more difficult it becomes, and the more likely it is that it leads to the fact that the experience overwhelmed. This is then often referred to as a Horror experience. Many of the narratives that bring psychedelics a bad name, to be created scents so. Takes place as an experience in the right environment and with the right accompaniment, even the difficult experiences to bring to a successful conclusion, and lead to profound insights.
Currently, there are first signs that the ban, in particular, is eased of Psilocybin in the future. In the US, the FDA has determined that the use of Psilocybin in the context of a psychotherapy, in the meantime, Breakthrough Therapy designation, as a therapy with a particularly high impact. This also means that the authority is actively working with the researchers and helps to make the studies so that you run as soon as possible to admission. In several American cities and States psilocybin were decriminalized-containing mushrooms in the meantime, also for private use. In Germany, 2021 starts at the University of Mannheim is the first study in which the treatment of 144 Depression with Psilocybin is explored.
Thus, there is much reason to hope that the great Potential of these substances is soon back to all of the people available.
If you want a long wait, I can offer you to experience the power of mushrooms on our mycelf Retreat. This will be held legal in the Netherlands, you have the opportunity with experienced companions, and medical and psychological care in safe hands.
So why the fungus is illegal?
It is probably due to the Vietnam war. What our scientists have been able so far to find out about the fungus, it is, anyway.