This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…in Arizona

David Nickles
February 4, 2019
As psychedelic medicalization and the potential profits of a “virgin market” loom large, new organizations are increasingly looking to gain legitimacy within the field. Mainstreaming means the doors of this field are being thrown wide open.

The Future of MDMA: Phase 3 and Beyond

Russell Hausfeld
January 14, 2019
What does the future hold for MDMA? We explore MAPS' ongoing FDA phase 3 clinical trials, rescheduling, health insurance, and expanded access. 

Let’s Talk About Psychedelic-Induced Psychosis

Brett Felty
December 12, 2018
Comedian Shane Mauss and Zendo Project's Ryan Beauregard on psychedelic-induced psychosis. “It was really easy once I got past the big video game, ‘Truman Show’ feeling, to get to a place of, ‘oh, that was all in my head. I was crazy.’"
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It’s my choice, but he wanted it more…

Leia Friedman
November 29, 2018
If it’s not a “fuck, yes!” then it’s not a yes. Inform yourself about systems of power and oppression so you can recognize and deconstruct the patriarchy, rape culture, and supremacy in your thoughts and actions. Listen to survivors.
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I Survived Sexual Abuse In The Amazon And Victim Blame At Home

Lily Kay Ross
November 20, 2018
The controlled narrative goes something like this: ayahuasca is good, and we need to control how people perceive it because this is a controlled substance we want to see legalized, a medicine we want to see legitimated. And if we have to sacrifice a few women who get themselves raped to keep ayahuasca’s name clean, so be it.
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Time’s Up for “Silencing” Tactics

Neşe Devenot
November 20, 2018
A few years ago, I witnessed the systematic silencing and shaming of Lily Kay Ross for having dared to call attention to severe abuses of power in the psychedelic space. Her extraordinary bravery in sharing her own experience with abuse was met with victim blaming and accusations of selfishness. Key members of the psychedelic research community turned on her for “jeopardizing” the entire field of psychedelic science with her “negativity” and “theatrics.”
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Get up, stand up, speak up

Katie Stone
November 13, 2018
Time stops as his open palm continues toward me, meeting my stomach with force, pushing me back several steps before releasing me.
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Psychedelic Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Katherine MacLean
November 13, 2018
I have been deeply disappointed and angry at both men and women in our community who would rather sweep these experiences under the rug and avoid all criticisms that could make it harder for the mainstream to “accept” us and our drugs of choice.

It’s time to debunk prohibitionist narratives and calls for monopolies within psychedelic science

David Nickles
October 25, 2018
As venture-capital-backed, for-profit companies barrel into psychedelic therapy, the potential for the widespread privatization of psychedelic knowledge and profits looms large. Some researchers are so enthusiastic about medicalization by “any means necessary” that they’re resorting to prohibitionist historical narratives and calling for monopolies to push the agenda forward.

Ayahuasca and the Global Marketplace

Sophia Rokhlin
September 5, 2018
Narratives which gloss-over the history and socioeconomic dynamics of ayahuasca’s globalization may, despite good intentions, actually do more harm than good.

How should we be teaching students about drugs?

Russell Hausfeld
June 5, 2018
Rhana Hashemi is the site coordinator for drug and alcohol programs and services for Oakland Unified School District. But, to her students, she is just “the drug lady.”

Becoming a Psychedelic Researcher: Alan Kooi Davis

Russell Hausfeld
April 25, 2018
Why researchers like Alan Kooi Davis — the newest addition to the Johns Hopkins psychedelic research team — decide to devote their careers to studying psychedelics.

LSD Cured My Eating Disorder

Adeline Fox
April 12, 2018
As a teenager, I was taking ten milligrams of Ritalin daily. Later, I grew to love the way these pills made it easier for me not to eat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rick Doblin’s Psychedelic Dreams

Rick Doblin
June 6, 2016
In the late 70's, about seven years after Rick Doblin decided to become a psychedelic therapist and researcher at age 18, he had this potent dream that confirmed his choice of work.
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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

Neşe Devenot
October 8, 2015
Who am I? How do you answer that question? I’m a mother, a wife, a teacher, a scholar. And I’m also a psychedelic woman