Article by Evanghelia K, High! Canada
Hello hello all you gorgeous souls! Hope you all had a wonderful April and May and got out to enjoy 4/20, a Green Market or O’Cannabiz. Its been a whirlwind of a month, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. With meeting so many new people, seeing even more friendly faces and hearing so many more heart warming stories of how Cannabis has changed peoples lives, I cant help but feel like we’re inally waking up as a society and questioning those who we once believed were there to help us. People like our doctors , our government & the pharmaceutical companies. People who we once belie ved wanted the best for us (and maybe at one point in time they did) but who are now killing us faster then any terrorist group & any disease combined.
But we’re finally waking up, we’re fighting the good fight & because of it we will change the way of the future & I’ve never felt so blessed to be able to witness such a change. Last week I had the opportunity to listen in on an event held by MAPS Canada Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies & I have to say I was blown away by the work this foundation has done. MAPS Canada is the first foundation since the 1970’s to do testing on Psychedelics like MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) to treat PTSD and Addictions. In their first round of testing their success rate was 86% of people were cured from serious PTSD, 66% in their second round, and now they need our help in completing the third round of testing before it can come legal to use Psychedelics in Canada for treating such conditions.
Trauma effects us all, whether it be a friend that’s been dealing with it, a mother, father, grandparent, sibling or ourselves, it’s a condition that is not easy to treat but takes its toll on that individual and those around them. Imagine if you can save yourself hundreds of hours of talk therapy with 12 sessions with a psychologist and 3 MDMA treatments? Imagine being able to turn your traumatic memories that can paralyze your being into memories that bring Peace & Love rather then Fear & Terror.
Imagine being able to help that war veteran that fought for their country but came back a shell of who they once were & allowing them to feel again without fear & anxiety.
That is what this foundation is doing and I have to say, I was blown away by their accomplishments & what they stand for. Maybe its because it hits close to home, as I was diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 25, but not wanting to have a label I did whatever I could to heal myself without having to do too much talk therapy or get on pharmaceuticals so I didn’t have to feel. I knew that would be an easy way out & I probably could just forget it all with the help of prescriptions, but I also knew if I did that, Id probably feel nothing at all! No happiness, no love for myself let alone others, no fear, no terror, no emotions at all & That wasn’t the life I wanted to live. Id rather feel the hurt, the pain, the terror then feel Nothing at all, so that’s when I started looking for other ways to cope. Maybe not so much heal myself as I knew the damage was already done, but rather a way to just help me get through each day.
My answer was Psychedelics. Ecstasy, MDMA, Magic Mushrooms & Of course my saviour Cannabis. Cannabis has always been my initial go to, to help me escape my thoughts so I can get through a day & it would relax me enough that I didn’t feel like the only option was to jump off a bridge anymore. Its always been what puts things in perspective for me. Magic Mushrooms helped me see what it was I was running from in my life and not accepting. Ecstasy & MDMA helped me realize i do still have love in my heart , feelings of happiness, joy & positivity and I’m not tainted from feeling those feelings. So do I believe in Psychedelic healing? More so then any other form of healing we have available!
I believe the world is perfect in every way, everything was created for our use and benefits, including psychedelic plants & Fungai but because they’ve been classified as schedule 1 drugs for so long, the state of mental health in our country is diminishing on the daily. I know we all know someone who suffers from anxiety, PTSD or depression so we owe it to them & Ourselves to be the change we want to see in the world. It doesn’t take much , a signature & or a donation to http://www.mapscanada.org/ to help them through their third set of trials so the use of psychedelics can be legal here in Canada for all of those in need.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your support.
We really are going to see great things happen & you are all part of the change & For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart & I’m sure all the future generations will be thanking us as well for being part of the change that will make their life just a little bit easier.