Since the earliest historical records, human beings have been experimenting with plants, and any other substance available, in order to obtain altered states of consciousness. But what is the value in these experiences? Why are they still sought by humans who live in some of the best conditions yet experienced?
Philosopher Terence Mckenna stated, “The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.” For those who believe this proposition, the use of these imagination stimulating and reinforcing substances become much more efficacious on a societal level, however, what is the significance and benefit of use on an individual basis?
Through studies, we are slowly realizing the mass benefits of psychedelic use, from lsd's ability to dramatically reduce and even cure post traumatic stress disorder, to psilocybe mushroom's ability to cure depression and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder for months at a time. Through, while these effects may seem miraculous, for those who have experienced these altered states of consciousness, there is something much deeper going on, and this healing is only symptomatic.
Psychedelics produce a much more primal and organic state of awareness, from which one as able to easily recognize the different between inherent fact, and psychological axioms that are primarily made form bullshit -- this gives one a natural perspective from which one can distinguish what really matters from what doesn't matter.
The fact that these, and other, plants are illegal has a dramatic dulling effect on consensus awareness.
There are other plants, in fact, that have vast medicinal benefit, yet are either illegal, or are at risk of becoming illegal. The two primary of these are kratom, and cannabis.
Kratom hasdramatic pain-killing, anxiolytic and psychologically uplifting effects, and when kept in moderation, can be a fantastic substitute for a vast variety of pharmacological herbs. Cannabis, as well has medicinal effects that can make many pharmaceuticals obsolete.
The role of plants in nature are vast, and they are largely tools for the healing of both individual and society, yet those which that haven't healed see fit to infringe on the liberty and the rest of the population.
For those who are interested in exploring both the internal and external through tools such as philosphy psychedelic experience, psychoactive application, science, botany and cultural studies, cosmic voyage may pique interest.
Here we are dedicated to proving accurent information on the cultural uses of plants such as psilocybe mushrooms, ayahuasca, dimethyltryptamine, lysergic acid diethylamide as well as less consciousness altering and often legal substances such as kava, kratom and cannabis.