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by jMyles
2017-10-06
by pmoriarty
2017-09-02
It might not be legal or sanctioned by the mainstream psychological community yet, but it's definitely an option.

Psychedelic therapy has been practiced virtually since psychedelics started to be widely used in the mid-20th century. In the 1950's and 60's, LSD and other psychedelics were used therapeutically. In the 1980's, efore MDMA became known as a party drug, it was used therapeutically. Indigenous people have traditionally used psychedlics in a sacramental context in which goals and results could arguably be seen as therapeutic.

When these drugs were made illegal, the above-ground therapy stopped, but some therapists dared to continue their work despite great risk to themselves. To give just one example, a book called *"The Secret Chief Revealed"[1] chronicles the work of one such underground psychedlic therapist, Leo Zeff, who led hundreds of therapy sessions with MDMA.

Today the practice of psychedelic therapy continues, and there are even university programs that teach it. It's still mostly underground, but is starting to rise aboveground and becoming a real option as research in to psychedelic therapy gets positive results and positive media coverage, as more doctors and patients become aware of it, and as the so-called Psychedlic Renaissance grows.

[1] - https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff...


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by pmoriarty
2017-06-14
By the way, two good books that go in to much more detail on what makes for a good trip are:

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide[1] and The Secret Chief Revealed[2]. The latter was written by a therapist who conducted hundreds of therapy sessions with MDMA.

[1] - https://www.amazon.com/Psychedelic-Explorers-Guide-Therapeut...

[2] - https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff...


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by pmoriarty
2016-12-02
If you are interested in this sort of thing, I'd strongly recommend "The Secret Chief Revealed",[1] which goes in to detail on the playlist selection for psychedelic therapy and many other related topics. It's a truly excellent book on the subject.

[1] - https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff...


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by pmoriarty
2016-03-07
For a little balance to this sordid, lurid, and sensationalistic account of psychedelic therapy, I'd recommend reading "The Secret Chief Revealed"[1] and Cary Grant's own accounts of his LSD experiences.[2]

An excerpt from the latter:

  "I learned may things in the quiet of that small room. I learned to
  accept the responsibility for my own actions, and to blame myself
  and no one else for circumstances of my own creating. I learned that
  no one else was keeping me unhappy but me"
[1] - https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff...

[2] - https://spectregroup.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/cary-grants-th...


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by pmoriarty
2014-10-31
It is possible in more countries than you might expect.

I strongly recommend reading The Secret Chief Revealed,[1] for a taste of how this has been done even in countries where prohibition rages, like the US.

You would also profit from following the links. reading up on, and perhaps contacting the various people and organizations listed in the Wikipedia article on Psychedelic Therapy.[2]

[1] - http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff/...

[2] - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_therapy


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by gnosis
2013-02-13
If you are interested in this question, I recommend listening to the following recording of a talk given by Alicia Danforth, research assistant to Dr. Charles Grob (who ran the psilocybin research study mentioned in this article).[1] She goes in to quite a lot of detail as to exactly how they conducted their study, and what measures they took to help prevent bad trips.

As supplementary reading, see the Erowid page on Dr. Charles Grob,[2] a book called The Secret Chief Revealed by Myron J. Stolaroff (about a famous psychedelic therapist),[3] and The Psychedelic Experience FAQ.[4] The book and FAQ have lots of great suggestions for having positive, constructive trips.

One of the key things you can do to increase the odds of having a good trip is having a trusted, experienced guide or sitter. To that end, I recommend the following sitter guidelines: [5][6][7][8]

[1] - http://www.matrixmasters.net/archive/Playalogues/131-Danfort...

[2] - https://www.erowid.org/culture/characters/grob_charles/grob_...

[3] - http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chief-Revealed-Myron-Stolaroff/...

[4] - https://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/faqs/psychedelic_experi...

[5] - http://csp.org/nicholas/A59.html

[6] - https://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/guides/guides_article2....

[7] - http://www.maps.org/gateway/%5B55%5D181-197.html

[8] - http://www.maps.org/news-letters/v09n1/09124mar.html


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