Cancer interrupts our experience of life in profound ways. Few experiences short of death are as challenging. We may find ourselves re-examining our entire sense of meaning and purpose. For some, living with cancer awakens a desire for new spiritual practices and perspectives; for others, it sparks a crisis of faith. There are many methods to support and accompany conventional cancer treatment, including plant-based medicines, bodywork, centering practices, talk therapies, support communities, and more. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
In the second half of an extended talk at SAND 18, Paul Stamets, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, tells stories of the early years of research into psychoactive mushrooms, and describes a number of species and their characteristics, in particular psilocybes.