January 1st, 2016. ECfES moves into it's home at FertiLab Thinkubator in Eugene. Working side by side with technologists, scientists, and researchers. We have begun our outreach program and library services. We currently provide a range of services, including integration coaching, lending library, referral services, classes, and weekend workshops. After being guided by a range of entrepreneurs, we are looking forward to institutional reform from the inside out, a medical future we can believe in!
January 21st , 2016. The ECfES team participated in a workshop event at the local Elks Lodge #0357. As part of a training seminar for local employees, ECfES.org met with the Lane County Addictions Professional Society. We presented the latest research in Kratom and other Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) which the local chemical dependency treatment centers continue to grapple with. Topics of concern were the ready availability of Kratom and the plethora of NPS which continue to flood the market. As part of the harm reduction dialog, ECfES introduced to Lane County Prevention the website Erowid which was not included as part of general staff training up to that point. The differences between synthetic "marijuana" and natural, organic marijuana were discussed and attendees were informed that iboga and other ethnobotanicals may become embedded treatments within their range of treatment options in the upcoming months and years.
March 22nd, 2016. ECfES tours the Lane County Historical Museum with a professional curator on a history of local medicine. "No Harm Intended". Ethnobotanical advocates discovered how medicine evolves over decades, and centuries. Was it well known that homeopathy was once more highly respected than standard medical treatments of the day? The purity of drugs of the day was as much based on magic thinking as they were effective. Doctors traveled across the countryside across muddied fields in an effort to convince locals their services were needed. Making a living was difficult for doctors. Throughout all the changes in the forms and standards of medicine, there was a consistent thread. Plants. In all shapes, sizes, elixirs and forms plants are the consistent thread, seeming to unite across demographic lines and time/space.
March 26th, 2016. ECfES hosts a public viewing of leading edge scientific and medical professionals discussing cannabis. Sifting through the propoganda and misunderstandings, these experts discussed topics such as, The Benefits and Disadvantages of each Cannabis ingestion Method by Dr. Deborah Malka, Quality Control: Get Clear on Constitutes Clean Effective Cannabis by Joel Stanely, and Can Cannabis Solve our Intimacy Problems? by Dr. Jordan Tischler.
April 2nd, 2016. An ECfES Volunteer guides a group of ethnobotanical advocates on a foray of the rare Mariposa Woodlands. This eco-system habitat is one of the few remaining untouched areas of Oak-Pine Savannah in the Willamette Valley. In the quiet solitude of Nature, we were guided and invited to consider the indigenous flora of the region. The indigenous Kalapuya named this region, Rattlesnake Mountain, and through the silence in the trees we listened closely for the voice of the forest.
April 7-8, 2016. The ECfES team and local advocates traveled, for the 3rd year running, to Martin Ball, PhDs Exploring Psychedelics Conference. During the conference, numerous attendees check out our books to browse through. Popular titles this year? Cannabis and the Soma Solution, The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire, The Witches Ointment, Hemp Bound, Rethinking Substance Abuse, and LSD: My Problem Child. This year we met with attendees wishing to start a similar lending library project in Ashland. After reviewing ECfES.org's Natural History Document, they left feeling energized and excited.
April 17th, 2016. The ECfES team was happy to join members of the Eugene community in gathering for the local instance of the MAPS Global Psychedelic Dinner. We joined for dinner and raised money for the MAPS initiative to purchase a kilogram of pharmaceutical grade MDMA for Phase 3 clinical testing on people afflicted with PTSD. This was also a spectacular opportunity for us to connect with members of the community and share stories and wisdom about psychedelics and beyond.
May 11th, 2016. The ECfES team welcomes a new intern to our program! Misa Smith, M.A. in Sociology, and one of the founders of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the University of Oregon. She writes of her experience at the U of O, “heroin overdose and opiate overdose in general is a huge problem in Oregon and on campus”. Mike Francis, B.A. in Chemistry from Syracuse University, also joins our team. Mike is a passionate advocate who has successfully worked at the grass-roots level.
July 8th, 9th, 10th, 2016. ECfES tables at the Oregon Country Fair's Community Village! Following in the footsteps of last year's presentation at the Rabbit Hole, ECfES.org shared time with "The Heart of the Country Fair"; Community Village. An opportunity for networking and public outreach, we were please to share a small offering of books from the public library, discuss the ethnobotanical resurgence in medicine, and have some fun.
July 16th, 2016. ECfES.org interviews with local cable television station CC29 for a second appearance! Our initial interview occurred in late 2015 when Dr. Vip Short, DC of ECfES.org met to discuss our fledgling non-profit. At the time, ECfES was a solely digital experience, and had not yet established a center for operations. This most recent interview featured James Joseph of ECfES.org and will air on Channel 29 in Eugene this Summer.
September 16th, 2016. Courtesy of Encircle Films, ECfES.org was thrilled to help bring The Sacred Science movie to the Bijou Arts Cinema. A film that looks at deep plant medicine work with many conditions. Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson’s disease. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
September 30th, 2016. Local ethnobotanical advocates rally in Kesey Square to increase public awareness of the recent attempt to add Kratom to the Schedule 1 category deemed as having no medical value. This draconian outlawing of a plant has not been seen in decades, and represents a backwards approach to science, public health, and good policy in general. ECfES.org recognizes and explores the concept that any naturally occurring plant, which has grown on Earth and represents the genetic legacy of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution is intrinsically free to be grown by all, regardless of socio-economic status.
October 8th, 2016. ECfES hosts a Participatory Psychedelic Conference Potent Plants : Potential Pathways, a public conference that attracted dozens of interested participants. The conference featured Steve Defino, director of Veteran's Farmer's Alliance speaking about the health benefits of cannabis, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms for treating PTSD. Barclay Powers educated audiences about Hallucinogens & Kundalini Activation : Tantric Enlightenment, Shamanism, Alchemy and the Consciousness Singularity. Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir, Clinical Herbalist and Scottish Ethnobotany Specialist invited audiences into Scottish Soma - Sacred Energetics and Phyto-pharmacology of herbs. A Kratom ceremonial event took place in the evening, uniting under the sacred music of Shanti Shivani whilst participants experienced firsthand, a syncretic magical ritual in which Kratom was communed with.