Speaking my mind on changing your mind

Psychedelics are, or can be at least, a doorway to a land of wonder and revelation. I’m not confident that in the hands of the medical bureaucracy and the commercial establishment they will stay unblemished. The deeper genius of psychedelics is their ability to totally undermine materialism and comfortable categories by blasting us into ridiculously…

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What it’s like… kratom, according to the people who use it

Kratom users had the lowest likelihood of reporting negative experiences, followed by users of marijuana and oxycodone. Heroin users reported five bad experiences for every good one. For cocaine users, the ratio was seven to one. Ten percent of users reported problems with withdrawal after non-use, while close to 11 percent reported using kratom as a substitute…

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Canada prepares for legalized marijuana

On Oct. 17, 2018, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning .. It’s a profound social shift …fueled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system after nearly a century of prohibition.​At least 109…

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União do Vegetal, Looking Glass Peyote Church, Santo Daime

In the União do Vegetal (UDV), leadership is elected.  UDV is organized across a four-tier hierarchical structure, the upper level is not accessible to women. ​In Looking Glass Peyote Church, peyote requires a DNA test previous to use.​Santo Daime, political power is based on the charisma of their leaders, with the succession going to their kin. From…

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The dire need for systemic critique within psychedelic communities

Initially, COMPASS was a non-profit organization that espoused interest in establishing a psychedelic hospice center on the Isle of Man and solicited help from numerous psychedelic researchers. However, after engaging those researchers and receiving invaluable insight and knowledge, COMPASS announced that they were pivoting to a for-profit approach, focusing on treatment-resistant depression.  There is unfortunately a…

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What is the legality of psilocybin mushrooms?

*photo not for identification purposes. Countries where psilocybin is somewhat legal… United StatesIt’s legal to grow psilocybin mushrooms in New Mexico, United States – and there’s even a religious group devoted to their sacramental use ; an established religous organization with devoted members and allies in every state in America.​ MexicoPsilocybin is officially illegal to possess,…

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Initiation into a Living Planet

One of the puzzles of climate science is the persistence of the Holocene Optimum – ten thousand years of anomalously stable climate that has allowed civilization to flourish. Science, as far as I can tell, attributes this basically to good luck. I have encountered among indigenous people a completely different explanation…  …that the rituals performed…

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One river – the mystery of manna

“Once I tried to explain heaven to a young woman,” she said, smiling, as she poured Shultes a cup of tea. “I said it was as beautiful place, a place where there are no tears. She asked me whether I had been there. I said no. I explained that only the dead know heaven. Then…

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Integration : special mushroom issue

It is known that many psychotropic mushrooms (above all, Psilocybe and Panaeo/us genera) live in dung of certain quadrupeds and in particular bovines, cervides and equines. This specific ecological phenomenom cannot but have been taken into account with regard to the sacramental use of psychotropic mushrooms, leading to the creation of mystico-religious relations between the mushroom and…

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Do psychotropic[s] enhance, or diminish, human agency?

*then— a landscape in ancient Britain …[plants] are reliable and effective because they implement the findings of neuroscience and supplement… our humanist discourse about self-development and agency. In using… we become transhuman hybrid beings who build tools into the regulatory plant of the body. One question to ask then is: How many individuals have found,…

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