stories – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Wed, 16 May 2018 11:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 48719013 Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts http://psychedelicfrontier.com/acid-drops-interview-andy-roberts/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/acid-drops-interview-andy-roberts/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:02:49 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4834 Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts is an historian of Britains LSD psychedelic culture and author of Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia, as well as Albion Dreaming: A Social History of LSD in Britain. He first fell down the rabbit hole in 1972 and has been exploring the labyrinth of passages ever since. His views on the psychedelic experience are (basically) You take a psychedelic and you get high. What happens after that is largely the result of dosage, set and setting.

Andy, thanks very much for joining me, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your book.

Acid Drops is billed as “a collection of essays, interviews, and fiction”, along with “frank accounts” of your own LSD use.

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Coming Back to Life http://psychedelicfrontier.com/coming-back-life-mdma-psychotherapy/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/coming-back-life-mdma-psychotherapy/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:45:29 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4437 Coming Back to Life

This story by Rachel Kaplan first appeared in the MAPS Winter Bulletin 2017.

As I sit in a field of tall green grasses, feeling the earth beneath me and listening to the songs of meadowlarks, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for not only being alive but for finally wanting to be alive. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for often feeling a sense of peace in my self and feeling connected with myself, with others and the world. These are all new experiences for me that I never believed where possible until now, after being a participant in the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Boulder.

This last year, after integrating the healing that happened in my MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions, has been a drastic contrast to the rest of my life. For the majority of my life I prayed to die and fought suicidal urges as I struggled with complex PTSD.

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Ayahuasca: A Skeptic’s Notes http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ayahuasca-skeptics-notes/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ayahuasca-skeptics-notes/#comments Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:04:38 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4273 Ayahuasca: A Skeptic’s Notes

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I was drinking coffee in the courtyard of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art when I finally mastered the pronunciation of the word “ayahuasca.”

Redmond Blake, who was sitting across from me in dark shades and a baby blue painter’s jacket, was explaining the Medicine to me. A few days earlier, he’d returned from a weekend-long ayahuasca ceremony in Ojai led by disciples of a powerful shaman from Peru. Under the protection of the Mother, he had taken an astonishing journey through a beautiful and frightening spirit land. As I listened to Red’s stories in the cool shadows of LA palm trees, the earthy fragrance of the ancient tar pits bubbling around us, his words sounded as fantastical and strange as a tale from the Arabian Nights.

On his journey, Red met a goddess that took his hand and propelled him into the heavens.

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My Share of Sacramental LSD http://psychedelicfrontier.com/lsd-wiccans-lunar-eclipse/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/lsd-wiccans-lunar-eclipse/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:46 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4085 My Share of Sacramental LSD

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 through meditation and psychic studies. Would Wicca bring me closer to the goal?

Wiccans seemed to share my worldview, one partly shaped by psychedelic experiences: the sacredness of the natural world, the unity of all being, the reality of divine presence within and surrounding us — not as a concept but as an experiential truth.

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Hand in Hand: How Psychedelic Harm Reduction Is Making a Difference Now http://psychedelicfrontier.com/3970-2/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/3970-2/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 11:00:12 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3970 Hand in Hand: How Psychedelic Harm Reduction Is Making a Difference Now

This essay by Shannon Clare Petitt was originally published in the MAPS Bulletin, Winter 2016 edition. If you believe in MAPS’ mission of furthering psychedelic medicine while promoting harm reduction, please donate to their cause.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) continues to make huge strides towards the goal of establishing psychedelics as legal medicines. In advancing the cause of psychedelic therapy, the organization has also become a repository for experience and techniques essential for assisting people journeying through difficult psychedelic experiences. Psychedelic harm reduction is the practice of creating safe spaces in environments where the use of psychedelics is common, especially music and art festivals around the world. MAPS has committed to this mission by establishing the Zendo Project (zendoproject.org). MAPS MDMA Therapy Training and Zendo Project Community Engagement Coordinator Shannon Clare Petitt is one of the many people on the front lines of both the clinical and festival environments.

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The Walls Come Tumbling Down http://psychedelicfrontier.com/walls-tumbling-mdma-psychotherapy/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/walls-tumbling-mdma-psychotherapy/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 11:00:54 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3960 The Walls Come Tumbling Down

This story by Andy Gold first appeared in the MAPS Bulletin, Winter 2016 edition.

I went for my first MDMA-assisted psychotherapy session on November 30, 2015, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Was it really a coincidence that the colonoscopy which found a malignant tumor in my colon some years earlier had also taken place on the Monday after Thanksgiving? I think not. Full circle, indeed.

I arrived at the site in Marin County, Calif., where the session was to take place, at 9:30 in the morning. One of the study requirements is that you do the sessions while fasting. Someone also has to bring you to the site and pick you up. My adult son dropped me off and took a couple of minutes to meet Dr. Phil Wolfson and Julane Andries (the study co-therapists) and see their place. I think he was suitably impressed by the location, and comfortable with the idea of his father tripping in that environment, under the care of those people.

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Psilocybin Healing http://psychedelicfrontier.com/psilocybin-mushrooms-cured/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/psilocybin-mushrooms-cured/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:50:47 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3823 Psilocybin Healing

While traveling in Italy and Greece in 2006 I developed a sinus infection that got so bad that once back in the US it ruptured the lining of my sinuses and allowed a strep infection to travel unchecked into my brain and spinal column. Bacterial meningitis ravaged my brain as a 107° fever raged out of control. I spent a week in the hospital unconscious and on life support before my folks whisked me off to their farm for lots of rest and lots of organic food from their gardens. Years of challenging recovery led to more and more medications and to the eventual realization that all the doctors were ever going to be able to do for me was prescribe more medications or up the dosages of those I was already on.

In the years that followed the meningitis, information about psilocybin mushrooms kept coming across my radar.

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Underwater Tripping http://psychedelicfrontier.com/underwater-tripping-5-hours-bottom-lake/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/underwater-tripping-5-hours-bottom-lake/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:03:04 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3443 Underwater Tripping

Today’s guest post is by Alex Beyman,  an author, diving enthusiast, and psychonaut. His story of tripping at the bottom of a Minnesota Lake was originally posted to Reddit’s /r/drugs forum.

Note: This is not a how-to guide. I do not condone irresponsible diving. I urge readers not to try diving without scuba certification and an understanding of the risks diving entails, especially where DIY gear is concerned. If you’re not careful it’s easy to kill yourself, so don’t try anything similar until you’re certified to dive conventionally.

A few years ago I developed an obsessive interest in diving technology. Submarines, habitats, torpedoes, exoskeletons, you name it. I knew I wanted to try diving but when I read about the regulatory barriers to simply buying gear and diving, I got frustrated and, in keeping with my nature, instead went and built a diving helmet.

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A 1914 Trip Report of Psilocybin Mushrooms from Science Magazine http://psychedelicfrontier.com/1914-trip-report-psilocybin-mushrooms/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/1914-trip-report-psilocybin-mushrooms/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:44:31 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3007 A 1914 Trip Report of Psilocybin Mushrooms from Science Magazine

In the treasure troves of Erowid I found a very old experience report for psilocybin mushrooms — a ‘trip report’ from long before that term was coined. It predates mycologist R. Gordon Wasson’s groundbreaking article, Seeking the Magic Mushroom — which exposed psilocybin mushrooms to a much wider audience in 1957 — by over forty years. It is as funny as it is historically interesting, so I am taking the liberty of re-posting it.

Erowid Note: The following report is from the September 18, 1914 issue of Science magazine, generously contributed to Erowid by archivist Michael Horowitz, as a silvered, heavily-aged copy from old microfiche. This stands out as one of the earliest known experience reports for psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Although the author identifies the mushrooms as Panaeolus papilionaceus, Paul Stamets suggests that Verrill’s identification may have been wrong and the mushrooms might have instead been Panaeolus subbalteatus.

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All the Butterflies http://psychedelicfrontier.com/shrooms-thank-earth-you/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/shrooms-thank-earth-you/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:24:05 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3389 All the Butterflies

Thank Earth You is a memoir by Armand Daigle about his transformation from cubicle slave to a free-spirited creative force. In last week’s chapter, he embarked on a camping trip with three good friends — his wolf pack — and downed a heady brew of psilocybin mushrooms.

This week we share the next chapter, All the Butterflies, in which the mushrooms take effect! Armand calls it “the most important campfire in my twenty-eight years of existence.” If you like what you read, you can buy Thank Earth You here.

On our late afternoon descent, a phalanx of purples, dreams, triangles, oranges, and jellyfish races above us, fanning out from one horizon to another, never to be seen again. But riding in on the coattails to begin the opus of daylight is a new angelic horde of labyrinthine patterns and entangled rapture that’s destined to give the wolves yet another rich, chromatic performance.

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