best of – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Tue, 22 May 2018 11:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 48719013 First Peek at My New Book ‘Magic Medicine’ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/new-book-magic-medicine/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/new-book-magic-medicine/#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:00:35 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4854 First Peek at My New Book ‘Magic Medicine’

It’s finally here! Two years ago I started researching and writing Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants & Substances. After much tweaking and editing, the first printed copy is here! (The public release date is June 5th.)

From the very beginning, I wanted the book to more than just fascinating in its subject matter — I wanted it to be a beautiful object, something you would be proud to have on your nightstand or bookshelf. I wanted a book that would demand your attention and spark conversations, a book you could not help but pick up and thumb through, one that would make the perfect gift for that consciousness-curious person in your life.

I’m not exaggerating when I say I could not be happier with how the printed book came out! 

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My Interview with Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer http://psychedelicfrontier.com/interview-rick-doblin-founder-maps/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/interview-rick-doblin-founder-maps/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:33:02 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3018 My Interview with Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer

I recently had the good fortune of meeting my psychedelic hero, Rick Doblin, the founder and president of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. What’s more, he graciously agreed to an on-camera interview. I asked him about the origins of MAPS, the Russian ban of methadone in Crimean addiction clinics, New Zealand’s new regulatory framework for legal highs, MAPS’ recent partnership with the military to research MDMA as a treatment for PTSD, and much more.

My favorite part is when Rick tells the story of taking LSD on his twenty-first birthday. He heard a siren and became convinced that the Russians were bombing Tampa, and that he was about to die. The story of what he decided to do with his remaining time on Earth is both hilarious and touching. You can find that clip in text format at the bottom of the page, or in the video at 42:30.

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One Brain, Many Selves http://psychedelicfrontier.com/one-brain-many-selves-neurons-gone-wild/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/one-brain-many-selves-neurons-gone-wild/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:51:44 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3147 One Brain, Many Selves

This is a guest post by Kevin Simler, originally published on his website, Melting Asphalt. If you missed his previous piece, Accepting Deviant Minds, don’t worry — this essay stands on its own. Prepare to rethink your whole concept of “self” — just how many selves can take root in one brain?

To reject gods and spirits is easy: just bully them away in the name of science.

But to accept them, or at least our experiences of thuem, and yet give them a scientific explanation: there’s a task worthy of our art. It demands that we look them in the eye and take them seriously, while standing absolutely firm in our materialist convictions.

I don’t know how much of what I’m about to say is true. All I know is that it’s damn interesting.

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Accepting Deviant Minds http://psychedelicfrontier.com/accepting-deviant-minds-hallucinations-real-self/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/accepting-deviant-minds-hallucinations-real-self/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:32:47 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3152 Accepting Deviant Minds

This week’s guest post is by Kevin Simler. Kevin is a philosopher and blogger who believes in (pan)critical rationalism, keeping his identity small, and writing as an aid to thinking. This post was first published on his website, Melting Asphalt — one of my favorite sources for fresh critical perspectives on the mind, society, and everything in between.

At a sleepover when I was 12, a friend told me that he could control his dreams. It didn’t happen every night, he said, but every so often he’d become aware of being in the middle of a dream. Usually at that point he’d wake up, but sometimes, with a delicate act of will, he could remain in the dream long enough to fly around for a bit — or whatever else 12-year-old boys are wont to do in the privacy of their minds.

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Life Versus Entropy http://psychedelicfrontier.com/life-versus-entropy-tripping-fractals/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/life-versus-entropy-tripping-fractals/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:35:52 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2615 Life Versus Entropy

Setting: Early morning at a lakeside cabin in the woods of Vermont.
Chemical lens: 25I-NBOMe, a research chemical with effects resembling LSD. (25I-NBOMe is a very new chemical, its safety profile is largely unknown, and lethal overdoses have been reported. Consuming 25I-NBOMe or other research chemicals is risky and I do not recommend it.)

I walk outside as dawn arrives. Fog rolls across the lake and wraps the trees in a gauzy shroud. The silence is punctuated only by the chatter of birds and my own footsteps. My breathing takes its cue from the lake, gentle and unhurried. Where I exhale, a miniature fog bank forms, curling like smoke in the still air. They mingle together, my breath and the breath of the lake, dancing along the shoreline until they become one; vapor absorbed by vapor. I realize how beautiful these early hours can be.

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Are Entities and Plant Spirits Real? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/entities-plant-spirits-skeptics-guide-tripping/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/entities-plant-spirits-skeptics-guide-tripping/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:41:27 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2211 Are Entities and Plant Spirits Real?

Trips are like dreams. A genuine insight may bubble up from deep in your subconscious, handily solving a problem that your sober mind found intractable. Or you might emerge with absolute nonsense, the product of synapses firing without the guidance of logic and consistency.

You don’t take your dreams as absolute truth upon waking, and psychedelics should be no different. It’s crucial to think critically about which lessons to take back into consensus reality, and which to leave behind.

Wisdom or Dogma?

Many psychonauts spread their personal beliefs and speculations as though they were fact. Sometimes they take an ancient myth, like Amazonian animism, and dress it up in the new-age language of spirits, energies, and vibrations. “Mother Ayahuasca,” they say, “is the plant world’s way of communicating with us, raising us to a higher vibration.”

Other times they’ll offer a testable scientific hypothesis, but disguise it as established fact.

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How to Prepare a Spiritual DMT Ceremony in 5 Steps http://psychedelicfrontier.com/how-prepare-spiritual-dmt-ceremony/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/how-prepare-spiritual-dmt-ceremony/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:40:19 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1952 How to Prepare a Spiritual DMT Ceremony in 5 Steps

This is the first guest post by Lee, who put a great deal of effort into crafting his DMT technique and is excited to share it with you!

Note: we do not encourage you to take DMT or any other drugs. This information is presented in the interest of harm reduction and education, to promote the safety and mental health of those who are already committed to using the drug. For more information, please see the Disclaimer.

Hello friends. So you’ve decided it’s time to embark on a great adventure. Maybe some colorful friends turned you onto DMT. Or maybe you heard Joe Rogan mention it on his podcast. Welcome one, welcome all, and let us get down to the business of properly preparing for your ceremony and getting the most out of it. Because let’s be honest, “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” and those late nights watching YouTube videos have not taught you what you need to know.

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MAPS Completes First New Therapeutic LSD Study in 40 Years http://psychedelicfrontier.com/maps-completes-first-new-therapeutic-lsd-study-in-40-years/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/maps-completes-first-new-therapeutic-lsd-study-in-40-years/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:40:33 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1789 MAPS Completes First New Therapeutic LSD Study in 40 Years

Update 5 March 2014: The study has been published, and the final copy is available here.

Rick Doblin, the founder and president of MAPS, said this in a recent “Ask Me Anything” interview on Reddit:

We’ve just completed the world’s first study of the therapeutic use of LSD in over 40 years, in Switzerland to treat anxiety associated with end-of-life issues. Eleven of the 12 subjects had never done LSD before and there were no serious adverse events, even in people facing death.

This recently completed Swiss study is truly momentous — it’s the first “double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of LSD-assisted psychotherapy since the early 1970s.” This pilot study found that two LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions successfully reduced anxiety in patients with terminal illnesses. The study was led by Peter Gasser, M.D., who wrote a letter (PDF) to friends and colleagues at its completion.

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The Perception Scope http://psychedelicfrontier.com/perception-scope-open-eye-visuals/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/perception-scope-open-eye-visuals/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:23:09 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1143 The Perception Scope

People talk about how subtle psychedelic hallucinations can be. As long as your eyes are open, they say, objects may appear different — more vibrant, breathing in and out, or covered with patterns — but they won’t morph into faeries and slithering monsters like they do in the movies. Unless, of course, you take a heroic dose; then anything is fair game.

I disagree. I see “things that aren’t really there” on any decent dose, sometimes into the following day. If you haven’t seen more than patterns and wobbling walls, you probably just need some direction and practice. In fact, with the method below, you can experience some “visions” with just cannabis, or without any drugs at all.

The degree to which you hallucinate is within your control. If you’re inexperienced, then the naysayers are usually right — you won’t see tree branches melting into a three-dimensional fractal universe before your eyes.

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Shrooms for Five: My First Psychedelic Experience http://psychedelicfrontier.com/shrooms-five-my-first-psychedelic-experience/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/shrooms-five-my-first-psychedelic-experience/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:28:18 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1235 Shrooms for Five: My First Psychedelic Experience

It is a wet February night, and we are gathered at Lee and Dan’s suburban apartment. There are five of us — our hosts, plus Alex, Jason, and me. We have a larger group of friends, but the rest of the crew is not into “serious” drugs. The five of us jokingly call ourselves the “Psychonautic Subcommittee” ever since we tried MDMA for the first time together last fall.

Tonight, it’s time to explore a new psychedelic frontier. We each grind an eighth of an ounce of dried mushrooms, mix it with orange juice, and gulp it down. It tastes of earth.

I am uneasy but excited for my first psychedelic experience. I’ve been reading plenty but I still don’t know what to expect. Lee has taken shrooms many times and absolutely loves them, so I’m glad to have his expertise and infectious enthusiasm.

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