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Our Commitment

I am inhabited by a cry.

Nightly it flaps out

Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.

 

I am terrified by this dark thing

That sleeps in me;

All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.

Elm, by Sylvia Plath

A Beginning

 

Today, there is a mental health crisis in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 8 individuals worldwide—that’s nearly one billion people—live with a mental health condition. We want to do our part in addressing this crisis by starting in one place of special need, Colombia. It’s here that both the echoes of history and the resonance of potential are loudest. The Psychedelic Blog’s commitment to contributing beyond its operational boundaries is based on the simple belief that by pooling our resources, knowledge, and intentions, we can foster a ripple effect that reaches far beyond pixels. 

 

In the heart of Colombia’s Sibundoy Valley, a tale is told that intertwines the realms of ancient wisdom and modern healing, a story that resonates with the very essence of The Psychedelic Blog’s mission. It’s a narrative that stretches back to 1941, when Dr. Richard Evans Schultes embarked on a remarkable journey throughout the Amazon Basin that would span over a decade. Dr. Schultes, often called the father of ethnobotany, sought to unravel the mysteries of medicinal plants, enlisting the guidance of indigenous elders in this mystical land.

 

Fast-forward to the present day, and it’s Dr. Schultes’ quest that shapes our own aspirations. On this digital platform, The Psychedelic Blog, we’re committed to illuminating subjects, as best we can, surrounding the potential use of psychedelics to treat mental illnesses. Beyond the platform, our aim is to contribute to funding mental health services for those who need them the most.  Our commitment is rooted in the deep understanding that healing takes many forms—physical, emotional, and communal.

 

Colombia, a nation that has endured six decades of armed conflict, bears the scars of trauma etched in both individual and collective memories. Over nine million people, victims of this protracted strife, are living with the mental scars of conflict, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleeping and eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. Colombia is in the midst of renewal, positioning itself to redefine prosperity within the framework of emerging resource and climate realities. To realize this paradigm shift, the profound mental health needs of the Colombian population must be prioritized.

 

For us at The Psychedelic Blog, this imperative for change is not just a distant echo from Dr. Schultes; it’s a tangible call to action. We recognize that our journey toward understanding the healing potential of psychedelics is intrinsically tied to the larger mission of healing communities that have endured the ravages of conflict and hardship. It’s with this sense of purpose that we pledge to direct all proceeds above our operational expenses toward the expansion of mental health services in Colombia.

 

Our commitment is fueled by the interconnectedness of all aspects of human experience. Just as Dr. Schultes’ odyssey and his discoveries were guided by indigenous wisdom, so too is our endeavor informed by the resilience and strength of communities that have faced adversity head on. 

 

- The Psychedelic Blog​

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