Come and join us as we explore new research into the mind and the materials and/or techniques that can change it. We will also probe backward, into the history of both the science and the hype of psychedelics and other mind-altering tools used throughout the generations of civilization.
We plan to examine entheogens (primarily plant-based and generally of indigenous origin) as well as new materials derived from clinical studies in laboratories around the world. Certain physical exercises and movements also claim the ability to transform consciousness. We want to know more of those processes as well.
These meetings are purely discussions concerning these of topics of interest. We recognize that people have divergent reasons for their interest in this subject and we welcome all. However, as many of the items discussed are federally controlled substances, we will not conduct any meetings for "Show-and-Tell" and the meetup will respect all laws which may relate to these substances."
Please note: this group is committed to building an intentional community of like-minded individuals who share common interests. You are welcome to join if you live in the State of Hawaii and you intend to be an active participant.
This month's "Sacred Plants & Psychedelics" meetup will consist of two 35-minute sessions. The first will be devoted to 'The Therapeutic Potential of Hallucinogens' and will focus on current research suggesting that hallucinogens (especially LSD and psilocybin) may have significant potential in treating addiction and substance disorders; anxiety, depression and other mood disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorder; cluster headaches and end-of-life anxiety. This is not really new of course: the therapeutic potential of psychedelics was recognized in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the Nixon administration slammed the door closed on further exploration. Now, fifty years later, there are signs that society may be ready for a second look ...
The second session is part one of a series on 'Lesser Known Psychoflora.' We re all familiar, of course, with plants and fungi that are, at least to some degree, psychoactive: coffee, cannabis, magic mushrooms, the opium poppy and coca. But have you heard of the areca nut ... kanna ... blue lotus ... or klip dagga? There are, in fact, many different plants that have the potential to calm or excite us--or, perhaps, give us visions of a different reality. This month, we will zero in on the areca nut ... the fruit of a palm tree native to Southeast Asia but also growing in Honolulu, the Areca catechu. The nut contains a mild narcotic known as arecoline, and is the active ingredient in the infamous "betel nut"--which is currently used, in some form, by approximately 600 million people, primarily in Asia.