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…the many mysteries of the magic mushroom

Sometimes, when I’ve come this way in autumn, I’ve noticed small groups of people concentrating fiercely on the ground as they hunt this… natural high. …is usually the case at this time of year, in among the ovine poo were some familiar mushrooms: purple russulas, ones to avoid, puffballs, and the spindly stem and Phrygian…

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Why tripping at raves can be just as healing as ceremony

I’d argue that a more spontaneous strategy in the consumption of psychedelic drugs can aid in reducing anxiety and provide more fulfilling experiences without intrinsically increasing the risks of social or neurological consequences. A mindless approach to psychedelics not only transformed my relationship with the drugs themselves, but finally gave me the emotional, philosophical, and…

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…to town

In adulthood, most kids who were… of 90s counterculture revolutions such as grunge, punk, and techno can relate and reminisce about the state of partying experienced in the last few years on Earth before humans had global access to the internet… this trajectory went from beer and liquor to weed and hash, followed by mushrooms… after mushrooms, many moved…

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Mind-altering drugs are here to stay

Michael Pollan and others are doing all of us a great service in their roles in leading the psychedelic revolution by fostering a public discussion about how inadequate our language is to the task of fully understanding the pull and power of drugs in our lives. Psychotropic drugs impact brain chemistry and bodily functions, activating…

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Is the psychedelic… about to…

We’re firmly within the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, with substances lengthy regarded merely as leisure medicine… …corresponding to psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA – being reappraised as potential therapies for quite a lot of psychological well being situations. At the same time, legislation and stigma surrounding psychedelics has slowly begun to loosen in recent years,…

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The rise of casual shrooms

Many mushroom users are treating them less as self-growth substances, and more as some fun… how has this happened and what does it all mean… I dived into the rise of the casual mushroom user to find out. James Morsh… tells me that, “Mushrooms have almost become a staple in the ‘sesh diet’ in certain social…

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…[psilocybe mushroom] philosophy

…psilocybin… center of an enormously influential movement that was (and continues to be) both a religion and a… political philosophy. …it was no coincidence that dominant political forces opposed such a substance… anonymously published a guide to growing psychoactive psilocybin mushrooms… the source of humanity’s first religious ideas and that entheogens would lead to “the…

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Ethnobotany…

At a time when even used bookstores are hard to find, one can walk into this quiet, magical world of unusual books, make a cup of tea and read all afternoon. The study of ethnobotany looks at the relationship between plants, humans and fungi over time and between cultures and therefore involves many interconnected subjects.…

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