Published in MAPS Creativity issue Fall 2000
The Creative Process and Entheogens
by Alex Grey
Twenty-five years ago I took my first dose of LSD. The experience was so rich and profound, coupled as it was with the meeting of my future wife, Allyson, that there seemed nothing more important than this revelation of infinite love and unity. Being an artist, I felt that this was the only subject worthy of my time and attention. Spiritual and visionary consciousness assumed primary importance as the focal point of my life and art. My creative process was transformed by my experience with entheogens.
Due to it’s visionary richness, I think the entheogenic [...]
June 12th 1970: One of the most important days in sports history, a day perhaps bigger than any Stanley Cup victory, any World Series, or any Superbowl. 45 years ago today, Dock Ellis pitched an eight-walk, 2-0, no hit-victory while high on LSD.
Ellis, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was ahead of his time in the wild world of sports, not necessarily for his playing style but for his antics on and off the field. He was a flamboyant loudmouth, a shit-talker, and one of the most competitive players in the game. He attempted to hit every batter on the Cincinnati Reds in 1974 and was maced by a security guard for acting out of pocket in 1972. Ellis was also outspoken about [...]
Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it’s not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that listening to music can actually affect the LSD experience on a neurological level—and they have brain scans to back it.
Mendel Kaelen, a PhD student in neuroscience at Imperial College, has led several studies investigating the combined influence of music and psychedelic drugs in human trials. One of the challenges? Choosing the music.
In recent trials, it’s been Kaelen’s responsibility (among other things) to design the perfect playlist for a scientifically-sanctioned psychedelic trip with strict research [...]
Experts have warned that LSD is making a comeback.
The drug, which was favoured in the 1960s and 1970s and again in the 1990s, is seeing another resurgence.
Despite recent trends for cocaine and MDMA, LSD usage is becoming more common in recent years.
LSD – which abbreviates the chemical name lysergic acid diethylamide – is a powerful hallucinogenic drug, it causes users to experience a distorted version of reality.
As well as seeing and hearing things that aren’t there, perceptions of time and movement can appear to speed up or slow down.
Experiences with acid – commonly referred to as a trip – are pretty unpredictable and though some are pleasant, [...]
MEXICO CITY — Mexico decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin on Friday — a move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the government’s grueling battle against drug traffickers. Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico’s corruption-prone police from shaking down casual users and offers addicts free drug treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.
“This is not legalization, this is regulating the issue and giving citizens greater legal certainty,” said Bernardo Espino del Castillo of the attorney general’s office.
The new law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and [...]
You can view all of the Lectures of this years Breaking Convention on the Trip Tamine YouTube Channel.
Speaking at Breaking Convention, a three-day conference held in London that aimed to explore the benefits of psychedelic drugs as medicines, amongst other topics, Professor David Nutt talked to me about his concerns on how the law is interfering with medical research and why LSD is still a problem child.
Professor David Nutt is to drug science what David Attenborough is to the natural world. A renowned neuropsychopharmacologist based at Imperial College, London, Professor Nutt is famed for sparking debates around illegal drugs and government policies. He is one of a [...]
In your festival adventures you may run across someone who is having a difficult psychedelic experience. It’s important that we all take care of each other at festivals so don’t abandon someone who may need your help. If that someone seems to be posing a danger to themselves or others, alert festival security immediately. Being a good samaritan shouldn’t put you in physical danger.
However, if the person is lost and confused there are ways you can support him or her and keep them safe. Consider assisting them in getting to the medical tent. If you’re concerned you may get in trouble check out this helpful response from our column Ask The Festival [...]
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The mind expanding hallucinogenic substance called LSD-25 has been considered by many to be the shamanistic sacrament of our generation. For the first time ever scientists are researching how LSD affects the brain in order to further it’s potential to be used medicinally against depression and addiction.
The first controlled LSD study in over 40 years was recently published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The study consisted of 12 participants who suffer from “anxiety, depression, as well as unresolved family and relationship issues” resulting from life-threatening illness. To no surprise by many of our readers, the study observed a significant drop in anxiety levels among the participants, many having a lasting effect.
The study focused on individuals who had no alcohol or drug dependence and who were facing serious life-threatening illnesses. The vast majority of the participants had never tried psychedelics. The clinical trial was a “phase 2 [...]
At the fifth annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York City in October 2011, pioneering psychedelic researcher Dr. James Fadiman solidified his reemergence as a leading researcher of and advocate for psychedelic substances. Fadiman had done groundbreaking research with LSD up until the very day it was federally banned in 1966, but after that, he retreated into a life of quiet conventionality—at least on the surface.
While Fadiman disappeared himself from the public eye for decades, he never did give up him interest in and enthusiasm for psychedelics. A year before appearing at Horizons, he published his life’s work, The Psychedelic Explorer’s [...]
At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited for their government-approved dose of LSD to kick in. From across the suite and with no small amount of anticipation, Dr. James Fadiman spun the knobs of an impeccable sound system and unleashed Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.” Then he stood by, ready to ease any concerns or discomfort.
For this particular experiment, the couched volunteers had each brought along three highly technical problems from [...]
Sex and psychedelics go together more than bread and butter – we have only buttered bread for maybe thirty thousand years, but archeology increasingly supports that humans have an intimate relationship with visionary plants and fungi so immensely ancient that it shaped our brains and may have been, in part, responsible for language as we know it.
In rhetorician Richard Doyle’s book, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere, he makes a potent argument that DMT-containing vines and “magic” psilocybin mushrooms supercharge our eloquence as we attempt and fail to tell each other what on Earth our trips were like – a kind of wrestling with angels that we [...]