PANEL: Sixties legend Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert, Harvard University), Vince Horn (Buddhist Geeks Podcast), Trudy Goodman (Insight LA), Spring Washam (East Bay Meditation Center), and Dr. Charles S. Grob, M.D. (UCLA).
An honest and potentially controversial discussion asking, Is there a relationship between ancient wisdom traditions and psychedelics (entheogens, plant medicines)? Are mind-altering substances a legitimate means of personal transformation?
Some Westerners have found spirituality through the use of psychoactive substances. Some practitioners incorporate mind-expanding plant medicines as a tool to more deeply explore consciousness.
Beyond mystics and urban shamans, scientists are researching psychedelics for mental health to cure depression, anxiety, addiction, and for end-of-life care.