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Taking Back My Mind: Treating Mental Health with Psychedelics

My Journey Out of Depression with Psilocybin Mushrooms

Taking Back My Mind details my journey overcoming severe clinical depression with the use of psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as “magic mushrooms.” My story begins in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where divorce, my dad’s death, and several major health issues plunged me down the dark rabbit hole of depression. After ten months of intense suffering, and falling victim to pharmaceutical drugs, I reached the brink of suicide. Then, on December 22, 2017, I ate a small handful of mushrooms, and took a walk on the beach with my brother. This journey jolted me out of my deadly downward spiral, literally overnight, and sparked a magical and transformative journey that eventually led me back to Mexico, this time to the mountains of southern Oaxaca, to shoot a documentary, a concurrent side project, about my experience with the local indigenous Zapotec who continue to use these plant medicines for their own mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, as they have done for thousands of years.

Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

Depression is not a disease or “chemical imbalance” like many people think. It is a symptom of very complex and multifaceted biological, psychological, nutritional, environmental, and societal factors, among many others, and taking harmful, addictive pharmaceutical drugs to try to suppress natural and necessary human emotions is not the solution, but rather part of the problem. It is time to change this paradigm. It is time to reawaken our incredible inner power. It is time to evolve.

Help support psychedelic research. All proceeds help fund ongoing psychedelic research, the publishing of my second book, my current documentary project, and the development of Ascension Retreats.

During these precarious times, it is more important than ever to remain as healthy as possible, to cultivate a calm and resilient mind, to cultivate presence, and to raise our awareness and collective consciousness so we may overcome the current crisis of consciousness threatening our very existence. In this book, I share the tools, tactics, and routines that I have used, and continue using, to achieve this goal.

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