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Dr. Andrew Weil

It’s probably fair to say, if you’re at all interested in health and wellness, you’ve heard of Dr. Andrew Weil, a recognized leader in the field of integrative medicine. He’s written many popular books, including Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks To Optimum Health.

What you may be less familiar with, however, is his past studies and writings on the nature of consciousness and man’s long history of use of various entheogenic substances as a means to alter it. A new book entitled The Harvard Psychedelic Club describes Dr. Weil’s own use and simultaneous opposition to Timothy Leary’s brand of mass advocacy.

In 1995, “Mycologists Dr. Gustan Guzman, Fidel Tapia, and Paul Stamets honored Weil by naming a newly discovered mushroom Psilocybe weilii” (-Wikipedia and mentioned in the Q&A period of the below talk.)

While he may not be as involved as he used to be, it’s clear from his talk in San Jose, California this April, he is pleased with some recent advances, still as open as in his earlier writings, and restrained as ever in plotting the way forward.

Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century – Andrew Weil M.D.

Presented by MAPS – the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, The Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.

Further Reading from Dr. Weil:

The Moral Ferocity of Eating Animals (guest article on The Huffington Post)

The Natural Mind, originally published in 1972 under the subtitle “An Investigation of Drugs and the Higher Consciousness” now as “A Revolutionary Approach to the Drug Problem.”

One Response to “Dr. Andrew Weil”

  1. Fred says:

    Interesting. I do not agree with some of the things he says, but I do 100% agree with the statements about the source of the data having more to do with acceptance than the data itself… this applies to everything, not just medical research.

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