Psychedelics

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  • Topic: Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants, Psychoactive drug, Psychedelic drug
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  • Published : March 15, 2013
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The Power of Psychedelics
Psychedelics drugs are the most powerful drugs known to mankind. These drugs create an altered reality that transcends normal consciousness. It causes the user to have a strong sense of self, sense of ego, “I” and “me”, and lasts from 8 to 10 hours. The set and setting play a huge role in whether the user has a good or bad trip. For example the set would be the mental state of a person brings to the experience, such as thoughts, moods and expectations. The ‘setting’ would be considered the physical and social environment while taking the drug. These drugs if monitored correctly can bring great results, such as the information given to us by the MAPS organization or any college research.

There is a large organization called MAPS, which stands for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. They were founded in 1986 and are a nonprofit research and education organization that research benefits for careful use of psychedelics. Their only funds come from donations and on their website “www.maps.org, they have many experiments and results.

This first research and study was focused on users that had post-traumatic stress disorder. There is an article by Harriet McLeod, “Researchers Say Form of Ecstasy May Heal Combat Trauma”, show studies of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, “the party drug”, and may help war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. A little background on MDMA is that it was developed by a German pharmaceutical company in 1912 for possible use as an appetite suppressant, but it was never tested on humans until the 70’s. It acts as a simulant, but at high enough dosage it has psychedelic effects. What is most common to describe the drug is the feeling of euphoria. Those who have taken this drug state that it makes them feel loving, open, and closer to others. Though these may not some harmful, there are also side effects, these consist of dehydration, rapid heartbeat, tremors, muscle tension, and...
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