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St. Louis Native Amber Lyon Starts News Site Devoted to "Psychedelic Journalism"

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Psilocybin mushrooms in Mexico.
As a journalist for CNN, St. Louisan Amber Lyon had reported on some heavy issues, including war, government oppression, and sex trafficking. Being around that took its toll, and she showed symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But instead of taking prescription medication for relief, Lyon turned to natural psychedelics, and the experience led her to create Reset.me, a news website devoted to psychedelic journalism.

The site, set to launch this month, aims to be a resource for people interested in learning more about psychedelics like ayahuasca and psilocybin mushrooms as treatments for a wide range of mental and physical ailments. But before last year, Lyon says she had never tried any of these substances before. A straight-edge woman from Chesterfield, Lyon only tried ayahuasca out of desperation to cure her PTSD.

"For me, I was out in the field for 10 years covering violence, fighting, slavery, drug abuse, the underbelly of society," Lyon tells Daily RFT. "I saw the worst of the worst in my career and I was kind of absorbing the pain of others. I started to have problems sleeping, problems with short-term memory, it got so bad that I couldn't write and I'm a writer, so that's when I knew something was wrong."

See also: The Vine of the Soul: Ayahuasca could revolutionize psychotherapy, but only if we're willing to do "the work"

But taking pharmaceutical drugs was out of the question because she had seen too much of the negative effects while reporting on those stories.

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Amber Lyon.

"I had spent years covering prescription medication addiction to Xanax, Oxycontin, and really had developed a fear of whether these medicines were safe," she says. "And that's just personally -- I know these medicines have been very effective for people in emergency situations and people rely on these medicines to survive. But for me, I had just seen so many negative side effects of them that I just didn't want to go there."

Lyon recalls a story she did for CNN about babies being born addicted to prescription medication and how these babies had to be injected with morphine "literally out of the womb."

"At that point, I lost my faith in these medicines," she says.

So she tried ayahuasca after hearing about the psychedelic plant's healing effects while a guest on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.

Lyon traveled to Peru and participated in an ayahuasca retreat. She describes the experience as incredibly healing and since then has taken ayahuasca seven times.

"It's like hitting the reset button on your brain and life and like going back to your true self." she says. "And it's like dissolving your personality and dissolving all of the trauma that you've had throughout your life and just starting over."

After the Peru trip, Lyon traveled to other countries to learn more about how psychedelics are used as medicines in other cultures. One of the first Reset.me pieces was a short documentary produced near Oaxaca, Mexico, where Lyon went to interview a "mushroom guide." The magic mushrooms have been used by indigenous people there for centuries and the town of San José del Pacífico has become something of a tourist attraction for travelers looking to partake in mind-alteration.

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36 comments
gregvan
gregvan

Peyote Sweat Lodge helps Veteran with PTSD.


A friend of mine took Peyote and concluded the whatever happened in Vietnam was NOT HIS FAULT. It changed his personality dramatically and now he has become a nice guy... now he is very interested in playing with his grandchildren. True Story. 

Greg Canada
Greg Canada

The US Govt has studies showing LSD being used to help to treat PTSD as recent as several years ago. Extasy is also used by therapist of the Govt. But I guess they do that so they can get them back out to the war zone and be killing machines again. The govt doesn't care about our soldiers after they come back, just look at how crappy the VA hospitals are. They can pass laws requiring health care but they don't even know how to properly treat their own that fought for them.

Stacy Mariebeck
Stacy Mariebeck

PTSD has afflicted people forever, it just hasn't been talked about. It's certainly not something that only soldiers experience.

markmf75
markmf75

@TaylorAyaMarie I remember watching her on Joe Rogans podcast, would never have known she was stressed out, glad she's back on top of things

Brian Mantia
Brian Mantia

You don't need a piece of paper to see exploitation

Tyler Francis
Tyler Francis

I was unaware a high school diploma also qualified one to be a practicing psychologist.

Brian Mantia
Brian Mantia

PTSD is becoming the new fad with people who've never done shit or seen shit.

Clinton Conrad-Samson
Clinton Conrad-Samson

"I see [Reset.me] as not only a form of activism but..." She will harm her own "movement" (and people) because she knows nothing and is politicizing the whole thing. Find a philosopher.

Abbie Dannegger
Abbie Dannegger

I didn't realize anyone spelled Andrew with two A's. Looks like there's a lot of things we don't know. And she was not standing in a news room reporting on this stuff; she was interviewing people who have been mutilated and raped, among many other things, and experienced first hand how much suffering and cruelty there is in the world. You're rude to say she's a wuss, doubt you could handle that type of environment for 10 years either without having numerous psychological issues.

Zach Harrison
Zach Harrison

Seriously? What, do you think all of the conflict stops when she says That's a wrap? She lives in it, interviews families and victims, is exposed to the same environmental conditions. Guessing she's braved things you'd never dream of. Wuss, ha.

Aandrew Clark
Aandrew Clark

I didn't realize you could get PTSD just from talking into a camera about traumatic events. She's a wuss.

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

This is the slippery slope of pot legalization playing out in front of us.

Alessio Summerfield
Alessio Summerfield

This reminds me a lot of the guy that takes acid and then covers events for Vice.

lostlenore
lostlenore

I'd like to know if there are negative side effects to any of these drugs.  Ecstasy was used pharmaceutically for awhile but had to be restricted because it poses some threats to health.  It would be nice if instead of shunning natural treatments like these, the U.S. would thoroughly research them and produce safe, non-addictive doses whenever possible.


Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

Fantastic shrooms are way healthier than the government sauce coming our way...

Sauromosis
Sauromosis

Hitting the reset button and going back to your true self.  Amber, that's a great way of putting it.  I've described it as "scraping the accumulated gunk from your mind."

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

Now I want to be a journalist

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