Tag Archives | Psychedelics

How do you know you’re going to have a bad trip?

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Sophie Weiner at Hopes&Fears:

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we try to parse how to tell if you are going to have a negative psychedelic experience.

Though they’re illegal as ever, psychedelic drugs no longer have quite the bad rap they accumulated in the decades after the 1960s. Though memories of the notorious brown acid of Woodstock still haunt young trippers, scientists recently have been more focused on the positive, even healing effects these substances can produce when they’re used in controlled settings. But, as many music festival attendees know, bad trips can still happen. We asked experts what circumstances conspire to produce these difficult experiences, and how we can avoid them in the first place.

Frederick Barrett, Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department

Let me preface the following by saying that I am willing to share and represent the science on these compounds, and I am trying to reflect the best practices for research administration of these compounds, but I am not in any way encouraging or supporting the use of these compounds outside of controlled and sanctioned settings.… Read the rest

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Our World is a Metaphorical Representation of Higher Dimensional Space

Transdimensional Architecture IEarlier in the year, an essay of mine ended up being featured in a compendium of psychedelic writing compiled by Graham Hancock. It’s an incredibly worthwhile read that I recommend checking out to anyone (The Divine Spark, which you can pick up here). I could actually go on and on about the thing. In particular, Graham’s stories of dealing with dark ayahuasca entities and the piece about the prevailing concept of the holy trinity throughout various mystical traditions (The Soul Cluster: Reconsideration of a Millenia Old Concept, if you’re curious). The funny thing about this is that I’m also an Occultist and if my work was featured in an Occult compilation, I probably wouldn’t even mention it to anyone. Man, what passes for the Occult these days is some seriously embarrassing bullshit. Monotheism won. They slandered the art of summoning your Holy Guardian Entities with a dark creepster veneer so effectively that it’s become an absolute fucking joke.… Read the rest

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The World’s Most Dangerous Show (featuring Shinji and Thad McKraken)

I’ve got some more fun rants about communicating with extra-dimensional forms of intelligence coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, why not watch me as a guest on one of the weirdest music shows I’ve ever seen?

Enjoy as a dark electronic artist Shinji gets interviewed by a shape shifting entity from beyond. Listen to me rant about things like psychedelics and their relationship with calculated auditory stimuli. Most importantly, enjoy the surrealist sequence conjoining the interviews which made me laugh for like 10 minutes straight. I’m still not entirely sure what I was watching there, I just know it was batshit.

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Time is Art: A Conversation on Synchronicity, Creativity and the Unseen World

Via The Midwest Real Podcast

Unus mundus, Latin for “one world,” is the concept of an underlying unified reality from which everything emerges and to which everything returns.

Dip your toe into the well of woo once again with our guests Katy Walker and Joel Mejia, the main creative forces behind the film Time Is Art. “An artist’s search for inspiration in a money-driven society that shuns creativity, and the human search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. A cinematic meditation along the lines of Waking Life and Samsara… a film less concerned with linear storytelling and more open to cycle patterns, the hidden meanings of symbols and the dreamlike overlapping of people, places and moments.”

Time Is Art also features conversations with Alex Grey, Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock and more.

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Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

Johann Hari is the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

Transcript:

One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives and not being able to. And I was just a little kid, so I didn’t really understand why, but as I got older, I realized we had drug addiction in my family, including later cocaine addiction.

I’d been thinking about it a lot lately, partly because it’s now exactly 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States and Britain, and we then imposed that on the rest of the world. It’s a century since we made this really fateful decision to take addicts and punish them and make them suffer, because we believed that would deter them; it would give them an incentive to stop.

And a few years ago, I was looking at some of the addicts in my life who I love, and trying to figure out if there was some way to help them.Read the rest

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Buddhism Meets Psychedelics

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Our friends at Evolver are running another learning lab. This time Allan Badiner explores the intersection of Buddhism and Psychedelics with guests Alex Grey, Kokyo Henkel, and Brad Warner. The course begins tonight and you can sign up here.

SCHEDULE:

Monday, July 6 – The Practice and Appreciation of Visionary Art toward Building a Sacramental Culture
Guest: Alex Grey
8:00pm New York – 5:00pm San Francisco

Discover how the considered use of entheogens and Buddhist practice can enhance and deepen one another, or not.  

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How does the issue of psychedelics, currently undergoing a renaissance, find itself juxtaposed with the ancient wisdom tradition of Buddhism?  It turns out that the same cast of characters (Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, etc.) that introduced America to psychedelics, also brought us the first glimpse of the Buddha’s teachings.  Most American born Buddhist teachers and many of their students were influenced by psychedelic substances, such as cannabis and LSD, in the 60’s and 70’s.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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Microdosing: A New, Low-Key Way to Use Psychedelics

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Disinfo contributors have written frequently about the benefits of microdosing with psychedelics, and now other media outlets are picking up on the growing trend.

Philip Smith at AlterNet writes:

At the fifth annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York City in October 2011, pioneering psychedelic researcher Dr. James Fadiman solidified his reemergence as a leading researcher of and advocate for psychedelic substances. Fadiman had done groundbreaking research with LSD up until the very day it was federally banned in 1966, but after that, he retreated into a life of quiet conventionality—at least on the surface.

While Fadiman disappeared himself from the public eye for decades, he never did give up him interest in and enthusiasm for psychedelics. A year before appearing at Horizons, he published his life’s work, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, an amazing compendium of hallucinogenic lore, as well as a user’s manual for would-be psychonauts.

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Could Psychedelic Drugs Make Smokers Quit?

A team of scientists are giving hallucinogens to smoking addicts to help them cut the habit. BBC Future‘s Tim Maughan visited the lab where this surprising research is emerging:

Nicotine patches, chewing gum, cold turkey. Giving up cigarettes can be tough, but there are many strategies smokers can try. Matthew Johnson wants to add another: he says he can help smokers quit by giving them another drug – psilocybin – that has been illegal for years in much of Europe and North America. And yes, he realises that sounds unconventional.

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“The idea that this research sounds counterintuitive, it makes sense to me,” he tells me as we sit in his office at Johns Hopkins’ Behavioural Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore.

Johnson is a behavioural pharmacologist who has been researching the relationship between drugs, the brain, and human behaviour for more than 20 years. The last 10 of those have been spent here at Johns Hopkins, where he and his team have focused on psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic and the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’.

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Surfing the Liminal Aether with Bruce Damer Ph.D

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Bruce Damer with Terence McKenna in 1999.

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Dr. Bruce Damer is a multi-disciplinary scientist and a (proud) woo-drenched renaissance man. He researches evolutionary biology, especially focusing on the murky questions surrounding the origin of life. Damer also designs asteroid-wrangling spacecrafts and is an expert in computer science who has spent decades researching emergent, lifelike virtual systems.

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Why is it that we’re always searching for someone to tell us answers? We have an obsession with experts, scientists, teachers — gurus of all sorts. As long as I can remember, I’ve been under the impression that learning and knowledge come from some sort of external source, but what if that’s entirely backward? 

What if all of the answers are right there inside of you, somewhere within your own deepest murk just waiting to be discovered? Perhaps great men are simply skilled facilitators of knowledge and learning, while the actual evolving and growth is wholly incumbent upon the individual.Read the rest

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