Microdosing psychedelics: Placebo or panacea

Large doses of psychedelic drugs like LSD/DMT/Psilocybin are well-known to produce enduring changes in creativity, mood and cognition in users. More recently, it has been claimed that regular, small “microdoses” of psychedelics at sub-perceptual levels can produce similar effects. While some survey data supports this claim the limited laboratory-based research conducted so far has not ...

Some Traps, Pitfalls and Questions of the Psychedelic Path

With the increasing acceptance within the mainstream, many people are seeking psychedelics for many reasons. Healing, meaning, spiritual awakening, pleasure… The list goes on. There are also many routes for meeting these medicines as well. Medical, shamanic, spiritual, self-experimentation etc… But this is still new territory and we are in a period of mass experimentation, ...

Encrypted communications, digitally mediated drug trading and psychedelics

In 2011, the first darknet market or cryptomarket for illegal drugs (Silk Road) began trading. It marked a key innovation in digitally mediated drug trading, where buyers could purchase illegal drugs, including psychedelics, from an array of vendors with quality rankings, using anonymised browsers and currencies. Completing a purchase on a darknet market requires a ...

Whose Stories Are We Telling: Ethnobotanical Understandings in the Corporadelic Era

Storytelling has played a central role in the creation and transmission of ethnobotanical knowledge throughout time. Entheogenic plants have rich histories of social, cultural, and medicinal applications and have tended to feature prominently in the cosmologies, pharmacopeias, and epics of the cultures (and subcultures) that have used them. However, these stories are not static. As ...

MDMA research down under: What does a decade of persistence look like?

Prior to MDMA being banned internationally in 1987, it was showing promise as a pharmacological adjunct to psychotherapy. In the past decade, there has been significant global growth in clinical trials of MDMA that have shown MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can be effective in treating treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder, and social anxiety among ...

Permaculture: Stories celebrating floristic and fungal abundance

David Holmgren draws on a lifelong passion for ethnobotanical knowledge and practise to tell stories that celebrate abundance and diversity pushing the boundaries of social and at times legal norms. These true stories cut paths through the psychosocial wilderness towards a relocalised ethnobotany of the everyday to sustain us, in the shadow of failing techno ...

The alchemical life

I am thinking about the dreams of plants in order to enter into an intimate relationship with them and create a possibility for them to express their fears, delights and needs. Dreams are a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring during the sleep of plants. My talk will involve presenting my collected images and ...