The ritual use of Bufo alvarius/Incilius alvarius Girard, named colloquially “toad” is considered one of the practices that conforms the subculture of drug users, which expands towards other socioeconomic sectors.
While Peru built the magnificent Inca civilization aided by the wisdom provided by the Coca leaf, it later became the first producer of toxic derivatives of this profaned plant. On the other hand, the healing use of Ayahuasca was discovered a few decades ago and in a short time its use exploded all over the world. What did the use of Coca in Western world respond to and what does the use of Ayahuasca respond to today? What can the path followed with Coca teach us in relation to the use of Ayahuasca? Will the accelerated desacralization of this medicine reach the same extremes as the misuse of Coca?
For three days, representatives of the wixarika, shipibos, mazatecos, rarámuris, inga, camentsa, nahua, huni kuin, kogi, o’dam, as well as specialists and interested participants, shared their knowledge and opinions within the conference.
Psychedelics’ psychotherapeutic uses are widely known; their entheogenic uses are becoming better known; but as generators of ideas ¾ ideagens ¾ they are practically unknown. I expect that their ability to generate ideas will turn out to be their biggest contribution to humanity’s future. Let’s look at psychedelics as ideagens that are seeding our minds and already flowering in the Psychedelic Renaissance (Sessa 2017).
The Global Commission on Drug Policy today released a position paper on The Opioid Crisis in North America. With some 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the US alone, the extent of the opioid-driven public health crisis cannot be overstated. The members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, several of whom faced similar crises while occupying the highest levels of government in their own countries, share their views and recommendations on how to mitigate this epidemic.