Author Archive
Brilliant Cannabis Commercial Parodies Ridiculous Pharma Ads

Brilliant Cannabis Commercial Parodies Ridiculous Pharma Ads

We’ve all seen them: those interminable pharmaceutical ads pairing long lists of side effects with triumphant music and happy people dancing, playing sports, and doing whatever happy people do once they’ve gotten past that condition that’s been ailing you. Behind the schmaltzy veneer there’s something dystopian and manipulative about those ads, trying to sell you on pharmaceutical solutions for problems you didn’t know you had. Briteside, a cannabis delivery company, sends up the whole genre with an ad that’s guaranteed to make you laugh. The ad may be satire, but the company is very real, though they only operate in...
Watch Mormon Missionaries Try LSD for the First Time

Watch Mormon Missionaries Try LSD for the First Time

Mormons avoid intoxicants of all kinds — alcohol, cannabis, even coffee and tea. Yet somehow, these filmmakers found three missionaries who were willing to bend the rules and give LSD a try. They play games, trip to music, and answer deep questions about God and identity. The results are hilarious and enlightening. Okay, it’s a spoof, and the “Mormon missionaries” are actors. But it’s still a great video, and very funny.  Liked this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed to get much more! Or enter your email address for weekly updates: Share this:
James Fadiman Discusses the Many Benefits of Microdosing

James Fadiman Discusses the Many Benefits of Microdosing

Altered Conference (3-4 November, 2017 in Berlin) is an international gathering of consciousness explorers from all backgrounds to take part in talks, workshops and rituals on the subject of psychedelics, conscious practices, and social issues facilitated by leading experts and researchers. Interested in attending? Use code PSYCHEDELICFRONTIER which is good for a 20% discount. At the conference, Dr. James Fadiman & Dr. Sophia Korb will provide a talk called about their microdosing research project, which has enrolled over a thousand subjects around the world. I caught up with Dr. Fadiman — a leading psychedelic researcher and author of the popular trip...
Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support

Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support

This post by Erica Zelfand, N.D. and Timothy Crespi, L.P.C., C.A.D.C was first published in the MAPS Bulletin and appears here with permission. An hour after eating psilocybin mushrooms at a festival, Olivia notices her left hand is shaking. She can stop it with effort, but prefers to just let it do its thing. She isn’t angry, yet it feels strangely good to shout fragmented thoughts and hum Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” The hand-shaking has progressed; now she’s flapping her whole left arm like a hemiplegic bird trying to take flight. The people around her have noticed and are keeping...
Video: Can Ketamine Help You Reduce Problem Drinking?

Video: Can Ketamine Help You Reduce Problem Drinking?

In this episode of Vice Video’s High Society series, a young man embarks on a full-blown ketamine trip in the hopes of reducing his compulsive drinking habit. It’s part of a controlled study led by Dr. Ravi Das, a psychopharmacologist at University College London, to examine whether ketamine can weaken certain memory connections — and thereby loosen the grip of addictive substances over people’s minds. From the Vice Video description: Timmy Davis is not an alcoholic. But like many twenty-something students, he’s worried he may be drinking too much. Timmy has volunteered for Dr. Das’ latest experiment, in which...
A Reverend's Moving Sermon About Psychedelics and Religion

A Reverend’s Moving Sermon About Psychedelics and Religion

“If I Could Change Your Mind,” preached by Reverend Mike Young at The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu on 5 November 1995. If, on some Sunday morning, I would step up here into the pulpit and announce to you that I had an experience available to you, that you could come to the church on a given Saturday afternoon and spend with me between six and eight hours and I guarantee — virtually guaranteed at least almost guarantee; well, pretty certainly guarantee; oh, a good chance — that you would experience a total transformation of your own mind,...
Scientists Unlock the Mystery of Magic Mushrooms, Allowing for Mass Production of Psilocybin

Scientists Unlock the Mystery of Magic Mushrooms, Allowing for Mass Production of Psilocybin

Some sixty years ago, Albert Hofmann — the Swiss chemist better known for discovering LSD — first isolated the active components of “magic” mushrooms, psilocybin and psilocin. Yet the question of how, exactly, the mushrooms produced these unique compounds remained a mystery ever since. Until now, that is. Scientists at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany have identified the four key enzymes used by these fungal bio-factories to produce their magical ingredients. To accomplish this, Dr. Dirk Hoffmeister and his team sequenced the entire genome of two psilocybin mushroom species, Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe cyanescens. Even more impressive, they were...
Terence McKenna's Little Known Ambient Album About DMT

Terence McKenna’s Little Known Ambient Album About DMT

Dream Matrix Telemetry is the name of a 1993 album by UK ambient group Zuvuya and the psychedelic bard himself, Terence McKenna. Dream Matrix Telemetry — Now where have I seen those initials before? Ah yes, dimethyltryptamine, the so-called “Spirit Molecule.” McKenna’s calm, echoing monologue — set to a backdrop of bizarre but relaxing sci-fi synths and melodies — begins like this: D.M.T. is an extraordinary hallucinogen that lasts only a few hundred seconds at the peak of the flash. It is something which is smoked. Something waxy. Orange. Smelling of camphor. You vapourise it in a small glass...
My Share of Sacramental LSD: Wiccans Celebrate a Lunar Eclipse

My Share of Sacramental LSD: Wiccans Celebrate a Lunar Eclipse

My first experience with taking LSD in a ritual context took place in 1980 in a Wiccan community in Northern California. But the event, an observance of the eclipse of the full moon, was by no means my first experience with psychedelics. For the previous 14 years, I had used such psychedelics as LSD and psilocybin as part of a spiritual practice, often during the four years when it seemed to elevate my marriage into a cosmic union; and less often after my 1970 divorce, when I attempted — with very limited success — to reach acid light...
Religious Leaders Tripping on Magic Mushrooms for Science

Religious Leaders Tripping on Magic Mushrooms for Science

Among traditional cultures, psychedelic plants and fungi have long been viewed as spiritual medicines. Indeed, why partake of sacraments such as mushrooms, ayahuasca, or peyote cacti if not for their spiritual power? Yet in the West, where “spirituality” has long been conflated with religion — and where few sacraments aside from communion wafers and a bit of wine are acknowledged — these visionary plants have been viewed with suspicion. That’s all changing. Among progressive scientists, psychedelics are now all the rage. Psilocybin, the active component of “magic” mushrooms, has shown promise in pilot studies for a wide range of applications,...
The Best Psychedelic Tattoos on the Planet

The Best Psychedelic Tattoos on the Planet

Have you ever had a psychedelic experience so intense that you felt it would change your life forever? Did you wish you could immortalize the experience — say, by emblazoning swirling, psychedelic visions upon your skin forever? Okay, neither have I. But a few rare souls must have felt that way, because the tattoos below are undoubtedly psychedelic. From geometric blackwork to cosmic scenes, Alex Grey paintings to peyote cacti, there’s a trippy tat for all tastes. I’ve scoured the Internet to find the 15 coolest psychedelic tattoos on the planet.              ...
Why Dr. Bronner's Soaps Is Donating $5 Million to MAPS

Why Dr. Bronner’s Soaps Is Donating $5 Million to MAPS

This essay by David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s and Board Member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, was first published in the MAPS Bulletin and on drbronner.com. Our family company, Dr. Bronner’s, donates a lot of resources to social justice NGOs and campaigns, including over $1 million to various state-level cannabis legalization campaigns in 2016. Collectively, well north of $40 million was raised in the 2016 election cycle alone to end prohibition and stop the enormous waste of taxpayer and law enforcement resources from ruining the lives of upstanding citizens and their families. Even with the Trump...