Love as the Force of Revolution: The Occupy Movement and Beyond

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Last year in May or June I realized that my political views were not quite what they used to be.  It occurred to me that the words "Revolutions + justice" on my facebook profile were no longer adequate to what I felt was my politics.  It occurred to me that love was a crucial element of politics, and I proceeded to add "Love" before "revolutions + justice".  It felt like a radical act.

Love + Revolutions + Justice

On the night of October 25, in Oakland, I lit tealights and placed them on our front and back porch stairs with two of my housemates.  It was Diwali already in India, and I was supposed to have risen early the next morning to join my mother and brother over skype as they performed the diwali havan.  In all the years I have been living away, it was the first time we would be celebrating together, via technology, a festival that holds special meaning for my family. It was also the infamous night when Occupy Oakland was tear-gassed.  

Earlier that morning, between 2am and 5am, the police had raided the camp at the Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza.  The Occupy Oakland text alert had sent out message after message as the raid proceeded; I had read them upon waking up and this is how I had received them: Heavy police presence. Raid is imminent. / Raid is confirmed. / Please wake up friends and come help defend! / Please come! / Please come! / Please come!  Like sharp blows, like pleas ignored, like help not given.  There had been over a hundred arrests before dawn.  

By evening, people were back on the streets.  A short while after lighting the tealights, we started hearing the helicopters.  Text messages reported that the police were using tear gas upon the people.  For a while, we tried to ignore the sound of the helicopters and the texts.  I changed my clothes and got into bed, but could not sleep.  It seemed as though the pain in my heart was growing and growing.

What can one do during a revolution?  What can one do to help a revolution along?  My housemates and I decided to go to the plaza with a bag full of rags and vinegar, which we naïvely hoped to hand in to the protestors so they could protect their faces.  Of course, when we got there, we did not find a discrete group of "protestors" we could just hand over these things to.  Instead, we found hundreds of people milling about, standing about, while the police in riot-gear barricaded the plaza from all directions.  And I found two persons sitting across the barricades and quietly looking at the police.  This felt so powerful that I joined them, and once I was sitting cross-legged, it seemed natural to begin meditating.  When I opened my eyes, at least a dozen other people had joined us in the meditation. 

The story of the night does not end here.  At some point, there was a commotion in the crowd.  One of the protestors had hurled abuses at the police, and he was quietly but firmly asked by the others to back out.  Someone with a megaphone suggested individuals come forward and assure the police that most of the people present stood for non-violence.  It suddenly struck me that I wanted to go up to the megaphone and say "I love you" to the police.  I went, quavering, wondering if people would think this was inane and, as I took the horn in my hand, there was a light explosion a few feet to my right — firecracker thrown by a protestor? flash grenade thrown by a cop? — followed almost immediately by a tear gas canister fired at the crowd.

Even as I was running, even as I found my housemates and we found a safe spot and quickly doused rags with vinegar and put them against our burning eyes and nose, I found myself thinking, "Wow, that was quite a coincidence."  Not then, but a while later, after the bravehearts, the largehearts, of Oakland were back in front of the barricades speaking about non-violence, I did go up to the megaphone and say "I love you" to the police and to all the people present.  And people around me said to me, "Thank you for saying that."   

Collective Unconscious as Intelligence

How do we read the synchronicity between my attempted speaking of love and the firing of tear gas that momentarily blocked it?  Was it a challenge the universe was throwing in my direction: could I, even in the face of violence, hold love in my heart?  If so, I have reasons to suspect that this "I" that I speak of is not just a personal "I".  My "I love you" came before I knew that love had become a meme in the Occupy movement, that meditations were a part of the regular schedule of the Occupy Oakland camp, that inter-meditational sits were being organized as a way of being present at Occupy San Francisco by several mindfulness-based communities coming together.  My "I love you" came, I believe, from a collective mind.

C.G. Jung conceptualized the collective unconscious, a part of the psyche that exists beyond the level of the personal: "The collective unconscious is common to all; it is the foundation of what the ancients called the 'sympathy of all things"' (1963, p. 161).  It is this deep, transpersonal part of our psyche that "[c]arries and triggers the great collective events of the time; works on and sends out enormous collective fantasies and primordial images; it's where history prepares itself" (Chalquist, n.d.).

Elsewhere, Jung wrote, "It is more like an atmosphere in which we live than something that is found in us…. in the cases of the so-called synchronicity it proves to be a universal substrate present in the environment rather than a psychological premise" (cited in Aziz, 1990, p. 176).  Thus, meaningful acausal events are one way in which the collective unconscious — which Jung in this letter written in his later years equates with the unus mundus or "one world" — communicates to the conscious mind.

Is it possible that the abovementioned synchronistic event that I was a participant in signaled not just my personal struggle but also a struggle happening at the macrocosmic level, and though in this instant it was communicated to me individually, the incident was part of a larger feedback loop that is going on between the collective and the personal unconscious?  

As a paradigm based on fear gives way to a paradigm based on love, the world is witnessing crises at several fronts: ecological; access to food; human rights of immigrants and the poor; financial.  Even as the global Occupy movement is a response to these crises — preceded within the last year by protest movements and demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Greece, England, Israel, and Chile, to name a few countries — it is also home to some of the schisms at work in the world.  The ethical crisis of the times is reflected in the heated debates within the Occupy movement about the efficacy of violent versus non-violent methods of protest.   

For instance, in an evocative essay on a radical Christian blog, the author "confessed" her erstwhile unwavering commitment to nonviolence.  Calling out race, poverty, social class, lack of access to education, and constant threat of violence and humiliation, Torbett (2011) wrote,  

…part of what I've come to realize — and this is hard — is that so long as these social and economic systems exist, they do violence in my name and for my benefit, and so there is no way for me to claim to be nonviolent without perpetrating hypocrisy. If I really want to practice nonviolence, I have to get in the way of the machine that is brutalizing living beings all over the planet.  I have to lay my own life down, actively.  There is this chilling point in each of the gospels at which Jesus turns and begins to walk steadily toward Jerusalem, the center of his culture's violence, knowing full well what awaited him there.

The debates are only intensifying.  Grof (1985), reviewing Thomas Kuhn's paradigm theory, says the acceptance of a new paradigm is seldom easy. 

The discontent with the existing paradigm grows and is expressed more and more explicitly.  Scientists are willing to take recourse to philosophy and debate over fundamental assumptions — a situation that is inconceivable during periods of normal research.  Before and during scientific revolutions there are also deep debates over legitimate methods, problems, and standards.  (p. 7)

That moment at Occupy Oakland, when I consciously chose to return love to the world — or, in the language of Marianne Williamson and A Course in Miracles (1992, p. 71), worked a miracle — was my "Aha!" experience that, according to Kuhn, characterizes the shift to the new paradigm (Grof, 1985, p. 10).  The emerging paradigm of love itself is creating such Aha! moments for its scientists, its seekers, its practitioners, but we also have to choose to love for the paradigm to emerge.  "When love reaches a critical mass, when enough people become miracle-minded, the world will experience a radical shift" (Williamson, 1992, p. 71).

Morphic Fields

Going beyond the Jungian idea of the collective unconscious as human collective memory, Rupert Sheldrake's morphic fields suggest that each species in the universe has a collective memory (1987a).  "Fields, especially morphic fields are invisible, nonmaterial, organizing principles that do most of the things that souls were believed to do" (Sheldrake, 1988a).  "They are localized within and around the systems they organize" (Sheldrake, 1988b).  Even when particular organized systems cease to exist, the morphic fields organizing them in a sense do not, because they can reappear in other times and places given the right circumstances.  When they do reappear, "they contain within themselves a memory of their previous physical existences," through a process Sheldrake calls "morphic resonance" (1988b).  Further, "[t]he memory within the morphic fields is cumulative, and that is why all sorts of things become increasingly habitual through repetition"  (1988b).       

According to Sheldrake, societies and social groups too are coordinated by morphic fields (1987b).  These fields correspond to the system's mind, its intelligence, its consciousness.  Minds are not, for Sheldrake, private, portable entities located in the brain but extend, as fields do:

…in both space and time with other people's minds, and with the group mind or cultural mind by way of their connection to the collective unconscious.  Insofar as we tune into archetypal fields or patterns which other people have had, which other social groups have had, and which our own social group has had in the past, our minds are much broader than the "things" inside our brains.  They extend out into the past and into social groupings to which we are linked, either by ancestry or by cultural transmissions.  Thus, our minds are extended in time, and I believe they are also extended in space.  (1988a)

The Collective Field of Love

The Occupy movement is the most recent example of how, as a species and as a society, the collective mind we have been developing over the last several centuries — the morphic field that surrounds us — is beginning to center on love-consciousness.  The energetic vibration of thousands of years of spiritual, heart-centered practices by members of the human species and society, including those carried out in the face of brutality and repression, adding up in the collective memory and vibration, are beginning to influence current spiritual, heart-centered patterns of activity.  Transformative activities are spontaneously spreading among contemporary generations.  Mystical, metaphysical, and spiritual teachings, principles, and methods are becoming more easily available, learned, accepted, and known.

When the first thought the Dalai Lama has upon waking is a prayer of love and compassion (Salzberg, 1985, p. 84); when Buddhist monks in Burma chant the Metta Sutta against the military in Burma; when Mother Teresa does "small things with love" (Kornfield, 1993, p. 14); when Mohandas Gandhi says love is the key (Williamson, 2011); when Pancho, Adelaja, and their friends meditate and hold the space for peace and love knowing that the police is about to raid their camp; when "we" who are the 99 percent consciously facilitate the healing of the 100 percent (Loftis, 2011): each experience is synthesized by the collective mind of the human species and society — the psyche — the whole; influencing the healing and transformation of the whole, and also the healing and transformation of every individual embedded in psyche.  For these activities, "which [seek] to indirectly affect events in the social and political realm through exerting a non-local influence on the collective mindset of a community, nation, or even the whole human species," David Nichol (2008) has used the term "subtle activism".

Radical Love

We are just beginning to learn that, and how, love can function as an instrument of radical critique: through releasing the energy of acceptance; through recasting hierarchies as participatory communities formed by individuating members; through its visionary creativity; through its willingness to take concrete actions; through allowing itself to be embodied in different forms.

Vimala Thakar (1984) discussed this brilliantly a few years ago: "The force of love is the force of total revolution. It is the unreleased force, unknown and unexplored as a dynamic for change."  Williamson has also championed love as a transformative force: "Love taken seriously is a radical outlook, a major orientation from the psychological orientation that rules the world.  It is threatening not because it is a small idea, but because it is so huge" (1992, p. 17).

The Occupy movement, in taking love seriously, is attempting to forge new dimensions to our cultural and political definitions of reality.  Here are some statements that have emerged from people involved in the movement:

Ultimately, we want to create a money system, and an economy, that is the ally not the enemy of love.  We don't want to forever fight the money power to create good in the world; we want to change the money power so that we don't need to fight it. (Eisenstein, 2011)

I think the ultimate purpose of Occupy Wall Street, or the great archetype it taps into, is the revolution of love. (Eisenstein, 2011)

We are the early adopters of a (r)evolution of values.  We are the evidence that this system is broken. (Ramos Stierle, 2010)

We're fighting for a society in which everyone is important." (Solnit, 2011)

…turning love into a broad-scale social force….seeking to change the world from the inside-out. (Williamson, 2011)

Moreover, love is being ritualized within the Occupy movement through symbolic actions such as creating human installations that look like the heart-symbol from above, and dancing flash-mobs.  "Occupy Love" and "Occupy Compassion" are today memetic entities as well as actual groups that exist on the interweb and sometimes in physical spaces. 

As Sheldrake has pointed out, "rituals enable the current participants to reconnect with their ancestors (in some sense) through morphic resonance" (1987b).  On the one hand, this kind of communing strengthens the collective field; on the other hand it signals an eruption, a surfacing, of the collective mind in group contexts.  Rituals also provide a language to express the transpersonal experience of love that is really, "not of the realm of ‘experiencer-perceiver' and ‘experienced-perceived.'  Rather, it is a noumenal, unitive space within which the phenomenal world and intentional consciousness manifest" (Valle, 1989, p. 259).  Such experiences can be awe-inducing, sometimes almost to an unbearable extent (see Sovatsky, 2004), making the presence of a language to express and contain them vital.  The instinctive quality of such expressions points to the archetypal dimensions of nonlocal, transpersonal love.   

In Conclusion

As love becomes a part of our collective learning, sacred and societal transformation are beginning to go hand in hand.  The ideals of direct democracy, freedom, and a society based on principles of human solidarity are beginning to get articulated alongside a love-consciousness.  We are beginning to realize that, in fact, there is no "alongside" or "outside": rather, the nature of love is ontological, and that love is the true nature of psyche or our collective morphic field.  As Tillich put it, "Love is being in actuality and love is the moving power of life" (1960, p. 25).  Or Kornfield: "Our love is the source of all energy to create and connect" (1993, p. 17).  Or Salzberg: "Love can go anywhere.  Nothing can obstruct it" (1995, p. 23).  Or Williamson: "Love is energy, an infinite continuum.  Your mind extends into mine and into everyone else's.  It doesn't stay enclosed within your body" (1992, p. 29).

We could say the collective mind is rediscovering and relearning its true nature.  Or we could say we are.  We are growing into a critical mass.  We are remembering that we are not separate from each other. We are remembering our interconnected beingness and our interconnected ways of being.  The organizing models of our society are just beginning to reflect this love-consciousness.  Soon, love and compassion could become viable alternatives and then, we could say, ours is a paradigm of love.


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How Much Does LSD Cost? When shopping around for that magical psychedelic substance, there can be many uncertainties when new to buying LSD. You may be wondering how much does LSD cost? In this article, we will discuss what to expect when purchasing LSD on the black market, what forms LSD is sold in, and the standard breakdown of buying LSD in quantity.   Navy Use of LSD on the Dark Web The dark web is increasingly popular for purchasing illegal substances. The US Navy has now noticed this trend with their staff. Read to learn more.   Having Sex on LSD: What You Need to Know Can you have sex on LSD? Read our guide to learn everything about sex on acid, from lowered inhibitions to LSD users quotes on sex while tripping.   A Drug That Switches off an LSD Trip A pharmaceutical company is developing an “off-switch” drug for an LSD trip, in the case that a bad trip can happen. Some would say there is no such thing.   Queen of Hearts: An Interview with Liz Elliot on Tim Leary and LSD The history of psychedelia, particularly the British experience, has been almost totally written by men. Of the women involved, especially those who were in the thick of it, little has been written either by or about them. A notable exception is Liz Elliot.   LSD Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety LSD, Lysergic acid diethylamide, or just acid is one of the most important psychedelics ever discovered. What did history teach us?   Microdosing LSD & Common Dosage Explained Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing LSD.   LSD Resources Curious to learn more about LSD? This guide includes comprehensive LSD resources containing books, studies and more.   LSD as a Spiritual Aid There is common consent that the evolution of mankind is paralleled by the increase and expansion of consciousness. From the described process of how consciousness originates and develops, it becomes evident that its growth depends on its faculty of perception. Therefore every means of improving this faculty should be used.   Legendary LSD Blotter Art: A Hidden Craftsmanship Have you ever heard of LSD blotter art? Explore the trippy world of LSD art and some of the top artists of LSD blotter art.   LSD and Exercise: Does it Work? LSD and exercise? Learn why high-performing athletes are taking hits of LSD to improve their overall potential.   Jan Bastiaans Treated Holocaust Survivors with LSD Dutch psychiatrist, Jan Bastiaans administered LSD-assisted therapy to survivors of the Holocaust. A true war hero and pioneer of psychedelic-therapy.   LSD and Spiritual Awakening I give thanks for LSD, which provided the opening that led me to India in 1971 and brought me to Neem Karoli Baba, known as Maharajji. Maharajji is described by the Indians as a “knower of hearts.”   How LSD is Made: Everything You Need to Know Ever wonder how to make LSD? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how LSD is made.   How to Store LSD: Best Practices Learn the best way to store LSD, including the proper temperature and conditions to maximize how long LSD lasts when stored.   Bicycle Day: The Discovery of LSD Every year on April 19th, psychonauts join forces to celebrate Bicycle Day. Learn about the famous day when Albert Hoffman first discovered the effects of LSD.   Cary Grant: A Hollywood Legend On LSD Cary Grant was a famous actor during the 1930’s-60’s But did you know Grant experimented with LSD? Read our guide to learn more.   Albert Hofmann: LSD — My Problem Child Learn about Albert Hofmann and his discovery of LSD, along with the story of Bicycle Day and why it marks a historic milestone.   Babies are High: What Does LSD Do To Your Brain What do LSD and babies have in common? Researchers at the Imperial College in London discover that an adult’s brain on LSD looks like a baby’s brain.   1P LSD: Effects, Benefits, Safety Explained 1P LSD is an analogue of LSD and homologue of ALD-25. Here is everything you want to know about 1P LSD and how it compares to LSD.   Francis Crick, DNA & LSD Type ‘Francis Crick LSD’ into Google, and the result will be 30,000 links. Many sites claim that Crick (one of the two men responsible for discovering the structure of DNA), was either under the influence of LSD at the time of his revelation or used the drug to help with his thought processes during his research. Is this true?   What Happens If You Overdose on LSD? A recent article presented three individuals who overdosed on LSD. Though the experience was unpleasant, the outcomes were remarkably positive.

The Ayahuasca Experience
Ayahuasca is both a medicine and a visionary aid. You can employ ayahuasca for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repair, and you can engage with the power of ayahuasca for deeper insight and realization. If you consider attainment of knowledge in the broadest perspective, you can say that at all times, ayahuasca heals.


Trippy Talk: Meet Ayahuasca with Sitaramaya Sita and PlantTeachers
Sitaramaya Sita is a spiritual herbalist, pusangera, and plant wisdom practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition.


The Therapeutic Value of Ayahuasca
My best description of the impact of ayahuasca is that it’s a rocket boost to psychospiritual growth and unfolding, my professional specialty during my thirty-five years of private practice.


Microdosing Ayahuasca: Common Dosage Explained
What is ayahuasca made of and what is considered a microdose? Explore insights with an experienced Peruvian brewmaster and learn more about this practice.


Ayahuasca Makes Neuron Babies in Your Brain
Researchers from Beckley/Sant Pau Research Program have shared the latest findings in their study on the effects of ayahuasca on neurogenesis.


The Fatimiya Sufi Order and Ayahuasca
In this interview, the founder of the Fatimiya Sufi Order,  N. Wahid Azal, discusses the history and uses of plant medicines in Islamic and pre-Islamic mystery schools.


Consideration Ayahuasca for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research indicates that ayahuasca mimics mechanisms of currently accepted treatments for PTSD. In order to understand the implications of ayahuasca treatment, we need to understand how PTSD develops.


Brainwaves on Ayahuasca: A Waking Dream State
In a study researchers shared discoveries showing ingredients found in Ayahuasca impact the brainwaves causing a “waking dream” state.


Cannabis and Ayahuasca: Mixing Entheogenic Plants
Cannabis and Ayahuasca: most people believe they shouldn’t be mixed. Read this personal experience peppered with thoughts from a pro cannabis Peruvian Shaman.


Ayahuasca Retreat 101: Everything You Need to Know to Brave the Brew
Ayahuasca has been known to be a powerful medicinal substance for millennia. However, until recently, it was only found in the jungle. Word of its deeply healing and cleansing properties has begun to spread across the world as many modern, Western individuals are seeking spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. More ayahuasca retreat centers are emerging in the Amazon and worldwide to meet the demand.


Ayahuasca Helps with Grief
A new study published in psychopharmacology found that ayahuasca helped those suffering from the loss of a loved one up to a year after treatment.


Ayahuasca Benefits: Clinical Improvements for Six Months
Ayahuasca benefits can last six months according to studies. Read here to learn about the clinical improvements from drinking the brew.


Ayahuasca Culture: Indigenous, Western, And The Future
Ayahuasca has been use for generations in the Amazon. With the rise of retreats and the brew leaving the rainforest how is ayahuasca culture changing?


Ayahuasca Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
The Amazonian brew, Ayahuasca has a long history and wide use. Read our guide to learn all about the tea from its beginnings up to modern-day interest.


Ayahuasca and the Godhead: An Interview with Wahid Azal of the Fatimiya Sufi Order
Wahid Azal, a Sufi mystic of The Fatimiya Sufi Order and an Islamic scholar, talks about entheogens, Sufism, mythology, and metaphysics.


Ayahuasca and the Feminine: Women’s Roles, Healing, Retreats, and More
Ayahuasca is lovingly called “grandmother” or “mother” by many. Just how feminine is the brew? Read to learn all about women and ayahuasca.

What Is the Standard of Care for Ketamine Treatments?
Ketamine therapy is on the rise in light of its powerful results for treatment-resistant depression. But, what is the current standard of care for ketamine? Read to find out.

What Is Dissociation and How Does Ketamine Create It?
Dissociation can take on multiple forms. So, what is dissociation like and how does ketamine create it? Read to find out.

Having Sex on Ketamine: Getting Physical on a Dissociative
Curious about what it could feel like to have sex on a dissociate? Find out all the answers in our guide to sex on ketamine.

Special K: The Party Drug
Special K refers to Ketamine when used recreationally. Learn the trends as well as safety information around this substance.

Kitty Flipping: When Ketamine and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Read to explore the mechanics of kitty flipping.

Ketamine vs. Esketamine: 3 Important Differences Explained
Ketamine and esketamine are used to treat depression. But what’s the difference between them? Read to learn which one is right for you: ketamine vs. esketamine.

Guide to Ketamine Treatments: Understanding the New Approach
Ketamine is becoming more popular as more people are seeing its benefits. Is ketamine a fit? Read our guide for all you need to know about ketamine treatments.

Ketamine Treatment for Eating Disorders
Ketamine is becoming a promising treatment for various mental health conditions. Read to learn how individuals can use ketamine treatment for eating disorders.

Ketamine Resources, Studies, and Trusted Information
Curious to learn more about ketamine? This guide includes comprehensive ketamine resources containing books, studies and more.

Ketamine Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to ketamine has everything you need to know about this “dissociative anesthetic” and how it is being studied for depression treatment.

Ketamine for Depression: A Mental Health Breakthrough
While antidepressants work for some, many others find no relief. Read to learn about the therapeutic uses of ketamine for depression.

Ketamine for Addiction: Treatments Offering Hope
New treatments are offering hope to individuals suffering from addiction diseases. Read to learn how ketamine for addiction is providing breakthrough results.

Microdosing Ketamine & Common Dosages Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing ketamine.

How to Ease a Ketamine Comedown
Knowing what to expect when you come down from ketamine can help integrate the experience to gain as much value as possible.

How to Store Ketamine: Best Practices
Learn the best ways how to store ketamine, including the proper temperature and conditions to maximize how long ketamine lasts when stored.

How To Buy Ketamine: Is There Legal Ketamine Online?
Learn exactly where it’s legal to buy ketamine, and if it’s possible to purchase legal ketamine on the internet.

How Long Does Ketamine Stay in Your System?
How long does ketamine stay in your system? Are there lasting effects on your body? Read to discover the answers!

How Ketamine is Made: Everything You Need to Know
Ever wonder how to make Ketamine? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how Ketamine is made.

Colorado on Ketamine: First Responders Waiver Programs
Fallout continues after Elijah McClain. Despite opposing recommendations from some city council, Colorado State Health panel recommends the continued use of ketamine by medics for those demonstrating “excited delirium” or “extreme agitation”.

Types of Ketamine: Learn the Differences & Uses for Each
Learn about the different types of ketamine and what they are used for—and what type might be right for you. Read now to find out!

Kitty Flipping: When Ketamine and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Read to explore the mechanics of kitty flipping.

MDMA & Ecstasy Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to MDMA has everything you want to know about Ecstasy from how it was developed in 1912 to why it’s being studied today.

How To Get the Most out of Taking MDMA as a Couple
Taking MDMA as a couple can lead to exciting experiences. Read here to learn how to get the most of of this love drug in your relationship.

Common MDMA Dosage & Microdosing Explained
Microdosing, though imperceivable, is showing to have many health benefits–here is everything you want to know about microdosing MDMA.

Having Sex on MDMA: What You Need to Know
MDMA is known as the love drug… Read our guide to learn all about sex on MDMA and why it is beginning to makes its way into couple’s therapy.

How MDMA is Made: Common Procedures Explained
Ever wonder how to make MDMA? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how MDMA is made.

Hippie Flipping: When Shrooms and Molly Meet
What is it, what does it feel like, and how long does it last? Explore the mechanics of hippie flipping and how to safely experiment.

How Cocaine is Made: Common Procedures Explained
Ever wonder how to make cocaine? Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about the procedures of how cocaine is made.

A Christmas Sweater with Santa and Cocaine
This week, Walmart came under fire for a “Let it Snow” Christmas sweater depicting Santa with lines of cocaine. Columbia is not merry about it.

Ultimate Cocaine Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
This guide covers what you need to know about Cocaine, including common effects and uses, legality, safety precautions and top trends today.

NEWS: An FDA-Approved Cocaine Nasal Spray
The FDA approved a cocaine nasal spray called Numbrino, which has raised suspicions that the pharmaceutical company, Lannett Company Inc., paid off the FDA..

The Ultimate Guide to Cannabis Bioavailability
What is bioavailability and how can it affect the overall efficacy of a psychedelic substance? Read to learn more.

Cannabis Research Explains Sociability Behaviors
New research by Dr. Giovanni Marsicano shows social behavioral changes occur as a result of less energy available to the neurons. Read here to learn more.

The Cannabis Shaman
If recreational and medical use of marijuana is becoming accepted, can the spiritual use as well? Experiential journalist Rak Razam interviews Hamilton Souther, founder of the 420 Cannabis Shamanism movement…

Cannabis Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety
Our ultimate guide to Cannabis has everything you want to know about this popular substances that has psychedelic properties.

Cannabis and Ayahuasca: Mixing Entheogenic Plants
Cannabis and Ayahuasca: most people believe they shouldn’t be mixed. Read this personal experience peppered with thoughts from a procannabis Peruvian Shaman.

CBD-Rich Cannabis Versus Single-Molecule CBD
A ground-breaking study has documented the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant Cannabis extract as compared to synthetic cannabidiol (CBD), challenging the medical-industrial complex’s notion that “crude” botanical preparations are less effective than single-molecule compounds.

Cannabis Has Always Been a Medicine
Modern science has already confirmed the efficacy of cannabis for most uses described in the ancient medical texts, but prohibitionists still claim that medical cannabis is “just a ruse.”

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