While natural psychedelics such as mushrooms have been around since the dawn of time, psychedelics made a foray into modern civilization in the 1950s and 60s after the introduction of LSD.

Whether it was to “protect the safety” of the population, or to constrain the creativity and revolutionary realizations brought about by their use, mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics were promptly banned by most national governments in the 1970s. (After all, the powers that be always have our safety in mind, right?)

Psychedelics continued to be used underground, mostly for recreational purposes, and anyone who has used them can attest to their strong affect. Psychedelic proponents such as Terence McKenna kept the psychedelic subculture alive by continuing to explore, experiment, and discuss psychedelics throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Today, psychedelics are making a comeback in “serious” scientific circles for their medical and therapeutic properties. Recently the FDA has declared psychedelics such as MDMA and psilocybin as breakthrough therapies. Many medical professionals have begun calling for legalization of psychedelics for many of the same reasons that cannabis has begun to be legalized across the world.

Here are a few videos to round out the picture of psychedelics and their role in the healing and awakening of our species…

Ted Talk on Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics

Chat about the rise of psychedelics into the mainstream with Samantha Rose Paprin of Divine Data and  Ken Jordan, Founder of Lucid News

Classic discussion around the effects of psilocybin – “Distilling The Psychedelic Mind” with Terence McKenna via Fractal Youniverse