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Albert Hoffman was a Swiss chemist who discovered the LSD molecule. He believed that the correct use of psychedelics could be a gift to humanity. But the psychedelic drug and hallucinogenic substances were demonized and ultimately controlled. However, practitioners of Buddhism and shamanism have long used natural hallucinogens to have mystical experiences. Anthropologists believe that psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” shared by Arctic shamans at winter solstices may account for a saint with flying reindeer, our present-day Santa Claus. Modern research is looking at psychedelic substances with a new perspective 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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