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Neurons to Nirvana

Understanding Psychedelic Medicines
DVD
Publisher: 
Moksha Media
 | 
December, 2014
ISBN:
887936997457
Quantity: 
5
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 
From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines is about the most essential social, psychological, philosophical and therapeutic issues confronting humanity and the role that psychedelics can play in finally civilizing civilization. It's a film where psychopharmacology and neuroscience, mysticism and depth psychology mesh; where time becomes relative and the viewer is entranced in a thought-provoking journey through the very doors of perception. The 69 minute feature is followed by 78 minutes of interviews with Gabor Maté, Julie Holland, and Rick Dobin.
 
The film introduces a vibrant spectrum of characters that champion psychoactive drugs as medicines and as enhancers. Noted contributors include Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation to Further Consciousness; Michael Winkelman, co-editor of the authoritative book Psychedelic Medicine; Dr. Michael Mithoefer who conducted the groundbreaking, successful posttraumatic stress disorder trials with MDMA; Wade Davis, author, ethnobotanist; Dr. Dennis McKenna, author, ethnopharmacologist, expert on DMT and Ayahuasca; Jeremy Narby, author, anthropologist; Rick Doblin, Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Dr. Gábor Maté, the award winning author and expert on addictions, and a number of others.
 
Using state of the art HD image processing, filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull intellectually engages his viewers with riveting subject matter, and using a visually stunning approach introduces the audience to tantalizing glimpses into the exquisitely beautiful world of the psychedelic experience.  The music is by a team of incredible musicians headed up by composer Lisa Walker, classically trained violinist, audio researcher and digital maestro and supported by the extraordinary Dai Shihan (grandmaster) of the Shakuhachi, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos.
 
“Writer, director and visual artist Oliver Hockenhull outlines the mounting peer-reviewed evidence that nonaddictive psychoactive substances (including ayahuasca, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA) can have profound healing effects when used in a safe, therapeutic setting. The benefits, say a conga line of clinicians, psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, extend from the treatment of alcoholism to the anxiety of terminal cancer patients, and beyond... through judicious editing and sublime visuals, the filmmaker succeeds with colourful advocacy for a new medical paradigm informed by “cognitive liberty” — the freedom to dictate one’s own consciousness. ”  
—Geoff Olson, Vancouver Courier   

 

Publisher’s Description: 
From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines (108 minutes, 2014) is about the most essential social, psychological, philosophical and therapeutic issues confronting humanity and the role that psychedelics can play in finally civilizing civilization. This film is the original, "nondual consciousness"-centred vision of the popular film "Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines" (69 minutes) which was released in 2013. This labor of visionary love was selected for The Seattle International Film Festival (2014), The Vancouver International Film Festival (2013) and The Montreal Nouveau Cinema Festival and is only now being released to the public.
 
The film introduces a vibrant spectrum of characters that champion psychoactive drugs as medicines and as enhancers. Noted contributors include Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation to Further Consciousness; Michael Winkelman, co-editor of the authoritative book Psychedelic Medicine; Dr. Michael Mithoefer who conducted the groundbreaking, successful posttraumatic stress disorder trials with MDMA; Wade Davis, author, ethnobotanist; Dr. Dennis McKenna, author, ethnopharmacologist, expert on DMT and Ayahuasca; Jeremy Narby, author, anthropologist; Rick Doblin, Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Dr. Gábor Maté, the award winning author and expert on addictions, and a number of others.
 
Using state of the art HD image processing, filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull intellectually engages his viewers with riveting subject matter, and using a visually stunning approach introduces the audience to tantalizing glimpses into the exquisitely beautiful world of the psychedelic experience.  The music is by a team of incredible musicians headed up by composer Lisa Walker, classically trained violinist, audio researcher and digital maestro and supported by the extraordinary Dai Shihan (grandmaster) of the Shakuhachi, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos.
 
“Writer, director and visual artist Oliver Hockenhull outlines the mounting peer-reviewed evidence that nonaddictive psychoactive substances (including ayahuasca, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA) can have profound healing effects when used in a safe, therapeutic setting. The benefits, say a conga line of clinicians, psychologists, neuroscientists and authors, extend from the treatment of alcoholism to the anxiety of terminal cancer patients, and beyond... through judicious editing and sublime visuals, the filmmaker succeeds with colourful advocacy for a new medical paradigm informed by “cognitive liberty” — the freedom to dictate one’s own consciousness. ”  
—Geoff Olson, Vancouver Courier   

 

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