Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Fri, 11 Sep 2020 01:08:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 How Mescaline Helped Me to Better Understand Schopenhauer’s Philosophy Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:46:24 +0000 How Mescaline Helped Me to Better Understand Schopenhauer’s Philosophy

This guest post is by Sam Woolfe, a freelance writer who blogs about philosophy, ethics, psychology, and mental health at Catch him on Twitter: @samwoolfe

A psychedelic experience can often be a chance to put our fundamental beliefs and opinions under the spotlight, whether intentionally or not. I’ve had a few experiences like this, particularly through solo experimentation with mescaline HCl, with the most profound experiences featuring major shifts in how I view myself and existence itself. In moments of clarity, narrow and negative beliefs about what I am like as a person and how I view the world and other people were replaced by more expansive and warmer tendencies.

There have also been times when I’ve examined certain philosophical assumptions I hold. One of these philosophical beliefs was veganism. In this piece, I’d like to describe what this experience was like and how it – through a process of integration – helped me to better understand the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

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To maintain momentum, the Psychedelic Renaissance must go mainstream. Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:44:18 +0000 To maintain momentum, the Psychedelic Renaissance must go mainstream. 

This guest post is by Magdalena Tanev, Co-host of the Brains Byte Back podcast and Senior Writer at Publicize.

The tides have turned regarding public opinion about psychedelics. Since Nixon’s 1970 Controlled Substances Act, which criminalized LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, and DMT, potential uses for these drugs have been legally stopped in their tracks and engulfed by a widespread moral panic. Until now.

Not only are we seeing an uptick in vital research for clinical and therapeutic applications of drugs like psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, and ketamine, but big names from across the spectrum are speaking out in support of psychedelics and plant medicines. Bringing this conversation into the mainstream will play a key role in pushing research forward, shifting attitudes, decriminalization and, hopefully, the successful re-integration of these compounds back into modern society.

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Coronavirus Silver Lining Sat, 09 May 2020 12:30:58 +0000 Coronavirus Silver Lining

Isn’t it time for a little good news? Today’s guest post by Lucia Huang is about Osmind, an organization offering a ray of sunshine in a time of cloudy uncertainty.

This month, calls to the U.S. crisis hotline jumped 891%. Almost half of adults sheltering in place say that coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health. COVID-19 has also halted or slowed U.S. clinical trials advancing new medicines, many in behavioral health and psychedelic medicine including trials on MDMA and psilocybin. The pandemic has both short- and long-term implications on our mental health and is at least a short-term hit to medical innovation.

But there’s hope. As this pandemic sheds light on our broken mental healthcare system, there may be lasting changes that can finally begin to improve mental health for all. What’s potentially even more powerful is the national spotlight on mental health.

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New short film, Debbie and Doug Drop Acid in the Desert Tue, 14 Apr 2020 16:59:32 +0000 New short film, Debbie and Doug Drop Acid in the Desert

A very trippy new short film comes out today, and you can watch it for free!

Here’s how the filmmakers describe it on the film’s website:

Debbie and Doug (Angela Gulner and Zack Gold) are desperate to re-ignite the fire of their once passionate marriage, but their future is uncertain. About to hit rock bottom, they enlist the help of an alternative therapist (Maria Bamford) who claims that the only way to save their relationship from impending death is to take acid in Joshua Tree. When they accidentally take ‘ way, way, way too much’ of this prescribed antidote, Debbie and Doug are transported into a hallucinatory world filled with bizarre and hilarious characters (Larry King and Paul Scheer) who shed a unique light on the problems affecting both their relationship and themselves—forcing them to journey within to learn a sobering lesson in love.

Debbie and Doug Drop Acid in the Desert represents a very personal catharsis for director Scott Brown, who says “this film came screaming out of me in a dark time and it became incandescent, and in it, so much heavy weight evaporated.” It’s a story, he says, “about people desperate to love the person right next to them and somehow having forgotten how to do it.

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A Long Time Ago When the Sky Kissed Me Back Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:37:16 +0000 A Long Time Ago When the Sky Kissed Me Back

This story of unexpected samadhi is excerpted from Mike Millard’s new book, Love in the Time of Trump: A jagged memoir of the psychedelic ‘60s, today’s politics and religion.

School was out on that beautiful San Francisco spring day with protest in the air. Sagittarius dropped by to see if I wanted to go tripping around. His battered blue Monza convertible was running again and he had the top down. Sagittarius was a bit of a head case, but he was an old friend of Vernon’s and I knew him well enough to be fairly comfortable around him. “Cool,” I said. “This weather’s incredible, eh?”

“Yeah, it’s groovy and I have some new blotter,” he said. “Want to give it a try?”

I did. I and most City College students were on strike because Nixon and Kissinger had invaded Cambodia.

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The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:48:40 +0000 The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics

Millions of dollars are being poured into microdosing research. The latest video of Dope Science, brought to you by FreeThink, explains why.

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Cultivating Inner Growth Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:00:25 +0000 Cultivating Inner Growth

This article is by Shannon Clare, M.A., the Associate Director of Training & Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. It first appeared in the MAPS Bulletin Winter 2018: Vol. 28, No. 3 and is reprinted here with permission. Please consider donating monthly (or even just once) to support the incredible work that MAPS does to advance psychedelic science and profound healing.

Just as a seed has within it the knowledge to grow, humans have an innate capacity to heal, when given the right environment to do so. When help is needed to create that environment, psychotherapy, like a greenhouse, can provide a container conducive to healing.

The term “inner healing intelligence” refers to the knowledge and power within oneself to move towards wholeness and wellbeing. There are many terms that could be used here; various paradigms of thought would articulate these concepts in different ways; some might reference Spirit, truth, unity, and there are many other terms that can and do carry similar meaning.

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Psychedelics and Witchcraft — The Truth About Hallucinogenic “Hexing Herbs” Sun, 28 Oct 2018 18:16:55 +0000 Psychedelics and Witchcraft — The Truth About Hallucinogenic “Hexing Herbs”

Were “hexing herbs” really used by witches in medieval times? Are they for healing, cursing, or consorting with the Devil? Learn all about the sordid history of Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, and Henbane in today’s post.

This text appeared in the original manuscript of Magic Medicine, my new book about the most fascinating psychedelics on the planet, but was cut for length. So this a sneak peek into the finished book, which covers 23 different plants, fungi, fish, and synthetic substances, from ayahuasca and 2C-B to “mad honey” and hallucinogenic sea sponges.

Origins and Background

Throughout human history, few plants have commanded as much respect – and fear – as the nightshades. Of the Solanaceae, a family of more than 2,700 distinct species including potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, and tobacco, a few particular plants stand out in botanical lore for their disturbing and powerful effects.

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Welcome to NYC’s Psychedelic Film & Music Festival Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:44:28 +0000 Welcome to NYC’s Psychedelic Film & Music Festival

One of the most intriguing film and music festivals is coming to New York City, and it’s all about tripping: The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival is billed as “an ode to the exploration of altered states of consciousness created by music, art, film and psychedelia.” Its mission is “to explore the outer limits of consciousness with respect for others and the planet. To create a new paradigm for the adventurous.”

Highlights include a performance by psych-horror soundtrack musician Simon Boswell, a talk with ethnopharmacologist and botanist Dennis McKenna (brother of the late Terence McKenna), the world premiere of comedian Shane Mauss’s new film, Psychonautics, along with a post-screening discussions with Shane himself, and the world premiere of the feature documentary From Shock to Awe, about two combat veterans healing trauma with psychedelics. Check out the loads of other incredible films and performances on the festival website.

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‘Magic Medicine’ Author Featured on Psychedelic Milk Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:00:53 +0000 ‘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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