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We talked with science writer Dorion Sagan about his new book Cracking the Aging Code, Carl Sagan smoking marijuana and if he used LSD, and his mother Lynn Margulis’s theory of symbiogenesis.
Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet
The demonization of psychedelic culture is not a social justice issue, and using the language of social justice is damaging to those causes. Reaction piece in Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet conversation series.
You can’t expect to get equal rights unless you push for them, and you can’t push for them without first standing up and being “out.” Reaction piece in Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet conversation series.
During an earlier era of psychedelic research, the 1950s-70s, some scientists believed that in order to ethically administer psychedelics to others it was necessary to first experience them oneself. Reaction piece in Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet conversation series.
The risk of coming out as queer is grossly unequal to the risk of disclosing as a psychedelic user. Reaction piece in Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet conversation series.
Psychedelic users and sexual minorities are both involved in the same struggle. We both represent a valid threat to the same obsolete control mechanisms. We are on the same team.
Discussions about psychedelics, identity, and disclosure inevitably provoke strong emotional responses. Neşe reflects on the conversation she initiated and the varied reactions that followed.
We passed out the tabs of acid, we toasted, and we dropped. And then suddenly, up we went. I stood up, gingerly putting my weight on my right leg. And...nothing. No pain. No tenderness. I was invincible.
I realized after a few songs that I was more into the music than I normally was. But then, the song “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala came on as if there was a switch inside my brain where the drug started working.
Activists have started creating new spaces for healing, acceptance, heightened consciousness, and fun—a completely legitimate reason to do anything, especially get high.
The new, improvised plan was to wait in the field until the moment when Hillary arrived, then blow up the joint and march up the hill to meet her in the parking lot — we would have only one chance to try to intercept her.
I ate them like candy. Tried to hide the face when you eat mushrooms. “Ya I love it, good taste. Fresh!” I had no idea what I’m doing.
The joint slowly took shape just as the line in the parking lot started to swell. A message across the joint read, in bold letters, “Hillary, Deschedule Cannabis Now!”
I was a couple strong beers in when I reached over for my friend’s vaporizer and took several drags. My consciousness entered a deep, relaxing state. My head was floating as I listened to him speak. It was, dare I say, pretty psychedelic.
Had it been successful, the exclusive right to cannabis cultivation for 11.6 million would lie with the owners of 10 farms who happen to have bankrolled the campaign.
The LSD rushed through my gums and into my jaw at the same time the bitter drip of MDA slowly ran down the back of my throat. I didn’t exactly understand what was happening nor did I care because I was excited.
An interview with comedian Adam Strauss. "With psychedelics, for the first time, I saw that I wasn't in control, and therefore, I had nothing to lose by letting go. And that changed everything."
Pacquiao’s drive to reinstate capital punishment for drug crimes is in line with President Duterte: “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself, as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
Fifteen years ago at the age of 15, I attended a house party where I was traumatically gang raped. At the time I was also a virgin. I was so ashamed, humiliated, and terrified that I never spoke about it again. Until recently.
The evening news showed the fires on loop, but on the ground, a beautiful unity followed. My biggest lessons were from conversations with the National Guard.
Most of the information the “D.A.R.E. generation” was taught in school was sensationalized, exaggerated, or simply factually incorrect (typically all three).
Isn’t it just as valid and meaningful for psychedelics to be used for diversion, entertainment, relaxation, and adventure?
I majored in physics at Princeton. I’m a lawyer who graduated from Georgetown Law. I clerked for a Federal Judge. I held an important job lobbying for big business. And, of course, I had a positive, life-changing trip on LSD.
No offense to Nancy or the U$ government cocaine-smuggling rings that thrived under the regime of her anti-communist ideologue of a husband, but drugs are endemic to life.