This peer-reviewed study published in the medical journal PLoS One entitled “Psychedelics and Mental Health” says:
Clinical studies do not suggest that psychedelics cause long-term mental health problems. Psychedelics have been used in the Americas for thousands of years. Over 30 million people currently living in the US have used LSD, psilocybin, or mescaline. 21,967 respondents (13.4% weighted) reported lifetime psychedelic use. There were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, lifetime use of specific psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, peyote), or past year use of LSD and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes. Rather, in several cases psychedelic use was associated with lower rate of mental health problems.
A non-profit organization called ERIE (Entheogenic Research Integration and Education) provides support for enthegenic integration processes and explores therapeutic benefits of plant medicine. It also strives to dispel misinformation and disinformation about entheogens in order to prevent harm that may result from the uninformed use of these potent psychic amplifiers.
Another non-profit called The Aware Project aims to “balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia.”
Some of the plant sources that have been utilized to heal mental health symptoms include:
Article: Deep Ayahuasca Healing and the Truth of Who You Are By Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D.
Banned TED Talk: The War on Consciousness
A free documentary: The Psychedelic Pioneers
Related page: Shamanism
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”-Terence McKenna
**Important: Please note that ingesting psychedelics can worsen certain mental health conditions. People who struggle with bipolar or schizophrenia should use extra caution, as these may worsen the condition. Use caution under all circumstances and conduct extensive research before deciding to partake in these substances.