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Cognitive Liberty Grown Here :
A New Greenhouse

ECfES.org launches a 501(c)3 Ethnobotanical Conservatory Project! 

Growing potent plant medicines to alleviate conditions such as...

1) Chronic binge drinking (frequent on college campuses)

2) Chemical dependencies (on pharmaceutical and illicit drugs)

3) Mental Illness (such as depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, and more)


... is not just a vision any longer, it is our 501(c)3 non-profit's public charity mission. It is our obligation to serve the nearly 20% of Oregonians suffering from at least one of the three above conditions.


AND YOU ARE INVITED!
 

Come plant with us...

THE FIRST PSYCHOACTIVE SEEDS

of the ECfES.org Ethnobotanical Nature Conservatory

THIS OCTOBER 8th, 2016

At the Eugene Garden Club.

 

A PREVIEW OF PRESENTATIONS!

No longer content with the marginalization, misrepresentation, and mistaken ministrations of a medical profession at odds with the medicine.

Hallucinogens and Kundalini Activation

 Veteran Farmer's Alliance Green for Vets


This is Sacred Herbal Ethnobotany

 Culture : Friend or Foe?  The Rise of Integrally Informed Psychedelics

and more!

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Pre-Register Here

to secure your spot or

come as you are.

SEATS ARE LIMITED TO 100

   
October 8th, 2016 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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Can't make it to the Conference?


Come watch a movie, instead! Deep ayahuasca healing and potent plant medicines. A movie showing in downtown Eugene.  A Q & A session will commence after the film. Bring questions!
 

PLEASE NOTE!

Any donations made during the post-film Q & A session/discussion will be applied towards the ECfES.org Sacred Medicinal Plant Conservatory!

Film proceeds cover the cost of film screening only.


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Bijou Art Cinemas – 492 East 13th Avenue – Eugene, OR
September 15, 2016 
6pm - 9pm


Seniors - $5
Students - $6
Regular - $8


GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE!

 

Special thank you to ENCIRCLE FILM SERIES
Documentaries Bringing Focus to the Center
Featuring daring documentaries about controversial topics, the Encircle Film Series hosted at the Bijou Arts Cinema is a bold new contributor to Eugene’s local film and arts scene.

 

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Can't make it to the Conference or the Movie?


Visit the ECfES.org digital reading room below, instead! We combine decades of scholarship and research into easy-to-digest info bits.
 

WELCOME TO

THE
Digital ECfES.org READING ROOM

ver. 2.0

(Physical Lending Library located @ 44 West 7th in Eugene, Oregon)


Psychoactive plants drive human culture in many directions. The full impact of Oregon's preference for alcohol, coffee, pharmaceuticals, and opiates remains obscure.

ECfES.org reviews the decades of literature from our previous studies to bring you timely reflections in five points.

With a fun Q & A  sessions, too! Click the answers to dive deeper!

POINT 1

Alcohol consumption as a vast social experiment...

R. Gordon Wasson (father of the field of ethnomycology) wrote: 

The making of aquavitea (distilled spirits/alcohol)... remained a secret of the alchemists and some monastic establishments for centuries... the 'secret' became common property, and the product, after having changed hands for king's ransom, sold suddenly dirt cheap.

The Orientalist Berthold Laufer wrote, "Certain it is that distillation was a western invention, and was unknown to the ancient Chinese." The Dutch scholar R. J. Forbest in his Short History of the Art of Distillation concludes that there is no evidence for distilled beverages before the distillation process was discovered and practiced around A.D.1100 in Italy. The making of aquavitea (as it was called for a long time, and still is, in parts of Europe) remained a secret of the alchemists and some monastic establishments for centuries, until the Reformation, when in the course of a decade, in the second quarter of the 16th century, thanks to the dissolution of the monasteries by the Protestants, the 'secret' became common property, and the product, after having changed hands for king's ransom, sold suddenly dirt cheap. There was no contemporary comment on the social implication of this unanticipated fruit of religious reform.

Question: What if alcohol was accurately represented by scientific fact?

Answer: The world might look a little different; the narrative filled with accuracy.

POINT 2

Opiates as oiling the engines of the military industrial complex...


Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa and Founder/Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization wrote:

"There are powerful business and financial interests behind narcotics. From this standpoint, geopolitical and military control over the drug routes are as strategic as oil and oil pipelines".

Barack Obama ended opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan in 2009. By 2010, all US efforts to eradicate Afghan opium ceased. It has been US policy to allow Afghan opium growing and the heroin trade since. US heroin deaths tripled from 3,036 in 2010 to 10,574 in 2014 as a result.  USA’s now number one for heroin use. US heroin demand is 415,000 kilograms a year. The whole world, except Afghanistan, could only produce 115,400 kilograms of heroin (2014), not enough for even a third of the mushrooming US demand.


Barack Obama ended opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan in 2009, effectively green lighting Afghan opium production and the Afghan heroin trade.

The whole world, except Afghanistan, could only produce 115,400 kilograms of heroin (2014), not enough for even a third of the mushrooming US demand. Most heroin in the US is coming from US-occupied Afghanistan, there is no other mathematical possibility. There is no other physical possibility.

QUESTION: Where does an insatiable appetite for opiates take us?

ANSWER: The demand for opiates is only 1/3rd fulfilled. Chemists now create synthetic opiates thousands of times more powerful than natural opium.

 

POINT 3

The educational system as complicit in ignoring the science...


Aldous Huxley (co-creator of the word psychedelic) wrote:

"Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy".

I should have seen it coming...the fine line between intellectual compromise and total capitulation. The choice was simple.  I had seen the evidence myself.   I was being forced to bury the truth.  I had plenty of examples to prove it, but nobody wanted to hear that. So I did the only thing I could; I tucked my scholarly tail between my legs. This pleased members of my committeeWithin two or three days they had all signed my degree warrant, and presto, I became a Ph.D. Several months later I decided that the facts I had learned as a student were too important to remain hidden by overly conservative academics. I decided to take my case to the public... let everyone outside academia reach conclusions for themselves. Recreational drugs were an integral part of the same societies that gave us valuable concepts like democracy.

I should have seen it coming. After a decade of tireless study in both the sciences and the humanities, thousands of dollars in student loans, two master's degrees... I sat in the only suit I could afford, awaiting the verdict on my dissertation exam.  When everyone but my advisor had exited the room, I humbly asked her if I had passed. It was at that point in my life that I first discovered the fine line between intellectual compromise and total capitulation.

The choice was simple. Take out the chapter on the ancient world's recreational drug use, and any references to narcotics in the rest of my dissertation, or fail the exam. I had seen the evidence myself and I knew my conclusions were sound. But it seemed obvious the committee just didn't like the implications of a drug-friendly Western society.  I felt as if I hadn't gotten my day in court; I was being forced to bury the truth in order to fulfill some sort of moralistic agenda.  I knew the founders of Western civilization had used recreational drugs, and I had plenty of examples to prove it, but nobody wanted to hear that.

So I did the only thing I could; I tucked my scholarly tail between my legs and deleted
the sections in my dissertation in narcotics, stimulants, and psychedelics.  This pleased members of my committee, especially those most adamantly opposed to the thought that the greatest minds of antiquity might have indulged in drugs. Within two or three days they had all signed my degree warrant, and presto, I became a Ph.D. Several months later I decided that the facts I had learned as a student were too important to remain hidden by overly conservative academics...I decided to take my case to the public.

I wanted to present the facts to anyone interested, to put as much evidence on display as possible, and to let everyone outside academia reach conclusions for themselves.  In writing the Chemical Muse, I wanted to show that recreational drugs were an integral part of the same societies that gave us valuable concepts like democracy. I wanted the modern West to see that its founding fathers were drug users, plain and simple; they grew the stuff, they sold the stuff, and, most important, they used the stuff.

-D.C.A. Hillman, Ph.D. author of The Chemical Muse : Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization


QUESTION: What is the Willamette Valley's 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting democratic ideals in ethnobotanical, psychedelic, and entheogenic education (and checking out cool books like this)?

ANSWER: The ECfES.org Public Lending Library in Downtown Eugene, OR.

POINT 4

Underground markets as inherently unpredictable...


Peter Stafford (editor of Psychedelic Baby Reaches Puberty) published in 1971 wrote:

You can't tell what exact molecule you are swallowing?   We have gotten used to taking things, and we have just crappy chemicals... maybe in the next five years it might turn out that a quarter of the population is interested in gulping these pills - I think we are at that level now.

So the situation is that right now you can't tell what exact molecule you are swallowing?

Yeah, right - and that's a very dangerous situation to put yourself in.

So mostly we've just gotten on the idea of dropping things?

Yeah, that's the cultural media thing -

Well, I think that when you take the stuff you find that you like it - like when you hear a record and think -, "Well, maybe I'll get just a few of those".


Right, OK.

And the result has been that we have gotten used to taking things, and we have just crappy chemicals around.?

Yeah, and I think people have to become aware that there is a broad spectrum of drugs available. I think they should just stick with the natural psychedelics, because these drugs we at least know have been safe. We know that mescaline is safe -

Yeah, but we also know that we can only grow a certain amount of peyote.

But that doesn't relate to the amount we could synthesize -

But maybe in the next five years it might turn out that a quarter of the population is interested in gulping these pills -

I think we are at that level now.

QUESTION: What are the dangers of trying to access organic, clean, green organic psychedelic medicine in today's world?

ANSWER: It requires entry into a criminally-sanctioned, fiscally unsound, politically motivated, and potentially lethal entry marketplace that negatively impacts millions of innocent humans.

POINT 5

The Psychedelic-Industrial Complex...


Ustaath wrote (in The Journey Book : Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness):

They have many uses in the military for social control; for enhancing economic productivity, and in bring us beauty, insight, and wonder in our lives. The future now appears bright for the approved medical and therapeutic use of psilocybin... the future appears equally rosy for Big Pharma to make big bucks from the sale of psilocybin LSD, and MDMA.  Eventually the profit motive will become clear, and legalization will be upon us.  What problems are resolved when Prohibition is ended will be traded in for a new set.

Psychotropics could play an unexpected role in both enlivening and darkening (or at least muddling) the world. They have many uses in the military for social control; for enhancing economic productivity, and in bringing us beauty, insight, and wonder int our lives.
The future now appears bright for the approved medical and therapeutic use of psilocybin.
The future now appears bright for the approved medical and therapeutic use of psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA. The future appears equally rosy for Big Pharma to make big bucks from the sale of psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA; and development of the thousands of undiscovered psychotropic organics that the Shulgins expect are still out there, waiting to be discovered.

Eventually the profit motive will become clear, and legalization will be upon us; soldiers, spies, businessmen and engineers will find reasons to enter the psychedelic world.  To paraphrase Einstein, what problems are resolved when Prohibition is ended will be traded in for a new set. The end of Prohibition may be the beginning of a new era of co-optation and commodification of psychedelics by corporations and the State in the biomechanical, cyberpunk, and transhuman era that awaits us.

Psychedelics aren't just for bohemians any more!


QUESTION: Who will have the political and social power to plant, grow, harvest, and re-seed the variety of healing ethnobotanicals, psychedelics, and entheogens?

ANSWER: Anyone who chooses to pitch in today in either time, money, or by spreading the word and sharing their passion for these amazing botanicals!

Afterall, it's your Health and Healing

 
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"Dedicated to providing ethnobotanical opportunities through educational opportunities; in broad daylight & into the night".

We are troubled by the fact that science is demonstrating that Ethnobotanicals : The Green Psychedelics can help make this mental health crisis history but are not being provided to low-income clients. In fact, they are reserved for the those who can afford to travel out of the country for treatment. In both Mexico and Canada, these plants are be used as healing agents for people, everyday. Low income; can't afford the trip? Too bad! You are left to break the law and suffer the potential consequences.

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