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How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip

Acid is back in California, except this time is the workaholics not the hippies who are champions of LSD. From Rolling Stone:

Let’s call him “Ken.” Ken is 25, has a master’s degree from Stanford and works for a tech startup in San Francisco, doing a little bit of everything: hardware and software design, sales and business development. Recently, he has discovered a new way to enhance his productivity and creativity, and it’s not Five Hour Energy or meditation.

Ken is one of a growing number of professionals who enjoy taking “microdoses” of psychedelics – in his free time and, occasionally, at the office. “I had an epic time,” he says at the end of one such day. “I was making a lot of sales, talking to a lot of people, finding solutions to their technical problems.”

A microdose is about a tenth of the normal dose – around 10 micrograms of LSD, or 0.2-0.5 grams of mushrooms.

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A Tribute to Alan Watts


“I have tried for years, as a philosopher, [to say what reality is], but in words it comes out all wrong: in black and white with no colour. It comes out that life is a perfectly and absolutely meaningless happening —nothing but a display of endlessly variegated vibrations, neither good nor evil, right nor wrong—a display which, though marvelously woven together, is like a Rorschach blot upon which we are projecting the fantasies of personality, purpose, history, religion, law, science, evolution and even the basic instinct to survive. And this projection is, in turn, part of the happening. Thus, when you try to pin it down you get the banality of formal nihilism, wherein the universe is seen as a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

But this sense of “turning to ashes in one’s mouth” is the result of trying to grasp something which can only come to you of itself.Read the rest

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Supper with the Psychedelic Society

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Damien Gayle via The Guardian:

Amid an abundance of food and drink, flickering candles and a heady air of altered states,100 or so people in north London’s New Unity church watched John, a mop-haired Irishman in his late 20s, tell the story of how he learned to love through therapy, poetry and ayahuasca.

“I arrived at Cuzco and, sure God, how do you find an ayahuasca ceremony?” he said from a stage adorned with a creeping, twisting vine of fairy lights. “Well you Google it obviously, and you go on to TripAdvisor.” That bizarre mix of the hi-tech and the traditional, the western world and the south, sums up thePsychedelic Society, which held its first “psychedelic supper” on Sunday.

The event – a bring-and-share meal with speakers – comes amid a renaissance in the use of psychedelics. In two years, the number of young people reporting using LSD has almost tripled; the number reporting use of psychedelic drugs more broadly is up 88%.

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Albert Hofmann’s LSD Archive In Jeopardy

Most of you will know of Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who accidentally discovered – and became a great proponent of – LSD. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hofmann’s research papers, shunned by drug company he worked for, Sandoz, are now under the care of a dairy farmer and are at risk:

BERN, Switzerland—Albert Hofmann realized he had invented LSD after a vivid experiment in 1943. The Swiss chemist retired a few decades later, and his personal archive began a long, strange trip that ended at a quiet institute in this leafy city—where it is looked after by a part-time dairy farmer.

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Beat Bäche, who is writing a book about hallucinogen-producing fungus when he isn’t milking cows at a farm where he works, curates Dr. Hofmann’s papers. That is because Mr. Bäche is nearly the only person to use the archive since it arrived at Bern’s Institute of Medical History in 2013.

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Always Sell Your Best Hallucinations: An Interview with Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

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It’s not everyday you get to interview one of your heroes, let alone at complete random. So, the backstory to this interview goes like this: I somehow got on a metal PR distribution list because of something I wrote years ago. I don’t even remember what I wrote that got me on this list in the first place…at all. Being not much of a straight up metal guy, I occasionally download an album or 2 and am typically like, ummm, no. I get roughly 5 of these messages a week and this has been going on for years now. I had thus far responded to exactly none of these requests. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even done a musician interview since 2013. Then all of a sudden there it was in my inbox. Hey, do you want to interview Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet?… Read the rest

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L$D by A$AP Rocky – When Psychedelics Go Mainstream

I sort of can’t believe I’m posting a video that already has over 19 million hits, but I’m actually posting this precisely BECAUSE it has over 19 million hits. This may be the best example of psychedelic drugs going full on mainstream that I can think of in recent memory. I mean, this is a song and video about tripping on acid….by a commercial hip hop artist. File it in the “things I never thought I’d see in my lifetime” category.

Is it good? Yeah, not bad. I could do without the prototypical “materialism and misogyny” bling rap breakdown, but you know, catchy tune. Will have to give more of A$AP’s stuff a listen here when I have a minute. I give the video higher marks for catching what would in my mind be a rather mild potency acid experience. Props to Mr. Rocky for pulling off the “holy crap am I tripping balls right now” face right before the rap breakdown.… Read the rest

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The Therapeutic Power Of MDMA w/ Dr. Ben Sessa ~ ATTMind Radio Ep. 10

headshot ben sessa w textDr. Ben Sessa is a leader in the field of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (particularly MDMA) in the UK. Specializing in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and pharmacology, he’s been using his medical degree to research psychedelics for the last 10 years.

Join us in this episode as we go into the current face of psychedelics in academia, the life cycle of childhood trauma to PTSD, the potential of psychedelics to treat PTSD, as well as the neurophysiological mechanisms and potentials of not only MDMA but also LSD, Psilocybin, and Ketamine.

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James Joyce — Modern Psychonaut

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“I am convinced personally that Mr. Joyce is a genius all the world will have to recognize.”
– Aleister Crowley, The Genius of Mr. James Joyce

“Joyce’s prose prepared me to enter psychedelic space.”
– Timothy Leary, FLASHBACKS

“(Finnegans Wake is) about as close to LSD on the page as you can get…”
– Terence McKenna, Surfing on Finnegans Wake

“If you’ve never had a psychedelic, reading Joyce is the next best equivalent.”
– Robert Anton Wilson, RAW Explains Everything

“I have read Finnegans Wake aloud at a time when takers of LSD said, ‘that is JUST LIKE LSD.’ So I have begun to feel that LSD may just be the lazy man’s form of Finnegans Wake.” 
– Marshall McLuhan, Q & A

“Someday I’m going to get my article published; I’m going to prove that Finnegans Wake is an information pool based on computer memory systems that didn’t exist until centuries after James Joyce’s era; that Joyce was plugged into a cosmic consciousness from which he derived the inspiration for his entire corpus of work.Read the rest

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Laura Huxley’s Letter About Injecting Aldous With LSD On His Deathbed

Aldous Huxley.gifA great find by Plaid Zebra, which has uncovered a letter written by Aldous Huxley’s wife, Laura, relating how she injected him with LSD as he was dying:

On the same day President Kennedy was assassinated, the world lost a second giant in time. Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World and other stunning works of literature died after a 3-year battle with cancer. It was 1963, and on his deathbed Huxley asked to be injected with multiple doses of uncut LSD.

An emotionally heavy letter written by his second wife, Laura, documents the final hours of his life.

Laura Huxley writes, “‘I am going to give him a shot of LSD, he asked for it.’ The doctor had a moment of agitation because you know very well the uneasiness about this drug in the medical mind. Then he said, ‘All right, at this point what is the difference.’ Whatever he had said, no ‘authority,’ not even an army of authorities could have stopped me then.

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Magic mushrooms ‘less harmful than thought’ and should be reclassified, says leading psychiatrist

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Charlie Cooper via The Independent:

Psychedelic drugs including LSD and magic mushrooms are much less harmful than has been claimed, and should be reclassified to make it easier for scientists to research their potential benefits, a leading psychiatrist has said.

Promising medical research into psychedelics ground to a halt as long ago as 1967, when they were made illegal amid widespread concern about their psychological and social harms.

However, writing in the BMJ, psychiatrist Dr James Rucker, said that no evidence had ever shown the drugs to be habit-forming. There is also little evidence of harm when used in controlled settings, and a wealth of studies indicating that they have uses in the treatment of common psychiatric disorders, he said.

Researchers are beginning to look again at how LSD and psilocybin – the active compound in magic mushrooms – might be of benefit in the treatment of addiction, for obsessive compulsive disorder and even, according to one small Swiss study, to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in terminally ill patients.

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