Since time immemorial humans have used entheogens as integral tools for achieving insight and epistemological understanding, and to enter modes of thought conducive to physical and psychological healing. Entheogens such as peyote, marijuana, mushrooms, and ayahuasca are nonaddictive. These substances have played, and continue to play, a central role in the religious practices of many sincere people. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people safely use MDMA (Ecstasy) and other modern cognitive enhancers in conjunction with ecstatic Rave dances, and as adjuncts to psychotherapy and self-analysis.

The government should not have the authority to decree certain states of mind as heretical, to criminalize particular modes of thinking and perceiving, or to deem certain thought processes impermissible. Current laws that criminalize entheogen use, clearly implicate First Amendment freedoms, including freedom of religion and expression.

As part of the CCLE's mission to foster cognitive liberty, we encourage public education and policy reform with regard to entheogens. National and international drug policy should accommodate law-abiding citizens who use entheogens without harming  others.

See Also
CCLE Entheogens Drug Policy Project
Drug Law Library
Drug Policy
Drug Testing




Ask Dr. Shulgin
World-renowned chemist Dr. Alexander Shulgin provides reliable answers to questions concerning psychedelics and empathogens. 

CCLE Reports
Our law and policy center frequently issues alerts and legal analysis of proposed legislation, new laws and recent court decisions concerning entheogens and empathogens. 

Cognitive Liberty Legal Network
If you're a drug defense attorney or legal professional interested in defending and helping to elaborate on the fundamental right to cognitive liberty, please join our Cognitive Liberty Legal Defense Network. If you've been arrested, and are looking for a lawyer skilled in cognitive liberty cases, go here.

On Cognitive Liberty
Series of essays by Richard Glen Boire which elaborate on the individual's fundamental right to cognitive liberty and autonomy of mind. Includes a running critique of entheogen prohibition.

Salvia Divinorum Defense Fund
Salvia divinorum a psychoactive plant traditionally used by the Mazatecs for divination may become the next drug prohibited by the DEA.

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