Uncategorized – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:09:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 48719013 From “X” to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin http://psychedelicfrontier.com/discussing-mdma-rick-doblin/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/discussing-mdma-rick-doblin/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:00:27 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4284 From “X” to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin

The following is excerpted from Dr. Richard Louis Miller’s excellent new book,  Psychedelic Medicine.

MDMA: Heart Medicine

 

Substance: MDMA (3,4- methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), aka Molly, Ecstasy, “X,” “E”, “XTC”, ADAM

Schedule: I (No recognized medical use and high potential for abuse)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.: Drawing a Map from “X” to Rx
March 5, 2013 (with excerpts from August 18, 2015)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.

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Brilliant Cannabis Commercial Parodies Ridiculous Pharma Ads http://psychedelicfrontier.com/cannabis-commercial-parodies/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/cannabis-commercial-parodies/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:53 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4249 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 certain regions for obvious legal reasons. But be warned, if you start using their product, you may suffer from “elevated sensitivity to musical dopeness” and “relentless optimism.”

Weed — ask your doctor today!

Would you be interested in a cannabis delivery service it one was available in your area?

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Watch Mormon Missionaries Try LSD for the First Time http://psychedelicfrontier.com/mormons-try-lsd/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/mormons-try-lsd/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:00:34 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4182 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.

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Too Big for a Nobel Prize: Remembering Sasha Shulgin http://psychedelicfrontier.com/remembering-sasha-shulgin/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/remembering-sasha-shulgin/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:54:24 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3777 Too Big for a Nobel Prize: Remembering Sasha Shulgin

David Presti celebrates Sasha Shulgin in the most recent MAPS Bulletin.

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin was born in Berkeley on June 17, 1925, and received his bachelor’s (1949) and doctorate (1955) degrees from the local college, the University of California in Berkeley. Except for some time spent as an undergraduate at Harvard and a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he lived his entire life either in Berkeley or nearby in the East Bay.

Sasha’s doctoral research in biochemistry at UC Berkeley developed methods for the synthesis of amino acids containing chemical isotopes of carbon and nitrogen. Isotopically labeled molecules like these are useful for investigating details of metabolic pathways, how the body manufactures this from that.

Although Sasha later wrote that his doctoral work was “uninspired” and “dull” (PiHKAL, Chapter 2), adjectives like these are commonly applied to graduate-school projects.

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Dreaming While Awake http://psychedelicfrontier.com/dreaming-while-awake-mike-jay/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/dreaming-while-awake-mike-jay/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:27:20 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3626 Dreaming While Awake

Today’s guest post is by Mike Jay, the celebrated author of High Society, an illustrated global history of drugs, among other books. His essays have appeared in Aeon Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the London Review of Books, covering topics as diverse as drugs and creativity, flying potions, influencing machines, brainwashing, and opium pipes.

 

In February 1758 the 90-year-old Charles Lullin, a retired Swiss civil servant whose sight had been progressively failing since a cataract operation five years before, began to see considerably more than he had become accustomed to. For the next several months he was visited in his apartment by a silent procession of figures, invisible to everyone but him: young men in magnificent cloaks, perfectly coiffured ladies carrying boxes on their heads, girls dancing in silks and ribbons. These visions were recorded and published in 1760 by his grandson, the naturalist Charles Bonnet, after whom the syndrome of hallucinations in the elderly and partially sighted would much later be named.

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Six Things the World Could Learn from Burning Man http://psychedelicfrontier.com/six-things-world-learn-burning-man/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/six-things-world-learn-burning-man/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:21:18 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3438 Six Things the World Could Learn from Burning Man

Meditation instructor Emily Fletcher gives an excellent talk on the six things we can learn from Burning Man. From the video description:

Most people think that Burning Man is a bunch of naked hippies doing drugs in the desert… and they are right. But Burning Man is also much, much more. It has become a giant social experiment. It has launched movements, shaped global organizations and brought creativity to a whole new level to those who are brave enough to face the heat and face themselves in the infamous dust.

Check out the video. But I warn you — once you start watching, you’ll want to go to Burning Man!

 

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Happy Birthday, Psy Frontier! The Best of Year One http://psychedelicfrontier.com/happy-birthday-psy-frontier-best-of-year-one/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/happy-birthday-psy-frontier-best-of-year-one/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:30:54 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2492 Happy Birthday, Psy Frontier! The Best of Year One

To see the top ten posts of the past year, scroll down.

My first post — a video of a neon tree that I shot in Austin, Texas while tripping on shrooms — went online one year ago. And what a year it’s been!

Say hello on Twitter or Facebook!

In its first year, Psychedelic Frontier gathered around 500 Facebook fans, a thousand Twitter followers, and hundreds of thousands of views from people all around the world. But the numbers mean nothing compared to engagement — what really thrills me is when I get to interact with my readers, and interview people like filmmakers Rak Razam and Oliver Hockenhull.

I consider every post to be an invitation for discussion, and I love when people leave comments about their own experiences and perspectives. So for reading, commenting, and sharing, thank you all very much! 

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