Gardeners, farmers, and herbalists have grown outdoors for centuries being guided by the sun, moon and for some, even the planets and constellations.
While not as old as the stars themselves, astrology has captivated human beings for at least as long as we’ve had civilizations. And it’s been part of every civilization, from India to China to the Middle East. At one point, it was studied as a science in its own right, but in our super-materialistic world, its influence is by and large more cultural. But cultures often create their own truth, and those truths contribute greatly to the wellness community Medicine Box belongs to.
Just like the hippies of old could never have imagined the sorts of discoveries that would come out of cannabis legalization, the emergence of psychedelic therapy will impact our society in ways we cannot imagine.
It was inevitable, really, that as our civilization began rediscovering new ways to heal in this century, psychedelics would come back to make our collective picture truly BIG. Of course, some big mistakes were made in the past, but also some foundational realizations. One of the biggest is how to utilize them with wellness tools to accomplish truly deep healing.
While the past 60 years have certainly obscured it, psychedelics were once explored for a plethora of mental health disorders, including a few that would shock people. Childhood schizophrenia, autism, addiction — considering the excesses and the resulting stigmas attached to them now, it’s hard for many to imagine ethically treating these illnesses with them today.
The ascendance of wellness has uncovered many different healing modalities previously and prematurely buried by fearful and unheeding authority figures. But as any cultivator will tell you, a lot of growth can happen while things are germinating underground. Now that cannabis has exploded — and in some cases, imploded — psychedelics are now getting a second look.
Back in the ‘90s, a book called Listening to Prozac came out at the height of the SSRI prescription boom, and it got everyone to thinking how this nifty little pill would change our society. Well, as longtime readers of this blog know, I had to stop Prozac’s miserable, mood-flattening drone for my own good.
If cannabis was a person, what would it be like? Would it be agreeable or difficult, moody or predictable? Judging from my time within communities that live its life around the plant, cannabis is pretty much everyone’s friend, and has something to give to everybody.
One of the most enjoyable things about living amongst OG cannabis growers are the stories they tell. The cannabis tradition has amassed an extraordinary collection of legends, tall tales and folklore along the way, from high tragedy to low comedy and everything in between.
Back when the source of Medicine Box’s most active ingredient was illegal, one could easily pinpoint not just the cultural stereotype of the classic stoner, but also their social stances.