What the “Psychedelic Renaissance” Needs to Learn from Big Tobacco

The Psychedelic Renaissance is not a collective liberation movement — it is the epitome of capitalization.

The Chronicles of Tom Lane: A Psychedelic Hillbilly

From sitting in ceremony with Maria Sabina and knowing how to conjure the Quetzalcoatl, Tom Lane is the keeper of psychedelic lore.

You Can Buy “Legal Shrooms” On the Venice Beach Boardwalk

There’s a “mushroom dispensary” on Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach. But do any of the products actually contain psilocybin?

Visiting the Dark Side of the Moon

The Texas Eclipse Festival was an exploration of psychedelics, awe, and what it means to integrate our shadow selves in totality.

5 Drug Highs That Define the Grateful Dead’s Legacy

From a birthday cake laced with 800 hits of LSD to writing "Touch of Grey" after a night of railing lines, here are some of the Grateful Dead's most iconic drug moments.

The Eclipse Is Upon Us

This solar eclipse in Aries comes on the heels of a lunar eclipse in Libra. But what does it all mean? Astrologer Sarah Potter breaks it down.

Alice Coltrane’s Journey to Satchidananda

When John Coltrane died in 1967, his wife Alice plunged into a crisis of the soul. Instead of crumbling, she looked inward and emerged with an album of timeless resonance and mystery.

Matthew Perry’s Death Proves We Don’t Know Much About Ketamine

Some experts believe Matthew Perry would still be alive if he didn't get into a pool on a high dose of ketamine.

New Mexico Is a Psychedelic Hologram of Ancient Origins and People

A poetic reflection on the psychedelic history of New Mexico, involving White Sands National Monument, Juniper trees, and a familial lineage of hippies who moved to the Land of Enchantment in the ‘60s.

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.

The Night MDMA Saved My Life

When our therapist suggested MDMA, I was taken aback: We were here to get divorced, not dance. But afterwards, nothing would ever be the same again.

Lykos Therapeutics Highlights the Not-For-Profit to For-Profit Pipeline in Psychedelics

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, recently rebranded their public benefit corporation to Lykos Therapeutics, which is slated to bring us pharmaceutical MDMA in 2024.

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.

No, DMT Aliens Aren’t Real

Hate to break it to you, but the deities you encounter in the DMT dimension are figments created by your brain.

The 21st Century Witch Has Emerged from the Shadows and Into Our Consciousness

The archetype of the witch is ancient, but it’s currently shapeshifting into a modern form.

A Journey Into New York’s Jewish Psychedelic Counterculture and the Hasidic Underground

Madison Margolin’s book Exile & Ecstasy explores the connection between Jewish and psychedelic worlds

The Heirs to a Vault of Novel Psychedelics Take a Trip Into the Unknown

The psychedelic chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin left behind more than 500 psychedelic compounds. A research institute continuing his legacy is scouring the collection for overlooked gems

Meet the Influential, Innovative, and Disruptive Women in Psychedelics

Take a journey with us as we explore the future of the psychedelics community.

How I’ve Seen My Clients Heal By Combining Bodywork with Psychedelics

I do bodywork. Sometimes, it’s not enough when it comes to addressing a person’s pain.

Roland Griffiths, Beloved Psychedelic Researcher, Dies at 77

The scientist is largely credited with birthing the modern psychedelic Renaissance

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 Case for Giving Psychedelics to Kids

For cultures around the world, plant medicine is a way of life from birth

This Saudi Woman is Creating Psychedelic Community in the Arab World

In the Arab world, psychedelics are considered “haram,” or forbidden. Haya Al-Hejailan is working to reframe them as medicines.

DoubleBlind’s Guide to Instagram Censorship on Psychedelics

Tips and tricks for avoiding censorship—and what to do if your account gets flagged

White Supremacist Violence is on the Rise. Can Psychedelics Help?

It’s time we reconsider racially-motivated, violent extremism as a disease that requires a holistic public health response

President Biden Wants to Spend $886 Billion on the Military. Here’s Why It Should Go to Psychedelics Instead.

If we want the psychedelic revolution to be ethical and equitable, we must consider the context in which these medicines are being industrialized—and what our priorities are

Author Liara Roux Talks Sex, Psychedelics, and Her Spiritual Journey

A provocative conversation on using plant medicines to come into our sexuality, learning to listen to ourselves, and whether psychedelics really need to be regulated

Pro Fighter Ian McCall Opens Up About Psychedelics for Traumatic Brain Injury

Testimonies from professional athletes are opening doors to new realms of psychedelic potential

Should All Drugs Be Legalized?

Journalist Mattha Busby explores a world without prohibition in his new book

Psychedelic Legend Amanda Feilding is Turning 80—And Her Retreats are Open for Business

After 57 Years, psilocybin retreats are finally a reality for the most influential woman in psychedelic science.

Meet Rhoney Stanley, Underground LSD Chemist behind the 60s Psychedelic Revolution

Countless women from the first psychedelic revolution never got their due—Rhoney Stanley is one of them.

How to Talk to Loved Ones About Psychedelics

Do you think it's time for mom to trip? Here's how to start the conversation.

Why San Francisco Didn’t (Really) Decriminalize Psychedelics: Opinion 

Despite recent headlines that the Golden City decriminalized psychedelics, it’s not that simple

How Psychedelics Might Fuel a Paradigm Shift: Opinion

We're living in dire times—and we're in dire need of change.

From Jay-Z to Iboga: How this Celebrity Painter Found his (True) Calling

Chor Boogie’s path from high-profile portraits to Gabon.

The Advantages of Psychedelic Prohibition

As a legal psychedelic industry nears, facilitators fight for their right to remain underground.

Stop the Games: Get Out of the Drug-use Closet

At least 70 percent of people who use even the most maligned drugs, like alcohol and cocaine, don’t become addicts. It’s time for a more honest public narrative about all drugs.

Laganja Estranja’s Psychedelic Life

The international drag queen sensation doesn't trip much these days, but her work embodies what it means to be psychedelic.

How MDMA Made Me a Better Parent

MDMA helped me reparent myself. And in doing that, I was better able to parent my sons.

How Dock Ellis Made Baseball History on LSD

The science, the theory, and the complicated unknowns of Dock Ellis’ acid- and amphetamine-fueled baseball achievement.

9 Celebrities on Their Life-Changing Psychedelic Experiences

"It was the most pleasurable sensation I had ever known, like an orgasm. It was the secret of life, the alchemist’s secret of life.” —Anaïs Nin

Religious Access to Psychedelics is No Substitute for Decriminalization

While some groups pursue religious exemption to incorporate psychedelics into their spiritual practice, this activist argues that decriminalization is the best strategy to achieve normalization of psychedelics for all and topple the Drug War.

Psychedelics Aren’t Just Medicine, but Tools for “Human Enhancement”

Psychedelics for the “betterment of well people” isn’t a new notion, but recent legislation is giving the idea new life.

When Acid Makes You Feel Like Jesus

Experts weigh in on the connection between the spiritual and the psychedelic and why some trippers feel like religious figures.

Meet the Psychedelic Rapper Running for New York City Mayor

The New York rapper and mayor hopeful Paperboy Prince is challenging mainstream politics with a trippy message of love.

Today, DoubleBlind Makes these 5 Promises to You

A candid letter from DoubleBlind's Editor-in-Chief

Why All Drugs Should be Legal

Neuroscientist Dr. Carl talks drug addiction, legalization, the opioid crisis, and more in a discussion about his new book "Drug Use for Grown-Ups"

Remembering the Late Michael Alig, King of the Club Kids, Ex-Con Killer… And Unconventional Psychedelic Pioneer

The 54-year-old nightclub fixture pioneered NYC rave culture, but struggled with his own demons—drug addiction and the murder of drug dealer Angel Melendez, among them.

Why We All Need to Be Spanked and Trip Right Now

The deep therapy of psychedelics and kink.

How Tripping Can Help Us Reimagine Capitalism Ahead of Psychedelic Commercialization

Here's what the success and failures of cannabis industry can teach those in the psychedelic space about a healthy relationship to profit.

Psychedelics Won the Election—Except the Psychedelic that is Donald Trump

Donald Trump and the Drug War are on the way out—what does this mean for our culture, for our future?

Inside the ‘Psychedelic Exceptionalism’ Debate: Should All Drugs be Legal, or Just Pot and Psychedelics?

Social justice advocates critique the psychedelic community for leaving behind those most impacted by the War on Drugs.

This Dot-Com Guru is Asking Trump to Legalize Psychedelics

Michael "Zappy" Zapolin, who made an ayahuasca documentary with Michelle Rodriguez, is recruiting Lamar Odom to his psychedelic legalization "Mind Army."

Why Humans Believe in God

Cognitive scientist Justin Lane on the evolutionary imperative for having a spiritual practice

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: A Previously Unpublished Interview with Timothy Leary

Roger Steffens and Timothy Leary talk Buddhism, Leary's first trip, and why partisan politics make no sense.

Birds Playing Tiny Violins; Diving Deeper with Psilocybin in the Pandemic

During a pre-pandemic mushroom trip, she had a vision of the corona virus; now she's returning to the medicine.

COVID-19 Isn’t Just a Medical Crisis—It’s an Existential One

As we self-quarantine for Coronavirus, we're going to have a lot of time to contemplate our world today and our roles in it.

The Strange Joy of Climate Change

When we move beyond denial, we might just transform.

If You Could Relive the Same Exact Life You’re Living Now, Would You?

German philosopher Thomas K. Metzinger's theory of "consciousness culture" asks us to evaluate whether we're living our best lives in the most ethical way.

What Does It Mean to “Be Here Now?”

One man tackles an age-old question—and comes upon insights, beneficial to us all.

Futurist Jason Silva on Psychedelics and the Paradigm Shift That’s Changing Everything

Silva's new podcast Flow Sessions takes listeners on a deep dive inside his mind.

Goodbye, Ram Dass. We Love You.

Ram Dass was ready to die. Here's how we can honor his legacy.

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

It's time to move beyond the personal healing narrative

Rick Strassman on DMT and the Mystical State

Before we claim that spiritual experiences heal, we must agree on what a spiritual experience is.

The Function of Awe

About sixty percent of Americans say they’re worried about climate change—so why aren’t they doing anything about it?

On Being’s Krista Tippett on Her Own Spiritual Journey

The radio host answers the questions she's spent her career asking others

Alex Grey on His Journey to Finding God

"We need to quickly understand that this is a sacred world. That is the message of psychedelics."

Is Most Science News Bullshit?

Our reverence for science has led to a culture of “new findings” and sensationalistic headlines
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