Biography/Memoir

A comedian explains why we need to challenge the stigma of psychedelics

“On a personal level, psychedelics have seemingly cured the chronic depression that made my inner world miserable for 20 years. They’ve also helped me be a more thoughtful and creative person.”… The anti-depressant effects experienced by Mauss appear to be testable and reliable. Also, his belief that psychedelics changed his personality for the better holds…

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Why I take LSD at work, a true story

“Enter the microdose: A tiny fraction of a dose of LSD, which simultaneously releases serotonin and makes the receptor sites more available for activation.” I had discovered something way more valuable—a tiny little trick for kickstarting my creative drive. One that didn’t leave me hungover the next day, but going strong with an afterglow. After…

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They are slaughtering us like animals’

Some bodies were found on the streets with their heads wrapped in packing tape. Others were left with crude cardboard signs labeling victims as dealers or addicts… What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers’ summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes’ taking seriously…

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Psychedelic drug use could reduce psychological distress, suicidal thinking, study suggests

“A history of psychedelic drug use is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts, according to new research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.” In a national survey of over 190,000 U.S. adults, lifetime use of certain psychedelic drugs was associated with a 19 percent reduced…

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