Psychedelic Citizens: Does the Inner Voyage Serve the World?

Many social commentators and historians have remarked on our current cultural moment's similarity to the 1960s, in ways both good and bad. The US is sharply, sometimes violently, divided between Right and Left, long-standing structures of injustice are being acknowledged and interrogated; and experimentation with psychedelics is becoming increasingly mainstream, and considered in a positive and hopeful light. A host of new studies, picking up where the original research of the 1950s and 1960s left off, attest to psychedelics’ therapeutic potential. The core of psychedelics' power, for self-development or to treat conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more, lies in their power to break up patterns of "rumination," or negative thought-loops, and open up the possibility of introducing fresh, healthier patterns of thought. In November 2020, Washington, D.C. joined the roster of US cities and states which have legalized or decriminalized the use of s

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