Taking Psychedelics Mimics Religious Experiences

Taking Psychedelics Mimics Religious Experiences

New data reveal that taking psychedelics may impact users in a way similar to having a mystical or religious experience. The study, published in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, surveyed 288 people about their experiences with psychedelics. The…
Psychedelics and the Search for Self Consciousness

Psychedelics and the Search for Self Consciousness

In September of 1848, a group of construction workers were tamping down blasting powder with 3cm thick iron rods when an accident sent a rod through the skull of the foreman, Phineas Gage. The rod entered the roof of his mouth and exited through…
How Psychedelics Helped Riley Cote

How Psychedelics Helped Riley Cote

For fans of the game of hockey, the only thing more exhilarating than the blare of the goal horn after their team scores is the moment when a player finally takes the bait — after countless minutes of chirping, a few heavy hits, and maybe…
One Ayahuasca Ceremony Might Reset Mental Health

One Ayahuasca Ceremony Might Reset Mental Health

A single experience with the psychedelic South American brew called ayahuasca may help reduce psychopathology and depression in users for up to six months, a new study finds. The findings, published in the recent issue of the journal Scientific…
From Dynamic Entrepreneur to an Advocate Psychedelic Medicine

From Dynamic Entrepreneur to an Advocate Psychedelic Medicine: Tim Ferris

When discussing notable figures that are influencing the emerging psychedelic space, including well-known celebrities and social icons, it’s hard to miss the impact of renowned American entrepreneur, biohacker, author, and podcaster, Tim…
Mushrooms, Mycology & Medicine

Paul Stamets Wants to Save Us: Mushrooms, Mycology & Medicine

Paul Stamets is standing on stage at the Exponential Medicine conference dressed in comfortable jeans and an amadou hat. It’s like he was plucked right out of the enchanted forest where he’s wandered for the past 50 years,…
Becoming a Magic Mushroom Trip Sitter

Interested in Becoming a Magic Mushroom Trip Sitter?

Being a good trip sitter isn’t all that different from being a good babysitter. You must be responsible — no fireworks or switchblades around the children — and you must be trustworthy. If you can be both, you’re more than halfway to…
Growing Psilocybin Mushrooms Isn’t Magic

Growing Psilocybin Mushrooms Isn’t Magic

It’s a weekend in July and I’m sitting outside a Starbucks in Los Angeles to interview a magic mushroom cultivator for Psychedelic Spotlight. It’s been set up by a third party. I don’t know the name of the man I’m about to meet. I’ve…

MMA Star Goes From Hitting People to Healing People

Psychedelic advocacy is filled with all sorts of healers: therapists, PHDs, psychiatrists, shamans and scientists. Also this one guy who can easily choke you unconscious. Ian McCall is a mixed martial artist, a former professional fighter,…
A Servant of the Mushroom Kingdom

A Servant of the Mushroom Kingdom

The debut commercial featuring Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It” starred Walt Stack, an 80-year-old marathon runner in San Francisco who ran 17 miles every morning. “People ask me how I keep my teeth from chattering in the wintertime,”…