Fri, Apr 3, 2020
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The PSYCHEDELIA Issue

Psilocybin

There are more than 180 species of mushrooms that contain the psychedelic chemical psilocybin or psilocin. They have a long history of use in Mexico and are currently one of the most popular and commonly available naturally-occurring psychedelics. In recent studies at Johns Hopkins, psilocybin has been found to have beneficial therapeutic results when administered in a proper setting.

Family
Strophariaceae

Genus
Psilocybe

Species
Cubensis, Cyanescens, Semilanceata

Effects Last
8 hours

LSD

LSD was discovered in 1938 by a Swiss chemist better known as Albert Hofmann. LSD was originally synthesized to treat respiratory depression. In 1943, Hofmann accidentally discovered its hallucinogenic properties after absorbing some through his skin. Over the next 15 years, LSD was used as an anesthetic and to support psychoanalysis. The counterculture of the 1960s led to it being used for recreational purposes.

Chemical Name
d-lysergic acid diethylamide

Effects Last
12-16 hours

Ibogaine

Ibogaine is the active chemical found in the African Tabernanthe Iboga root, as well as several other plant species. It is a strong, long-lasting psychedelic used traditionally in a coming of age ritual – but also known for its modern use in treating drug addiction and working through traumatic childhood events.

Chemical Name
12-methoxyibogamine

Effects Last
12-18 hours

DMT

DMT is a powerful, visual psychedelic which produces short-acting effects when smoked. It is also used orally in combination with an MAOI, as in ayahuasca brews. DMT is naturally produced in the human body, as well as many plants.

Chemical Name
N,N-dimethyltryptamine

Effects Last
15-30 minutes (smoked)
8-12 hours (orally)

Ketamine

Ketamine is a dissociative psychedelic used medically as an anesthetic. In recent studies, it has been shown that ketamine could have the potential to be a newer and faster path to treating depression. Ketamine may also have potential for treating other mental illnesses, as a preliminary clinical trial reported that ketamine reduced the severity of symptoms in patients with PTSD.

Chemical Name
2-(2-chlorophenyl)-
2-(methylamino)-cyclohexanone

Effects Last
45-60 minutes

 

Sources:
Erowid.org/psychoactives
MedicalNewsToday.com

story by MAX EARLY @LIFTED_STARDUST for LEAF NATION