Aldous-Huxley – Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 Moksha Medicine: Powerful Excerpts from Huxley’s “Island” Mon, 12 May 2014 11:53:54 +0000 Moksha Medicine: Powerful Excerpts from Huxley’s “Island”

One of my favorite books is Island by Aldous Huxley, a book often prized by psychonauts and others who enjoy looking at society from the outside in. In Island, Huxley lays out the structure for an ideal society while making piercing criticisms of modern Western culture.

As the title indicates, Huxley’s utopia is set on a small island, far removed from modern technology and divisive global politics. Some have criticized the book’s characterization and plot, but in Island these are secondary. This book’s main strength is in elaborating a great thinker’s vision of a truly civilized society.

I want to share a couple excerpts of this remarkable book with you. If I mentioned every noteworthy line, I’d end up reprinting the whole book, so I’ll limit myself to a couple highlights.


Dope or Medicine?

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One Last LSD Trip Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:20:31 +0000 One Last LSD Trip

Aldous Huxley was known for his incredible books and essays, among them The Doors of Perception, a 1954 book discussing his experiences with mescaline, and Island, a novel about a utopian society. In Island, the citizens inhabit a constant state of acceptance thanks to meditation and a psychedelic agent they call “moksha medicine.” A character describes moksha as “the reality reliever, the truth-and-beauty pill,” allowing users to “catch a glimpse of the world as it looks to someone who has been liberated from his bondage to the ego.” Huxley was an elder statesman of the psychedelic movement, one who advocated the intelligent and cautious use of these chemicals to liberate the human spirit.

So it is fitting that, on the day he died of cancer 1963, Huxley asked his wife Laura to administer LSD to him — his own moksha medicine of choice.

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How Psilocybin Works: Addition by Subtraction Wed, 15 May 2013 01:32:53 +0000 How Psilocybin Works: Addition by Subtraction

Psychedelic Frontier gladly welcomes our first guest, Zizo! A big thanks to Zizo for today’s post about some surprising psilocybin research results.

Psilocybin is the inactive precursor of psilocin, the chemical primarily responsible for the hallucinogenic effects of Psilocybe “magic mushrooms”.  Though human cultures have used this entheogen for many centuries, we are only just beginning to understand the physiological mechanism by which it produces its psychedelic effects. This slow scientific progress is a result of harsh international drug policy, but I digress…

The psychedelic trip is often described as profoundly mind-expanding, and the brain is popularly presumed to run in overdrive while processing so many complex and non-linear thoughts. Until recently, our understanding of psilocin’s pharmacology has supported this theory of increased brain activity. Like most psychedelics, psilocin works by binding to serotonin receptors (with particular action at the 5-HT2A subtype).

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Free Book: The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley Fri, 03 May 2013 02:36:06 +0000 Free Book: The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley became a pioneer in the (practically nonexistent) field of modern psychedelic literature in 1954 when he published The Doors of Perception, a short but detailed book about his experience with mescaline. Many people would hesitate to publish a book about such a controversial and personal topic even today, half a century later, but Huxley staked his claim smack dab in the middle of the 1950s. The term “psychedelic” hadn’t even been coined yet (though Huxley would contribute to its creation a few years later).

This book represents one of the first and best-known “trip reports”, at least in the West, placing it alongside classic documents like Albert Hofmann’s 1943 journal, which details the first ever LSD trip. By introducing curious Westerners to the idea of the psychedelic experience, and to mescaline in particular, Huxley opened the doors of perception for generations of psychonauts. They haven’t closed since.

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