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.
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.
"Psychedelics stoke these mysteries, and yield just the right amount of destructive potential, breaking down static, outdated frameworks and clearing space for the flourishing of something new and meaningful. Embracing this process requires openness, intelligence, reverence, and perhaps most of all, what Erik Davis called “that most telepathic of human emotions”: empathy."
Darkness is good for us; it is an ally that heals us. It is something to be embraced, not feared. From Palaeolithic times, up until very recently, the only major sources of light we would have experienced once the sun went down would have been starlight, moonlight and firelight. Life on this planet has evolved for three and a half billion years with a regular and dependable day-night schedule. Now many of us are subject to electrical lighting long into the night, or over the entire duration, the most likely suspect being street lighting. This is far out of balance from how the sleep/wake cycle of our brain’s evolved.
Shortly after presenting on behalf of the DMT-Nexus at the Psychedemia conference at the University of Pennsylvania, in September 2012, I was interviewed by a Harvard Graduate student for a paper he was writing. The purpose of the interview was to discuss “the decision-making process related to pursuing psychedelic research.
This article presents a brief overview of the physical and mental effects of DMT, in order to help present safe and respectful methodologies for effectively approaching the molecule. It also features a number of strategies from the DMT-Nexus community for dealing with rough trips, dark entities, and integrating existentially challenging experiences into daily life.
Neurogenesis is the birth of new neurons from neural stem or progenitor cells in the brain. This takes place in the brain over the course of the adult lifespan and declines with age, but there are a number of behavioural, environmental, pharmacological and biochemical factors that affect this process, many of which we have considerable power to influence.
In remembrance of Myron J. Stolaroff, who passed away on January 6, 2013, The Nexian presents, "Using Psychedelics Wisely: A veteran researcher explains how psychedelics can be used to give beneficial results." Stolaroff worked extensively with psychedelic psychotherapy, and even though this piece is now over two decades old, it is still as valid today as the day it was published.
This article presents an overview of some of the topics that fequently come up in cursory discussions of DMT. It is intended to serve as a quick reference for those who have heard about DMT, but wish to learn more. Topics covered include: what DMT is, its effects, its safety, and some possible implications and explanations of the DMT experience.
This is an article by Ancotar, a member of the DMT-Nexus. It deals with his personal experiences and learnings regarding the mechanics of the vaporized/smoked DMT experience, as well as his experiences using enhanced leaf. In this article you will also find some tips for dealing with "dark" entities and other DMT-related information.
Harm reduction is a philosophy as well as an activist stance. It takes a sober, realistic look at human nature and keeping that in mind in a non-judgemental manner, works to save lives and lessen potential harm. Harm reduction tends to focus on typically perceived harmful behaviors such as drug use or unsafe sex.