Psychedelics are illegal in most nations around the world. However, we might be losing out on some amazing benefits that they may offer.
For thousands of years, cultures worldwide have been using hallucinogens. There are even cave paintings in the Sahara that date back to 7000 BC, depicting the use of magic mushrooms.
Just a little over a decade ago, in 2005, the government of the United Kingdom named magic mushrooms as a Class A drug. That means that possessing them means seven years of jail time, and selling the drugs could mean a life sentence.
Most other countries, including the United States and [...]
New research out of London suggests psychedelics, specifically psilocybin the active component of magic mushrooms, can have similar effects on the brain to meditation. More importantly, the two states of mind each generates may one day be used to help those suffering from depression or anxiety.
When Ram Dass, American spiritualist, writer and associate of Timothy Leary, gave his Indian guru and master meditator, Maharaji, a massive dose of LSD, Dass expected the worse you could imagine from giving an old man a hallucinogenic drug. To much his surprise, Maharaji felt absolutely nothing except for a giggle or two. Skeptical that the man had even swallowed the capsules, Dass made [...]
Maybe this video prods you to take the plunge and courageously take on your first psychedelic experience, be sure you keep safe and if its your first time, have a sitter.
Psychedelic drugs, including LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline, have long had an association with spiritual pursuits. For example, psychedelic plants, such as psilocybe mushrooms, peyote, and ayahuasca have long been used in shamanic traditions in the Americas (Lerner & Lyvers, 2006). Recent research has found that administering psychedelic drugs in a supportive setting can occasion profound mystical experiences. For example, a recent study found that about 60% of volunteers in an experiment on the effects of psilocybin, who had never before used psychedelic drugs, had a “complete mystical experience” characterised by experiences such as unity with all things, transcendence of time [...]
I was fortunate enough to attend the Breaking Convention event this year, which was held in London UK. I was also fortunate enough to get onboard the team of volunteers at the event and film the lectures.
The event took place over 3 days during the period of the 10th to 12th of July 2015. Other than the lectures, the event hosted many workshops on the side and included many respected speakers from around the world, including David Nutt, Rick Strassman and others.
All the lectures can be viewed for free on my YouTube Channel. Please share with your circle and help spread the word.
YouTube Channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/triptamine777
Have you encountered stick men, machine elves or other discarnate entities while tripping brains on DMT? If so, you’re not alone. The use of the powerful, fast-acting psychedelic dimethyltriptamine (DMT) generates reports of such entities on a regular basis.
DMT has been around for a long time, although it’s never been that popular—and encounters with extradimensional critters may be part of the reason why. Back in the 1970s, it was known as “the businessman’s trip” because you could take it at the beginning of the lunch hour and be back to normal it was time to go back to work. When smoked, the psychedelic effects begin almost immediately and [...]
Everyone is interested in experimenting with their consciousness and nervous system to a varying degree. Whether you are drinking coffee, alcohol, or ayahuasca, you are doing something that is going to negatively impact your health in one way or another. There is a sort of romanticism of drugs within the spiritual community, in particular the psychedelic kind, that is convincing people that drugs are not only safe for recreation but are necessary for spiritual development
For every instance you can point to an ancient culture that used substance for ceremonial and spiritual purpose, you can also find many other practices they did to alter their consciousness that involved [...]
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we try to parse how to tell if you are going to have a negative psychedelic experience.
Though they’re illegal as ever, psychedelic drugs no longer have quite the bad rap they accumulated in the decades after the 1960s. Though memories of the notorious brown acid of Woodstock still haunt young trippers, scientists recently have been more focused on the positive, even healing effects these substances can produce when they’re used in controlled settings. But, as many music festival attendees know, bad trips can still happen. We asked experts what circumstances [...]
Each individual has the power to become great, to become special by understanding the core of his or her existence. However, society and culture have taken some of that power away through actions such as prohibition of the use of psychedelic plants. The powers that be aren’t concerned about whether or not people jump out of windows or that public health is deteriorating. They just don’t want people to take back their own minds.
You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. Terence McKenna
Psychedelics in particular are nothing new to human history and have served as catalysts and vehicles of consciousness in many cultures and societies. Walsh (2003) lists various examples in his article, Enthoegens: True or False?
Historical examples include Hinduism’s soma, the Zoroastrian haoma, the Australian Aboriginals’ Pituri, Zen’s tea, the kykeon of the Greek Eleusinian mysteries (Smith, 1964), and the wine of Dionysis Eleutherios (Dionysis the Liberator) (Marrero, 2003). Contemporary examples include the native American peyote, the Rastafarian ganja (marijuana), and the South American shamans’ ayahuasca (Harner, 1973; Walsh, 1990). Clearly there has been widespread [...]
Joey Baker is a young artist that uses his artistic creativity to investigate life, death, and everything in between. With influences stemming from the arts, modern sciences, mathematics and ancient philosophies, Joey’s creations are bewildering yet beautiful as they take you to vibrant, mystical realms full of detail and complexity. Joey lives and works in London, UK with commissioned work including paintings, album artwork, t-shirt designs, poster designs, tattoos, drawings, company logos, and murals.
My art tries to imitate my love for discovery towards self-truth, depicting my forever on going understanding of the world around me. It is a blog of my life; the unknown [...]