Category: LSD

The Inaugural Los Angeles Psychedelic Science Symposium was held June 22-23, 2018 at the UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom. 
Nisha Money, MD was the moderator and Ian Benouis, Matt Kahl and Brooke and Michael Cooley were on the panel. 

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Bia Labate live interviews with Panama combat veteran Ian Benouis at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Regional Mini-Conference.

Bia Labate live interviews with Gulf War combat veteran Eric Glover. He shares his story about healing his trauma with plant medicines.

Bia Labate live interviews Afghanistan combat veteran Matt Kahl about the therapeutic potentials of plant medicines to treat PTSD. “Ayahuasca: a call for action!

In this episode my guest is Ian Benouis who is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, US Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. He is an activist for the beneficial use of plant medicine, especially for veterans with PTSD. Ian is also a Muslim and a psychonaut.

“Yeah, let’s transition from the bullet war to the meme war. I’ve been really moved by the responses from the Soldiers of the Vine screenings. I’m like “Wow, I built a field of dreams, and people actually showed up!” People are getting whatever they need out of it, versus our own self criticisms about what could have been better. That’s the real amazing thing about it. Share the message with people, and people will self-organize and self-activate. There’s no cult, there’s no dogma, it’s just spreading the love of healing and then people will naturally do whatever it is they feel they were created to do.

I think ultimately these plant medicines are psychic mirrors: they give the opportunity for greater self-reflection. Used ceremonially together, you get an intensification from all those spheres online together, mirroring each other. We all need to shut up and take our medicine and do our work. My personal belief is that the universe is a superorganism that makes up a mirror for the divine, where the ego is a construct that creates the illusion of separateness so that we have a game to play, and it’s the best game ever.

And that’s our potential salvation, and how our planet is getting hooked up into an electronically supported superorganism platform for communication. I think we’re trying to all connect each other up to heal ourselves, to unify as a planet, and then on to whatever’s supposed to be next. I don’t know what that is any more than the next person, but I have an open heart and open arms and trust that the universe knows what it’s doing.”