Psychedelic Information Theory: A Talk with James Kent

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In his new book, Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, James Kent has attempted to describe both the experience and underlying mechanisms of consciousness in the language of classical wave mechanics, with terms like neural oscillators, periodic drivers, wave entrainment, resonance and coherence. Of particular interest are his characterizations of psychedelic agents as nonlinear feedback amplifiers, and descriptions of shamanic technique as periodic drivers to entrain a psychonaut’s chaotic interference patterns towards multi-stable strange attractors. His book offers the first steps in developing a more refined and quantifiable theory and terminology of psychedelic action. It suggests many rich opportunities for further research that are bound to reveal some pragmatic and novel applications. Not since The Invisible Landscape, by the McKenna brothers, have I found a book so original and propitious. Here I ask him a few questions to elucidate his work, and ponder the implications for traversing new landscapes of the mind.

Jedi Mind Traveler: I’d like to quote one of the basic conclusions from pg. 171: “Periods of chaotic transition between multi-stable states of consciousness are subjectively perceived as disorienting, confusing, and uncomfortable. Periods where chaotic transitions approach strange attractors and phase-lock into multi-stability are subjectively perceived as ecstatic, beautiful, spiritual, insightful, cleansing, healing and transcendent.” It sounds like you’re describing the Hero’s Journey or mystical experience – the initiate is at first disoriented, but after confusion, shifting of realities, questioning the Self and overcoming challenges, the spirit of the hero is born and ecstatic joy is felt for the transcendent beauty of creation, in a profoundly healing ceremony of rebirth. It seems the hero opens a door away from predictable, controllable, linear society, and steps through towards confusing paradox and seeming madness, then into a dimension that is more genuine, real, whole, and sacred. Can you speak more about strange attractors, multi-stability, and the mystical revelation of wholeness and harmony?

James Kent: When I talk about multistability in consciousness, I am referring to the ability to nudge consciousness into two oppositional states at once, such as being awake and dreaming at the same time. The brain does not want to exist in multiple states at once, by nature it transitions from one state to another with little or no overlap. For instance, now I’m awake, now I’m reading, now I’m thinking, now I’m drowsy, now I’m sleeping, now I’m dreaming, and so on, and we are capable of determining which state we’re in at any one time. The ability to maintain one focused state at a time, and be able to recognize that state, is our natural attractor; that is our stable baseline. Even if we perturb consciousness through intoxication or trauma, the brain will always attempt to return to this baseline state. Forcing the brain out of linear stability requires some kind of radical intervention, like psychedelics, which allows the brain to find stability in overlapping states that would normally be transient or fleeting, like a prolonged lucid dream between waking and sleeping. Being able to maintain balance between two or more simultaneous states of mind is how I define multistability in consciousness, and being forced into these complex states by a pharmaceutical reaction can be described in terms of strange attractors distinct to each psychedelic drug.

Because the brain is not comfortable with ambiguity, confusion, and disorientation, moving from our natural state of stability into a more dynamic state of multistability can be challenging. The initial reaction to psychedelic intoxication is to try and fend off or fight that transition and retain some sense of linear focus. However, if you relax and accept the transition away from linearity, then the brain will naturally slide towards that multi-stable trance where complex states like hallucination can manifest. This state can be considered mystical or sacred or schizophrenic or psychotic, but I prefer the term “paradigm shattering” more than any other, because our linear framework for parsing rational analysis is shattered and we’re left with an intense overload of raw sensation; sometimes joyous and sometimes terrifying, but always challenging and amazing to behold. You can call this state more genuine or real than normal states of consciousness, but I don’t think those kind of value judgments are necessary. There is no guarantee that any realization you have in the psychedelic space is more or less genuine or accurate than any other, it’s just a new way of seeing the world. And, of course, returning from that chaotic state and coming back down to linear focus feels like a kind of victory or rebirth into the world we know and love. Facing the joy and terror of the chaos, vanquishing it, and returning with some strange memories can feel very much like a Hero’s Journey.

Do you think the psyche is naturally drawn toward mystical attractors, even if it means going through chaotic transitions and perhaps reliving and integrating uncomfortable unconscious material?

I think some people are drawn towards mystical states, and would risk their lives to have a mystical experience, just as some would risk their lives to jump out of a plane for an adrenaline rush. But I don’t believe there is one single mystical attractor pulling all people towards transcendence, just like there is no universal attractor pulling all people towards jumping out of planes. For the most part it is self-selecting, only certain people are drawn towards mysticism and transcendence. You can take psychedelics and become paranoid and disoriented and pulled towards the wrong sort of attractor, like an anxiety spiral or a manic self-important jag, and miss the transcendent aspect altogether. So no, I don’t think the psyche is naturally drawn towards mystical attractors. Most often the mystical component of psychedelics is due to drivers in set and setting providing a mystical framework for parsing the experience. Anyone can get there, some people are naturally drawn there, but in my experience it really depends on the individual to seek it out and find it.

Also, digging through uncomfortable personal material on the road to transcendence is not what I mean when I say transitions between chaotic states can be uncomfortable. There is a certain amount of physical discomfort with psychedelics, like a twisting feeling inside; a spring is being wound up to the breaking point. It is almost like being pushed slowly up a bumpy hill, but once you get to the top the ride drops into free-fall and the exhilaration begins. There is a cellular component to this, corresponding to changes in metabolism and smooth muscle contraction in response to the psychedelic chemical. These transitions correspond with sensations in the body, like feeling itchy or twitchy or anxious, and then suddenly shifting gears and feeling intensely light, sensual, groovy, and unburdened by discomfort. Sometimes music or the temperature in the room can bring about transitions, sometimes changing body position or taking deeper breaths can bring about transitions. Sliding between rapidly shifting states of discomfort and exhilaration can be like a roller coaster ride on psychedelics. To me, navigating those twists and turns with rhythm, breathing exercises, and melodic cues appear to be the origins of all shamanic technique and ritual.

Your description of “periods of chaotic transition between multi-stable states of consciousness” and “periods where transitions approach strange attractors,” sounds like the birthing pains and chaotic transition to higher awareness that collective humanity appears to be experiencing, while glimpsing the beautiful, spiritual, luminous world on the other side of the birth canal. If I may quote Stan Grof from his essay “2012 and Human Destiny,” describing our collective psychedelic hero’s journey: “Some of the insights of people experiencing holotropic states of consciousness are directly related to the current global crisis and its relationship with consciousness evolution. They show that we have exteriorized in the modern world many of the essential themes of the death rebirth process that a person involved in deep personal transformation has to face and come to terms with internally. The same elements that we would encounter in the process of psychological death and rebirth in our visionary experiences make today our evening news.” If humanity is indeed subconsciously putting itself in the very crisis and chaos that will allow it to transition, what lessons can we learn from Psychedelic Information Theory and especially the Control Interrupt Model, to facilitate such “multi-stable convergence”? Perhaps shamanic techniques of using periodic drivers such as drumming or chanting to entrain system stability and stabilize attractors within the individual, could be applied to the collective turmoil, chaos, and downright hallucinogenic interference patterns these days?

I think that human systems are inherently chaotic, and we create things like rituals and traditions and calendars to provide some recurring periodic stability to our culture. Over time these recurring periodic rituals grow into religions where the central dogma revolves around imposing peace and order in an otherwise chaotic or misguided world. And then you get civilization, which is moral order imposed through laws and brute force. And then you get commercialization, which is order imposed through repetitive marketing of products and belief systems with the promise of beauty, love, acceptance, wealth, and salvation. And then you get where we are now, the age of irony, which is post-commercial and based on tragicomic critique of the banality of our repetitive ordered systems. However, nobody “planned” the age of irony, it grew out of being constantly bombarded with empty religious, political, and commercial propaganda, and our growing awareness that society is little more than an ongoing mind game of manipulation and deceit. This can be described as something like a chaotic transition to higher awareness, but it is not something I see as a spiritual awakening or an evolution of consciousness, it is a transition in critical thinking about the nature of media and control. The age of irony is like a control-interrupt that allows us to step out of preconceived notions and expose the top-down rules of society for what they are – a group hallucination that we all buy into – and use that perspective to laugh about how we’re all stuck in it, make critiques about it, and formulate new paradigms. The age of irony is a stable convergence zone between ideological order and intellectual anarchy that grew out the chaos of runaway commercialization and propaganda. What comes next is more intense drumbeating seeking to overthrow critical irony with more elaborate promises and deceptions until one sticks and takes hold of the popular consciousness until the next transition.

I think promoting notions of global crisis, psychological death and rebirth, and consciousness evolution all fall into the category of attempts to assert ideological control over the naturally chaotic systems of human life. Death and rebirth can be a metaphor for the cultural cycles of instability followed by order, but I don’t think its necessary or even helpful to get mired in obsessing over global catastrophe or ego death and birth trauma as part of the psychedelic spiritual journey. I view that paradigm as a Freudian attractor popularized by Leary and Grof focused mainly on digging through salacious repressed anxiety as a means to identify and correct neurosis. That is a fabricated paradigm; nobody needs multiple hours of hellish introspection about global crisis or personal failures to have a transcendent experience on psychedelics. Recovering distant memories can be fun and rewarding, but they do not need to be a traumatic indictment of the human condition towards some redemptive end. We don’t need to be corrected through self-flagellation and spiritual death-rebirth; these are narratives we get hung up on because they are the drumbeat of our religious culture. We get too much of that burden of being told how we are broken and wrong and who we “should be” in our daily lives, that death-rebirth redemption trip is what keeps us trapped in the small mind. You don’t need to take any of that with you while you are seeking transcendence, you can leave the small mind behind.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to seem overly down on Grof because that paradigm can be helpful for some people and others really seem to enjoy it. If wallowing in crisis and pain is your thing then fine, eat mushrooms and wallow in doom and death and rebirth all you want. I’ve been there, and I find it borderline creepy and sadistic that people recommend digging through repressed guilt, shame, and anxiety as a kind of psychedelic therapy. You can dig through the slime of your existential mess forever, but why? So you can have a clearer picture of how hopelessly wretched and messed-up we all are? Human beings are not meant to be saints and we are not meant to be clean and perfect; we are messy and impulsive and do selfish things and hurt other people and make mistakes. It is a common denominator. You can avoid the guilt and shame of being stuck in an imperfect human body by learning to fight your demons with the all-negating power of the Cosmic Joke; realizing that self-importance is an illusion, and everything we do is just noise in the grand universal decay. Getting wrapped up in repressed personal and global anxiety is a huge blind alley in my book; an existential trap and a bummer. Not that those things aren’t important, we need to listen to the message of compassionate awareness and take care of the earth, but tripping on everything that’s wrong with the world seems like the masochistic yoke already hung on us by organized religion and the shouting on the evening news. I say if you’re going to drop mushrooms and trip out for a few hours, don’t get hung up everything that’s wrong, celebrate your vehicle and have a good time exploring your local galaxy. That’s the best social control-interrupt I can recommend 100% of the time for everybody.

Are the neoshamanic technologies available today such as audiovisual synthesizers and neurofeedback devices up to the task of being the resonant drivers that lead us to transcendent states? Imagine putting on a pair of glasses with pulsing LED strobes and headphones driving the brainwaves with isochronic tones and binaural beats, sounding like an alien spacecraft is landing. One will quickly start hallucinating spiral patterns and geometric shapes. So far this is a crude virtual reality, a place where the imagination of the mind manifests form and space, and perhaps loses a sense of time, but if you add to this the feedback amplification of a psychedelic, as Zoe7 did in his book “Into the Void,” it seems you have at least the keys to a transdimensional, nonlocal, and atemporal vehicle for actualizing the possibilities you speak of for the “delta 8” state in our “distant future.” You write, “Though it is impossible to imagine what a delta 8 information space might be like, subjective control over the very fabric of space and time may become possible, allowing something like personal access to space travel, time travel, alternate time streams, and/or an infinite number of parallel universes.” It seems that if one has the determination, training, and appropriate technology, the gates to these imaginal realms and possibilities are flung wide open, as many travelers of hyperspace can attest. Will refinements in technology allow more repeatable access to such states, by more and more people? What kinds of changes would we see if millions or even billions of people started training their minds with neurofeedback, and consistently accessing states that were traditionally only glimpsed after 30 years of meditation for example?

If the question is weather or not our current technology is up to the task of delivering mystical states without much personal discipline or effort, I would have to answer with a cautious “yes”. Humans have been mapping expanded states of consciousness for thousands of years, and the technologies for finding these states are becoming more refined and formalized. I never like to say there is nothing left to explore, but with psychedelics and meditation and brain training and mind machines, I think we are reaching the functional limit of what can be achieved with our current biological consciousness. There is only so much information the human brain can handle at any one time, and pushing these limits is the definition of exploring expanded consciousness. Psychedelic Information Theory is my first pass at defining the limits of expanded human consciousness in terms of nonlinear systems. Using resonant or self-reinforcing feedback to drive exponentially complex chaotic output is the definition of a nonlinear system. So, according to PIT, any technology that amplifies signal in sensory or memory feedback loops will necessarily drive expanded states of consciousness, which in turn will necessarily promote long-term synaptic changes via stress-based neuroplasticity. Many different technologies exist for facilitating these states, but the best known technologies, psychedelic drugs, are still illegal.

As for whether or not these technologies will drive the transition into a new information domain, I think to some extent that is already happening, and it is the ongoing story of human civilization. More people are experimenting with multiple types of technologies for exploring new states of consciousness. Look at the modern popularization of yoga and meditation as an example. A hundred years ago these practices were considered esoteric and the realm of monks and orientalists, but now they are commonplace fitness routines for suburban housewives. I would wager that fringe practices of psychedelic drug use and neurofeedback stimulators will be as commonplace a hundred years from now as yoga and meditation are today. Whether or not these practices will directly drive a dramatic shift into what I call a post-technological or delta 8 information state is unknowable. The so-called “singularity” could take thousands of years to shape up, from Newton’s mechanics to whatever fully fabricated reality awaits us in the future. I would think robotics and space travel would be the next logical level of expansion, creating intelligent machines and organisms capable of functioning in a vacuum. For instance, if humans could build a wormhole or an infinite energy device, we would not want to build it in a bunker in Nevada, we would want robots to build it in space where it wouldn’t accidentally consume the entire earth and kill everyone. The limits of human consciousness pale in comparison to the kinds of technology I’m describing in the delta 8 state, which would be either self-aware machine intelligence or something like the ability to fold spacetime. Human brains are played out in that scenario; delta 8 represents a whole new order of energy complexity and computational organization.

There is the idea floating around of the metaverse – the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality, and physically persistent virtual space. Technologies like augmented reality applications for the iPhone, for example, are starting to blur the lines between the real and the virtual, the physical and the imaginal. Are we ultimately moving towards a world without boundaries between thought and form? It seems that whether you smoke DMT and see your thoughts blazing across the sky, or strap on the latest neural headset, you’re seeing the contents of the mind manifest and come alive. My question is this: will these virtual reality technologies simply prepare us and pave the way for the realization that we already live in a creation of mind? Perhaps such technology will be the training wheels that teach us to realize the transdimensional vehicles and latent psychic powers already within us?

The strange truth about reality is that it is both objective and subjective. In one sense we are totally at the mercy of the forces of reality, and in another sense we create our own image of reality and impose our own will on reality. One paradox revealed by psychedelics is that reality creates the mind which creates the illusion of reality so that reality can organize, observe, and modify itself from a variety of novel subjective perspectives. I think that psychedelic paradigms of god, unity, latent psychic powers, and cosmic consciousness are all attempts to grapple with the cosmic scope of this mind-bending paradox where object and subject dissolve into the same thing looking back at itself across the expanding sea of infinity. Human brains are not meant to cope with this inverted universal perspective of reality; we have no good words for encompassing the experience; the common name we use is God.

While I think it is rational to want to reproduce that nondualistic enlightened state for everyone all the time, upon closer examination I’m not convinced it is an outcome that is likely to last or be sustained for any period of time. I think maybe certain individuals get to glimpse that unified state temporarily, but then they must quickly return to their bodies and subjective egos so they can tend to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. What you are talking about with the metaverse is something like the Matrix, or Gibson’s cyberspace, where we all become avatars in the same shared dream. I agree that this vision is enticing, but I also agree that objective reality is already like a shared dream space. The only benefit I see to VR is that we can easily change our physical identity and act out without doing any real-world damage. You are right that virtual space seems like a testing ground for mastering better control over real space, but the metaverse can also be a trap that keeps us from exploring real space.

As a roundabout aside to this question, there is this weird convergence I call “distributed stacking,” where in high-density situations people are literally stacked into small living quarters. Expensive New York studio apartments are just the beginning. On navel ships and in military quarters the crews are stacked close in bunks with one locker each. In Tokyo they have locker motels where people sleep in coffin-like drawers. Each night humans are stacked in their arrays and they plug into their grids, networks, TVs, computers, cell phones, social networks, and the neural networks of their dreams. But while they are stacked the humans are not interacting with the other humans stacked right next to them. Instead they are all fully engaged in the virtual distributed network where they are easily distracted by flashing lights and can’t do any physical harm. What the hell is going on here? The more the modern world moves towards people crammed together in dense living arrays, the more the scenario starts to look like the Matrix. In the distant future there are two distinct scenarios; overpopulation and interplanetary offloading. Both of these situations require stacking in close quarters, and cell technology is becoming so cheap everyone will have wireless access to the cloud. I think some kind of distributed metaverse that people jack into is an unavoidable solution to keeping humans docile while they are stacked. Welcome to dystopia, where they charge you for the luxury of being stacked and jacked into a shiny facsimile of reality.

Whether it’s through VR technology, psychedelics, mind machines, or holotropic breathing, many people are experiencing the dissolution of the boundaries between self and other, inside and outside, mind and matter, real and virtual. Stan Grof puts this revelation of nonduality and the experience of its archetypal pattern into context: “[The archetype of the Apocalypse] emerges into the consciousness of the seeker at a time when he or she recognizes the illusory nature of the material world. As the universe reveals its true essence as virtual reality, as a cosmic play of consciousness, the world of matter is destroyed in the psyche of the individual… An individual who experiences death and rebirth – usually in the context of reliving and integrating the trauma of biological birth – discovers his or her own divinity, sacredness of all creation and oneness with other people, nature, and the cosmos. Deeper exploration of the transpersonal realms and particularly the experience of the archetype of the Apocalypse then radically changes the perception of the world we live in. We begin to understand that what we experience as material reality might be what the Hindu teachings refer to as lila – divine play created by cosmic consciousness.” Our world today seems rather chaotic and apocalyptic, yet also has many novel breakthroughs occurring across broad disciplines in art, science, and philosophy. What kinds of radical new developments do you see happening as a result of more and more people experiencing the dissolution of linear boundaries?

The Hindu concept of lila is at least a few thousand years old, and concepts of special relativity are almost a hundred years old, and both of these are descriptions of an interconnected cosmic dance within the fabric of reality. The difference is that concept of lila can be interpreted in many ways and does not herald an apocalypse, but special relativity has only one interpretation and it paved the way for the atomic age. When I think of the archetype of apocalypse I do not think of enlightened nondualism destroying the subjective illusion of self, I think of a blast of energy destroying actual cities. The use of atom bombs was a radical new development made possible by a single person thinking about mass-energy and cosmic unity in a nondualistic way, but it was not the kind of radical new development you are talking about, like a global enlightenment. I don’t think humans have learned anything from the apocalyptic terror of the atomic age, other than how to kill and scare people into submission with greater efficiency. Few people take the effort to fully understand special relativity, but everyone is scared of atom bombs. Fear will always trump mind expansion because everyone feels fear by design, but only a few make the effort to seek true mind-expansion. I don’t think this basic fear dynamic will change drastically anytime in the near future.

Keep in mind that any powerful transition in science and technology can be weaponized, and if it can be used as a weapon people will want to use it as a weapon. Until that essential truth is changed for all people for all time, any kind of radical new technology or evolution in culture is potentially dangerous. The linear boundaries that are dissolved may be the walls of your home in a blast of fire, or the tables in your bank’s database as hackers drain your account. No matter how much you embrace archetypes of death, birth trauma, or the apocalypse, being on the receiving end of crisis and apocalypse is not cool, nor does it guarantee any kind of transcendent rebirth. Some people wish for an apocalypse so the remnants of the human race can come together for a do-over at attaining utopia or the Garden of Eden. That is insane. The world doesn’t need or want apocalypse or utopia or a singularity or radical new developments, it just wants to get through the day without messing things up too badly. And, every once in a while, on nice days, we like to kick back and have a good time. Humans want simple things. It’s easy to forget enlightenment or the apocalypse when the sun is shining and we’re in good company. Leave the doom and gloom and radical futures to the talking heads trying to exert ideological control over your mind. Have a good laugh, rattle your bones, enjoy the ride.

The road to nowhere” by Michael Wassmer on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.

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5-Meo-DMT comes from the Sonora Desert toad. Here is everything you want to know about 5-Meo-DMT and how it compares to 4-AcO-DMT.

4-AcO-DMT Guide: Benefits, Effects, Safety, and Legality
This guide tells you everything about 4 AcO DMT & 5 MeO DMT, that belong to the tryptamine class, and are similar but slightly different to DMT.

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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