Medical research with psychedelic substances in clinical trials around the world is demonstrating astounding results. The therapeutic potentials of compounds such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine are being explored as treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression, addiction, end of life anxiety and more. Entheogenic plants and fungi have been used by humans around the world for millennia to facilitate access to non-ordinary states of consciousness and healing. Through a look at indigenous traditions, proposed mechanisms of therapeutic action, and scientific research this talk explores the potential that psychedelics hold for the future of medicine.
Dr. Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Herbalist, and Core Faculty member in the Integrative Health Studies department at CIIS. She is a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Research program, and looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She has a private practice in Oakland where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoys sharing her passion for life with the world. Click here for more about Dr. Metz.