psychedelic therapy – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Wed, 16 May 2018 11:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 48719013 Good-bye Sasha: Legendary Chemist Alexander Shulgin Dies at 88 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/good-bye-sasha-chemist-alexander-shulgin-dies/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/good-bye-sasha-chemist-alexander-shulgin-dies/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:08:48 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3088 Good-bye Sasha: Legendary Chemist Alexander Shulgin Dies at 88

Dr. Alexander Shulgin, the influential and beloved psychedelic pioneer, has passed away at the age of 88. He died of liver cancer on Monday, 2 June, surrounded by family and friends at his home in California. Shulgin had suffered declining health in the past few years, including a stroke and the onset of dementia beginning in 2010. About his final days, his wife Ann wrote:

Sasha knows that he’s dying, but that doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t know he has cancer of the liver, and there’s no need for him to know; that knowledge would give him nothing useful. After all, as he has said, “We all have to die of something!”

Thanks to all of you for your support all these years. We appreciate every single dollar and every note or e-mail. You have kept our Tibetan and British caregivers here with him, and he has been surrounded by love and a lot of laughter, due to your help and compassion.

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“Ask Me Anything” Reddit Interview with Rick Doblin & MAPS http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ask-me-anything-reddit-interview-rick-doblin-maps/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ask-me-anything-reddit-interview-rick-doblin-maps/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:33:14 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1791 “Ask Me Anything” Reddit Interview with Rick Doblin & MAPS

Yesterday, Rick Doblin and ten other MAPS staff members engaged in an online “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. The turnout was phenomenal. Questions ran the gamut from personal (“Have you ever tried psychedelics?”) to political (“Will the legalization of psychedelics will come next after marijuana?”) and much more.

Several posters asked about minimizing the risk of MDMA toxicity, while others were curious about treatments for cluster headaches, depression, autism, and other conditions. A couple people even asked if MAPS accepts Bitcoin (as of yesterday, they do). As you might expect, the answers from MAPS staff were incredibly informative and insightful.

It can be a hassle to sift through all the replies on Reddit, so I have copied the questions and arranged them by topic below. This was a live online interview, so please excuse any typos made in the questions and answers. My omissions and minor changes are indicated in square brackets.

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Tripping as a Tool for Self-Realization http://psychedelicfrontier.com/tripping-tool-self-realization/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/tripping-tool-self-realization/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 18:02:25 +0000 http://www.psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=508 Tripping as a Tool for Self-Realization

Psychedelics are the chameleons of the drug world — amenable to a variety of uses, dependent on the user’s attitude. The importance of set and setting cannot be overstated. If you use them as intoxicants, you will become intoxicated. If you want to see pretty shapes and colors and “trip out” to music, then they will act as sensory enhancers. If you just want a new mode of consciousness that leads you to experience life in a novel way, they will satisfy that urge.

There’s nothing wrong with these approaches. “Getting fucked up” can be a completely legitimate reason to trip (though not the safest or most productive one). There’s no need for self-described “serious” psychonauts to condescend to recreational users. (See Sacredness is in the eye of the beholder for my thoughts on that issue.) Everyone enjoys sovereignty over his or her own consciousness — this is the meaning of cognitive liberty.

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