Neurons to Nirvana

Neurons to Nirvana

Downloadable Video - 2013
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A feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Psychedelics can be potent tools for getting to know who we are, who we can be. and for healing the trauma of a society that is addicted to greed and consumerism. This film dares to break the taboo surrounding psychedelic medicines, by examining and revealing their proven potential to heal and alleviate suffering on a global scale. Through interviews with the world's foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal potential.
Publisher: [United States] :, Gravitas Ventures :, Made available through hoopla,, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 85 min.)) :,sound, color.
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Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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1aa
Jul 31, 2017

A lot of quick cuts and curious graphics really mar a rather disorganized film, ostensibly about the medicinal uses of hallucinogens, entheogens (mention is made of DMT), and empathogens (mention is made of MDMA), eventually developing into an apologia for these chemicals. Certainly the best part is the bonus material consisting of lengthy (approximately half an hour) interviews with drs. Mate, Doblin, and Holland.

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rswcove
Nov 24, 2015

This is a sales pitch. Not a bad one, but I found it amusing rather than interesting or compelling. The movie is attempting, largely through assertions with no documented support provided (only alluded to), that psychedelics are safe for human medicinal use. They further assert that the transformative effects of the psychedelic high are dangerous to the functioning of a modern state, but again provide nothing to support this (again only alluding to sources and studies). They make copious use of expert interviews spliced together, and the interviewees include best selling pop-psychology authors and other people with 'Oprah cred' to bolster their position via argument from authority. The problem that I noticed with this tactic was the movie's tendency to provide short generalized sound bytes from the big name interviewees and then quickly cut to a lesser known and presumably more radical expert who would elaborate on the general status the big name interviewee had given without providing any indication that the big name expert would have endorsed such an elaboration. The video isn't bad, just mediocre. It does provide links to the research programs attempting to do work in the field of study that the movie is promoting. And the movie points out that there is a lack of large scale studies due to restrictions from the government. But then makes assertions as though the substances they were advocating for had in fact been fully studied for a long period of time. Manipulative, and less than forthcoming. Not quite dishonest, and still containing a useful introduction to the subject if you lack that introduction currently.

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v1h
Aug 30, 2015

This is an extremely well done documentary on the science & spirituality of the use of entheogens (aka psychedelics), plants & substances that, when taken with knowledge and respect, can alter one's limited perception and create beneficial, long-lasting results.
It is now known that psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) can relieve suffering from depression and that MDMA can help people suffering from PTSD.
I wish they had mentioned this site though: https://www.erowid.org/ as it is a plethora of information.
Chris Bennett, owner of the Urban Shaman, in Vancouver, was one of the experts and spoke on cannabis use.

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Aug 30, 2015

v1h thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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