Sacred Economics: Chapter 10, The Law of Return (Pt. 11)

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The following is the eleventh installment from Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, available from EVOLVER EDITIONS/North Atlantic Books. You can read the Introduction here, and visit the Sacred Economics homepage here.

 

Socialism failed because it couldn't tell the economic
truth; capitalism may fail because it couldn't tell the ecological truth.
–Lester Brown

Here is a certainty: the linear conversion of resources into
waste is unsustainable on a finite planet. More unsustainable still is
exponential growth, whether of resource use, money, or population.

Not only is it
unsustainable; it is also unnatural. In an ecology, no species creates waste
that other species cannot use-hence the maxim, "Waste is food." No other
species creates growing amounts of substances that are toxic to the rest of
life, such as dioxin, PCBs, and radioactive waste. Our linear/exponential
growth economy manifestly violates nature's law of return, the cycling of resources.

A sacred economy is an
extension of the ecology and obeys all of its rules, among them the law of
return. Specifically, that means that every substance produced through
industrial processes or other human activities is either used in some other
human activity or, ultimately, returned to the ecology in a form, and at a
rate, that other beings can process.1
It means there is no such thing as industrial waste. Everything cycles back to
its source. As in the rest of nature, our waste becomes another's food.

Why do I call such an
economy "sacred" rather than natural or ecological? It is because of the
sacredness of gifts. To obey the law of return is to honor the spirit of the
Gift because we receive what has been given us, and from that gift, we give in
turn. Gifts are meant to be passed on. Either we hold onto them for a while and
then give them forward, or we use them, digest them, integrate them, and pass
them on in altered form. That this is a sacred responsibility is apparent from
both a theistic and an atheistic perspective.

From the theistic
perspective, consider the source of this world we have been given. It would be
a grave error to say, as some evangelicals have told me, that it is fine to use
nature destructively, because after all God gave it to us. To squander a gift,
to use it poorly, is to devalue the gift and insult the giver. If you give
someone a present and he trashes it right in front of your face, you might feel
insulted or disappointed; certainly you'll stop giving gifts to that person. I
think that anyone who truly believes in God wouldn't dare treat Creation that
way but would instead make the most beautiful use possible of life, earth, and
everything on it. That means we treat it as the divine gift that it is. In
gratitude, we use it well and give in turn. That is the theistic reason why I
call a zero-waste economy sacred.

From an atheistic
perspective, a zero-waste economy is the economic realization of the
interconnectedness of all beings. It embodies the truth that as I do unto the
other, so I do unto myself. To the extent that we realize oneness, we desire to
pass our gifts forward, to do no harm, and to love others as we love our
selves.

On a very practical
level, this vision of sacred economy requires eliminating what economists refer
to as "externalities." Externalized costs are costs of production that someone
else pays. For example, one reason vegetables from California's Central Valley
are cheaper to buy in Pennsylvania than local produce is that they don't
reflect their full cost. Since producers are not liable to pay the current and
future costs of aquifer depletion, pesticide poisoning, soil salinization, and
other effects of their farming methods, these costs do not contribute to the
price of a head of lettuce. Moreover, the cost of trucking produce across the
continent is also highly subsidized. The price of a tank of fuel doesn't
include the cost of the pollution it generates, nor the cost of the wars fought
to secure it, nor the cost of oil spills. Transport costs don't reflect the
construction and maintenance of highways. If all these costs were embodied in a
head of lettuce, California lettuce would be prohibitively expensive in
Pennsylvania. We would buy only very special things from faraway places.

Many industries today
can only operate because their costs are externalized. For example, statutory
caps on liability for oil spills and nuclear meltdowns make offshore drilling
and nuclear power profitable for their operators, even as the net effect on
society is negative. Even if BP goes bankrupt trying, there is no way the
company will, or can, pay the full costs of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Society will pay the costs, in effect transferring wealth from the public to
the company's investors.2
Any industry with the potential for catastrophic losses is essentially enacting
a transfer of wealth from public to private hands, from the many to the few.
Those industries operate with free insurance. They get the profits, we assume
the risks. It is also so in the financial industry, where the largest operators
can take huge risks knowing that they will be bailed out if those risks fail.
Externalized costs render economical things that are actually uneconomical,
such as deep-sea oil drilling and nuclear power.

The elimination of
externalities thwarts the business plan of the ages: "I keep the income and
someone else pays the costs." I fertilize my field with nitrogen fertilizer,
and the shrimp fishermen pay the cost of eutrophication downriver. I burn coal
to make electricity, and society pays the medical costs of mercury emissions
and the environmental costs of acid rain. All of these strategies are
variations on a theme I've already described: the monetization of the commons.
The capacity of the earth to absorb various kinds of waste is a form of
commonwealth, as is the richness of the soil, the seas, and the aquifers. The
collective leisure time of society might be considered a commons as well, which
is depleted when polluters make messes for everyone else to clean up.

"I keep the income,
and someone else pays the costs" reflects the mind-set of the separate self, in
which your well-being is fundamentally disconnected from mine. What does it
matter what happens to you? If you are poor, or sick, or in prison, what does
that matter to me, as long as I sufficiently insulate myself from the social
and environmental toxicity out there? What does it matter to me if the Gulf of
Mexico is dying under an oil slick? I'll just live somewhere else. What does it
matter to me that there is a thousand-mile-wide gyre of plastic in the Pacific
Ocean? From the perspective of separation, it doesn't matter — in principle we
can insulate ourselves from the effects of our actions. Profiting by
externalizing costs is part and parcel of that perspective. But from the
perspective of the connected self, connected to other people and to the earth,
your well-being is inseparable from my own because you and I are not
fundamentally separate. The internalization of all costs is simply the economic
embodiment of that principle of interbeingness: "As I do unto others, so I do
unto myself."

Internalizing costs
also reflects the perceptions of a gift culture. In the circle of the gift,
your good fortune is my good fortune, and your loss is my loss, because you will
have correspondingly more or less to give. From that worldview, it is a matter
of common sense to include damage to society or nature on the balance sheet. If
I depend on you for the gifts you give me, then it is illogical to enrich
myself by impoverishing you. In such a world, the best business decision is the
one that enriches everybody: society and the planet. A sacred economy must
embody this principle, aligning profit with the common weal.

Understanding this
principle, some visionary businesspeople have attempted to realize it
voluntarily through concepts like the "triple bottom line" and "full-cost
accounting." The idea is that their company will act to maximize not just its
own profits, but the aggregate of people, planet, and profit — the three bottom
lines. The problem is that these companies must compete with others who do the
opposite: export their costs onto people and the planet. The triple bottom line
and full-cost accounting are useful as a way to evaluate public policy (because
they include more than just economic benefits) but when it comes to private
enterprise, the first two Ps often run counter to the third. If I am a
fisherman trying to fish sustainably, competing with industrial trawlers with
hundred-mile-long nets, my higher costs will render me unable to compete. That
is why some means is needed to force the internalization of costs and integrate
the triple bottom line into a single bottom line that includes all three. We
cannot merely hope that people "get it." We must create a system that aligns
self-interest with the good of all.

One way to bring
externalized costs (and externalized benefits) onto the balance sheet is
through cap-and-trade systems and other tradable emissions allowances.3 Although such systems have borne
mixed results in practice (sulfur dioxide ceilings have been relatively
successful, while the EU's carbon credits have been a disaster), in principle
they allow us to implement a collective agreement on how much is enough.
"Enough" depends on the capacity of the planet or the bioregion to assimilate
the substance in question. For sulfur dioxide, Europe and America might have
separate ceilings to control acid rain; Los Angeles might have its own ozone or
nitrous oxide ceiling; the planet might have a single CO2 and CFC
ceiling. Enforcing aggregate ceilings circumvents Jevon's paradox, which says
that improvements in efficiency don't necessarily lead to less consumption but
can even lead to greater consumption by reducing prices and freeing capital for
yet more production.4

Considerable
controversy surrounds present-day cap-and-trade proposals, and by and large, I
agree with their critics. A truly effective emissions allowance program would
be an auction system with no offsets, no free credits, no grandfather clauses,
and strict sanctions on noncomplying countries. Even so, problems remain: price
volatility, speculative derivatives trading, and corruption. Enforcement is an
especially critical problem because cap-and-trade gives a big advantage to
manufacturers in places with lax enforcement, which could result in more total
pollution than the present regulatory regime.5 Another problem is that in a cap-and-trade system,
individual restraint frees up resources or allowances to be used by someone
else, leading to a feeling of personal powerlessness.

The problems with
cap-and-trade suggest a different approach: direct taxes on pollution, such as
Paul Hawken's carbon tax. Fossil fuels could be taxed on import, and the
proceeds rebated to the public. This is another way to force the
internalization of costs, and would be especially appropriate in situations
where the social and environmental costs are easy to quantify and remedy. As
with cap-and-trade, international enforcement is a big problem, as
manufacturing would become more profitable in countries that refused to levy
the tax or collected it inefficiently. It might also require frequent rate
adjustment in order to attain the desired ceiling.

For those readers who
recoil at the suggestion of another tax, consider that the two mechanisms I
have described, cap-and-trade systems and green taxes, are not actually new
levies upon society. Someone is going to be paying the costs of environmental
destruction regardless. In the present system, this "someone" is either
innocent bystanders or future generations. These proposals merely shift these
costs onto those who create them and profit from them.

However it is
accomplished, when the costs of pollution are internalized, the best business
decision comes into alignment with the best environmental decision. Suppose you
are an inventor and you come up with a great idea for a factory to cut
pollution by 90 percent with no loss of productivity. Today, that factory has
no incentive to implement your idea because it doesn't pay the costs of that
pollution. If, however, the cost of pollution were internalized, your invention
would be a hot item. A whole new set of economic incentives emerges from the
internalization of costs. The goodness of our hearts, which want to cut
pollution even if it isn't economic, would no longer have to do battle with the
pressures of money.

While both
cap-and-trade programs and pollution taxes have a role to play in the
internalization of social and ecological costs, we could also integrate them
into the structure of money itself, an intentional kind of money that embodies
our reverence for the planet and our emerging sense of the role and purpose of
humanity on earth. It unites the internalization of costs with the
rectification of the great injustice of property described in Chapter 4,
returning the commons to the people while nonetheless giving free rein to the
spirit of entrepreneurship. It implements the principle of Chapter 9: to make
money sacred by backing it with the things that have become sacred to us. Among
them are precisely the same things that green taxes and the like aim to
preserve. While the details of cap-and-trade, currency issue, and so forth may
have a technocratic feel to them, the underlying impulse, which the next
chapter will flesh out, is to align money with the things we hold sacred.

Whether it is
accomplished through traditional taxation or cap-and-trade, or by integrating
it into money itself, we are embarking on a profoundly different relationship
to Earth. In the days of the Ascent, the story of the growth of the human realm
and the conquest of the wild, in the time of humanity's childhood, when the
world seemed to have infinite room to accommodate our growth, there was no need
for collective agreements on how many fish to catch, how many trees to cut, how
much ore to dig, or how much of the atmosphere's capacity to absorb waste to
use. Today, our relationship to the rest of nature is changing on a fundamental
level, as it is impossible to ignore the limits of the environment. The fisheries,
the forests, the clean water, and the clean air are all obviously close to
depletion. We have the power to destroy the earth, or at least to cause her
grievous harm. She is vulnerable to us, as a lover is to a lover. In that
sense, it is no longer appropriate to think of her only as Mother Earth. A
child, in his wanting, does not take his mother's limits into account. Between
lovers it is different. That is why I foresee a future in which we maintain
local, regional, and global ceilings on the use of various resources. Fishery
catches, groundwater use, carbon emissions, timber harvests, topsoil depletion,
and many more will be carefully monitored and held to sustainable levels. These
resources — clean water, clean air, minerals, biota, and more — will be sacred to
us, so sacred that I doubt we will refer to them as "resources," any more than
we refer to our own vital organs as resources, or dream of depleting them.

Actually, we do
deplete our own vital organs, for purposes analogous to those for which we deplete
the vital organs of the earth. As one would expect from an understanding of the
connected self, what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. The parallels run
deep, so for brevity's sake I'll limit myself to just one: the parallel between
our drawdown of the earth's stored fossil fuel and the depletion of the adrenal
glands through chemical and psychological stimulants. In traditional Chinese
medical thought, the adrenal glands are part of the kidney organ system, which
is understood to be the reservoir of the original qi, the life force, as well
as the gateway to an ongoing supply of acquired qi. When we are in harmony with
our life purpose, these gateways to the life force open wide and give us a
constant supply of energy. But when we lose this alignment, we must use
increasingly violent methods (coffee, motivational techniques, threats) to jerk
the life force through the adrenals. Similarly, the technologies we use to
access fossil fuels have become more and more violent — hydraulic fracturing (or
fracking), mountaintop removal, tar sand exploitation, and so on — and we are
using these fuels for frivolous or destructive purposes that are evidently out
of alignment with the purpose of the human species on earth. The personal and
planetary mirror each other. The connection is more than mere analogy: the kind
of work that we use coffee and external motivation (e.g., money) to force
ourselves to do is precisely the kind of work that contributes to the
despoliation of the planet. We don't really want to do it to our bodies; we
don't really want to do it to the world.

We want to become
givers and not just takers in our relationship to Earth. With that in mind, I
will touch upon one more aspect of the law of return and the cosmic unity of
giving and receiving. It would seem that there is a flagrant exception to the
law of return in nature, something that ecosystems do not recycle, something
that enters constantly anew and exits always as waste. That something is
energy. Radiating out from the sun, it is captured by plants and converted
along the food chain from one form to another, moving irreversibly toward its
final destination: waste heat. Sooner or later, all the low-entropy
electromagnetic radiation from the sun is radiated back out from the earth as
high-entropy heat.6

I am not surprised
that ancient people worshiped the sun, the only thing we know that gives
without expectation or even possibility of return. The sun is generosity
manifest. It powers the entire kingdom of life, and, in the form of fossil fuels,
solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, can power the technosphere as well.
Marveling at this virtually limitless source of free energy, I can touch upon
the utter, almost infantile, gratitude that ancient sun-worshipers must have
felt.

But there is more to
the story. A vein runs through spiritual tradition that says that we, too, give
back to the sun; indeed that the sun only continues to shine through our
gratitude.7 Ancient sun
rituals weren't only to thank the sun — they were to keep it shining. Solar energy
is the light of earthly love reflected back at us. Here, too, the circle of the
gift operates. We are not separate from even the sun, which is why, perhaps, we
can sometimes feel an inner sun shining from within us, irradiating all others
with the warmth and light of generosity.

 

1. That means that certain substances, even if they are
biodegradable, violate the law if we produce them in excessive quantities.

2. Even if the company goes bankrupt and wipes out current
stock- and bondholders, past investors have already profited.

3. In such systems, a total emissions ceiling is set, and
the right to emit allocated among countries or enterprises. Pollution rights
may be bought and sold, so that if a factory reduces its emissions, it can sell
its unused quota to someone else.

4. For example, when the cost of lighting drops due to the
introduction of CFC bulbs, some facilities respond by increasing their use of
outdoor lighting. When computer memory gets cheaper, developers write software
that requires more memory. When any resource is used more efficiently, the
demand for it goes down and lowers the price, thereby increasing demand.

5. Polluters in lax-enforcement countries could sell
allowances to polluters in countries with good enforcement, allowing the latter
to pollute at low cost and the former to pollute beyond the total emissions
ceiling.

6. "Later" could be hundreds of millions of years, for
example when we burn coal.

7. Interestingly, as the age of ingratitude has reached its
peak over the past thirty years, the sun's radiation has apparently changed,
and the strength of the heliosphere has decreased significantly. It might be my
imagination, but I remember the sun being more yellow when I was a child. And
from 2008 to 2010, sunspot activity diminished to unprecedented levels (see,
e.g., Clark, "Absence of Sunspots"). Could it be that the sun, the epitome of
generosity, is entering a turbulent phase mirroring the financial crisis on
earth, which is after all a crisis of giving and receiving?

Image by Brooks Elliott, courtesy of Creative Commons license.

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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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