Deciphering the Spirit Molecule: Dr. Rick Strassman on His Iconic DMT Research.

Deciphering the Spirit Molecule: Dr. Rick Strassman on His Iconic DMT Research.

DMT is known to be one of (if not the most) potent psychedelic substances currently known to man. Many users have reported strange, paranormal visions; Some elucidating the numinous nature of extrasensory realms, others displaying nightmarish realizations of terror. Regardless of where you stand on the drug’s purpose (or your experience with it), it is hard to deny that DMT is. at the very least, a peculiar substance that has warranted the attention it has received in recent years.

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Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of MAPS.

Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of MAPS.

When Ifetayo Harvey was four years old (she is now 24), her father (a Jamaican immigrant) was locked away for eight years and subsequently deported back to his home country after being charged with cocaine trafficking. While she was able to communicate with him via letters during his imprisonment and deportation, this is a far-cry from the kind of guidance and support a developing child needs. Her mother was left to raise seven children alone and Ifetayo, found herself confused and hurt. In spite of these perceived shortcomings, she was able to get active in Drug Policy Reform, graduate from Smith College with a degree in History and African Studies, and secure a job at the prestigious Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) where she works with Dr. Rick Doblin, who has become a legend in psychedelia.

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Endogenous Neurochemicals: What’s Really Floating Around in Our Brains?

Endogenous Neurochemicals: What’s Really Floating Around in Our Brains?

Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga) is a psychedelic plant that is native to central Western Africa that has shown the ability to alleviate addiction in individuals that have alcohol, cocaine, or heroin dependency. Currently, the pharmacological options that we have to treat these addictions are limited and fairly ineffective. Ibogaine (one of the alkaloid structures in Iboga) has shown to have some effectiveness in helping sufferers kick their particular habit. One single session with the plant can remove all cravings for up to six months and multiple sessions with the substance can remove cravings for years. 

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Hikikomori: Social Pressure and Seclusion.

Hikikomori: Social Pressure and Seclusion.

Hikikomori (which essentially translates to "pulling inwards") is a psychological disorder that mimics many of the classic symptoms found in severe depression or social anxiety. Sufferers typically live with their parents, lock themselves inside of their rooms for weeks at a time and only come out in the event of an emergency or if they need to get food, use the restroom, etc. In the more severe cases, some Hikikomori relieve themselves inside of their rooms instead of going to the restroom. During these bouts, these individuals have very little contact with family or friends and can even become belligerent or violent towards themselves or others if asked to come out of their rooms. Many Hikikomori are males in their late teens or early twenties (there have been reported cases of middle aged and elderly individuals as well) that have “failed” at some aspect in their academic or social lives. Seclusion is more often than not a side effect of anxiety, depression, or any other high functioning psychological malady and Japan’s rigid and unforgiving social order has an almost zero tolerance policy for transgression or failure. This is usually the leading cause of this phenomenon. It is estimated that there are several hundred thousand Hikikomori in Japan but this number is actually believed to be much higher and estimates have even reached as high as two million. There have also been cases popping up in other countries around the world so this isn’t something that is exclusive to Japan.

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