The only time altered states are typically news that we’d notice or remember comes in the form of cautionary tales—morality plays about hubris, pride, excess or lust. Sex scandals and Cults. Overdoses. Ecstasy gone wrong.
The neon tribes of the digital age are seeking alternative spiritual streams. There is something inherently magical about our technologies of connection and communication, which are now lending their hand to our unfolding cultural topographies.
The idea that we live in a multidimensional universe populated by other intelligences and life-forms is not new to many peoples of the world. Yet in the past, means of access has been available to the relative few. Now, all that is likely to be changing.
Schools like Oaksterdam University are creating programs designed to cater to the booming new cannabis industry, providing much needed education for entrepreneurs looking to get their foot in the door of the green rush.