Do you think that medicinal plants such as ayahuasca and ibogaine will ever be legal to use in the U.S.? And are there any native plants in the U.S. that can be used to help cure trauma and drug addiction?
Lonnie, it is conceivable those very special plants will be legal in the United States. More and more professionals are finding valuable applications for these teacher plants, and are making real differences in people's lives. There is ongoing research with entheogens, and it paints a very good picture of the experience people have with these plants, fungi, and animals. As that body of research grows, it might make denying access to these medicines more untenable. I have a real positive opinion of the altered states they produce (though I don't use them often and always approach them with ceremony). Some of the most incredible experiences in my life have occurred while experiencing entheogens. Yes, the United States has many species, some of which are completely unknown and planted in peoples gardens (one of them is the state flower of a western US state, and almost no one realizes it is an extremely powerful psychoactive plant). Each species produces its own experience and must be approached with respect. I am not an advocate for recreational use of such powerful remedies (as you can probably tell). That said, I'm not saying they are dangerous (as in you will poison yourself), only that the experience generated may not be comfortable. Ktankeyasin (take care of yourself).