Have you heard about the movement to decriminalize psychedelics, also known as entheogenic plants? With the help of a grassroots organization called Decriminalize Nature, Denver, Colorado, and Oakland and Santa Cruz in California have all decriminalized entheogenic plants to various degrees, and it’s not just because people are interested in tripping balls—the therapeutic potentials of entheogenic plants are immense.
In addition to showing promise in helping with chronic pain, psychedelics may help many mental health conditions, including substance dependency, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and OCD.
And this help can be lasting, with one study reporting them to have “positive long-term mental health consequences, rather than daily neurochemical corrections in brain dysfunctions,” meaning they may help treat conditions better than pharmaceuticals.
They can work quickly, too. The same study also found that psilocybin and LSD only took two administrations, while ibogaine—from iboga, a West African shrub—showed promise in being effective in just a single administration. In a country where 1 in 5 of us need treatment for a mental health issue, the potential for healing is profound.
Below are some therapeutic potentials of psychedelics and the conditions they may be able to help treat.