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From Sacred Rituals to Breakthrough Therapies, History of Psychedelics a Long, Winding Road

March 17, 2021

Psychedelics are seeing a resurgence with a growing body of research exploring the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy for a variety of clinical applications. But while progress around psychedelics has accelerated in a relatively brief period in recent years, their exploration has been a long-evolving process dating back to the late 1800s, and their earliest origins trace back to indigenous groups in North America as far back as 5,000 years ago.

The minds behind the Sana Symposium, a virtual conference scheduled for Sept. 17-19, have published a new infographic guiding readers through the history of the human relationship with psychedelics. The document chronicles the first psychedelic experience involving a purified compound in 1897, groundbreaking moments throughout the 20th century, and landmark breakthroughs of the past five years.

The infographic can be downloaded here.

For more information on the Sana Symposium, visit

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