Breakthroughs are being made in the treatment of depression using naturally occurring psychedelic substances, most notably psilocybin, the active compound of "magic" mushrooms. There are also many anecdotal accounts of people who have had amazing results in battling depression after taking ayahuasca as well as San Pedro and other mescaline-containing cacti. Click here to see a collection of articles and accounts.
There are few of us whose lives have not been in some way affected by addiction, whether our own or someone who we love, live with or work with. Medicines such as ibogaine, ayahuasca, and other forms of DMT are offering hope where western medicines are not working. These natural medicines can actually provide a cure, rather than just a maintenance program. See here for more.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
During the first and second world wars, it was known as "shell-shock". The term post-traumatic stress disorder came into use after the Vietnam War. Sexual abuse, war experience, terrible accidents and being witness to any of these things, can lead to PTSD. Research into treatment of PTSD with psychedelic plant medicines (as well as some psychedelic non-plant medicines such as LSD and ketamine) is gaining momentum in mainstream medicine. See here for more:
Anxiety is a debilitating condition that can make it impossible to work or maintain any type of social interaction. It is also a disorder that can be treated successfully with plant medicines.
Personal spiritual development
Many users of psychedelics explore these medicines for the deep spiritual insights that they can offer. I encourage everyone to explore the great wealth of literature that is available, as well as the many websites that are dedicated to users' personal experience of psychedelic plant medicines. Here are some links: