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Advanced Aromatherapy Diploma Course

What Will You Learn?

Welcome to the world of psychotropic plants – plants that can affect your mental state! Across the globe, there has been a long tradition of using such plants for fun, for spiritual purposes, for self-exploration, for healing and sometimes for nefarious purposes. There’s a colourful spectrum of psychotropic plants and in the Psychotropic Plants Diploma Course, you’ll get an opportunity to explore plants at both ends of this spectrum, from the sedatives to the potent hallucinogenics.

To set you off on your journey safely, the course begins by imparting a foundational knowledge of neurochemistry. You’ll look at the structure and function of the nervous system and the chemistry behind the plant’s actions. You’ll also look at how these chemicals alter your body ...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1 – Psychopharmacology
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is the Nervous System?
  • Part 2: The Central Nervous System
  • Part 3: Pharmacology of Plants
  • Part 4: Classes of Psychotropic Plants
  • Part 5: Cognitive Enhancers and Sedatives
  • Part 6: Hallucinogens
  • Part 7: Active Constituents
  • Part 8: Using Psychotropic Plants Safely
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2 – The Witch’s Garden
  • Part 1: Poppy
  • Part 2: Mandrake
  • Part 3: Mugwort and Wormwood
  • Part 4: Belladonna
  • Part 5: Hyssop and Vervain
  • Part 6: Henbane
  • Part 7: Jimsonweed
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3 – Toadstools
  • Part 1: The Curious Kingdom and the Importance of Identification
  • Part 2: Fly Agaric
  • Part 3: The Psilocybin “Magic” Mushrooms
  • Part 4: Types of Psilocybin Mushrooms I
  • Part 5: Types of Psilocybin Mushrooms II
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4 – The Psychotropic Plants of North America
  • Part 1: The Ilex Species
  • Part 2: Peyote
  • Part 3: Blue-Green Bulrush
  • Part 4: Ephedra
  • Part 5: Mescal Bean and Bitter Cherry
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5 – The Psychotropic Plants of Central and South America
  • Part 1: The Cacti
  • Part 2: Into the Forests
  • Part 3: The Tale of Two Beauties – Mimosa and Calea
  • Part 4: Ándale Andale and the Trio of Plants - Tobacco, Coca, Guarana
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6 – The Psychotropic Plants of Africa
  • Part 1: Iboga
  • Part 2: Cola Nitida
  • Part 3: Catha Edulis
  • Part 4: Areca Catechu
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7 – Psychotropic Plants From Distant Shores
  • Part 1: Peganum Harmala
  • Part 2: The Duboisia
  • Part 3: Myristica Fragrans
  • Part 4: Piper Methysticum
  • Part 5: Morning Glory Seeds
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8 – Cannabis Sativa
  • Part 1: An Introduction to a Controversial Plant
  • Part 2: The Science Behind the Herb
  • Part 3: The Spirit Behind the Herb
  • Part 4: The Discussion of Addiction
  • Part 5: Regulation and Safety
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9 – Psychotropics in Rituals
  • Part 1: Shamanism
  • Part 2: Peyote and the Ghost Dance
  • Part 3: Ayahuasca
  • Part 4: Bwiti and Iboga
  • Part 5: Native American Medical Ceremonies
  • Part 6: Witchcraft Ceremonies
  • Part 7: Witches Take Flight
  • Part 8: A British History of Psychotropic Plant Use
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10 – Psychotherapeutics
  • Part 1: Psychotropics in Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • Part 2: When Plants Can Help
  • Part 3: Plant Allies
  • Part 4: Psychotropics for Insomnia
  • Part 5: The Ageing Mind
  • Part 6: The Adaptogens
  • Conclusion – How Was Your “Trip”?
  • Module 10 Assessment

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