• Community Integration Circle - Introductory Meeting

    Tucson City Council Ward 6

    Please join us as we take our first steps toward the development of a community integration circle. Much has been said about the the importance of integration regarding the experiences of psychedelic (entheogenic) mystical, and altered states of consciousness. But where do we go for understanding and integration? Who do we turn to? There is much excitement and anticipation for many as we find ourselves taking part in this new renaissance. Because it is relatively new territory, one way we can begin to understand and integrate these experiences is by turning to one another as well as our own inner unfolding wisdom in order to examine our new, unknown, and oftentimes unsettling but profound experiences. NOTE: This meeting is designed to explain the nature of a community integration circle, and to answer your questions. The attendance for this first meeting will be much greater than future meetings which will be solely devoted to sharing and integration. Going forward it is our goal to create as many meetings as possible so that we can limit the number of participants to approximately 10-12. Our stated mission: To create and maintain a safe and supportive community of peers comprised of dependable relationships that facilitates discussions of the integration process of participants’ psychedelic (entheogenic) or other altered states of consciousness and mystical experiences. The objective of our community integration circle is to offer a safe, non-judgmental, peer-support environment. (While peer-led groups have numerous benefits, they are no substitutes for professional psychotherapy or mental health services for those who feel the need or require those services; peer integration circles make no attempt to provide either).

  • Francisco Moreno MD - Psilocybin for Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    NOTE: This event is in collaboration with The Southern Arizona Mushroom Growing Ninjas. Do not RSVP, or go on the wait list here! You need to go over to the link just below to register, and if this event fills (which it is likely to do) do not wait list here, use the link just below. To register for this free event, go to: https://www.meetup.com/mushroomers/events/268460254/ as all attendance will be managed only via the Mushroom Growing Ninjas' group. Dr Fransisco Moreno, M.D. was the primary author of a study published in 2006 investigating the potential use of psilocybin in the treatment of people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Though this was a small study involving 9 patients, the results we're compelling. Further research on this topic is currently underway here at the University of Arizona. In the extreme, OCD can be a very disabling and traumatizing mental condition, though a little pinch of OCD can produce a good researcher, engineer, writer...... It always seems that mental and physical health are a matter of balancing on a knife's edge. For those interested, here is a link to the abstract of the 2006 paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17196053 In the year 2000, in its entirety, there were 11 published articles on psilocybin in peer reviewed medical journals. In 2018 there were 76 articles. Only a month into 2020 and there are already 15 journal articles published on the topic of psilocybin listed on PubMed. While this is very encouraging, all it would take to end these studies would be a whim, and a few pen strokes from the federal government. Good science, especially in psychiatry, needs to take a front seat to misguided politics. This is a free event. The best way to advocate for good science is to stay informed. "O thou monster, Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!" -Shakespeare This will be a very informative presentation from a leader in psilocybin studies here in Tucson. I hope to see you all there!