Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who discovered the LSD molecule, believed that with the correct use, the drug was a gift to humanity from god. But the drug, and hallucinogenic substances in general, were demonized and ultimately controlled. But shamanic cultures have long used natural hallucinogens — anthropologists believe that mushrooms shared by Arctic shamans at winter solstices may account for a saint with flying reindeer, our present-day Santa Claus. Modern research has circled back, and is looking at these substances with new eyes as possible treatments for addiction, chronic depression, and to prepare hospice patients for death without anxiety. Learn about sacred hallucinogenic practices such as ayahuasca and current psychedelic research into "microdosing" for mental health issues. "I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this problem child could become a wonderchild." ~ Albert Hoffman

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