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“A great possibility of modern science involves going to ancient knowledge and asking for help.” These are the words of Brazilian neuroscience professor Dráulio Barros de Araújo, Ph.D., during his presentation at the 12th annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics forum, held October 5–7 this year in New York City. Barros was presenting his findings on ayahuasca’s great potential for treating PTSD, and his words highlighted a major theme from the first day of the conference, which focused on the medical potential of psychedelics.
Inner Traditions is flying high with the release of Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. We are ecstatic not only that an author of such stature has taken up the subject of psychedelic therapy, but also that he cites many of our authors, who have been doing this research and championing these findings for decades.
Ayahuasca use continues to increase. One example is the experience of interview writer for VOX, Sean Illing, who traveled to Costa Rica along with 77 other people seeking out Ayahuasca as a tool for psychological healing, personal growth, and expanding consciousness. Visionary Ayahuasca by filmmaker Jan Kounen is a “what to expect” guide for first-time ayahuasca users paired with accounts from the author’s extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon.