2017 Year in Review

December 31, 2017
2017 was a special year for us. Here’s our favorite highlights.

Taking Iboga with the People of Gabon

Jordan May
December 4, 2017
The Ibogaine Conversation Part 2 | Our first stop is in Gabon, Africa, where consumption of the iboga root bark is intimately tied to the ancient spiritual discipline known as Bwiti.

Cocaine Tourism in Colombia

Allyson Todd
November 15, 2017
Medellín attracts the attention of tourists seeking a new kind of experience: doing cocaine in the city of Pablo Escobar.

The State: The Opioid Epidemic

Emerson Dameron
November 14, 2017
For anyone who remembers the Reagan Administration's awesome response to the '80s crack epidemic, the Trump plan may prompt discouraging deja vu.

A day in the life of a consultant psychiatrist and psychedelic drug researcher

Ben Sessa
November 6, 2017
I work with children whom have used drugs before incarceration to have fun. I also work in an adult addictions service with people whose drug use is mistaken for the cause of their problems. My patients are simply self-medicating. Nevertheless, I give them my drugs and help them off theirs.

Your Brain on Psychedelic Drugs

Marlene Rupp
November 2, 2017
What is it about psychedelics that has the power to change lives for the better? The answer might lie in the unique ways that psychedelics interact with the brain.

Fear and Loathing on Flatbush Avenue

Sarah Paolantonio
October 31, 2017
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas can tell us a lot about the building of the system we are now finding ourselves stuck inside.

The State: Friday, Oct 27, 2017

Emerson Dameron
October 27, 2017
To get a vision of the future of psychedelics from a legal and regulatory perspective, the most useful thing to do might be to see what's happening already in the realm of weed.

Psychedelics and Mental Health

Marlene Rupp
October 25, 2017
Depression. Anxiety. Addiction. Most everyone of us knows somebody who is battling such a condition. Talk therapies may help, but sometimes they don’t. Antidepressants may help, but sometimes they don’t. Some patients are of the opinion that antidepressants are like “Band-Aids” in the way that they never really tackle the underlying issues of their problems.

Inspired by drugs

Psychonauts of the World
October 16, 2017
In some way or another ...

What the Scientologists can teach us about drug reform

Tanner Howard
September 22, 2017
Even with its straightforward-sounding name, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW) hides plenty beneath the surface—namely, a direct connection to the Church of Scientology.

The State: Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017

Emerson Dameron
September 19, 2017
Welcome to the first edition of The State. This column will look at a few of the more noteworthy stories making waves in the psychedelic and reform spheres, and when appropriate, examine how they fit into a larger context.

10 Reasons to End the War on Drugs and the War on Sex Workers

Britta Love
September 8, 2017
Just as the drug war makes drug-taking more dangerous and disproportionately affects the most vulnerable, the War on Sex Workers makes sex work more dangerous too. Here are 10 reasons ending the War on Sex Workers makes as much sense as ending the War on Drugs.

2001: A Psychedelic Odyssey

Tanner Howard
August 18, 2017
One tagline for the movie was “the ultimate trip,” so clearly Kubrick, or at least the film’s marketing team, were very aware of the psychedelic implications of the film.

Of Molecules and Minds: The Science of Ayahuasca

Thomas Varley
August 16, 2017
There’s a beauty and sense of wonder that comes from knowing how the world works, and the nature of the psychedelic experience dovetails almost perfectly with that awareness.

The Psychedelic Renaissance owes its life to an open internet

Erica Darragh
July 12, 2017
We must remember how in less than two decades, an open internet enabled us to bridge some deep cultural divides, dismantle three-quarters of a century worth of drug propaganda, crowdsource massive databases of drug information, and crowdfund millions of dollars for FDA-approved research on psychedelics.

A persuasive case for the decriminalization of drugs, Pt. 1

Andrés Ruiz
July 5, 2017
If neither the state nor defenders of our continued drug policies can provide a rational justification for the continued practice of incarcerating drug users, then the use of punishment by the state against drug users is morally unjustified.
Bad Trips

Why We Need to Talk About “Bad Trips”

Patrick Smith
May 30, 2017
Although psychedelics are going to shape the future of mental health therapy, these powerful mind-altering substances shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The Unexpected Trip

May 24, 2017
When I graduated from the Air Force Academy, it was George W. Bush who handed me my diploma.

A Brief History of the Drug War

Jag Davies
May 17, 2017
Why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal? It's not based on science or the relative risks – but has everything to do with who is associated with them.

How Social and Climate Justice Activism is Psychedelic

Leia Friedman
May 15, 2017
As I became activated to defend something bigger than my own immediate welfare, a shift took place—a shift toward seeing reality as a singular entity as opposed to a bunch of disjointed parts.

Where Eco-Feminism and Psychedelics Meet

Leia Friedman
April 20, 2017
We talked with Zoe Helene, the founder of Cosmic Sister, a group started as an underground network for women who have each other’s best interests at heart, women supporting women.

Precautions with Underground Psychedelic Therapy

Brenda Brewer
March 9, 2017
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.
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The DEA Scheduling System is a Joke

Mike Margolies
February 27, 2017
Reducing drug policy down to defining “good” substances and “bad” substances is missing the entire fucking point.

Non-PTSD Uses for MDMA

Josh Dietz
January 26, 2017
MDMA has the potential of treating and reversing even the most pervasive of pathologies in the mental health world

A Weekend for Women and Weed

Alexander Lekhtman
January 23, 2017
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.

The Psychedelic Network, Pt 1: USA

Zoë Biehl
December 20, 2016
Over the past few years, psychedelic societies have begun popping up all over the world. We interviewed some of the pioneers. First stop: USA.

Why Psychedelic History Matters

Jesse Jarnow
December 13, 2016
The psychedelic renaissance is afoot, and there’s almost no use arguing with the term anymore. It’s just too catchy.

Psychedelic Inclusivity: Hopes and Challenges

Tehseen Noorani
December 1, 2016
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.

Why the Psychedelic Community is so White

Ifetayo Harvey
November 29, 2016
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.

The Psychedelic Community Needs More Diversity. Let’s Talk About That

Brian Normand
November 28, 2016
Any system without balanced diversity is subject to collapse and failure. 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.

Mapping Marijuana Legalization

Leland Radovanovic
October 27, 2016
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.
Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics Psymposia

Psychedelic Perspectives on Horizons

Brett Greene
October 5, 2016
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...
How LSD Helped Me Ditch My Crutches and Scale Mountains

LSD Helped Me Ditch My Crutches & Scale Mountains

September 15, 2016
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.

A Narc Gifts a Priest LSD

September 6, 2016
“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.

I fell in love while candy flipping

July 28, 2016
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.

Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet: Final Thoughts

Nese Devenot
July 6, 2016
Discussions about psychedelics, identity, and disclosure inevitably provoke strong emotional responses. Neşe reflects on the conversation she initiated and the varied reactions that followed

Coming Out in Solidarity

The Teafaerie
June 21, 2016
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.

The Youth Movement To End The War On Drugs

Scott Cecil
June 14, 2016
Most of the information the “D.A.R.E. generation” was taught in school was sensationalized, exaggerated, or simply factually incorrect (typically all three).

The Psychonaut’s Dilemma

Albert Garcia-Romeu
May 31, 2016
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.

Out Yourself

Julie Holland
May 25, 2016
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.”
why i stayed in the psychedlic closet

Why I’m Staying In the Psychedelic Closet

May 17, 2016
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.

Psychedelics and Identity Politics

Nese Devenot
May 3, 2016
The decades-long “War on Drugs” has created a situation in which the use of psychedelics is a social justice issue.

Why I Came Out of the Psychedelic Closet

Daniel Miller
April 15, 2016
I majored in physics at Princeton. I’m a lawyer who graduated from Georgetown Law. I clerked for a Federal Judge. And, of course, I had a positive, life-changing trip on LSD.
Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet

Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet

Nese Devenot
October 8, 2015
Presented at Psymposia: Envisioning a Post Prohibition World University of Massachusetts Amherst | April 18, 2015   Inspired by this talk, an […]