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Psychedelic Medicines: Questions and Answers


Beyond Limits: Exploring States of Consciousness, Psychedelic Mysteries and Spirituality

Immerse yourself in a fascinating journey through the horizons of consciousness and explore the astonishing potential of psychedelics in psycho-spiritual development. Our site is much more than just an information platform; it is a space dedicated to discovery, understanding and education around these often misunderstood substances.

Whether you are a curious novice, an eager seeker of knowledge, or an experienced explorer of the mind, you will find a wealth of valuable information here about psychedelics and their impact on the human psyche. Our mission is to demystify these substances, present them in a rigorous scientific framework and encourage open and respectful discussions on their use.

Through informative articles, educational resources, and discussions of the current state of research, we invite you to explore the many dimensions of psychedelics, from their ancestral origins to their modern applications in therapy and self-exploration.

Join us on this captivating adventure where science meets spirituality, where the mysteries of the human mind are revealed, and new perspectives on life and consciousness emerge. Welcome to the world of “Psychedelics: Science, Mysteries and Spirituality”!

Please note: psychedelic substances are mostly illegal in Switzerland. Find out about their status in your country. This page is in no way intended to incite anyone to illegal behavior, but aims to provide information on a current subject that fascinates us.

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La Renaissance Psychédéliques Q&A

The “Psychedelic Renaissance” in 12 questions and answers

What is the psychedelic renaissance?

The psychedelic renaissance refers to the revival of interest in and research into psychedelic substances, such as LSD, psilocybe mushrooms and DMT, in the context of mental health, well-being, personal development and Spirituality.

What are the legal implications of using psychedelics?

The legality of psychedelics varies between countries and specific substances. In many places, notably Switzerland, they are classified as illegal drugs, but there is a growing movement to reconsider their status due to their therapeutic potential.

What are the risks associated with using psychedelics?

Although psychedelics have beneficial effects documented by research and the experience of countless individuals, they can also pose risks, including psychologically traumatic experiences, episodes of confusion or disorientation, and potentially dangerous interactions with other medications. These risks are considerably reduced if the use of psychedelics takes place in a safe environment, with well-trained support staff, following a rigorous selection and preparation process, and followed by integration work.

How are psychedelics perceived in modern society?

The perception of psychedelics is evolving, moving from stigma to growing recognition of their therapeutic and spiritual potential. However, there still remain biases and challenges to overcome for wider acceptance of their use.

What are the research-proven benefits of using psychedelics?

Proven benefits of using psychedelics include reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, improving quality of life and psychological well-being, as well as spiritual and transformative experiences.

Which countries and places are psychedelics legal and/or decriminalized? What is the difference between legal and decriminalized?

Psychedelics are legal or decriminalized in some countries and jurisdictions. For example, in the Netherlands, magic mushrooms are tolerated in certain quantities and contexts, while in Portugal, the possession and use of all drugs, including psychedelics, is decriminalized. In Brazil, the consumption of Ayahuasca as a sacrament in a religious context is legal. The difference between legal and decriminalized is that in a country where psychedelics are legal, their possession, sale and use are explicitly permitted by law, whereas in a country where they are decriminalized, the possession and use use are still illegal but may be subject to administrative rather than criminal sanctions.

How are psychedelics used from a psycho-spiritual development perspective?

Psychedelics are often used in therapeutic, shamanic, or spiritual contexts to facilitate deep introspective experiences, exploration of consciousness, and personal growth. This is also why we sometimes give them the name entheogens, that is to say substances which open one to the feeling of the divine, which generate in themselves an experience of the divine.

What is the current state of research on psychedelics?

Research into psychedelics is experiencing renewed interest, with numerous studies showing their potential effectiveness in treating disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. Research in this area is in its early stages, and additional research is needed to better understand their mechanisms of action and safe use. That said, the results that have already been obtained are solid and extremely promising.

Are there legal programs for the therapeutic use of psychedelics?

Yes, some countries, including Switzerland, have established research programs and legal clinics where psychedelics are used in a therapeutic setting supervised by medical professionals.

What are the main obstacles to psychedelics research?

Barriers to psychedelic research include legal restrictions, obtaining approvals, limited funding, institutional bias, and methodological challenges of studying substances still often considered illicit in a rigorous scientific context. However, these obstacles are falling one after the other in the current context of great interest in these substances and in the face of evidence of their therapeutic potential.

How to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of using psychedelics?

The set and setting, that is to say the state of mind and the environment in which a person consumes psychedelics, plays a crucial role in the lived experience and the reduction of potential risks. A safe, comfortable and caring setting, as well as an open, respectful and prepared mindset, can help minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of psychedelic sessions. Supervision by trained people you trust is absolutely essential, as is the integration work after the experience, which can last weeks or months to reap the full benefits.

Is it possible to take psychedelics outside of a strictly therapeutic and medical context, with the intention of psycho-spiritual development?**

Yes, in some places like the Netherlands it is possible to participate in shamanic retreats or ceremonies where psychedelics are consumed in a spiritual and personal growth setting. However, it is important to seek out safe and well-supervised environments, with experienced guides, to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of such experiences. You should also follow local laws and be aware of the potential risks associated with using psychedelics outside of a medical or therapeutic setting.


The integration of the psychedelic experience

Integration is an essential step in reaping the full benefit of a psychedelic experience, whether positive or difficult. When someone explores the depths of their mind while under the influence of psychedelics, they may be confronted with powerful revelations, intense emotions, and vivid visions. This is where integration comes into play.


Integration involves consciously reflecting on lived experience, exploring its meanings and implications in daily life, and working to incorporate the insights gained into a process of personal growth and transformation. This can help you make sense of the experience, identify the desired changes in your life and put in place concrete actions to achieve them.


Even difficult experiences or “bad trips” can become valuable opportunities for growth and healing through integration. By understanding the roots of the feelings of fear, anxiety, or confusion that emerged during the experience, one can begin to address them and transform them into sources of strength and understanding.


Although psychedelics are illegal in Switzerland, many people have had psychedelic experiences, here or elsewhere, some destabilizing, and could benefit greatly from integration work. Evelise Paradella , psychologist and psychotherapist, is trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy and psychedelic integration. You can contact her to schedule an interview, live or by Zoom, to begin your integration and transformation work.

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