Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health

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This article is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 here

Medical diseases have a cultural dimension: the ill health of the individual reveals the ways in which the surrounding culture is not whole. The twin epidemics of our time, obesity and autoimmunity, are symptoms of a deep infirmity in our civilization. They have level after level of cause, from the proximate biochemical and biophysical mechanisms, to toxic environments, impoverished food, and electromagnetic pollution, to basic patterns of living, thinking, and being in response to modernity, all the way down to the sense-of-self that underlies our civilization. Each condition shows us something about our society, and what it shows us offers a glimpse of how we might heal these conditions that have proven so intractable to modern medicine.

In the 1960's, the age of disease appeared to be nearing its end. Medical science and public hygiene had virtually eradicated the dread infection diseases of past centuries: smallpox, typhus, cholera, tuberculosis, plague… Researchers testified before Congress that most remaining diseases would be conquered by the year 2000. We could look forward, they said, to a world free from disease and blessed with scientifically enhanced life spans of 120 years or even more. Heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and stroke would soon go the way of the plague.

A half-century later, none of these diseases has been conquered. The technologies to control them have advanced markedly, but despite daily news items announcing breakthroughs in molecular, genetic, and nano medicine, no major disease has been conquered for at least thirty years. We are in the midst of a new epidemic, consisting of dozens of once-rare or non-existent conditions that elude the curative power of technological medicine. The most obvious of these is the obesity epidemic, afflicting some one-third of American adults, with another one-third overweight but not obese. Co-morbid conditions include diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea, and higher risk of heart attack and stroke; adding insult to injury is the social opprobrium the obese suffer due to the widespread belief that they must be weak-willed, ignorant, greedy, lazy, or irresponsible. Part Two of this essay will focus on the obesity epidemic.

The other defining epidemic of our time is autoimmunity, comprising a large number of seemingly disparate diseases. Autoimmunity is a condition in which the immune system attacks part of its own body, treating a part of self as if it were other. Autoimmunity plays a role in many of the new or once-rare diseases you may have started hearing about a decade ago. The following diseases are, in whole or in part, autoimmune disorders. Most are far more prevalent than they were a generation ago, in some cases by several orders of magnitude. Here is a very partial list: Crohn's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Addison's disease, type 1 diabetes, Grave's disease, endometriosis, some hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia. Autoimmunity is also suspected by some authorities to play a role in Alzheimer's disease, autism, lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, asthma, and atherosclerosis. I will also include allergies in this category, for although they are not autoimmune conditions they do involve a similar derangement of the immune system.

Health means a state of wholeness; disease shows us ways in which we are not whole. I call obesity and autoimmunity the "defining" epidemics of our age because they arise directly from our defining sense of self, our basic perception of what it is to be. I call it the discrete and separate self, and it reverberates throughout our culture. In economics it is the "economic man," the rational actor seeking to maximize self-interest. In biology it is the selfish gene and the phenotype that expresses it, which again seeks to maximize self-interest in terms of survival and reproduction. Religion (aside from esoteric traditions) posits a world of separate souls encased in flesh, and science, disagreeing only superficially, says the (psychological) self is a creation of the brain, an internally generated construct separate from other such constructs. Philosophy, finally, bequeaths to us the mote of Cartesian consciousness observing the world from within its prison of flesh, but not truly part of it. It is the ultimate in separation.

Better than reading a description of the modern self is to actually experience it. Close your eyes for half a minute and picture a human being doing nothing but existing. Just existing. Do it now before reading on.

When I offer this experiment in my seminars, I ask people, "Was the image of somebody alone?" Most people admit that it was: often they picture a person just kind of floating in space, or in a nondescript setting. That reveals our basic experience of being: to be is to be alone. To exist is to be separate. Relationship is necessary, perhaps, for an organism to survive, but it is not intrinsic to its basic existence. We perceive ourselves as separate beings having relationships. But this is not the truth. We are not separate beings having relationships. In fact, we are relationship.

Other cultures have had very different experiences and conceptions of what it is to exist. If you had asked them to picture someone just existing, they probably would have pictured him or her within a family or village, relating to other people and to nature. More likely, such a concept — "just existing" — would be unintelligible, in a culture where to be is to relate.

Martin Prechtel illustrated a different sense of self in a talk I once heard him give, where he described how in his village, no one would go to the shaman with the notion, "I'm healthy, but my child is sick." He would say, "My family is sick." Or if it were a neighbor's child, he might say, "My village is sick." For them it was ludicrous to imagine that anyone could be healthy if his sister or neighbor were sick. To say, "I am healthy but my sister is sick, or my neighbor is sick, or the forest or the planet is sick" would be as ridiculous as saying, "I have a serious liver disease, but I'm healthy. It is just my liver that is sick."

Immersed in the world of the separate self, we imagine that health can come by separating ourselves from all that is toxic. We can stay away from infectious people, from pollution, from toxins in the food and water. We think that the more successfully we insulate ourselves from a toxic world, the healthier we will be.

From the perspective of a connected self, this idea is the height of folly. By maintaining a regime of separation, we are cutting ourselves off from most of our true being. In effect, the ideology of the discrete and separate self defines us as less than what we are. It defines us as not whole. Sickness is built in to our self-definition, into our basic identity. Intensifying attempts to suppress it through greater separation only make it worse.

The true self is a connected self. This is not only a matter of philosophy or metaphysics; it is true in biology as well. What is a human being? A human being is composed of some 50 trillion cells, each of which carries common genetic information inherited from his or her parents. Right? Well, actually, if you are healthy, your human cells are outnumbered ten-to-one by bacterial cells and those of other microorganisms. Your skin, your intestines, and indeed every mucous membrane are teeming with bacteria, yeasts, microfauna, and even microscopic arthropods.

Immersed in the world of the separate self, which implies that more for me is less for you, we tend to shudder at the thought that every surface of our body is teeming with foreign organisms. They must be parasites — Right? — competitors for resources. Surely one would be healthier if all those organisms could be purged, and the body made pure. We associate cleanliness, sterility, and insulation from the world of "germs" with health. In fact, when the microbiota are decimated by antibiotics or disturbed by steroid drugs or other toxic substances, the results can be devastating. Neither harmful parasites nor innocuous cohabitants, our microbiota play an irreplaceable role in maintaining health, aiding in digestion and absorption, regulating the bowel, aiding epithelial cell growth, protecting against pathogenic yeasts, and modulating the immune system.

We conceptualize these as "other" organisms, not part of our human selves, but why should we if they are essential to our survival? Granted, their DNA is not in the human germ line, but then again neither is that of our mitochondria. (Actually, much of their DNA is in the human germ line. According to some estimates, about half of human DNA is of viral origin. Viruses serve as vectors of "horizontal gene transfer," eroding the integrity of the discrete and separate self we project onto biology. See The Genetic Plenum for a more detailed discussion.) Moreover, our bacterial symbionts are indeed inherited, in a sense, through birth, nursing, and close physical contact. They are part of us.

This is not an exceptional situation. All organisms are intimately dependent on other organisms for their survival. Cows, for instance, completely depend on the bacteria in their rumen to digest cellulose. Without them, they couldn't eat grass. By what token do we conceive of the bacteria as foreign beings, and not another organ of the cow? Even more dramatic is the case of Convoluta roscoffensis, a flatworm found on the coast of Brittany. This animal has no mouth, nor indeed any functioning digestive tract. Instead, its transparent body hosts trillions of green algae who provide the worm energy through photosynthesis. In that protected environment, generations of algae live and die. They even process the worm's metabolic wastes. Another worm, a roundworm that lives near undersea vents, also has no digestive tract but harbors bacteria in a special organ called a trophosome. The bacteria produce energy from hydrogen sulfide gas collected by the worm. What kind of bacteria? No one has named them, because they are impossible to culture in a lab. They can only survive in the worm. Bacteria and worm are each wholly dependent on the other. To say they are separate organisms is merely ideology.

Not only do practically all plants and animals depend on close symbionts, we also depend on a more diffuse network of other living beings for our survival: rain forests and algae to make our oxygen, soil bacteria to fix the nitrogen that eventually becomes protein in our bodies, and the entire food web that keeps it all going. In a sense, all are organs of our selves. No being can live alone on a barren, lifeless planet. The scientific realization of the interdependence of all life, including humans, has revolutionary consequences. Merely a generation ago, we believed in a Jetsons-like future in which it was man's destiny to transcend nature and live in a wholly artificial environment. We would outgrow our dependency on the rest of life. Now, progressively, we are realizing as did our distant ancestors that we ARE life and the rest of life is us. When we separate from it, we separate from part of ourselves. When we destroy it, we destroy part of ourselves. Ill health, therefore, is implicit in the modern separate self.

An autoimmune disease arises out of a confusion of self and other. In multiple sclerosis, for example, the immune system mounts an attack on the myelin sheaths, just as if they were foreign tissue. On a collective level, we enact a parallel confusion whenever we treat nature as an opponent. You may think that the "conquest of nature" is an obsolete concept, but it still deeply infuses our intuitions, our actions, and the way we address problems, even as most people agree we should preserve the rain forest. Our technologies, whether material, social, or personal, are usually the technologies of control. Most people today, no matter how "holistic" they think they are, take antibiotics for an ear infection or strep throat. When the flood waters break the levees, we respond by building them higher and stronger. We deal with pesticide-resistant weeds by developing new pesticides, and try to fight the aging process with artificial hormones or natural supplements. Ever since the advent of large-scale agriculture, we have seen nature as a capricious force, an opponent to be mastered. The associated habits of thought are still with us today.

Prior to the 20th century, humanity was under no illusion that nature was not a force far greater than ourselves. We were under no illusion that we had already conquered nature. The diseases of the time fit in with this conception of nature as a capricious and overwhelmingly powerful foe.

In the 20th century, advances in technology suggested that we had fulfilled Descartes' prediction: that science would one day make us the "lords and possessors" of nature. One by one, we transcended the old natural limits. We achieved flight, broke the sound barrier, cracked open the atom, probed outer space, harnessed electricity and the electromagnetic spectrum, decoded the gene, laid bare the building blocks of matter. With the hydrogen bomb we took command of a force more potent than any terrestrial natural one, and with nuclear power we aspired to independence from the sun itself. Pressing home our advantage in the realm of medical science, we applied antibiotics and vaccines to conquer the dread diseases of civilization, and presumed ourselves to have mastered nature in this realm too.

The extreme of yang gives birth to yin. Having conquered the outer environment, it is no wonder that new epidemics arose from within ourselves. Ironically, the epidemics of our time originate in large part in the very technologies through which we have conquered the outer realm. The war against infectious disease was won through sanitation, vaccines, and antibiotics.[i] All three of these contribute to the autoimmune epidemic. Other culprits include chemical toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, food processing and household chemicals, and industrial pollution — again, all agents or byproducts of our seemingly successful victory over nature.

The process by which these cause autoimmunity is very complicated, and a coherent picture only emerges through studying a variety of sources ranging from the unconventional to the dubious. The puzzle-pieces include body ecology disruption, Th-1/Th-2 immune imbalance, mercury and aluminum, dioxin and PCBs, mycoplasma infection, candida overgrowth, pesticides, glutathione deficiency, free radical damage, chronic stress, sugar and trans fats, excitotoxins like MSG and aspartame, hypercoagulation, excessive dietary polyunsaturated oils, estrogen stress, endocrine disruptors, and aseptic environments, many of which are not acknowledged as causes by mainstream medicine. In short, the causes lie in industrialized diets, industrialized agriculture, industrialized medicine, and industrialized lifestyles. The very technologies that promised the conquest of nature and in particular the conquest of disease have engendered new, intractable diseases that elude technological solutions. Conventional medicine is powerless before them, offering only temporary palliation of symptoms by a blanket suppression of the immune system using steroid drugs. In essence, it attempts to address the consequences of excessive control through the exercise of yet more control. We should not be surprised that an intensification of the methods and mindsets underlying the new epidemics bring even more of the same.

Humanity's adversarial relationship to nature shows up on the inside as the War Against the Self. Autoimmunity is only one aspect of this war, which is primarily psychological. Self-hatred, self-judgement, and self-rejection are the psychological correlates of somatic autoimmunity. Please don't take me to imply that autoimmune sufferers have "brought it on themselves" by indulging in self-rejection to a greater extent than you or I. By virtue of being born into this culture, all of us are born into a certain amount of self-rejection, and it manifests differently in the experience of each one of us. Autoimmunity is merely its most direct, obviously symbolic somatization. At bottom, most of our physical, mental, and social ills originate in the War against the Self, both interior and exterior. Born into this age, we are born into a broken wholeness. Any rejection of self breaches our wholeness, that is, our health.

The psychological correlate of the immune system is the ego. Like the immune system, the ego is meant to maintain our self-other boundaries and protect the physical integrity of the temporarily separate identity whose perspective we inhabit. Even if, on some deep metaphysical level, these boundaries and this identity are illusory, nonetheless it is right and beautiful to maintain this illusion until it has fulfilled its purpose. Premature transcendence is yet another subtle attack by the ego upon the self. Take a moment to give your ego an adoring hug, and then consider what happens when the ego turns around and attacks the very self it is supposed to protect. That is what is happening when you hate, judge, and reject yourself.

At risk of sounding like a Deepak Chopra caricature, let me elaborate a little bit on this self-rejection. While it sometimes flares up into explicit self-hatred, it is usually more subtle. Here are some ways it shows up:

  • Trying hard to be good
  • Self-identification as a nice person
  • Fixation on purity and "health," fasting, "cleansing," detoxifying
  • Abstinence from all vices
  • Obsessively examining behavior to determine whether it was justifiable, right, good
  • Self-sacrificial behavior, petty martyrdom
  • Trying to convince yourself you are good (and harboring the secret suspicion you are not)
  • Pride in your long spiritual practice
  • Imagining you are more spiritual than other people
  • Feeling superior to those selfish, ignorant people in their SUVs
  • Exercise and fitness fanaticism
  • Withholding pleasure and denying desire, and thinking you are therefore good
  • Contempt for others' bad behavior ("I'd never do that"), or patronizing indulgence of same
  • Perfectionism, body-building, vanity
  • A defensive reaction to any of the above applying to you.

Understand that self-acceptance is not the new standard of "good" for you to measure up to. To accept your self-rejection can be a big step toward healing. We are so habituated to fighting things. "What's wrong with me? I'm going to have to stop rejecting myself" is itself a form of self-rejection. The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.

If any of the above items describes you, it doesn't mean you will get an autoimmune disease. It does mean that you are contributing to a climate in which such diseases thrive. Perhaps it will be someone more sensitive or genetically predisposed who will get sick. In the end, my disease is your disease too.

By the same token, if you have an autoimmune disease, that does not mean you are rejecting yourself more than healthy people are. When we learn of the psychospiritual conditions, attitudes, and beliefs that underly various diseases, we easily fall into a trap of blame. If body reflects spirit, then doesn't a sick body imply that the spirit is sick too? The situation is not so simple; in fact, the reverse is more nearly true. A healthy person might harbor deeply buried wounds that have not yet risen to the surface for healing. I explain this process in depth in Pain: A Call for Attention, but essentially the illness itself is an agent of healing on the soul level. Our unconscious wisdom knows when we are ready to have the experience. So it may be that autoimmune sufferers are not possessors of exceptional self-rejection, but rather are in a late stage of transcending that state. For the rest of us, our own self-rejection might be completely invisible. The autoimmune patient is experiencing hers. You might say, she is more advanced than we are, not less. (Note: the whole concept of "spiritual advancement" feeds into the regime of self-rejection.)

Both the personal and transpersonal dimensions of the autoimmune diseases offer a gateway to their healing. While conventional medicine is nearly impotent against them, alternative practitioners have had dramatic success in halting and reversing autoimmune diseases. None of them take the allopathic approach of forcing the body to stop doing something, as if it were the body that were in error. Instead, in one way or another, they seek to reconnect the patient to some of the lost parts of the true, connected self. I am speaking here of true holistic medicine. Healing comes through reconnection. It can be restoration of the damaged body ecology, the inner community of life, through probiotic supplements and live fermented foods. It can be reconnection to nature through herbs or whole foods that bring one into relationship with the other life forms that are needed to reestablish wholeness. Various energy modalities too connect us with parts of our selves that the science of separation does not even acknowledge to exist.

I have never met anyone who healed from an autoimmune disease without a corresponding revolution in their sense of themselves and in their ways of relating to other people and the world. The age of 1970s New Age narcissism, where we retreated into a private realm to "expand consciousness," is over. Ultimately, we can only expand consciousness by transforming our relationships with other people and with nature, because we ARE other people and nature. Each symptom of self-rejection I listed above mirrors a rejection of the world, of a part of the larger, connected self.

Sometimes people say, "I am perfectly able to extend non-judgement toward other people, I just can't do it for myself." This is never the truth. Any self-rejection, any violence toward the inner aspects of self, always projects outward as violence to others too, albeit so subtle we don't notice it, so omnipresent it is invisible to us, or so occasional and sudden we disregard it as an anomaly.

Healing from an autoimmune disease is a profound transformational process that mirrors humanity's shifting attitude and relationship to nature. On the personal level, some aspect of self-rejection is healed, corresponding to a new opening to a part of the extended, connected self. On the species level, as we understand our non-separation from nature, our intimate inter-beingness with all life on earth and with Gaia herself, we are starting to abandon those technologies that harm and seek to conquer nature. A new paradigm is emerging. We can see it in nascent "alternatives" — in industry, money, medicine, politics, education, technology, and more — that await the collapse of the realm of Separation. They will flourish in the rich detritus of its disintegration.

The technologies of Reunion flow from a new (and ancient) sense of self: the connected self. They recognize that what we do to nature we do also to ourselves, inescapably. They understand that the human realm too must abide by ecological laws. Rather than seek to subdue nature, they seek to expand it by incorporating human culture into an organic natural matrix. Gaia has grown a new organ.

As we begin to understand that, and turn our energies toward the discovery of our true role and purpose on this planet, the toxic results of our war on nature will dissipate. Meanwhile, the internal projection of that war, the war against the self, will recede as well. Both the internal and external causes of autoimmunity will subside, and the epidemic of our time will draw to a close as the age turns.

[i] The role of vaccines in conquering infectious diseases is highly debatable. According to Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis), about 90% of the decrease in prevalence and mortality of most of the deadly infectious diseases happened before the advent of vaccines. Improved public hygiene explains part of that, as well as improvements in emergency medicine. I believe there is another factor: genetic changes in human beings and the diseases themselves that made them less virulent. In other words, their time had passed.

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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.

Ayahuasca Guides

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.

Ketamine Guides

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!

MDMA / Ecstasy Guides

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.

Cocaine Guides

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..

Cannabis Guides

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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