What Is Awareness? Thirteen Individuals on Consciousness, Spirit, and the Nature of Reality.

What Is Awareness? Thirteen Individuals on Consciousness, Spirit, and the Nature of Reality.

If you ask two people how they’d define characteristics or phenomena associated with consciousness, there is a good chance that you’d receive two differing opinions. So what happens if you ask thirteen?

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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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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 Author and Spiritualist, Julian Vayne.

Interview With Author and Spiritualist, Julian Vayne.

Author and Spiritualist Julian Vayne has recently released Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony (distributed by the wonderful professionals over at the Psychedelic Press) a guide to injecting entertainment and purpose into the entheogenic pursuits of casual users and experienced psychonauts.

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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, Author, and Poet Marc Marcel.

Interview With Artist, Author, and Poet Marc Marcel.

Marc Marcel is an Artist, Author, and Poet representing Baltimore, Maryland. I discovered his work some time ago (circa 2013 by way of this video.) after some of my first experiences with psychedelics and was fascinated by his commentary on the nature of reality and what it means to be human.

He explores these themes with his outstanding poetry and in his magnificent, The Book That Doesn't Even MatterIt within this space of examining humanity, he has elevated himself and everyone who has been lucky enough to experience his work.

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Interview With Tim Scully, Mastermind Behind The Legendary "Orange Sunshine"

Interview With Tim Scully, Mastermind Behind The Legendary "Orange Sunshine"

The Sunshine Makers examines the life and times of Nicholas Sand and Robert Timothy Scully, the masterminds behind the mythical "Orange Sunshine", a brand of LSD that is still heralded as the purest and to achieve mainstream notoriety. Nick and Tim were directly responsible for much of the LSD that was in circulation during that time and found themselves in the crosshairs of what would eventually fester into what we now know as The War on Drugs.

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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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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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