Emerson Dameron

Emerson Dameron

Emerson is a writer, communicator, and occasional comedian from Los Angeles. When he gets a laugh, that's as close as he expects to get to the alchemists.

Johns Hopkins studying effects of psilocybin on brains of long-term meditators

Are these states really similar? Many meditators have answered quite clearly, yes.

Could Oregon be the First State to Legalize Psilocybin Therapy?

A group in Oregon is drafting a ballot initiative for 2020 that would allow individuals to take psilocybin in supervised settings.

Cocaine Tourism in Colombia

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

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

Whitewashing Psychedelics: A Lack of Diverse Voices in the Psychedelic Movement

Nick Powers stands alone on stage as the only black speaker and the last voice to close out a conference on psychedelics.

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

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

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

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

International Drug Policy Reform Conference Brings Harm Reduction into Spotlight

My destination was the International Drug Policy Reform Conference (Reform 2017). Judging by the throng of young college students crowding the lobby, I knew we were in the right place.