From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines outlines the mounting peer-reviewed evidence that non-addictive psychoactive substances (including ayahuasca, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA) can have profound healing effects when used in a safe, therapeutic setting. The benefits, say a conga line of clinicians, psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, extend from the treatment of alcoholism to the anxiety of terminal cancer patients, and beyond.
The documentary features interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy. These soul healers and scientific investigators are using everything from ancient decoctions to LSD and MDMA/Ecstasy as essential medicines, proposing that they be made available for research and therapeutic use. With colourful advocacy, the filmmaker proposes a new medical paradigm informed by “cognitive liberty” — the freedom to dictate one’s own consciousness.