The Therapeutic Potential of Hallucinogens and Lesser Known Psychoflora - Part 1

1800 Kalakaua Ave

1800 Kalakaua Ave · Honolulu, HI

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We will be seated at two long tables on the makai side of the building--however, if you do not see us there, and the weather is favorable, we may move to the tables on the patio.

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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.