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

Through original work, aggregation, and links to scientific studies done on psychedelics, Lyon hopes Reset.me will be a resource for information on the medicinal aspects of substances that are beginning to get a little more respect these days. As medical marijuana has become accepted by more Americans as a healthier alternative to pharmaceuticals to treat some ailments, so has a more open-minded approach to other substances more often associated with tripping than healing.

Mushrooms and ayahuasca have both been studied to treat PTSD and although Lyon says her website will focus on natural substances, MDMA, better known as ecstasy, has been shown to treat PTSD and depression. And with the high rate of prescription drug abuse and heroin in the St. Louis area, Lyon says people here could especially benefit from a more natural approach.

"I see [Reset.me] as not only a form of activism but as a form of responsible journalism and I feel a duty to get it out there, especially here in St. Louis because so many people in St. Louis are suffering from prescription pill and opioid addiction," she says, adding that ibogaine, a substance made from a African shrub, has been used to treat opiate addiction, but is illegal under U.S. law.

See also: Ibogaine is a hallucinogen that has helped addicts kick their drug habits. Is it the trip that does the trick?

Lyon adds that in addition to treating ailments with natural substances, ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, and other psychedelics could help people stop being so mean to each other, too.

" I think part of the problem of why we're having so many wars and fighting is because people carry around trauma that they haven't processed and that manifests itself into anger and in lying, cheating, and stealing," she says. "So if everyone is able to have access to these medicines to purge that trauma, then we won't have nearly as many problems in the world."

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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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