Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the potential benefits of psychedelic drugs. In this episode we explore 1) how the use of psychedelic drugs can have a transformative and lasting impact on the worldviews of those who use them, 2) how a psychedelic experience can drive people to practice certain mainstream religions, and 3) claims that some mainstream religions were inspired by ancestral use of psychedelic drugs. While some people propose that psychedelics are a panacea for modern mental health issues and that they offer an easy and direct path to transcendence, we explore the dark side of the psychedelic experience, with a particular focus on the otherworldly entities people meet while under the influence of DMT (ayahuasca). Bibliography:
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