The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, public charity organization. We dedicate this February 2016 newsletter to the upcoming ethnobotanical communities, some of whom are working diligently to reform the healthcare system by re-introducing plant based medicines. We dedicate this to those currently working on discovering what these ancient medicines mean in todays modern culture of speed, technology, and loss of connection with Nature
Eugene Center for
ECfES.org - 501(c)3
February 2016 Newsletter
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"One of our greatest fears is to eat the wildness of the world."
-Stephen Harrod Buhner, in The Secret Teaching of Plants
NEW SPROUTS OF ANCIENT LIFE
We began operations at 44 West 7th in downtown Eugene, Oregon. We still recommend a visit to Island Park in Springfield, Oregon. However, our new location is easier to access, closer to many dining options, and directly across from the easy to find Hult Center for Creative Arts. Sign up to set up an appointment time or drop on by anytime from 3 to 5pm Monday thru Thursday to meet with a volunteer HERE.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented data on drug overdose death rates from 2001-2014, and it does not look good. Since 2001,
1) Prescription drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled.
2) Opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled.
3) Benzodiazepine overdose deaths have increased by more than 600%.
4) Cocaine overdose deaths are up 42%.
5) Heroin overdose deaths are up nearly 500%.
-Centers for Disease Control in published data on drug overdose death rates from 2001 -2014
A PLANT IS JUST THAT, A PLANT.
Did you know that psilocybin is being studied as a treatment for alcoholism? Those small mushrooms seem to not only help those suffering from end-of-life anxiety, but also assist in breaking addictive patterns, including alcohol and tobacco. Want to discover new ways of kicking the smoking habit; HERE?
"Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years - increasing 37% since 2002. These deaths are from causes such as alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, and do not include deaths from drunk driving and other accidents."
-Centers for Disease Control in published data on drug overdose death rates from 2001 -2014
WHY DID ECfES.org REACH OUT TO THE UNITED NATIONS DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE?
In 1998 the U.N. Declared "A DRUG FREE WORLD - WE CAN DO IT!" ...and that is still the current policy to this day!
We reach out because we care about Lane County. And we don't like the statistics, nor being "numbers" of failed policy. We are passionate about moving our local heath care system into new forms of environmentally sustainable and fiscally rejuvenative forms of plant based medicines. And because the United Nations and their partner agencies are listening. Listen in, too! Right here in this AUDIO CLIP.
"You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your inspiration ".
QUESTION & ANSWER WITH THE International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
On January 29, 2016 ECfES.org asked the International Drug Policy Consortium during their webinar, "What is the role of grass-roots organizations in raising awareness and on the UNGASS among local and public authorities?"
Heather Haase (North American Consultant to International Drug Policy Consortium) responded, "This is where grass-roots organizations actually have a very useful role because not everybody wants to go the United Nations, not everybody wants to engage with the people who negotiate at the U.N. But the U.N. missions take their directives from capital(s), so the role of, I think one of the many roles of the grass-roots organizations is both to raise awareness publicly about what's going on at the U.N. and to convey your positions and your priorities and recommendations directly to your local and national governments".
"Among the increasing number of adjunct professors whose jobs are temporary and tenuous, there is fear that they won't be rehired if they come out of the psychedelic closet. In what should be an open and free marketplace of ideas, these scholars are second-class citizens, almost prisoners."
-Thomas B. Roberts in The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire: Health, Law, Freedom, and Society
A LOCAL PLATFORM; FOR GRASS-ROOTS VOICES
There is a silent voice that primarily has expressed itself at the local level for some time now. This voice communicates through art, poetry, fiction, and other acts of creativity that many "micro-cultures" create in order to communicate the beauty within their hearts and minds, especially in ages of mis-guided science and laws which need serious revision. One example of such a loose-knit community is those individuals interested in psychedelics and psychoactive ethnobotanicals.
There is a Drug War that rages across the world, and there are countless dollars spent each year to ensure safe and accurate information about ethnobotanicals remains obfuscated. Out of this mist can now emerge insights by four generations under siege, devoted to exploring ethnobotanicals but hindered for decades, not by science, but by a "Drug War" we all inherited from the days of "Reefer Madness".
Many brilliant new forms of healing await and will become apparent when the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 is examined. Perhaps it is well-intended, but the science demonstrates it provides for a severely limited approach to ethnobotanicals . That policy apparently no longer serves the worldwide population of over 7 billion, nor does it appear to have done so since its inception.
ECfES.org invites you to show your camaraderie with "the others" by signing up.
"Psychedelic medicine community, in all its variety, has been growing and self-organizing in a bottom-up fashion despite these serious dampening factors. At some point a critical mass of psychonauts will be reached, political power will be achieved, and what is now a densely configured global community of communities will find connections and common ground and have the potential to act constructively as a movement"..
-Diane Reed Slattery in Xenolinguistics: psychedelics, language, and the evolution of consciousness
TRAVEL; IT HELPS US DISCOVER NEW PARTS OF OURSELVES
Get ready for the 3rd Annual Exploring Psychedelics Conference at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon. This event will take place on April 7th and 8th of 2016. It is quickly becoming a leading edge conference in Oregon, and attracts participants from across the country. Hosted by Martin Ball, PhD., this event will feature speakers, artists, and a chance to re-connect, or connect for the first time.
However, something is sorely missing from our legal protections is any recognition of the significance of direct spiritual experience itself".
-Martin Ball in The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire: Health, Law, Freedom, and Society
THIS IS YOUR 501(c)3 ETHNOBOTANICAL PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER
Memberships start at $25 a year.
Sliding scale payments are accepted in instances of financial hardship.
Workshops & Classes, Books, Audio Downloads, DVD's. Available for check-out at our public lending library collection.
READING SMART SCIENCE
"Clinical trials and deep references"
Psychedelic Medicine: New Evidence for Hallucinogenic Substances as Treatments edited by Michael J. Winkleman and Thomas B. Roberts
ENGAGING THE AUDIO ENERGY
"this is a collection of stories told from a timeless space, where magic meets curiosity to create an emotional pilgrimage"
Sephira by Monkey Tales
EXPLORING THE VISUALLY ENGAGING
"diabetes, prostate cancer. alcoholism. parkinson's disease... just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in treating."
The Sacred Science by Three Seed Documentary Films
FINDING THE OTHERS,
STANDING UP AND BEING COUNTED
"ECfES will offer the classes that, quite frankly, the University of Oregon ought to be teaching, but were unable to because of the legal framework surrounding ethnobotanical medicines"
Sign up today at ECfES.org to receive updates HERE
"At the very first, mushrooms had been served...They ate no more food; they only drank chocolate during the night. And they ate the mushrooms with honey. When the mushrooms took effect on them, then they danced, then they wept. But some, while still in command of their senses, entered and sat there by the house on their seats; they did no more, but only sat there nodding"
-The Florentine Codex,1560
WHAT IS COGNITIVE LIBERTY?
"Understanding consciousness, how it behaves under different conditions for instance, is in this sense just as important as understanding how a microscope works, to better understand what we see through its' lenses."
Daniel Waterman in Entheogens, Society & Law: Towards a Politics of Consciousness, Autonomy & Responsibility
YOU CAN HELP MAKE 2016
THE (first of many) YEARS OF HEALTH, LAW, FREEDOM & SOCIETY
WE TALK WITH YOU
for further information and to receive membership details www.ECfES.org
WE CELEBRATE WITH YOU
We also seek local submissions of art to include in our monthly newsletter and onsite for an upcoming fundraiser and to appear in our newsletter.
WE GROW WITH YOU
Please consider a one time or recurring donation today.
WE WELCOME YOU
We are seeking interns and community volunteers at our physical location 44 West 7th, Eugene OR 97401.
A Personal Statement
from Dr. Vip Short of
Lane County, Oregon
"While we acknowledge this path as potentially healing and transformative in a positive sense, there must be a sense of responsibility on part of the voyager. A social program dedicated to helping heal the wounds of syndromes like PTSD, GAD, chronic migrainous and somatic pain disorders needs to be grounded in a set of virtues, or morally right operational guidelines; these should be taught to both therapist and experiencer. If we can remain disciplined about these principles, a good body of work can emerge and we will be able to help a lot of people who otherwise may have gotten lost.
ARE YOU (DEEPLY) EXPERIENCED?
DISCOVER WHY THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MAY NEVER BE THE SAME,
With no change, it appears yet another generation will be subjected to the presumably pre-scientific and arcane approach that has already plagued scientific progress for too long.
Rick Doblin <---> Leonard Pickard
both hold Degrees in Public Policy from
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
One lives comfortably in a suburban neighborhood, raising a family, by providing psychedelics for health and healing.
One is serving a life sentence in a federal prison, separated from his family, by providing psychedelics for health and healing.
WHAT IF WE CONSIDERED THE NEED FOR DISCUSSION AMONG U.N. SIGNATORIES ABOUT THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN CURRENT "DRUG LAW" POLICY.
FROM OUR RESEARCH, IT APPEARS THAT AT THE GRASS-ROOTS, LOCAL LEVEL, OUR COMMUNITY WOULD BE WELL-SERVED IF THE SCIENCE THAT REFLECTS THE HEALTHY PATH FORWARD INCLUDES:
Recognizing that ethnobotanical medicines, are in fact, freely growing plants used as such; for health, healing, and increased cognitive and somatic functioning of all human beings. There is much evidence in the literature reflecting this. We represent community-based education and research as demonstrated by our 15 minute audio presentation here.
TURN ON AND TUNE INTO THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM.
Reproduced for Educational Purposes
Article 32 of the U.N. Convention on Psychotropic Substances makes an exception for peyote and other wild psychotropic plants, to protect use in religious and magical rituals in case such plants themselves were in the future added to Schedule I. ECfES.org, in keeping with our eight-fold educational approach to ethnobotanicals mission statement, HERE, thereby recognizes, in the service of community education, the plant described below, Dictyonema huaorani, as part of at least one religious/magical groups' tradition, located here, in Lane County, Oregon. Additionally, this groups' tradition does not limit membership. It is an open tradition, and does not limit itself by age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status or socioeconomic status. In short, it is a tradition that potentially serves everybody.
2016 UPCOMING EVENTS
WILL PHARMACEUTICALS SOON BE RELICS OF AN AGE OF PAST MEDICINES?
Let's get together and find out! Come take a field trip with us to an exhibit which uses over two hundred historic artifacts and photographs to tell the personal stories of some of the individuals tasked with helping Lane County residents stay well between 1840 and 1940.
------->February: Field Trip with ECfES
------->late Feb. 2016
Lane County Historical Society: No Harm Intended
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JOIN US ON A NATURE FORAY WITH AN ETHNOBOTANICAL ADVOCATE!
The Mariposa Woodland is located near Spencer’s Butte. Come explore key habitats of Eugene such as oak-pine woodland, savanna, and prairie. This land contains many large heritage trees, some which are more than 500 years old. In addition, Mariposa has high quality ground vegetation which contains many native grasses and flowers.
------->March: Nature Foray with ECfES
------->early spring 2016
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WANT TO MEET THE "OTHERS"?
Bringing together students, community members, visionary artists, and psychedelic researchers and explorers, the first event in 2014 was a resounding success with several hundred participants. 2015 was even better, with speakers from all over the western US and four countries, spanning two days of stellar presentations. 2016...
------->April: Free Public Conference
------->April 7th and 8th
Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion & Science at Southern Oregon University
"BE focusing on the medicinal therapeutic benefits of these plants and medicines. IN visioning ethnobotanicals, harm reduction, and advocacy". -ECfES.org