Category Archives: Inspirations

What if I told you that “real” is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain?

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What if I told you that “real” is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain?

Okay, yes, I did just quote “The Matrix”…which is one of my favorite movies by the way. Makes you question your LIFE. What is reality? Are you REALLY seeing what you think you’re seeing? Or is that “brain in a vat” theory actually true? Psychedelics has a lot in common with this movie in terms of the viewpoint on knowing the “truth”.

Traditionally, people that claim to hear or see more are classified as deluded or schizophrenic, but it may be possible to increase your input bandwidth to provide you with a more representative worldview. Psychedelics show us our world in a different light, but are they showing us something that we are missing, something that is real?

I found this amazing article on Psychedelic Press UK by Dimka Drewczynski, and it is one of the most well-written articles I have read on this subject.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading it right here. It will be worth your while hands down.

In the meantime, I’m going to list the highlights of the article that stood out to me the most

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Possible legalization for Magic Mushrooms? Dr. Nichols Explains For Us

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Possible legalization for Magic Mushrooms? Dr. Nichols Explains For Us

I’ve always longed to be a part of the movement to legalize shrooms for medicinal purposes one day.  And now, the dream is closer than ever! I never realized how close we were in research and how far forward we are in the process of doing so.  This makes me really happy 🙂 Thank you psychedelic society!

Psilocybin, the psychoactive component in magic mushrooms, is proving a prodigious treatment for anxiety, depression, addiction and one study even found it may lead to neurogenesis (the regrowth of brain cells).  Dr. David E. Nichols, one of the co-founders of the Heffter Research Institute, explains the steps it will take for medicinal psilocybin to be legalized.

Psilocybin has been recently tested for many purposes:

  •  Dr. Charles Grob at UCLA Harbor Medical Center: treatment of 12 terminal cancer patients who suffered from anxiety and depression. They were treated with a program of therapy that included psilocybin. Participants showed a significant reduction in anxiety at one and three months after treatment, with no significant adverse events.
  • Dr. Roland Griffiths (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. Stephen Ross (NYU): two additional studies were begun using psilocybin to treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients
  •  Dr. Michael Bogenschutz at University of New Mexico (UNM): a study of psilocybin-assisted therapy in a pilot study of 10 volunteers with alcohol dependence. Drinking decreased significantly beginning in the second month of treatment, after psilocybin was administered, and improvement remained significant for an additional six months of follow-up. There were strong correlations between the intensity of the experience in the first psilocybin session and clinical improvement following the session.
  • Dr. Matthew Johnson at Johns Hopkins University: a pilot study administering psilocybin within a 15-week smoking cessation treatment. Participants were 15 healthy smokers with a mean of six previous lifetime quit attempts who were smoking an average of 19 cigarettes per day for 31 years. Measures of smoking behavior showed that 12 of the 15 participants (80%) were no longer smoking at six-month follow-up. This smoking cessation rate substantially exceeds rates commonly reported for other types of therapies (typically less than 35%). These findings suggest that psilocybin may be a useful and potentially efficacious adjunct to current smoking cessation treatment approaches, and warrant a follow-up clinical trial. Results also illustrate a framework for research on the efficacy and mechanisms of psychedelic-facilitated addiction treatment.

Currently, we are in Phase 2 of 3 in trying to legalize magic mushrooms, where we have to show statistical significance that it is safe and that it can treat the specified condition (in this case, it is anxiety and depression). However, Phase 3 is going to be a hard one and may take awhile to complete the studies.

There is no drug company or government support for these studies.

For the full article, click here

 

Hey! Do You Want to get Involved in Psychedelic Research?

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I found this on the AMA Rick Doblin reddit page, and it’s very useful for those who want to get more involved in research or want to know more about it.  These are valuable contacts I will probably be hitting up soon…


As someone who has spent these past two weeks writing PhD applications, it’s been difficult to find programs that advertise their involvement in psychedelic research. […] Do you know of any programs that are doing particularly interesting work? […]

  •  Visiting PubMed is a big first step; you can see who is doing interesting work just from reading recent publications.

  •  For psilocybin; Roland Griffiths at Johns Hopkins University continues to do studies of psilocybin. Matthew Johnson, also of Johns Hopkins University, has investigated the effects of salvia divinorum; not sure if he is continuing with that or not.

  •  Psilocybin research is also taking place at New York University, though they have not yet published findings.

  • Robin Carhart-Harris is conducting research at Imperial College, London on psilocybin. Carhart-Harris and D. Nutt have been involved in MDMA research, also with HV Curran. It is uncertain if this continues.

  •  Franz Vollenweider may be doing research with psilocybin at the University of Zurich (in Zurich, Switzerland).

  •  Harriet de Wit at the University of Chicago is doing MDMA research (it appears that this continues to do so.)

  •  Gillinder Bedi at Columbia University is conducting studies of MDMA (also cannabis / THC).

  •  Matthias Liechti and colleagues (often publishing under Hysek as first author) are conducting extensive studies of MDMA at the Unversity of Basel.

  •  Kim Kuypers, Johannes Ramaekers and colleagues are conducting MDMA research at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

  •  Michael Mithoefer is collaborating with Mark George and Colleen Hamlon at MUSC

Note that because funding is tight and fluctuates, all such programs are subject to change. You want to look for a department with neuroscience and a medical school, but the best way to track programs of research is to search PubMed or the internet using the substances or questions of interest to you.

 CIIS is starting a Certificate Program in Psychedelic Therapy, too!

 -Ilsa Jerome, Ph.D., Research and Information Specialist

 

 

Insightful Interview with Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS

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Insightful Interview with Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS

Check out his interview here first!

Rick Doblin, is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary vision.  He started off with an idea, he dropped out of school for ten years where he spent his time tripping and figuring out his life.  Then he enrolled back into school and with the help of networking and meeting certain people, he ended up finishing his dream: being the founder of MAPS.

I didn’t want to be a criminal. I didn’t want to be underground. I wanted to be a mainstream, normal kinda guy who just happened to be interested in psychedelics.

This is my favorite quote from his interview:

At the same time, I had graduated finally in ’87, and I had planned to go get a clinical psych Ph.D. to learn to do psychotherapy outcome research with MDMA. I almost got into several pretty great clinical psych Ph.D. programs, but in the end nobody wanted to let me in. That was 1998. Then I was like, what am I going to do with my life? So I went home and smoked a joint.

 I want to do the same exact thing as he did…get a clinical psychology Ph.D in psychotherapy with a focus on psychedelics instead of MDMA, but my chances are slim and the path to get there is very rough.  But now he’s inspired me to go out and persevere…even if I don’t get what I want the first time, there’s always another way around.  It may be harder, but hey I want it badly enough to do whatever it takes to pursue my passion.  I’d rather live a life of meaning than half-ass my way through it. Anyway, Rick is my new role model and I hope I get the chance to meet him one day…maybe even go on a “trip” with him if I’m lucky 😛

Nick Sand is the Man: Moving into the Sacred World of DMT

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Nick Sand is the Man: Moving into the Sacred World of DMT

Nick Sand is one of the most prolific and well-known underground chemists in history. From 1966 to 1996, he produced huge amounts of LSD, as well as MDMA, synthetic mescaline, DMT, and other psychedelics that were distributed around the globe. Along with Tim Scully, Nick Sand was responsible for producing over 3 million hits of Orange Sunshine, a brand of LSD that was renowned for its quality and purity in the Sixties.

Orange Sunshine yumm 😀

Sand has a particular fondness for DMT. In fact, it was a DMT vision quest in the 60s that convinced Sand to dedicate his life to producing and distributing entheogens. He was the first underground chemist to synthesize DMT rather than extracting it from natural sources, and the first person to discover that the DMT freebase could be smoked. 

As I was nearing the end of his essay, I couldn’t help but think, “Holy shit, this guy is my hero and I want to meet him”.  I’m obviously already fascinated by this subject of finding a higher consciousness, so the end of it caught my attention and straight reeled me in like a baited fish.  

His passion and knowledge are amazing, and it has inspired me even more to try to spread the many benefits of the psychedelic world to those who want to seek out answers about life. My dreams aren’t as big as his, but I’m definitely going in that direction.  My goal for now is to show as many people as I possibly can how these drugs can help us positively, and that just because the government says they’re “bad” certainly does not mean they are.  People need to delve deeper…doesn’t anybody want to find out what their purpose is on this beautiful planet? Everybody has a unique one! You just have to find it…you have to step into the other reality. The one our brains can’t process regularly because it is too much to handle.
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