What Is The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics?

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The knowledge of healing and spiritual properties of natural psychedelic medicines such as ayahuasca, teōnanācatl (psilocybe mushrooms), peyote (cacti Lophophora williamsii), Tabernanthe iboga containing DMT, psilocybin, mescaline or ibogaine have been preserved continuously to these days by native people of Latin America and Africa. The active substances contained in these medicines, called psychedelics, hallucinogens or entheogens, are powerful substances that alter one’s perception, thinking, emotional and cognitive processing and can also induce strong spiritual and mystical experiences. Western science has technically discovered psychedelics at the end of the 19th century with the isolation of mescaline, while the biggest boom in psychedelic research and potential therapeutic use came out in the 50´s after the discovery of LSD. After almost 40 years of prohibition these substances found a way back to human clinical research and nowadays we are witnesses of the renaissance of clinical studies focusing on their therapeutic potential. After isolated case reports and open label studies, controlled double blind phase II and III clinical studies are emerging, showing huge therapeutic potential of psychedelics in affective disorders, anxiety, addiction and other disorders. But at the end of the story, we are technically rediscovering the old knowledge and trying to match it to our modern western way of thinking. Is there still something we can learn from the traditional use of psychedelic medicines?

#94 One Human Family

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In this episode we present excerpts from the recent conversation (June 2024) as part of SAND’s “Conversations on Palestine” around the premiere of the film Where Olive Trees Weep hosted by the directors of the film and co-founders of SAND, Zaya and

Trauma and Awakening for Highly Sensitive People

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There are still several unanswered questions surrounding the relationship between trauma and Highly Sensitive People

#92 Gaza & the Bodhisattva Path

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A conversation from the <em>Where Olive Trees Weep</em> premiere on Palestine

The Heart Goes Rogue

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May you find the beauty everywhere and the perfection in the apparent imperfection

Suzuki’s Waterfall: On Separation and Death

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Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water

Living with a Courageous Heart in Times of Crisis

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More than ever, we need the inner reflections and meditations that help us connect with our capacities for clarity, bravery and openheartedness.

#90 Dancing in the Fire

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A panel from <em>Where Olive Trees Weep</em> exploring Muslim Spirituality Illuminating the Path to Freedom

#89 Arab Jewish Mysticism

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Deep connections in Arab Judaism, mysticismm science and activism

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