Author: Jim McAllister

by Jeronimo Sanz (Creative Commons)

The Ego as the Infinite?

After putting down the book Gnostic Philosophy (2005) by Tobias Churlton I was struck by a thought which, as thoughts tend to, quickly led onto several others. My main single reflection could be summed up as follows: If Gnostic thought is consumed with a stripping away of the conscious ego...

Psilocybes by Dzilam

Evolution of the Mushroom Symphony

The earliest suggested depiction of human mushroom use is represented in cave art found within the Tassili plateau in Southern Algeria, and is approximately seven thousand years old (Stamets, 1996). The artwork portrays a bee-headed figure with mushroom fruiting bodies for fingers, coupled with an outline also infused with fungal shapes. It has...

by APDK

Nature’s Pharmacy

These days one cannot think of any UK-based apothecary without triggering internal images of aisles upon aisles of overpriced, gaudy cardboard enshrined creams and tablets, guarded by busy, white-coated workers; each infused, in equal measures, by a discrete ambience of detachment and patronization. It was, however, the ancient Greek civilisation...

by Vovan UK

The Physicalism of Hallucinations

Within the realm of folk psychology, defined as ‘common sense’ by your author, humans in the western world have been shunted down a pathway of thought that seems to write off the ideas, images and concepts gleaned from certain altered states of consciousness; such as hallucinations, illusions and their ilk.  Whilst it’s...

Calming the Eternal Footman: Psilocybin and Cancer Psychopharmacology

Calming the Eternal Footman: Psilocybin and Cancer Psychopharmacology

A chapter within the book Psychological Aspects of Cancer (2012), by Bossis, Grob and Griffiths, has had cause to review the usage of psilocybin within clinical trials regarding psychopharmacology and psychiatry. The particular impetus behind this particular set of tests is concerned with using Psilocybin “to amelioerate psychospiritual distress and...

Darwins Pharmacy

Darwin’s Pharmacy by Richard M. Doyle

Published in 2011 by the University of Washington Press, ‘Darwin’s Pharmacy’ is written by Professor of English, science, technology and society, at Pennsylvania State University, Richard M. Doyle. It is an analysis of the bond between psychotropic literature and human evolution. It  attempts to link how plants, animals and the...

by starpinker

Depression and the drug known affectionately as AZD6765

More evidence for the effects of an anti-depressant that can really affect sufferers of ‘treatment-less’ depression has been uncovered by clinical trials, headed by Dr Carlos Zarate, for the National Institute of  Health earlier this year.  The drug known affectionately as AZD6765 works by blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter...

by Erix!

Psychedelic Lichen

Psychedelic compounds can be found throughout a range of different groups of flora. With this thought in mind it is surprising to think that so few of these plants are actually discussed or experienced within drug circles in the Western World. It doesn’t stop at plants either, what with certain...

by srqpix

Deliriants and the Weaponized Hallucinogen

‘……You know how it is: you’re out at night looking for kicks and somebody’s passing around a weaponized hallucinogen’. This line from the 2005 film Batman Begins, as with most Hollywood creations, manages to detach its words from its action by suspending the willingness to listen to the quiet voice...

by IsaacMao

Psychoactive happiness: Neurotransmitters for smiles and therapy

It was C.S Lewis that once remarked: ‘As soon as you deal with sex explicitly, you are forced to choose between the language of the nursery, the gutter, and the anatomy class’. The same is true when one is dealing explicitly with psychoactives and their subsequent effects. With the possible...

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