Mapping A Mind Behind Altered: A Chat With Dax DeFranco

Next weekend I’m headed to Berlin for Altered Conference – ‘an international gathering of consciousness explorers from all backgrounds to take part in talks, workshops and rituals on the subject of psychedelics, conscious practices, and […]

The Outlaw Of Psychedelic Substances Is Irrational, Unjust, and a Violation of Freedom

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If I decide to ingest a psychedelic substance, such as LSD or psilocybin, I am committing a criminal action and risk being punished by law: But why? Are these substances actually dangerous? Is their prohibition […]

My Mindmelting Salvia Trip

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Salvia Divonorum. The freaky batshit cousin of the psychoactive family. If I had to describe salvia as a character it’d be the cosmic joker. He’ll flip you upside down inside out, pull your pants down […]

My Breakthrough DMT Trip (And Thoughts On It)

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Smoking DMT was one of the single most intense and insane experiences of my life. Going in I figured that it would be bigger than I could possibly imagine and boy was I right. Here I […]

Neuroscientist Sam Harris On The Mind-Expanding Power of Psychedelics

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Can psychedelic substances offer a glimpse into another mode of consciousness? In this bigthink video, neuroscientist, ‘spiritual atheist’ and author of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, Sam Harris talks of the virtues of psychedelics […]

LSD: The Aftermath – The Ego Strikes Back

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We still look for order, meaning and logic whilst on drugs, just in a different conception; we aren’t necessarily free on acid, we’re still the same machines computing the same data, but in a new way. Acid can make the old conventions we live by seem silly, but it does not always provide alternatives.

LSD: The Aftermath – Nihilism & Loss of Meaning

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For me personally, at times my relationships have been skewed by acid thinking. I have felt very distant and lonely in my outlook, distant from my parents and old friends. Something has changed – become less real and simultaneously more real – e.g. the everyday conversations about the weather take on new disturbing meanings because I’m analysing the human interaction taking place rather than just going with the flow.

LSD: The Aftermath – Identity

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Reality has seemed so petty at times afterwards. The feeling I had transcends the heights and limits of beauty and truth, at once amplifying them and making them seem ridiculous at the same time, or so normal they seem ridiculous.

LSD: The Aftermath – Flashbacks & After-Shocks

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A look at some of the after effects of a first LSD experience, by guest poster and good friend, Neil Philips.

LSD: The Aftermath – Paranoias

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Before this trip I had done acid once before on my own, I had an enjoyable experience – albeit with some insecurities and guilt coming to the fore in the hairier moments. Being in a group for my second and much more profoundly affecting trip made me think more about how acid changed the nature of reality.