It is difficult to remain open about using psychedelics when living in a society that can shun and incarcerate you for it. Nevertheless, the question of openness is an important topic if we are going to effectively integrate these medicines into our world. But where do we draw the line between safety risks or social taboos, and a healthy level of openness? Here Tea Faerie expands on coming out of the closet in a sexual and psychedelic sense.
The ancient Greek world was familiar with a wide variety of drugs... but is it possible that they used DMT and related tryptamines as well? This article looks at the mythology around an obscure Greek grass known as “agrostis” and considers how the ancient Greeks could have utilized Phalaris grass for its psychoactive effects. For the benefit of modern psychonauts, we also look at toxicity concerns surrounding Phalaris.
Physicists have begun to sound more and more like wild-eyed psychonauts these days. What with matter consisting of mostly "empty" space (where particles pop in and out of existence)...Electrons behaving as waves and particles...Particles in different locations simultaneously...The majority of the universe consisting of "dark matter" and "dark energy"...Multiple dimensions...And now the possibility of multiple universes.
It was an early fall morning in the Pacific Northwest when a tiny rainforest frog presented me with a profound lesson. I had been out on one of my regular walks, this time surveying the land around a local horse stable in search of active tryptamine-containing plants and fungi. We had just received rainfall, and everything was wet, vibrant, and glowing. This is when the rainforest really comes to life.
Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist who has been exploring plant medicines for decades and has extensive field experience. She is the president of Botanical Dimensions, an organization that preserves shamanic medicines, co-founded with the late Terence McKenna in Hawaii. Here she shares some of her fascinating knowledge of plants, amazonian culture, spirituality, shamanism, and ayahuasca.