NOW SERVING Psychedelic Culture

Dr. James Cooke

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

A common experience for psychonauts is of feeling as though they have discovered some previously hidden meaning and purpose in the universe.  Many who undergo psychedelic experiences come away feeling as if everything happens for a reason, that there is a grand logic underlying existence.  This is an idea that philosophy and religions have explored

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The Brain’s Psychedelic System

Naturally-occurring psychedelics co-evolved with us. Rather than acting to scramble our brain activity in some chaotic way, psychedelics actually activate a pre-existing pathway in our brain.  Psychedelics do this by connecting to the serotonin 2A receptor, also known as the 5HT2A receptor. Why do psychedelics do this and what is this pathway for?  Does the DMT

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