Author Archive | Trevor Smith

Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Lets help bring to mainstream awareness a professional documentary with the potential to radically alter our cultures profound misconceptions surrounding psychedelic medicines and their value to humanity.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1055048000/neurons-to-nirvana-understanding-psychedelic-medic-0

Help share the TRUTH. Spread the word about NEURONS TO NIRVANA, a new documentary that dares to break the taboo surrounding psychedelic medicines and explores their proven potential to heal and alleviate suffering on a global scale.

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NEURONS TO NIRVANA: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES.

This is the most important thing you will experience today. This is from Wikipedia about Ayahuasca:

“People who have consumed ayahuasca report having massive spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on earth, the true nature of the universe as well as deep insight as how to be the best person they possibly can. This is viewed by many as a spiritual awakening and what’s often described as a rebirth.  It’s nearly always said that people experience profound positive changes in their life subsequent to consuming ayahuasca and it is often viewed as one of the most effective tools of enlightenment.”

NEURONS TO NIRVANA: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES is a richly-illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine.… Read the rest

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Psychedemia

On the 70th anniversary of the first intentional LSD trip, a compelling new documentary film about the academic study of psychedelic drugs is released.

Psychedemia was the first academic conference funded by an American university to explicitly focus on the risks and benefits of psychedelic experience. Ph.D’s, M.D.’s, M.A’s, graduate students and lay folk from all walks of life convened at the University of Pennsylvania over the 27th-30th of September 2012 to present new research addressing the historical and potential influences of psychedelics on knowledge production, health, and creativity. The four day event brought together scientists, artists, journalists, historians and philosophers from more than 10 countries for an Ivy League convocation unprecedented not only in view of its controversial subject matter, but in its unparalleled inter-disciplinary scope.

Directed and Edited by two-time Emmy Award winner Vann K. Weller and Drew Knight, the documentary is being dedicated to the Public Domain to be freely used for any purpose as an intellectual and cultural artifact – broadcast directly through YouTube.… Read the rest

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High on Health: CBD in the Food Supply

weed_3Just in time for 4/20: Reality Sandwich’s Alan Badiner writes about the presence of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids in the food supply:

Aside from the cannabinoids produced by the body and those found in cannabis, there are numerous substances that interact with the endocannabinoid system, such as cacao, black pepper, echinacea, tumeric and even carrots. But it is the Cannabis plant that produces the most powerful cannabinoids mimicing most closely those produced by the body. No downsides, no side-effects, no drug interaction issues, and so far, no giving up your hard earned funds to big pharma.

Make no mistake, I’m not referring to THC, of which Americans smoke more of per person than any other people on Earth, but rather the “other,” non-psychoactive cannabinoid called Cannabidiol (CBD), a prominent molecular component of the cannabis plant.  While CBD does not bind to either the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors directly, it does stimulate endogenous cannabinoid activity by suppressing an enzyme that breaks down anandamide.

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No Retirement Plan For Wizards: The Shulgins Are In Trouble

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Alexander Shulgin, a genius chemist who has made unfathomable contributions to the psychedelic community, and our culture at large, needs help. Via Teafaerie.org:

To All Concerned,

I am writing this letter in an attempt to inspire right action. As many of you may already know, Ann and Sasha Shulgin are currently suffering from financial distress largely due to Sasha’s increased medical expenses. This lamentable state of affairs is well within our collective powers to redress, and I feel that it is high time for the the psychedelic community to shower our heroic pioneers with a tangible demonstration of our everlasting gratitude.

Everybody knows who the Shulgins are. It’s pretty much impossible to overstate their collective contribution to psychedelic culture, and indeed to the very fabric of human society at large. They not only brought us most of our favorite alphabetamines, they tested them on themselves and published their extensive notes so that the rest of us could benefit from their groundbreaking discoveries.… Read the rest

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All Is Reflection – ۩

A unique and personal short book on psychedelics, lucid dreaming, shared experiences, hyperspace, poetry, consciousness, and other facets of reality, created by an innovative and respected explorer from the DMT-Nexus known as: house.

 

ALL IS REFLECTION

by ۩

 

1,000 thanks to

Nobuoni (for the timeless three words that make up the title of this

book)

+

The Traveler

+

Opticuswrangler

Withinity you will find a sequence of symbols assembled from the memory of a human partition that was me.

I write this from the brink of the scaffolding. A time when mainstream scientific technology was just not enough. The unknown loomed not just overhead, but we sucked it up and spit it out like black holes–seemingly dilating time with our fun, and our boredom.

I seek to understand at least a tiny portion of the possibilities that are beckoning us, and because of this, a series of experiences have occurred in my life that not only hint, but reveal abstract functions of consciousness.

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The Second Coming of Psychedelics – Inside the Mind-Tripping, Soul-Changing, Ground-Shifting, 21st Century Therapy.

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Ancient plant healing meets the ails of a generation ruined by War.

Via Spirituality & Health:

Ric Godfrey had the shakes. At night, his body temperature would drop and he’d start to tremble. During the day, he was jumpy. He was always looking around, always on edge. His vibe scared the people around him. He couldn’t hang on to a job.

He started drinking and drugging, anything to numb out.

Years passed before a Department of Veterans Affairs counselor told him he had severe posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The former Marine had spent the early 1990s interrogating prisoners in Kuwait. Years later, he was still playing out the Persian Gulf War.

Counseling helped a little, but the symptoms continued. He went to rehab for his substance abuse, then tried Alcoholics Anonymous. “That went on for 10 years,” he said. “I don’t know how many times I hit rock bottom.”

Then one of his Seattle neighbors—a woman who also suffered from PTSD—told him about a group of veterans who were going down to Peru to try a psychedelic drug called ayahuasca, a jungle vine that is brewed into a tea.

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A Species Recovering from Amnesia: A Talk with Graham Hancock (Gabriel D. Roberts)

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Few writers can match Graham Hancock’s influence as the author of several breakthrough books of alternative history, including Fingerprints of the Gods, Underworld, and Supernatural. His work has been instrumental in challenging institutional thinking about humanity’s lost past, while bringing the indigenous shamanic perspective to a broader audience. He’s certainly someone to talk with about the significance of our present moment, as the Mayan calendar cycle comes to an end, and we look beyond.

Via Reality Sandwich:

Gabriel D. Roberts: What message would you say the recent hurricane Sandy is sending us?

Graham Hancock: I would answer more broadly than just the storm. I think the whole state of human civilization on planet Earth right now, in the early years of the 21st century, has a message for us. It’s obvious that we’re not fulfilling our purpose here on this planet. I mean, it’s an incredible opportunity to be born in a human body and to be gifted by the universe with this amazing, vibrant garden of a homeland that we call planet Earth.

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Dennis McKenna: ‘Ayahuasca and Human Destiny’

Paper published in the journal of psychoactive drugs by Dennis McKenna. Sourced from here with permission:

My good friend and colleague, Dr. Charles Grob, has extended a kind invitation to submit a contribution to this special edition of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, devoted to the topic of ayahuasca, for which he has been selected as guest editor. I’m pleased to be asked and happy to respond, particularly since I have collaborated for many years with Dr. Grob and other colleagues who are represented here, on various aspects of the scientific study of ayahuasca. For most of the last 33 years, ayahuasca has been one of the major preoccupations of my life.

In that time, I have written extensively on the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca, on its potential therapeutic uses, and on the need for more, and more rigorous, scientific and clinical investigations of this remarkable plant decoction.

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