The Impact of Psychedelics On Society

What if we trip collectively?

Alexandre Porto

· 3 min read

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It is hard to say what the impact psychedelics will have on society. In terms of changing consciousness, it does seem obvious that they have some effect on at least a lot of people who use them.

I would say that it is hard to measure the impact of psychedelics because there are a lot of people who use them, but we cannot tell which ones have been affected by their use.

It is hard to say whether or not the usage of psychedelics will increase because there are a lot of people who already use them.

In terms of pushing for social change, I think they already do.

I see social causes as the result of a complex interplay between many different factors, including but not limited to geopolitical events and socioeconomic structures.

These forces play out in particular ways that are determined by geography and demography, such as immigrant populations or racial makeup.

It is a well-known fact that psychedelics can catalyze deep personal transformation, which may lead to beneficial long term effects on one’s life trajectory.

There is a good deal of information available regarding the use of psychedelics in traditional indigenous cultures as well, which can be useful for understanding how psychedelics work and what effects they have.

Studies indicate psilocybin’s ability to help cancer patients with existential issues such as depression and anxiety, which may indicate its potential to produce long-term changes in one’s life.

Ways in which the use of psychedelics could be used to cause social changes.

In many cultures, there is a ritualized and ceremonial practice that involves the use of psychedelics.

These practices involve groups of people coming together for an extended period of time with the intention of using psychedelics to come to some sort of consensus or agreement about something.

These practices are sometimes done by multiple generations in a row, passing down traditions and knowledge from one generation to the next.

This can allow for the accumulation of experience over thousands of years, which could produce social change on a very deep level as different cultures influence each other.

Another way in which psychedelics can catalyze long-term social change is by allowing people to have the insight and clarity needed to overcome mental disorders, such as addiction or PTSD.

These psychological issues are very difficult for most people to deal with on their own because they involve deeply ingrained patterns of thought and behavior that are hard to recognize. And psychedelics can help.

Entheogens have the notable capacity to allow for deep self-examination without self-judgment.

This contributes to looking into our past and forgiving ourselves for something we did that made us feel regret.


The traditional ritualistic use of psychedelics gives context to a personal exploration of one’s owns actions and also of other’s actions.

This is the reason why many people who experience something like Ayahuasca for the first time reports that they felt a strong impulse to call people from their past who they have wronged or someone who they hold a long-lasting grudge.

Global Scale Psychedelic Trip

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I imagine this work being done on a global scale and I can’t help but wonder what kind of impact this would have on how we conduct our lives.

The mental picture of two neighbors settling a petty dispute with the support of substances like psilocybin is very attractive to me, as I have a professional reference that indicates that psilocybe fungi can make people more understanding of each other.

Well, meanwhile we work step by step to introduce the idea that psychedelics can be used responsibly and objectively to achieve the general happiness of the individual and also of the collective of human society.