Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 48719013 The Sun is Always Shining http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sun-always-shining/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/sun-always-shining/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:30:09 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4799 The Sun is Always Shining

In this incredible, low-key little video (just shy of 3 minutes), Dr Dan Brown, discusses the nature of awareness and self. Dr. Brown is a Harvard clinical psychologist and Tibetan Buddhist scholar, and the video is made complete with ink and pencil animations by Claudia Biçen and music by Marcus Ostermiller. Fans of Alan Watts will definitely appreciate it.

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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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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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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

Eye-Uh-Waz-Kah

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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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/#comments 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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