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The Trip Treatment (Psychedelics Are Back)

It’s no longer new news that hallucinogenic or “psychedelic” drugs are once again being clinically tested to treat a number of human ailments. Not every article about this is written by the wonderful Michael Pollan, however. His essay for the New Yorker is a long read and highly informative:

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On an April Monday in 2010, Patrick Mettes, a fifty-four-year-old television news director being treated for a cancer of the bile ducts, read an article on the front page of the Times that would change his death. His diagnosis had come three years earlier, shortly after his wife, Lisa, noticed that the whites of his eyes had turned yellow. By 2010, the cancer had spread to Patrick’s lungs and he was buckling under the weight of a debilitating chemotherapy regimen and the growing fear that he might not survive. The article, headlined “HALLUCINOGENS HAVE DOCTORS TUNING IN AGAIN,” mentioned clinical trials at several universities, including N.Y.U., in which psilocybin—the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms—was being administered to cancer patients in an effort to relieve their anxiety and “existential distress.” One of the researchers was quoted as saying that, under the influence of the hallucinogen, “individuals transcend their primary identification with their bodies and experience ego-free states .

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Dr. Ingrid Walker: Drugs & Desire

What do you think of when you think of the term, ‘drug user’? Do you think of crusty people on skid row, or perhaps wall street tycoons doing blow off of the butts of their secretaries? Whatever your vision is, it might be very different from the truth. Chances are, you are a drug user. Dr. Ingrid Walker explains further and offers some interesting insights into our biases and misconceptions on drugs.

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Third Mind Time Immersion Ritual Parts I, II, III

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Image I: In a deep meditative state, the aspiring godform wills itself into a merger with a 4th dimensional daemon thus entering the linear timestream of humanity. While I was making this, I started thinking about how the background sculpture layer resembles the surrealist inner workings of a cosmic clock. The surrounding blackness represents the 4th dimensional entities that hold our world together, are manipulated by sorcery, and can be contacted in a liminal state.

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Image II: If you look dead center in the picture, you see the time daemon wearing a tie and sitting on a throne with smoke dissipating around it. It is representative of the incredible level of order that holds together a modern urban center. It is a teacher. It is also important to note that the 5th dimensional godform has vanished, wholly immersed in the linear time stream and largely unaware of his true limitless nature during the process.… Read the rest

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Reflections On The Direct Influence Of Psychedelics On Art

Image: Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s book cover.

Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s book cover.

Via Reset.me:

Psychedelics often trigger a rich flood of visual content. One may for instance experience highly intricate patterns, otherworldly landscapes and mysterious beings — some angelic; others demonic. Colours are frequently perceived as being extremely intense and objects may transform into bizarre and unthinkable shapes. Surely visions like these must be of great interest to visual artists. Still, most psychedelic culture researchers will find it hard to come up with a satisfying list of visual artists who acknowledge the importance of psychedelics in their work. Why is this the case? When it comes to writers and musicians, examples are plenty. Shouldn’t there be as many, if not more, visual artists associated with psychedelics?

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Preparing for Ayahuasca

VisAyaBefore taking an ayahuasca trip how can I prepare?

Go and see Avatar again in 3-D.

Millions of us saw Avatar and, in journeying on Pandora, we discovered a world that is not so distant from the aboriginal’s world: interconnections among plants, animals, the tree of souls, and so forth.

We rode the dragon, which is close to the archetypal visions offered by the plants. With no difficulty, we also entered into fully experiencing the emotions of the movie character who was asleep in his pod while his adventure was being lived by his avatar. This is just like the experience in a ceremony, where you are seated in the maloca but your mind can be on a distant voyage. What’s more, with Avatar you’re experiencing this adventure in 3-D, projected with depth, within a sensory immersion that is continually all around you in a way that’s similar to the visions in a ceremony!… Read the rest

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Ayahuasca Can Help You Communicate with Plant Spirits, and Heal Your Body and Mind

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Chris Kilham (CC)

If you needed any further persuasion that psychedelic drugs are back in vogue, this hearty endorsement by Newsweek of the foul but powerful brew known as Ayahuasca should do the trick:

Drink ayahuasca and you may see yourself being eaten by a crocodile. You may find a miraculous resolution to a crippling sadness. Or, more likely, you’ll land somewhere in between. Regardless, you will definitely throw up. Author and ethnobotanist Chris Kilham says all of these things have happened to him after drinking this psychoactive Amazonian brew.

If you haven’t heard of ayahuasca, you may soon. While once consumed mainly by natives of the Amazon basin, today, thousands visit Latin American countries every year to imbibe it, with the hopes of seeing profound visions, having religious experiences and—many claim—undergoing immense healing. Ayahuasca now has devoted followers throughout the world.

Kilham, who calls himself the “medicine hunter” and has traveled to and intermittently lived in the Amazon for more than two decades, says that he is a firm believer in the healing properties of the drink, which is made from the bark of a jungle vine called Banisteriopsis Caapi, and usually mixed with other plants like the leaves of the Justicia pectoralis or Psychotria viridis.

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Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Albums of 2014

darksideofthesun2The idea that the multiverse is more akin to an art project than a science experiment (or an art experiment if you’re so inclined) is one of those Occult themes that typically gets dismissed by both overly scientific and religious types alike. Even though it quite inarguably resonates now more than ever. One of the stranger aspects of human psychology that we essentially avoid touching in typical academic or spiritual discourse involves the fact that your average person now consumes roughly a hundred thousand times more art in a given year than they did even a mere century ago. We used to rely on mediums like galleries, plays, symphonies, and libraries to dispense our art, most of which weren’t super accessible to people who weren’t wealthy or close to an urban center. Now the fact that the Internet and cable television beam recreational distractions into our homes 24/7 seems almost like a trivial afterthought.… Read the rest

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The Legendary Dennis McKenna Joins the Midwest Real Podcast!

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Dr. Dennis McKenna is a scientist, author and living legend of psychedelic counterculture. He joined Midwest Real to wax philosophical on the ever-novel, topography of society, technology, medicine, the limits of science and why we should always remain humble. 

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IMG_6310How many of us can truly say our lives will tell a story? That when we, or someone else looks back on it, we’ll find real development, defining moments and a worthwhile central cause?

Clearly, living a life of legends is far from simple. Just getting around the obligations and momentum that are built into being a modern human can be a tough, if not insurmountable task. Depending upon your roll of the dice, you might be grappling with debt, illness, family issues or any number of other inhibitory obstacles that coerce you into living your life in a way that’s less than ideal. But, aside from that, I’m willing to bet that most of us are actually holding ourselves back.… Read the rest

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Transcending Boundaries: Identity and Oppression Within Psychedelic Culture

Wise words from VTSeeker48, of the DMT-Nexus, highlighting how even the so called counter-culture still heavily suffers from the conditioning and pitfalls of existing within the framework of western society. Via The Nexian:

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“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

“Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.”

–Terence Mckenna

The popularity of psychedelic experiences has skyrocketed in recent years with the advent of the internet and widespread acclaim of Ayahuasca and DMT.Read the rest

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The Future of Psychedelics – An interview with Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin

JonRHanna - Own work (CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

JonRHanna – Own work (CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

via MDMA.net [Interview is from 1998]:

Alexander Shulgin is the world’s foremost developer and explorer of psychedelic drugs. Born in 1925, this self-described “manic libertarian psychedelic chemist”, over the past 30 odd years or so, has been a prolific writer and his publications (150 scientific papers, 20 patents and a handful of books) provide a great introduction into the world of psychedelics and also he is the discover of DOM (at one time known as STP), MMDA and many other psychedelics and is generally regarded as the reinventor or stepfather of MDMA (Ecstasy – E).

With a PhD in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, he has been a scientific consultant for such state-run organisations as The US National Institute on Drug Abuse, NASA, the US Drug Enforcement Organisation etc., but in private, has used his government licensed research lab, discreetly, but legally, designing hundreds of new psychoactive compounds, together with his wife Ann and a small, but dedicated research team, who sample each new drug as it’s developed.

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