How Coachella Became Coachella

Coachella is turning 25 this year. We took a trip through the archives and spoke with a festival diehard to see how it became one of the largest festivals in the world.

The Ultimate Music Festival Essentials List

A music journalist covers how to thrive this season

Here Are the Best Places to Rave in the World

Find sweat-soaked dance floors in all corners of the world

We Found the Trippiest Video Games—and They’re All Awesome

From tripping characters to Norse psychedelic mythology, these game developers definitely dosed on something

Here Are the Largest Electronic Music Festivals on Planet Earth

Get ready for a new season of kick drums and sweat-induced enlightenment

We Found the Best Music for Mushroom Trips

Because nothing kills your trip quite like the wrong soundtrack.

These 6 Mushroom Festivals Will Expand Your Mind

From the mountains of Colorado to the valleys of Bhutan, DoubleBlind gives you the best mushroom festivals around the world—where you can learn, dine, trip, and forage to your heart’s content.

The Best Acid Trip Playlist

Sit back and tune it. We've found the best psychedelic sounds—plus a little history, too

Super Bowl Songwriter Mazie Credits LSD with Changing the Trajectory of Her Life

At the dawn of the 2020s, this young Baltimore songwriter dropped acid for the first time, moved to LA with a bunch of her friends, and then wrote a hit song that later appeared in a Super Bowl ad. She talks with DoubleBlind about her bold explorations of plant medicines and psychedelic pop.

Pablo Amaringo Drank Ayahuasca at 10 Years Old, Then Ushered In a Global Art Tradition

Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo’s colorful life highlights the interwoven relationship between art, ayahuasca, and the rainforest.

Snow Raven Sings Like the Animals Do 

DoubleBlind met up with Siberian singer Snow Raven to discuss how she embodies birds, reindeer, and other wild beasts from the Arctic—all in the name of bringing the shamanic sounds of the Sakha people to the world.

Writer Carlo McCormick Brought New York City’s Psychedelic Art Scene to the World

In the 1980s NYC art scene, art critic Carlo McCormick championed psychedelic artists, defying mainstream norms and the War on Drugs.

How to Learn Portuguese While Drinking Ayahuasca

Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd sits down with DoubleBlind to discuss out-of-body experiences, dream-time songwriting, and the omnipresent nature of God—even in the mundane.

Ecstatic Dance is a Trip With (or Without) Psychedelics

For advocates, the free-form movement practice offers a way to heal trauma, let go of shame, and come into your own body

Inside Shroom Rave: An Experiment in Reimagining How We Gather and Process Grief

A journey into the vortex of R&R—an investigation in what it means to commune

SXSW’s 2024 Lineup Boasts 13 Panels on Psychedelics

Panels at SXSW 2024 will feature numerous conversations around psychedelics, highlighting the demand for information on these substances.

Ravers—Meet the Top House Vocalists of All Time

House is the heartbeat of rave culture. Vocals are the invitation to ascension.

How to Find Your Local Psychedelic Society—and Make the Most of It

Finding community can be hard, but psychedelic societies are gathering spaces for fellow explorers

The Best Psychedelic Festivals Around the World

From psytrance to country fairs, find psychedelic gatherings wherever you are

This Book on Non-Human Intelligence Was Co-Written by AI

K Allado-McDowell in conversation with Erik Davis about a new fictionalized autobiography on artists, shamans, and machines

Drugs and the Making of the Modern Mind

The neglected history of 19th century drug use

Leonardo Carrato’s Photographs of An Indigenous “Reformatory” Remind Us Of Brazil’s Oppressive Past—and Present

These intimate and eerie images bring light to a history too often ignored, and the people who remember

Melissa Etheridge on Her Transformative Plant Medicine Experiences and Embracing Her “True Self”

After decades of playing on the road and making hits, the iconic singer-songwriter turns her attention to destigmatizing psychedelics

The (Very) Best Terence McKenna Quotes

"The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news."

The Best (and Most) Psychedelic Podcasts

Trippy listening for in-between journeys

The Great Cosmic Joke—Are You In On It?

Psychonauts often wax poetic about the mystical experience—but is laughter the true gateway to transcendence?

The Greatest Psychedelic Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

Counterculture rebel Richard Fariña died on the cusp of fame. His only novel remains essential reading for literary psychonauts with a penchant for the absurd

Magical Mushroom Puns for Every Occasion

Did you hear the joke about fungus?  You won’t like it at first, but it’ll grow on you.

Poets Gerd Stern, Allen Ginsberg, and Carl Solomon Influenced a Generation of Psychedelic Counterculture—They Met in a Psychiatric Hospital

Stern recounts the poets’ chance meeting, which sparked life-long friendships and creative camaraderie

You Can Now Join Psychedelic Communities All Over the World

Wondering where to find the others? You’re in luck.

From Peyote to Yoko Ono, Inside the Many Surreal Lives of One New York Building

64 East 7th Street was home to Allen Ginsberg and the Beats, a mysterious commune, a bookstore frequented by Patti Smith, and much more

Stoned Ape Theory—Real or Wishful Thinking?

Did magic mushrooms really help our brains evolve?

Trippy Patterns for Psychedelic Adventures

We found the best trippy patterns for journeying—and just because they're cool

These Tender, Surreal Dioramas are a Study of Psychedelic Love

In Toby Pikelin's psychedelic dioramas, love is in the detail: the beer, the mess, the detritus

The Trippiest Movies in Psychedelic Cinema

These films have us trippin'—and we love it

The Best Psychedelic Albums Through the Ages

“Classic” psychedelic rock emerged in the ’60s and ’70s, but there’s oh-so-much more.

East Forest on Why the Answers to Our Future Are Already Within Us

We are at a pivotal time in history—and there’s more opportunity in this moment than we realize 

The Multidimensional Worlds of Mariela de la Paz

This Chilean-born painter explores her ancestral lineage, the spirit world, and all that glimmers in between

Amsterdam’s Last Shroom Lounge

People have been tripping here under the radar for almost two decades.

Best Psychedelic Gifts for Every Occasion

So, you're shopping for a psychonaut. Don't worry—we've got you.

The Multi-Billion-Dollar Crystal Industry Isn’t All “Love and Light”

Are crystals really all good vibes—or dark energy in disguise?

Inside Detroit’s Notorious “Psychedelic Healing Shack”

Allegations of abuse surround, perhaps, the trippiest place in America's suburbs

The Best Psychedelic Songs of All Time

From medicine music to trippy rock classics, these are the best tracks to tune into when you’re on a journey

Why Humans Have Always Been Fascinated by Snakes—From Ayahuasceros to Egyptians

There are few animals as frightening and as fascinating as the snake. So why exactly have we obsessed over them for 70,000 years?

57 Greatest Psychedelic Quotes Celebrating Science, Spirit—and A Little Mischief 

"Drugs allow us to taste the beyond but do not make us masters of the transcendental.” —Satyananda Saraswati

15 Legal Ways to Trip Right Now

Finding psychedelics is always risky in an era of prohibition. Here's how you can journey without breaking the law.

Top 12 Psychedelic Artists on Instagram Right Now

Delight your eyes and tickle your brain with these trippy visuals

Why Tripping at Raves Can Be Just As Healing as Ceremony

Sometimes casual hedonism doesn't just feel good—it's good for you.

Fake “MDMA Shop” Opens so People Can Experience What Buying Legal MDMA Would Be Like

You may be able to buy MDMA in a store like this one day—if Dutch activists get their way

12 Best Movies to Watch on Acid

Turn on, tune in, and drop right into these fantastical films

The Forgotten History of Psychedelics in Africa

As plant medicines go "mainstream," we must remember their origin stories.

This Intentional Community Has Been Quietly Changing the World for Decades

From taking the McKennas into the Amazon on a ship to building a hotel for Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu, the Theater of All Possibilities has pioneered a new way of living and creating.

The Summer of Love—In Yiddish

A new generation of holy rebels from the fringes of Jewish life are using psychedelics to revolutionize religion.

AI Can Now Generate DMT Visuals, Thanks To This Online Community

What happens when you feed artificial intelligence thousands of psychedelic images? They make machine elves, of course.

11 Athletes Who Have Praised Psychedelics

Pro sports stars open up about how psychedelics impacted their lives and created "doorways to the future."

The Psychonaut’s Guide to Kabbalah and Spiritual Journeying

What the ‘Four Worlds’ of Kabbalah can teach us about spiritual highs and lows.

Yes, Psychedelics Do Change Our Metaphysical Beliefs

Do psychedelics help us see reality more clearly, or do they lead us into a world of fantasy?

Trip Tunes: A Conversation with Producer Jon Hopkins About Making Music for Ketamine

We caught up with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Hopkins about his latest record Music for Psychedelic Therapy, and the immense responsibility of making music for the psychedelic realm.

This Trippy New Book Takes You Through Modern Mushroom History—With Cartoons

An exclusive look at the love story of famed mycologists R. Gordon and Valentina Wasson—as cartoons.

Inside the World’s Largest Collection of Acid Tabs

Mark McCloud has been collecting LSD art for decades—but the reason behind his devotion to acid might surprise you.

Shroom Delivery is Now a Thing

With psychedelics decriminalized, many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of grey market loopholes.

What Happens When Dogs Eat Shrooms

Stumbling, howling, pupils dilated—and then they go back for more?

The Rise of Shroom Slang and the New Language of Tripping

What is an experience without words to describe it?

Forget, Burning Man. Inside the Last Real Anarchist Gathering.

Rainbow Gatherings have been a phenomenon since 1972, offering a glimpse into an alternate reality, where money doesn't exist and psychedelic culture is the norm. But can this temporary, idyllic society have an impact on the outside world?

Wangechi Mutu: Between Palimpsest and Prayer

Contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu on transcending boundaries, reconnecting with the natural world, and reimagining a more humane co-existence.

A Brief Heritage of Ayahuasca Art

For over 30,000 years, visionary art has helped people integrate and translate their travels into the Dreamtime, the cosmos, and other worlds.

Introducing the Mormon Psychedelic Summit

For some who have left the Mormon church, psychedelics provide an opportunity to heal feelings of alienation and find their own way.

Can Ayahuasca Help Us Communicate with the Souls of the Dead?

How ayahuasca can be an important tool for the bereaved.

The (Very) Best Movies to Watch on Shrooms

From awe-inspiring nature docs to trippy animations, here are the best movies to watch on shrooms.

From Inhaling Xenon to Growing Iboga: Inside the 3rd Season of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia

A Q&A with drug journalist Hamilton Morris on the Drug War, psychoactive drugs on the periodic table, and a burgeoning opioid prevalence in West Africa.

Shrooming at the Symphony: How Does Music Affect the Psychedelic Experience?

A new study explores how different musical genres can impact psychedelic therapy.

Here’s What Happens When Animals Eat LSD

A series of experiments show the effects of acid on dolphins, cats, and other species.

The Dark Side of Festival Culture

When psychedelic-fueled revelry becomes delirium and abuse.

Does Ketamine Have a Dark Side?

The increasing use of ketamine for mental health should not let us forget that this combination clinical and party drug also has addictive potential.

Could Giving Acid to Dolphins Help Us Talk to Aliens?

How dolphins on LSD shaped the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

A Trip Through the Universe: How Psychedelic Art Overlaps with Space Art

The earliest blotter papers expressed the astronomical depths of LSD with images of crescent moons, swirling nebulas, and star scapes.

Can Psychedelics Rekindle Ancient Animism in Modern Society?

Animism—seeing the spirit in everything—goes deeper than the psychedelic experience; and this distinction may be crucial for psychedelic healing work.

Machine Elves or “DMT Elves”: A Journey Into The DMT Spirit World

Many people report seeing "machine elves" or "DMT elves," but why do so many people see entities and why do different people have such similar experiences?

Psychedelic Synergies in the Bible: How Ancient Shamans and Priests Combined Plants to Get High

Old Testament plant mixtures—like the ingredients in ayahuasca—provide a greater wholistic benefit than each component's individual effects.

Time to Freak Out: Get Offline, Go Inward, and Protect the Soul

With COVID forcing us online more than ever before—we're in a "spiritual emergency" struggling against the "Satanic trifecta of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram." Now's a time for "internet hygiene, soul substance, and the correct placement of things."

Watch Trippy Visual Art from Every Decade

But make sure you have the right set and setting first.

How Psychedelics are Reigniting Judaism

Rabbi Kamenetz is bringing psychedelics back—to the synagogue, that is.

Why People are Using Ketamine Nasal Spray to Party

Diversion of high-grade ketamine from clinics, coupled with the popularity of the k-spray method, has allowed many ravers to experience the therapeutic potential of this drug in a safer way.

Tripping with the Stars: New Netflix Film Documents Celebrities’ Psychedelic Experiences

We asked filmmaker Donick Cary what it was like working on "Have a Good Trip" for over the past decade.

Everything’s Canceled: How the Psychedelic Community is Coping

We're all grieving something that doesn't exist any longer: in-person community. But here's how we're moving forward.

Were There Psychoactive Plants in the Bible?

Psychoactive plants in the Bible may seem few and far between, but the Holy text is ripe with botanical medicines, ceremonial incense, and purifying extracts.

Bicycle Day: Demons, Milk, and “Medicine for the Soul”

A brief history on Albert Hofmann's botched experiment with LSD that sparked a cultural phenomenon.

Did Ancient Buddhists Use Psychedelics?

Buddhists have a reputation for living drug and alcohol-free, but author Mike Crowley has found a visionary elixir called "amrita" to play no small role in early Buddhist practice.

How to Trip in New York City

NYC can be exhilarating, overwhelming, and downright magical. Here's your guide to tripping in what's arguably America's most psychedelic city.

The Greatest Psychedelic Books of All Time

Curl up and get lost. We found trippy reads for every occassion.

Beautiful and Grotesque Sculptures On the Burden of Womanhood

Chinese Artist Lin Tianmiao draws attention to the oppression of women’s bodies with contorted figures and elaborate costuming

Play Parties and Psychedelics: Magic or Mistake?

Sex on psychedelics can be mind-blowing, but integrating the combination into the play scene can be risky.

Watch the Vibrations of Ayahuasca Songs Projected on Water

Contemporary Artist Naziha Mestaoui uses technology to make the invisible visible

Piatsaw

Photojournalist Nicola Ókin captures the deep resilience of indigenous communities facing extractive forces in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Editorial Process arrow

DoubleBlind is a trusted resource for news, evidence-based education, and reporting on psychedelics. We work with leading medical professionals, scientific researchers, journalists, mycologists, indigenous stewards, and cultural pioneers. Read about our editorial policy and fact-checking process here.

Legal Disclaimer arrow

DoubleBlind Magazine does not encourage or condone any illegal activities, including but not limited to the use of illegal substances. We do not provide mental health, clinical, or medical services. We are not a substitute for medical, psychological, or psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, or advice. If you are in a crisis or if you or any other person may be in danger or experiencing a mental health emergency, immediately call 911 or your local emergency resources. If you are considering suicide, please call 988 to connect with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.