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.
Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet An in-depth conversation series
REACTIONS Continue the conversation
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.
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