DoubleBlind: The Meaning of Life—According to Neuroscience

The Meaning of Life—According to Neuroscience

Posted on November 18th, 2019 by

We’ve arrived at a crossroads in our relationship to science, having used our ever-expanding knowledge base to improve medicine and extend life, while simultaneously reducing the human experience to a series of chemical interactions. Our lives are longer now, but depressingly hollow: If life is nothing more than random chemical play, where does human agency […]

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DoubleBlind: What's Lost When Psychedelic Mushrooms Become Synthetic Psilocybin

What’s Lost When Psychedelic Mushrooms Become Synthetic Psilocybin

Posted on November 12th, 2019 by

In 1957, when Wall Street banker R. Gordon Wasson wrote in Life Magazine about his and photographer Allan Richardson’s experience as “the first white men in recorded history to eat the divine mushroom,” he likely didn’t anticipate the counterculture they would create and the debate they would spark within it. After being introduced to sacred […]

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The Ayahuasca Privilege

Posted on August 9th, 2019 by

After five years of paranoia so debilitating that he’d linger by the window, waiting for someone to bust into his home, Gabriel Martin finally had hope for a cure. But if he wanted a chance at it, he only had 24 hours to come up with $800. Just four days prior, Martin had applied to […]

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DoubleBlind: Play Parties and Psychedelics: Magic or Mistake?

Play Parties and Psychedelics: Magic or Mistake?

Posted on November 4th, 2019 by

Thanks to the sex positivity movement, play parties, or sex parties, are no longer confined to Eyes Wide Shut elite or the swinger scene. They’re trendy, they’re less taboo, and if you haven’t been to one already, you’re probably at least curious.  At the same time, the psychedelic movement, too, has become more mainstream, with […]

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Where are All the Queer People?

Posted on October 28th, 2019 by

Gregory Wells has been out of the closet since he was 16, but the process of coming out, he says, is never really over. Last year, he was reminded of that at Horizons, the largest and longest-running conference in the psychedelic world. After one of the presentations, in a room of more than 1000 people, […]

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There’s Now a Federal Psychedelic Lobby

Posted on October 31st, 2019 by

Kevin Matthews let out a laugh when asked if psilocybin—the primary psychoactive component in magic mushrooms—had ever helped him. “It saved my life,” he says. The former cadet had high hopes for his time at West Point, one of the world’s finest military academies, but service-related depression forced him to be honorably discharged. It wasn’t […]

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DoubleBlind: Ketamine Clinics

Why You Need to be Careful About the Ketamine Clinic You Choose

Posted on October 15th, 2019 by

When Dr. Erica Zelfand began her family medical practice, she didn’t have to write many prescriptions for antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs before she realized she needed to find something else. The long list of serious side effects from these drugs, coupled with the length of time it takes for some antidepressants to kick in, means […]

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How the Psychedelic Community Can (Actually) Create a Better World

Posted on October 7th, 2019 by

“The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with each other in a thick present. Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places.” -Donna Haraway, […]

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Rick Strassman on DMT and the Mystical State

Posted on October 1st, 2019 by

The psychedelic research community rejoiced when Rick Strassman got approval to study DMT in humans in the 1990s. In 1970, when Richard Nixon signed The Controlled Substances Act into law, it effectively ended government-sanctioned research on psychedelics and began a decades-long ban among the therapists and scientists exploring their therapeutic potential. Many pinpoint Strassman’s study, […]

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The Function of Awe

Posted on September 23rd, 2019 by

On the Northern California coast, just south of downtown Carmel, poet Robinson Jeffers built a stone house in 1918 resembling a Tudor barn. It sheltered him for four decades while he wrote epic narrative verse exploring how humans might find their proper place within the natural world. Jeffers’ haven is now surrounded by houses worth […]

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