This podcast has been a deep-dive into the fascinating underground world of psychedelics users here in South Africa, where I've met people who use these substances for fun, or to manage their mental health, or to expand their worlds and self-actualise.
Describing your story can help others understand the unique way that these substances work. It can help destigmatise substances that are now being described as 'breakthrough' medical technologies for treating mental health issues. And it can help therapists think about how to integrate psychedelic-assisted therapy into their own therapeutic practices, should they be licences for medical use here in South Africa one day. Ibogaine is already a Schedule 6 substance in South Africa, meaning that doctors can prescribe it for treating addiction. So it's likely that these forms of therapy are coming - psilocybin, MDMA, and ayahuasca-assisted therapies may be next.
Share your story:
Please tell me about your journey with psychedelics:
- how you found psychedelics, and what they've done for you as a person, or
- what you've learned about the 'do-s' and 'don't-s' of using them, or
- if you've done a psychedelic 'journey' (one of those 'heroes dose' deep trips), tell me what you experienced and learned while in that other-worldly place. Most people say the insights they receive there are like several years' therapy, in one session.
Rules of engagement:
- Social contract: in sending me your story, you're agreeing to have it published anonymously on the site, and distributed through the podcast's social media platforms.
- Anonymity: you will be guaranteed anonymity in the published story, however you do need to identify yourself to me so I know that you and your story are legit (this is standard practice in a 'letter to the editor' process in the newspaper world). Please don't include any information that, once published, could identify or incriminate yourself or anyone else.
- Keep it clean: the stories need to be coherent, and neatly written.
- Keep it tight: the shorter, the better; aim for a word count of 1 000 words or less.