The graphic below is the first in a two-part series (see Part 2 here) that explores how psychedelics have evolved over the last 6,000 years.
Before we dive into the history of psychedelics, however, it’s important to understand what they are and how they work.
- Psychedelics are drugs that alter cognitive processes and produce hallucinogenic effects. Broadly speaking,
- there are two categories that psychedelic substances fall into: entheogens, and synthetic drugs. Entheogenic psychedelics are derived from plants, while synthetic psychedelics are created in a laboratory.
Psychedelic Substances Explained:
Here are some of the most well known:
Certain psychedelics work by binding to serotonin receptors in the brain which produces psychoactive effects. Research suggests that when this happens, the structure of the brain changes—such as the number of connections between neutrons. This means that psychedelics could have the potential to rewire or repair circuits in the brain, hence their reputation for having healing powers.
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In Part 2 of The History of Psychedelics, we’ll dive into The Psychedelics Renaissance the industry is currently experiencing and discuss the exciting future of this promising sector.
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