Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 48719013 Microdosing LSD: Smart Drug or Placebo? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/microdosing-lsd-smart-drug-or-placebo/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/microdosing-lsd-smart-drug-or-placebo/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:31 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4238 Microdosing LSD: Smart Drug or Placebo?

This guest post is by Marlene Rupp, whose fantastic writings and illustrations appear at Sapiensoup.com.

Microdosing LSD promises to act like a mix of Adderall and Prozac but without the side effects. Sounds too good to be true; is it? Some swear by microdosing while others call it a placebo effect. We researched the scientific explanations why microdosing might actually work, the risks involved and evaluated the evidence as of today. Here is what we found.

Microdosing gained currency in Silicon Valley in late 2015 and is spreading like wildfire across the rest of the world. Software developers microdose to enhance their problem-solving capabilities. Biohackers microdose to boost their productivity. People with mood disorders microdose to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Stories of young professionals taking tiny doses of acid before going to the office have been making headlines all throughout the media with The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Forbes, Wired, Rolling Stone and Vice picking up on the trend.

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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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James Fadiman Discusses the Many Benefits of Microdosing http://psychedelicfrontier.com/james-fadiman-microdosing/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/james-fadiman-microdosing/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:02:59 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4179 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 guide, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide — about his microdosing research, the future of psychedelics, and the themes of the upcoming conference.

Hi James, and welcome to the Psychedelic Frontier! Your upcoming talk at Altered Conference (in Berlin, 3-4 November 2017) looks absolutely fascinating.

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Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sitting-not-guiding/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sitting-not-guiding/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:00:16 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4166 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 a distance.

This situation could end in a number of different ways. Some options include:

(A) A medical team appears, ties Olivia to a stretcher as she screams at them to let her go, and administers a benzodiazepine to sedate her.

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Video: Can Ketamine Help You Reduce Problem Drinking? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/video-can-ketamine-help-reduce-problem-drinking/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/video-can-ketamine-help-reduce-problem-drinking/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:08 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4149 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 90 volunteers will receive a ketamine infusion in a controlled setting. Timmy is no stranger to psychedelics. But could a drug he has previously encountered recreationally really help him cut down his drinking?

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A Reverend’s Moving Sermon About Psychedelics and Religion http://psychedelicfrontier.com/change-your-mind-sermon/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/change-your-mind-sermon/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:36 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4106 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, the way you saw yourself, the way you experience the world out there and your relationship to it. How many would be interested? [About a dozen hands went up!]

There are a few adventurers left.

On Good Friday 1962, I was a subject in one of the last legal experiments that were done in this country with psychedelic drugs.

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Scientists Unlock the Mystery of Magic Mushrooms, Allowing for Mass Production of Psilocybin http://psychedelicfrontier.com/4109-2/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/4109-2/#comments Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:00:30 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4109 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 able to splice the mushroom genes into E. coli bacteria so that they, too, could produce psilocybin.

The upshot? A remarkably effective “one-pot reaction” which takes a serotonin-like compound called 4-hydroxy-L-tryptophan and pumps out psilocybin.

The new method improves greatly upon the efficiency of the tried-and-true method of growing mushrooms, and lays the groundwork for industrial-scale psilocybin production.  

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Terence McKenna’s Little Known Ambient Album About DMT http://psychedelicfrontier.com/terence-mckenna-album-dmt/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/terence-mckenna-album-dmt/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:14 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4098 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 pipe.
Something which is smoked.
Behind closed eyelids, a kind of hallucination forms.
A chrysanthemum – a swirling floral pattern.
Overlayed patterns of colours.
You watch the chrysanthemum
and if you’ve taken enough D.M.T.,
after about fifteen seconds,
you are physically propelled through it.

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My Share of Sacramental LSD: Wiccans Celebrate a Lunar Eclipse 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: 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 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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