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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...

Open

Reflections on the Stichting Open psychedelics conference 2012

The following article is written by Persephony. Over the 6 – 7 of October, 2012, the Stichting Open Foundation held its Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research in Amsterdam.  The Conference was held in Mozeshuis Waterloplein and where else better to hold such an event than Mozeshuis, an old church. A...

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lecture Series Presents: The Mayan Prophecy, Timewave Zero and 2012… The Great Debate

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lecture Series Presents: The Mayan Prophecy, Timewave Zero and 2012… The Great Debate

With the end of the 13th b’ak’tun just around the corner on 21st December 2012 – the most anticipated winter solstice this side of the eschaton – our Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness awaits some kind of immanent shift… or so they say. Well at least everyone from John Major Jenkins...

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lecture Series Presents: Stones Peacocks and Blue-throated Goats – Mike Crowley

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness Lecture Series Presents: Stones Peacocks and Blue-throated Goats – Mike Crowley

Drawing upon myth, folklore and Sanskrit word-play, Mike Crowley demonstrates that the peacock was used in both Hinduism and Buddhism as a symbol for psychedelic mushrooms, particularly those which bruise blue, such as Psilocybe cubensis. This hypothesis offers an explanation for the association of peacocks with amrita (the tantric psychedelic...

Psychonaut's Guide

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape by Dan Carpenter

Originally published in 2006 ‘A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience’ is written by Dan Carpenter. The book details the thirteen high-dose experiences the author had with dextromethorphan (DXM) between January 2003 and July 2004. This book stands in the shadow of Terence McKenna’s...

by indi.ca

The Action of Ketamine on Brains and Society

Unlike any other Class C drug ketamine is responsible for more poorly constructed equine jokes than seems necessary. However, a recent report in the UK suggests there has been decrease in low grade heroin usage in favour of ketamine. (A certain irony here is found in a slang term for...

Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

UBC, Vancouver, October 26~28, 2012 In this period of rapid change, the call to individual and collective awakening is clear. It’s beyond coincidence that the use of visionary/healing/awakening plants such as ayahuasca, psilocybe mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, and others is spreading rapidly at this time. When encountered in the best...

The Pursuit of Oblivion

The Pursuit of Oblivion by Richard Davenport-Hines

Originally published in 2001 ‘The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics 1500-2000’ by Richard Davenport-Hines is a very well researched and densely packed history that documents changing attitudes to drugs in society. Davenport-Hines is a writer and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His previous works include ‘Sex,...

brain by jetheriot

Nutt’s Psilocybin Research: Overcoming Folk Psychology

Of course I had heard the folk psychology of mind expansion before, I thought, as I took my first chew on what seemed to be a rather unappetising looking rotten straw. But that began during the flush of youth, before one could have foreseen the tragedy of cognition whittling away...

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