A great new book by Graham St. John has been published that explores the rise of DMT in our culture. Knowing where we've been with this enigmatic molecule and how it has become entangled within our culture is vital to understanding where we are going as the second psychedelic rennaisance continues to unfold into the future. Herein you will also find art donated by DMT-Nexus members Cyb and Art Van D'lay.
Psychedelics and related substances have contributed to a number of major scientific and technological breakthroughs and developments. Their highly ill-informed designation as Class A substances “with a high potential for abuse and no medical use” stands in stark contrast to what the accumulating scientific evidence has to say about these compounds. A much neglected area of psychedelic science, ironically, is how psychedelics contribute to the creative scientific process.
With this article I have tried to lay out just a few simplistic but realistic ways in which we can go about challenging the ways that the dominant power structures of society infiltrate the psychedelic community. It is up to each of us as individuals to take these steps further if we wish to see real change at a fundamental level. This includes educating ourselves in addition to being pro-active in struggles that we are passionate about.
The idea of ingesting a drug to combat addiction to another substance may seem strange to some, to others, even heretical. There is however an ever growing body of research to back up the use of certain drugs for combating addiction, and the most promising of these are the psychedelics. These substances are well suited to this task, in that they are of very low toxicity and safe when administered in a therapeutic context, and they are not addictive.
Without disregarding the urgent need for an ecologically minded culture, I would like to make the point that the environmental issues that we face today are one in the same as the systems of racism, patriarchy, and classism that have come to dominate our lives, and that our efforts towards creating an all-inclusive and sustainable psychedelic revolution are moot points if we fail to recognize how entrenched we are in the dominant power structures of society.
Psilocybin has a long history of use by humanity, and has been revered as a powerful medicine and ally for a very long time. Modern science is confirming and building upon ancient wisdom to allow us to better understand this amazing and highly multifaceted molecule, in order that we can better utilize its tremendous capacity to heal people.
Forty-three years after the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances imposed global prohibition on psychedelic compounds, demarcating governmental efforts to end the first psychedelic revolution, a second major psychedelic awakening is underway. Set amidst the landscape of late capitalism, this resurgence is unfolding in the forms of renewed focus on sanctioned research, the emergence of significant underground psychedelic research, and the rhizomorphic spread of global festival cultures.
With the continued rise in popularity of psychedelic plant medicines, concerns surrounding sustainable harvesting methods and safe administration by practitioners are growing. The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainable and safe use of traditional plants and enriching the communities who work with them.
As the global demand for entheogenic medicines grows, we are seeing a simultaneous rise in unsustainable harvesting, poaching, and related ecological damage. The question we, as responsible explorers of expanded consciousness, should be asking is, “What are the hidden costs associated with my personal path of healing through medicine work?”
I took the Nexian, Spice Sailor, to see a very special and pristine nature reserve in a national park where there were large mother seed trees of Acacia obtusifolia. We went simply to enjoy the presence of the trees and the bush. This was a sacred site, too sensitive to touch, I would have thought. To our dismay, every single mature tree was either dead or dying.
We can collectively dream of worlds that surpass our wildest individual imaginings and bring them into being year-after-year—and we do. Is it really less conceivable that we could take actions in our daily lives to challenge the systems and structures that seek to deny us access to that which we need to survive?
Paul Stamets is a groundbreaking mycologist convinced that fungi can help save the planet, and for good reason. In this inspirational presentation he will wax eloquent on way more than simply psychedelic fungi. Prepare to have your mind blown; you might never look at fungi or even nature the same after this.
The Nexian publishing collective is delighted to announce the release of Issue Two of The Nexian! This issue places an emphasis on psychedelic research in its myriad of forms. Given this theme and the focus of this e-zine, we have dedicated a special section of this issue to the late Alexander Shulgin. We hope you will find as much inspiration in Issue Two as we found in producing it.
Boom is a shining example of the thriving psychedelic resurgence. The very notion of coming together in an autonomous space specifically designed to facilitate transformative experiences reflects a contemporary psychedelic ethos that is spreading worldwide and taking shape in exciting ways. A rich modern history—as well as deep ties to prehistoric practices—has brought this unprecedented resurgence to its thrilling present position, and the potential futures on the horizon are the stuff of dreams.
One of the many problems with the war on drugs is selective enforcement. Racial disparities in arrests, prosecution, and incarceration are well documented and have been reported on for years. But the pattern of inconsistent application of the law goes deeper than which communities are being targeted… it is also an issue in terms of which substances are being targeted.
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.