This time my dose was 45 mg of pure psilocybin. I took it and waited for the show to begin. There was fear and a sincere hope that this experience would not be as hellish.
A 3-part series on one participant's experience in the Pharmacokinetics of Psilocybin in Normal Adult Volunteers study at the University of Wisconsin.
Come out for a night of Psychedelic Stories at a secret location to kick off Psymposia's cross-continent Blue-Dot Tour.
I hypnotized some of the attendees and put them on cocaine, pot, beer, and even ecstasy. I interviewed them afterwards and asked them if it felt real. And each of them said yes. Quite real. Then my head exploded.
In underground sessions, you’re taking a huge risk choosing to work with someone who may not have adequately prepared or may have dubious subconscious motivations.
To have different people use the same word to refer to different things is sub-optimal.
Even if we don't necessarily share religious, spiritual, or mythological assumptions, are we able to reconcile between such seemingly different and antagonistic worldviews?
Many of us are well-meaning in our engagement with plant medicines, but we cannot disregard the real-world impact that our actions inevitably have, regardless of intent.
Reducing drug policy down to defining “good” substances and “bad” substances is missing the entire fucking point.
The most common consequences of drug policies, whether focusing on the supply or the demand side, bring disproportionate harm to women and girls.
I was able to heal my relationship with death, and that in turn allowed me to heal my relationship with life.
I was on duty the night Alex decided to commit suicide in the communal showers.
The contributors list reads like a U.K. harm reductionists’ red carpet. They explain how a legal, regulated cannabis market would help prevent problematic use and give treatment options the radical revamp they need.
You might imagine progressive drug laws go hand-in-hand with social democracy. It's not the case in Sweden.
Eighty plus percent of police chiefs admit that the war on drugs has failed.
What is neurogenesis? Do psychedelics really cause it? If they do, what doors might that open up?
MDMA has the potential of treating and reversing even the most pervasive of pathologies in the mental health world
Last semester, UC Berkeley SSDP members organized a class, “Rethinking The Drug War: Historical Context, Framing, and Education.”
The nation and the world were rocked this weekend by the Women’s March. The day before, cannabis activist group DCMJ distributed thousands of hand-rolled joints—for free.
1960's. Two men. One goal. Turn the world on to LSD.
I had been defined by the diagnoses and labels put on me, but in that moment, I was peeling back every layer of self-hatred, criticism, and trauma. I don’t think I had ever felt self-love before that night.
By Dennis McKenna. We had never seen anything like them. We had no models, societal, medical, or religious, to deal with them. Many were threatened by them.
There’s only one way to find out – more scientific experiments.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10-11, DCMJ plans to send volunteer activists to sit in on Sessions’ confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
One night after reading Huxley’s account of his adventures with mescaline, I was amazed by and curious about the expansive possibilities. The very next day I noticed a small display ad in a Washington, D.C. lifestyle publication. A research program was seeking volunteers with a spiritual background to ingest a hallucinogen.
You might think Jane sounds like an asshole, but she is really just a mouthpiece for widely tolerated values.
I had eaten a quarter of my chocolate. "You're not eating that now, are you?" There had been a little communication cross, I had not realized that this was a mushroom chocolate given to me as I was sitting there on his lap... ho ho ho.
Here's some tips for being your best during—and getting the best results from—a daunting, perhaps difficult, but potentially transformative conversation over the holidays.
"The future will be awesome if we can strengthen and continue weaving the networks of networks so that our efforts are synergic and interconnected"
“The internet is more life-changing than an alien invasion. Information is power. And, it’s the power not to build, but to dissolve what has been built—to dissolve the boundaries. The internet is the light at the end of the tunnel…it is creating a global society.” - Terence McKenna
Over the past few years, psychedelic societies have begun popping up all over the world. We interviewed some of the pioneers. First stop: USA.
It’s hard to imagine Trump & Sessions stuffing the toothpaste back in the tube, but remember drug prohibition is a lucrative business.
Sex + is a new ongoing series aimed at reducing negative stigma and promoting honest education and community around issues of sexuality.
I have been studying depression for a decade. Here are some integrative antidepressant approaches that have low or no side effects and won't cost you an arm and a leg.
The psychedelic renaissance is afoot, and there’s almost no use arguing with the term anymore. It’s just too catchy.
When the moon is full, secret repositories fill with liquid LSD which drips out of the silver proboscis of a golden butterfly bee sculpture. Each drop contains approx. 20 micrograms, which I ingest in the morning with my coffee.
"We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist." Carl Jung
As a conglomerate of the social elite who campaigned for our own personal right to cognitive liberty? Or as a diverse movement made up of people who saw something of value in the psychedelic experience and called on it to actively transform the world we live in?
Failing to radically include the voices of diverse and critical stakeholders, even and especially if the voices challenge our comfort zones, will inevitably result in an out-of-touch movement that is irrelevant to a significant portion of the population.
When stubborn drives for inclusion and connection in the present betray a racially divided past, psychonauts may be able to attend to histories of exclusion, separation and disconnection in order to deepen our understanding and engagement in the present.
I feel safe openly advocating for the beneficial use of illicit substances because I have never been stopped by police without legitimate cause.
The War on Drugs is inherently anti-black. Most psychedelic users that I’ve encountered are hesitant to take a stance on the racial aspects of the drug war.
In the current sociopolitical landscape, conversations that simultaneously call for diversity and push the collective bubbles of our social media echo-chambers are more important than ever.
Then I don’t know exactly what time it was, he asked for his tablet and wrote, “Try LSD 100 intramuscular.”
The jester then reached inside me and pulled this shivering, small, fearful being out of my abdomen.
We talked with Michael Verdon, the artist behind the temple that will be burned Sat, Nov 12 at the Washington Monument for Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil For Healing
A quick look at what happened with cannabis voting in all 9 states.
"It's pretty humiliating. You're brought into a court room in shackles. It's like, what am I, Hannibal Lecter?"
When I got hired as a police officer, I was told by the police chief, "We're going to hire you despite your significant drug history."
And I remember being a 21-year-old going, "I smoked pot."
"DanceSafe really hasn't been providing harm reduction services for ecstasy or MDMA all these years. It's been providing harm reduction services for prohibition."
Dede Goldsmith shares the emotional story of her daughter, Shelley, who died of heat stroke at an EDM concert after taking MDMA.
Five states have full legalization initiatives on the ballot. Four will be voting on medical cannabis. Here is a rundown of what each initiative aims to do.
In August, Johns Hopkins and Yale Schools of Medicine collabed on "Clinical Applications of Hallucinogens" reviewing dozens of studies and recent trials on psychedelic compounds. We talked to them.
"On Tuesday, you will be the only person in the U.S. who will be taking psilocybin legally.”
"Too many people just see ayahuasca as a sales product and that’s a problem, where it becomes commodified."
The 10th Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference is this weekend (Oct 7-9) in NYC. So we asked some people to chime in and offer their Psychedelic Perspectives on Horizons...
As states continue to legalize or decriminalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, more and more students face confusing regulations.
Canada has amended its policies on heroin to allow doctors to prescribe the drug to patients suffering severe addiction.
Legalization should mean everyone has the right to grow, not just some people or corporations with money looking to profit.
Through social media, student exchange, & American pop culture, perceptions of marijuana & psychedelics are slowly changing in Hong Kong.
Come out and join the community Sat, October 8th at Lot 45 in Brooklyn for a very special evening of Psychedelic Stories with comedian Duncan Trussell & Friends. Tickets @ psymposia.com
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.
He says “Ralph, have you ever done LSD?” Of course, my dad’s speaking to a policeman, and it’s the 70’s, and my dad hadn’t done LSD.
Timothy Tyler, was serving a double-life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling LSD.
Activists have started creating new spaces for healing, acceptance, heightened consciousness, and fun—a completely legitimate reason to do anything, especially get high.
What if honest drug education, harm reduction, long term integration, and acknowledging risks, took the place of propaganda?
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.
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.
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.
We talked with Amanda Feilding about LSD, psychedelic neuroscience, Beckley Foundation’s latest research, and her promise to Albert Hofmann.
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.”
Psychedelic mushrooms pattern human lives in other ways than simply our experiences of consuming them.
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).
Psymposia Magazine | Twig Harper shares his experience as a participant in the Johns Hopkins psychedelic studies and reflects on the influence of the placebo effect.
Isn’t it just as valid and meaningful for psychedelics to be used for diversion, entertainment, relaxation, and adventure?
The decades-long “War on Drugs” has created a situation in which the use of psychedelics is a social justice issue. Part 1 of an in-depth conversation series on 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.
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.
I’m a mother, a wife, a teacher, a scholar. And I’m also a psychedelic woman. By Nese Devenot