Learn all about powerful plant medicines
The realm of psychoactive plants extends far beyond the well-known classics like cannabis, shrooms, and LSD. Dozens of legal psychoactive plants have slipped under the government’s radar due to their lesser-known status, but that doesn’t mean they’re not potent tools for healing, spiritual connection, and personal growth. Kava, kratom, kanna, and blue lotus are just a few legal psychoactives. These plants—in small and large doses—may ease anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other symptoms of psychological distress. Kanna, for example, at large doses, has been compared to a natural, milder MDMA because of its euphoric qualities, while people have long worked with blue lotus in the evenings for lucid dreaming. Kava can be a potent remedy for anxiety in small doses, and, in larger doses, has been drunk at rituals and festivities in Pacific Ocean cultures for generations.
It’s important to recognize that the legality of substances often doesn’t correlate with their potential for harm. Instead, drugs usually gain attention and face criminalization when they become widespread enough to attract government scrutiny, as illustrated by historical events like Reefer Madness and the influence of figures such as Timothy Leary. While we are advocates for ending drug prohibition, we also believe in the healing and transformative power of many overlooked plant allies currently available to us. Herbalist Lian Bruno invites you to explore this fascinating realm in this enlightening workshop, teaching us how to harness the benefits of these plants safely and effectively in our own lives.
If you cannot afford the suggested sliding scale, email [email protected] to be registered.
About expert Lian Bruno
Lian Bruno is a clinically-trained herbalist and herbal educator. She is the founder of Puff Herbals, an herbal wellness brand centered around the ritual of smoking, and is the author of Puff Into The Present Moment, a zine that explores anxiety from an herbalist’s perspective and offers insight into working with herbs through smoke. She wrote her master’s thesis on ethnobotanical storytelling and the hallucinogenic plant collection of R. E. Schultes. Lian is passionate about transforming our scientific knowledge of plants into everyday wisdom and bridging the gap between holistic wellness and hedonism.