…when we can’t check our phones, our bodies release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. We become twitchy and irritable. We reach for our phones in our pockets, even if we know they’re not there. We exhibit what addiction specialists would immediately recognize as symptoms of withdrawal.
…al experience and not sense the incredible power for social transformation within us,” Richards says. “If structured psychedelics use became widespread, I’d expect more people to see every human being as their brother or sister, more willingness to work for peace, more respect for the intelligence in nature and less exploitation of it for short-term gain. Cultural change does happen. In my more idealistic moments, I like to think an evolution of consciousness is gradually occurring. Psychedelics are part of it. So is growing interest in other spiritual traditions and meditation. At this point in history, a little more enlightenment might come in handy.”