Altered States: Altered 2017 Organizers Amit Elan and Dax DeFranco Share Information On the Conference, Human Nature, and Psychedelics.

Altered States: Altered 2017 Organizers Amit Elan and Dax DeFranco Share Information On the Conference, Human Nature, and Psychedelics.

Altered is an international conference that aims to elucidate concepts surrounding the nature of consciousness.

Scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany on the 3rd and 4th of November, Altered seeks to unify individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines to discuss academia, art, and spirituality.

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Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of Drug Policy Alliance.

Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of Drug Policy Alliance.

Ifetayo Harvey of the Drug Policy Alliance has been fighting against the injustice and discrimination found in many of the practices propagated by the perpetual War on Drugs. In our first interview, she told her story about how this war impacted her and her family. She recently wrote a fascinating article for Psymposia about why the psychedelic community is so white and what this says about the culture of drug use.

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Interview With Artist and Author, Martin W. Ball.

Interview With Artist and Author, Martin W. Ball.

Martin's work primarily discusses nondualism and the dissolution of the ego through psychedelic exploration. He believes that by removing social constructs that bolster the ego (like religion), one can get to the heart of the human experience and recognize that they themselves are God. He has even created the "Entheological Paradigm" which is a kind of grand unifying theory for psychedelic phenomenology based on his experiences. 

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Interview With Philosopher, Peter Sjöstedt-H.

Interview With Philosopher, Peter Sjöstedt-H.

Peter’s latest book, Noumenautics (a play on the Kantian term “Noumena” that describes objects as they are and without sensual interpretation), attempts to explore the intersections between philosophy, phenomenology, and the psychedelic experience. The book itself is important for both psychedelics and philosophy as it fosters much needed conversation about the epistemological value of these substances, but it does so without being attached to dogma or mysticism.

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MDMA: A Cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

MDMA: A Cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) has been a resounding success in alleviating and outright curing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the afflicted participants when consumed under the right conditions. While the substance often gets a bad wrap for it’s perceived mortality rate (which is usually exaggerated or false) when compared to other substances being using in clinical research, when done in the proper set and setting, the drug can be extremely beneficial for the user.

One common misconception about MDMA is that it is the same as it’s street variations, E, Ex, Molly, Ecstasy, etc. The substance in it’s pure, laboratory grade form is very safe because it isn’t “stepped on” or “cut” with any harmful chemicals to stretch out the product. If you are taking street variations of the substance, there is a much higher chance that what you’re getting isn’t just MDMA (MSM powder used for joint pain and relief is an example of a substance used to cut pill and powder based stimulants). This has also been an issue with research chemicals like 25-i and other NBOmes being sold as LSD on the street. While there are testing kits available, it is unrealistic to assume that the average user is going to have one on hand or be aware that they even exist, which is a a clear cut example of why a safe and legal free-market should be created for this class of substances. 

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