Ex-Mormons And Psychedelics

Feb 26, 2021

There’s a community of former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believe they’ve found healing and discovered a new sense of spirituality in magic mushrooms. 

For the past few months, RadioWest producer Benjamin Bombard has been gathering many of these people’s stories, and just about everyone he spoke with had something in common: They believe that the standards of their religion become impossible for them to meet. But after leaving the faith, they found that they missed the spiritual connections they once felt within the the religion. Psychedelics, they say, have reunited them with the divine in what they now feel is a more open community. And here’s the question at the heart of it: Is there something particular about Mormonism that primes people for profound psychedelic experiences? We’ll talk with Benjamin about his findings and we'll hear from a handful of psychedelic practitioners this Friday at 11 a.m.