Entheogenesis Conference: Phil Lucas, Forbidden Knowledge

The Dark Ages were not only charactersized by a loss of knowledge and undersanding of the physical and theoretical world, but also by a wholesale rejection of ideas, information and beliefs based on ideological principles, fear and misunderstanding. The prohibition on entheogenic substances which dominated Western drug policy in the 20th century follows the same misguided rejection of historical knowledge and cumulative experience, and has resulted in the loss of many therapeutic substances with wide and varied applications. Cannabis, which was a mainstay of Western medicine at the end of the 19th century prior to its prohibition, is currently undergoing a Renaissance of research and understanding. This presentation will focus on knowledge lost and regained by the medical profession, modern researchers and compassion clubs despite the Dark Ages of cannabis prohibition that have dominated the last century.