liberty – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 48719013 ‘Magic Medicine’ Author Featured on Psychedelic Milk http://psychedelicfrontier.com/psychedelic-milk-podcast/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/psychedelic-milk-podcast/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:00:53 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=5011 ‘Magic Medicine’ Author Featured on Psychedelic Milk

Have you heard of Psychedelic Milk? You should definitely check it out. Psychedelic Milk is a podcast hosted by Ed Liu, all about alternative medicine for scientific healing purposes and spiritual growth. As you might have guessed, he often discusses psychedelics, but dives into all kinds of tangents from Taoist spirituality to flow states. Ed’s always searching for something fresh, and he’s produced over a hundred episodes of high-quality conversations with a range of sparkling personalities.

Ed invited me on his show, and I’m happy to announce that I’m featured on Episode 109:  Magic Medicine with Cody Johnson | 23 Psychedelics Around the World. The number 23 refers to the number of chapters in my new book, Magic Medicine, each one covering a fascinating psychedelic plant or molecule. If you haven’t checked it out, definitely give it a look — if you like my blog you’ll love the book.

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Oklahoma Voters Just Legalized Medical Cannabis http://psychedelicfrontier.com/oklahoma-medical-cannabis/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/oklahoma-medical-cannabis/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:01:18 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4997 Oklahoma Voters Just Legalized Medical Cannabis

In a historic referendum, Oklahoma voters have just approved one of the most progressive medical cannabis laws in the country.

With a doctor’s orders, Oklahomans will be able to possess eight ounces in their homes, carry three ounces in public, and cultivate 12 plants. Unlike many other states, there is no limit to which diseases may be treated by cannabis — a doctor may prescribe it for any condition. The measure passed with a 57% to 43% margin.

These regulations are relatively lax, especially for a red state in the heart of Trump country. But perhaps it should come as no surprise that a conservative state like Oklahoma would pass this measure — national polling indicates that 90% of Americans support medical cannabis.

In honor of Oklahoma’s new status as the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana, I’m sharing an excerpt from the Cannabis chapter of my new book, Magic Medicine.

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Many people use drugs – but here’s why most don’t become addicts http://psychedelicfrontier.com/many-people-use-drugs/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/many-people-use-drugs/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:04:00 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3641 Many people use drugs – but here’s why most don’t become addicts

Today’s post is by Paul Hayes, Hon. Professor Drug Policy at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It was originally published on The Conversation.

Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. About one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer no long-term harm.

There are immediate risks from overdose and intoxication, and longer-term health risks associated with heavy or prolonged use; damage to lungs from smoking cannabis or the bladder from ketamine for example. However most people will either pass unscathed through a short period of experimentation or learn to accommodate their drug use into their lifestyle, adjusting patterns of use to their social and domestic circumstances, as they do with alcohol.

Compared to the 3m currently using illegal drugs there are around 300,000 heroin and/or crack addicts while around 30,000 were successfully treated for dependency on drugs in England in 2011-12, typically cannabis, or powder cocaine.

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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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Moving Into the Sacred World of DMT, by Nick Sand http://psychedelicfrontier.com/moving-sacred-world-dmt-nick-sand/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/moving-sacred-world-dmt-nick-sand/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:34:12 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2787 Moving Into the Sacred World of DMT, by Nick Sand

Nick Sand is one of the most prolific and well-known underground chemists in history. From 1966 to 1996, he produced huge amounts of LSD, as well as MDMA, synthetic mescaline, DMT, and other psychedelics that were distributed around the globe. Along with Tim Scully, Nick Sand was responsible for producing over 3 million hits of Orange Sunshine, a brand of LSD that was renowned for its quality and purity in the Sixties.

Sand has a particular fondness for DMT. In fact, it was a DMT vision quest in the 60s that convinced Sand to dedicate his life to producing and distributing entheogens. He was the first underground chemist to synthesize DMT rather than extracting it from natural sources, and the first person to discover that the DMT freebase could be smoked. And as you’ll see, he is also a passionate thinker and very engaging writer.

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Sasha Shulgin Compares Drug War to Persecution of Galileo http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sasha-shulgin-compares-drug-war-persecution-galileo/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sasha-shulgin-compares-drug-war-persecution-galileo/#respond Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:42:41 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2011 Sasha Shulgin Compares Drug War to Persecution of Galileo

I was so struck by this passage from Alexander Shulgin’s book Tihkal (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved) that I had to share it here:

 

Professor David Nutt has made a similar comparison, describing the UN’s ban on psychedelics as “the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Galileo.”

You can read the second half of Tihkal (the chemical section) on Erowid, or better yet on isomerdesign.com where it is more accurate and more user-friendly. But the first half of the book remains copyrighted, so if you’d like to read the whole thing, buy a copy! It’s one of the classics of psychedelic literature. Sasha and Ann Shulgin have done more to advance the chemical understanding of tryptamines and phenethylamines than anyone else in history. They are heroes to millions of psychonauts thanks to their many years of courageous self-experimentation and their dedication to sharing the truth, no matter what the cost.

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Reclaiming the Prohibition Debate, Part 6—Asking Questions http://psychedelicfrontier.com/reclaiming-prohibition-debate-6-asking-questions/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/reclaiming-prohibition-debate-6-asking-questions/#respond Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:38:36 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2087 Reclaiming the Prohibition Debate, Part 6—Asking Questions

This is the conclusion of a six-part series about the Prohibition debate. You can check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, though they are not necessary for understanding this post. In Part 5 I discussed cognitive liberty as a basic human right, and in this final section I review the questions we should be asking about drug policy.

Legality does not constitute endorsement

Prohibition supporters often say that repealing prohibition would “send the wrong message” to America’s youth. But the legislative body is not in the business of sending messages. We do not pass laws to communicate how people should be living their lives, but to forbid certain aggressive behaviors that harm others.

Opting not to punish a certain behavior is a far cry from “endorsement” – it just means that the behavior does not violate the rights of others to such an extent that it warrants punishment.

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What is Cognitive Liberty? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/cognitive-liberty/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/cognitive-liberty/#respond Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:30:48 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2030 What is Cognitive Liberty?

This is the fifth in a six-part series about how the Prohibition debate is tainted by our unquestioned assumptions. You can check out Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, but they are not necessary for understanding this post.

Politicians, the media, and everyday citizens tend to frame the prohibition debate as “Should we legalize marijuana?” This language reveals entrenched cultural views not only about drugs, but about the role of government and the freedoms “allowed” to the private citizen.

“Legalize” implies that the role of the government is to selectively allow some things. It isn’t – the role of law is to disallow certain behaviors, as exceptions, because they violate the rights of others. Every behavior is fair game until it is outlawed by a democratic process. So a government does not “legalize” anything — it just takes a behavior off of the prohibited list when that behavior is shown not to violate the rights of others.

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The War on Sweets http://psychedelicfrontier.com/war-sweets/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/war-sweets/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:40:58 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1898 The War on Sweets

This is the fourth in a six-part series about how the Prohibition debate is tainted by our assumptions and prejudices. You can check out Parts 1, 2, and 3, but they are not necessary for understanding this post.

We often focus on what would happen if cannabis were legalized. This is a terrible way to frame the debate. It’s worthwhile to consider the effects of any legislative act, of course, but we focus way too much on societal effects and not enough on human rights. We consider the ends at the expense of the means.

An example will illustrate my point. Suppose a society outlaws unhealthy foods and mandates exercise from every citizen under threat of imprisonment. (Suspend your skepticism and assume for the moment that a majority of citizens would support this legislation.)

Forty years later, this is the new normal: some people are healthier, but obesity and heart disease remain major problems due to rampant illegal snacking.

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The Power of Words http://psychedelicfrontier.com/power-words-language-prohibition/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/power-words-language-prohibition/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:45:15 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1709 The Power of Words

This is the third in a six-part series about how the Prohibition debate is tainted by our assumptions and prejudices. You can check out Parts 1 and 2, but they are not necessary for understanding this post.

Those who rule symbols, rule us. —Korzybski

Consider the power of words. If we uncritically accept the state-sponsored language, the DEA’s job is to enforce laws that apply to illicit substances. But a humanitarian perspective may sound more like this: the DEA robs and kidnaps individuals who possess, create, or sell some substances, almost none of which are especially poisonous when compared to commonly available items like bleach or gasoline. The DEA is not alone here, but works in conjunction with the state and federal legislatures that draft the laws, the courts that uphold the laws, and local police departments across the country, among other agencies.

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