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Forgotten Psychedelics: What Is 2C-B?

Forgotten Psychedelics: What Is 2C-B?

4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (also known as Nexus, Erox, or 2C-B) was synthesized by a famous American pharmacologist and psychonaut, Alexander Shulgin, in 1974. 
Stunning MDMA-Assisted Therapy Results for PTSD Wows NBC 'Today' Show AnchorsNBC/Today Show

Veteran Who Cured PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Therapy Wows NBC ‘Today’ Show Anchors

"This treatment is the reason that my son has a father instead of a folded flag," a once-suicidal Iraq War veteran tells Savannah Guthrie.
Psychedelic Mom and Therapist Explains How Giving Birth Was Like a ‘Wild Acid Trip’E_serebryakova / Shutterstock.com

Psychedelic Mom and Therapist Explains How Giving Birth Was Like a ‘Wild Acid Trip’

Kate Kincaid, who specializes in psychedelic integration and ketamine-assisted therapy, appears on the premiere of our new series "Spotlight in Focus" to share parallels between labor and tripping on psychedelics.

Why It’s Smart to Put Down Your Phone and Start Journaling Instead

Journaling is a key practice for integrating psychedelic experiences into our everyday lives, but it’s also an effective analog tool that can help reclaim our lives from the strong pull of the digital world.
Combining Psychedelics: Is It Safe?

Combining Psychedelics: Is It Safe?

Mixing psychedelics goes by many names in pop culture: hippie flipping (MDMA and mushrooms) and candy flipping (MDMA and LSD), to name two. Depending on how you go about it, the experience can be life-affirmingly euphoric or severely overwhelming. But is it ever worth the risk?
Jon Stewart Wants to Try Microdosing Psychedelics, TooShutterstock.com

Jon Stewart ‘Would Love’ to Try Microdosing Psychedelics

The comedian publicly expresses interest in the mental health treatment trend the same day as Paul Stamets' massive microdosing study results were published.
Ayahuasca Helped Will Smith 'Surrender' and More Psychedelic Revelations From Actor's Memoir 'Will'Shutterstock.com

Ayahuasca Helped Will Smith ‘Surrender’ and More Psychedelic Revelations From Actor’s Memoir ‘Will’

“If I’m this beautiful, I don’t need #1 movies to feel good about myself,” Will Smith writes in memoir detailing his first ayahuasca ceremony.

Animals That Eat Psychedelics and Enjoy the Trip

Is drug use a natural instinct? From mandrils ingesting ibogaine to deer munching on red and white-spotted mushrooms like antlered Super Mario characters, humans aren’t the only mammals that seek out and consume psychoactive substances.
Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Psilocybin Helped Her Overcome ‘Crippling Depression' in 'Red Table Talk' About PsychedelicsFacebook / Shutterstock.com

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Psilocybin Helped Her Overcome ‘Crippling Depression’ in ‘Red Table Talk’ About Psychedelics

Will Smith's wife, and her son, Jaden, lead a "Red Table Talk" about psychedelics with author Michael Pollan and other guests.
Forgotten Psychedelics: What Is 2C-B?

Forgotten Psychedelics: What Is 2C-B?

4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (also known as Nexus, Erox, or 2C-B) was synthesized by a famous American pharmacologist and psychonaut, Alexander Shulgin, in 1974. 
Stunning MDMA-Assisted Therapy Results for PTSD Wows NBC 'Today' Show AnchorsNBC/Today Show

Veteran Who Cured PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Therapy Wows NBC ‘Today’ Show Anchors

"This treatment is the reason that my son has a father instead of a folded flag," a once-suicidal Iraq War veteran tells Savannah Guthrie.
Psychedelic Mom and Therapist Explains How Giving Birth Was Like a ‘Wild Acid Trip’E_serebryakova / Shutterstock.com

Psychedelic Mom and Therapist Explains How Giving Birth Was Like a ‘Wild Acid Trip’

Kate Kincaid, who specializes in psychedelic integration and ketamine-assisted therapy, appears on the premiere of our new series "Spotlight in Focus" to share parallels between labor and tripping on psychedelics.
Lil Nas X Says Psychedelics Helped Him 'Open Up' to Write Debut Album ‘Montero’Shutterstock.com

Lil Nas X Says Psychedelics Helped Him ‘Open Up’ to Write Debut Album ‘Montero’

Pop star says in new interview that tripping on psilocybin enabled him, for the first time, to "write actual stories about my life and put it into my music."
Are We Being Exposed to Psychedelics More Than Ever Before? Survey Says...It's ComplicatedShutterstock.com

Are We Being Exposed to Psychedelics More Than Ever Before? Survey Says…It’s Complicated

A study of American newspaper mentions of psychedelics doesn't stack up to what leaders in the industry are observing in the media landscape at large.
Forgotten Psychedelics: LSA — Also Known as OloliuquiCarolina Jaramillo / Shutterstock.com

Forgotten Psychedelics: LSA — Also Known as Ololiuqui

Meet LSA: LSD’s less intense but introspective cousin found in the seeds of morning glories and other plants. Here’s everything you need to know about the origins, effects, and uses of LSA.
Driver's Licenses to Trip on Psychedelics by 2035? Rick Doblin Maps Out the Future of 'Spiritualized Humanity'MAPS / Shutterstock.com

Driver’s Licenses to Trip on Psychedelics by 2035? Rick Doblin Maps Out the Future of ‘Spiritualized Humanity’

The MAPS founder, who will speak at psychedelic conference Wonderland Miami next month, predicts clinics that administer the medicines will become licensing bodies for personal use.
‘Dune’ Is a Psychedelic Sci-Fi Hit: 5 Ways Mushroom Magic Inspired Frank Herbert’s Masterpiece

‘Dune’ Is a Psychedelic Sci-Fi Hit: 5 Ways Mushroom Magic Inspired Frank Herbert’s Masterpiece

From mind-expanding spice to honoring sacred medicine, Denis Villeneuve’s trippy new movie celebrates psychedelics throughout.
Psychedelics and Sports: Can They Propel Athletes to Unprecedented Pinnacles of Ability?filip robert / agsandrew / Shutterstock.com

Psychedelics and Sports: Can They Propel Athletes to Unprecedented Pinnacles of Ability?

While scientific literature on athleticism and psychedelics is still in its embryonic stages, there’s a deep well of anecdotal evidence suggesting that psychedelics could bring athletes to new peaks of performance.
Melissa Etheridge Comes Out for Psychedelics: 'Psilocybin Is a Real Key'

Melissa Etheridge Comes Out for Psychedelics: ‘Psilocybin Is a Real Key’

"Let's spend the time researching, looking into how these plant medicines were made to help us," the two-time Grammy winner says during end-of-life psychedelic conference.
Comedy Superstar Russell Peters Invites the World to Watch His First Psychedelic TripJoe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Comedy Superstar Russell Peters Invites the World to Watch His First Psychedelic Trip

The comedian and Netflix star will ingest psilocybin truffles from Red Light Holland, a company for which he serves as chief creative officer.
Indigenous People and Psychedelics Can Teach Us 'One of the Most Important Lessons' Society Has Forgotten

Indigenous People and Psychedelics Can Teach Us ‘One of the Most Important Lessons’ Society Has Forgotten

Ethnobotanist Joseph Mays discusses "the key to all life," and Indigenous reciprocity on the latest Psychedelic Spotlight Podcast episode.
On Sacred Reciprocity: Giving Back to our Indigenous Predecessors in the Psychedelic Movement

On Sacred Reciprocity: Giving Back to our Indigenous Predecessors in the Psychedelic Movement

We owe so much of our understanding of these compounds to Indigenous peoples, and the widespread bioprospecting projects taking place today would not be prevalent without the inherent harm placed on local groups historically.
Best Areas to Forage for Psychedelic Mushrooms in the United States

These Are the Best Areas to Forage for Psychedelic Mushrooms in the United States

A new study describes the Pacific Northwest as “by far the best place in America to go looking for psychedelic mushrooms."
Will Smith's Son, Jaden, Is Also Into Psychedelics

Will Smith’s Son, Jaden, Is Also Into Psychedelics

But the 23-year-old actor and musician doesn't specify which psychedelics he uses to explore "mystical states of consciousness."

Will Smith Comes Out of the Psychedelic Closet

And it sounds like we'll hear more about his psychedelic experiences on ayahuasca in his upcoming memoir, simply titled "Will."
World's Richest Person Elon Musk: 'People Should Be Open to Psychedelics'

World’s Richest Person Elon Musk: ‘People Should Be Open to Psychedelics’

The Tesla and SpaceX founder, estimated to be worth nearly $200 billion, has previously hinted at using DMT.
Psychedelic Industry Conference Wonderland Miami Unites Leaders and Celebrity Advocates

Wonderland Miami Brings Together Psychedelic Industry Leaders and Celebrity Advocates

Organizers of the largest psychedelic business event ever promise it's not just a conference, but an experience.

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Director Calls Psychedelics a ‘Salvation of Humanity’

But the psychedelic community is concerned the Hulu series is full of "misinformation" about psychedelic-assisted therapy, and think the show may be harmful to the progressive movement.
Psychedelics Helped Me Heal From Sexual Trauma and Research Shows I'm Not Alone

Psychedelics Helped Me Heal From Sexual Trauma and Research Shows I’m Not Alone

Reprocessing sexual trauma is a difficult task, but psychedelics are presenting themselves as a powerful tool to help survivors.
How 4 Indigenous Cultures Currently Use Psychedelics

How 4 Indigenous Cultures Currently Use Psychedelics

Explore how the Mazatecs, the Shipibo People, Yanomami People, and Africans practicing the Bwiti religion continue to use various entheogens to this day.

Psychedelic Drug Use Among College Students Increased During Covid-19 Pandemic

Annual survey finds college students drank less during the pandemic, in favor of smoking more marijuana and experimenting with hallucinogens.

Walled Garden: Fighting for Inclusivity and Accessibility in the Psychedelic Renaissance

As the new industry blooms, researchers and other professionals are fighting to break down barriers to participation, information, and psychedelics themselves.
University of Ottawa Offers Canada's First Psychedelic Studies Program

University of Ottawa Offers Canada’s First Psychedelic Studies Program

And since the classes are online, students can live anywhere in the world while taking Psychedelic and Spiritual Studies courses at the university.
3 Reasons Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter in the Psychedelic Industry

Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Vital to the Psychedelic Industry

Steven Huang, a consultant for leading psychedelic medicine company Numinus, explains why the industry should "harness the power of diversity."
Take Tastier Trips with This Psilocybin Cookbook

The Joy of Cooking with ‘Shrooms: Making Psilocybin More Palatable

Virgina Haze, the co-author of "The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook," promises a psychedelic experience "can be delicious as well as trippy."
How to Navigate a 'Bad Trip' on Psychedelics

How to Navigate A Challenging Psychedelic Trip

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Psychedelic facilitator and guide Nick Levich shares his best advice for facing inevitable discomfort during these profound experiences.
Stoned Ape Theory 101: Pseudoscience or Psychedelic Wonder?

The Stoned Ape Theory: Pseudoscience or Psychedelic Origin of Modern Man?

Did early humans accelerate evolution by tripping balls on psychedelic mushrooms? One psychonaut ethnobiologist says: absolutely.
Kacey Musgraves Says ‘Life-Changing’ Psilocybin Trip Transformed Her Trauma Into New Album

Kacey Musgraves Says ‘Life-Changing’ Psilocybin Trip Transformed Her Trauma Into New Album

This isn't the first time the hit songwriter has turned to psychedelics for therapy, either.

Decriminalize Nature Co-Founder Carlos Plazola Wants to Free Entheogens Everywhere

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Since May 2019, nine cities and the state of Oregon have decriminalized psychedelics. Carlos Plazola has had his hand in nearly all of them. 

Spiritual Tourism: The Toxic Impact on Indigenous Peoples and Ethical Steps Forward as Psychedelics Boom

Jessika Lagarde, the co-founder of Women on Psychedelics, explores the negative impacts of psilocybin-fueled spiritual tourism on the Mazatec people in Mexico, and offers ideas for more ethical steps forward.
'Have a Good Trip' Director Donick Cary Prepares Sequel 'The Adventures Continue'

‘Have A Good Trip’ Director Donick Cary Prepares a Second Dose: ‘The Adventures Continue’

The filmmaker behind the Netflix hit tells us a sequel or a series is on the way, as well as which celebrities may share more psychedelic adventures.
How Ayahuasca and Volcanic Disaster Pulled Microdosing Mentor Laura Dawn Out of the 'Psychedelic Closet'

How Ayahuasca and Volcanic Disaster Pulled Microdosing Mentor Laura Dawn Out of the ‘Psychedelic Closet’

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The Psychedelic Spotlight podcast guest also addresses criticism that she is a white woman working with sacred plant medicine, and how that inspired her next non-profit venture.
A Brief History of Magic Mushrooms Across Ancient Civilizations

A Brief History of Magic Mushrooms Across Ancient Civilizations

Just like any good trip, the history of psilocybin has many colorful and surprising turns.
7 'Fantastic Fungi' Facts From Psychedelic Mushroom Documentary on Netflix

7 ‘Fantastic Fungi’ Facts We Learned From Psychedelic Mushroom Documentary on Netflix

Now streaming on Netflix, this critically acclaimed film gives viewers a glimpse into a clinical psilocybin trip while revealing that mushrooms have so much more to offer humanity.
Watch Deepak Chopra Blow Your Mind About Connection Between Consciousness, Psychedelics, Disease

Watch Deepak Chopra Blow Your Mind About Connection Between Consciousness, Psychedelics, Disease

The spiritual wellness author recommends "combining meditation, music, psychedelics, and a little bit of explanation that reality is not what you're seeing."
Matthew McConaughey Cuddles a Mountain Lion - 5 Wildest Celebrity Trips on Psychedelics

Matthew McConaughey Climbed in a Cage with a Mountain Lion? 5 Wildest Celebrity Trips on Psychedelics

From Carrie Fisher’s shirtless surprise for Japanese tourists to Gary Busey getting dosed by a co-star on set, these crazy trips are almost too wild to believe.
Building Better Psychedelic Playlists

A Club DJ’s Advice on Building Better Psychedelic Playlists

Psychedelic playlists should minimize lyrics, focus on building an emotional arc, and other helpful tips to improve your trips.
Megan Pormer incredible Ketamine experience

Megan Pormer Calls Ketamine ‘One of the Most Incredible Experiences of My Life’ While Talking Psychedelics with Lamar Odom

The Iranian model, actress and scientist bonds with former NBA star over spiritual experiences with deceased loved ones during psychedelic trips.
Megan Fox ayahuasca therapy

Ayahuasca Sent Megan Fox to ‘Hell for Eternity’ and It Was Better than Therapy

The actress is the latest celebrity to give ayahuasca a shot, following in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus and Chelsea Handler.
HGTV Star Christina Haack Says Smoking Bufo Toad Cured Her Anxiety in '15 Minutes'

HGTV Star Christina Haack Says Smoking Bufo Toad Cured Her Anxiety in ‘15 Minutes’

The famous interior designer known for renovating and flipping houses credits the potent psychoactive substance for resetting her brain.
Michael Pollan advice for talking to kids about drugs

Michael Pollan’s Advice on Talking to Kids About Psychedelic Drugs: ‘They Need to Be Treated with Respect’

"We can begin to talk to children about drugs in a very different way than they're learning in school," the popular author says.

The Spiritual Reason Michael Pollan Explores Mescaline in New Book ‘This Is Your Mind on Plants’

The author's latest deep dive into plants' effect on consciousness also investigates caffeine and opium.

Psychedelic Movie Spotlight: 3 Strange Trips to Stream This Weekend

Enjoy one of these three movies exploring psychedelia, now streaming on Netflix or Amazon.
PSYCHED 2021 Conference Aims to Bring the Global Psychedelic Community Together

PSYCHED 2021 Conference Aims to Bring the Global Psychedelic Community Together

The Psyched 2021 conference is aiming to bring the global psychedelic community together over nine days in July.
Berlin Has An LSD Shop Run By a Donald Trump Relative

Berlin Has An LSD Shop Run By a Donald Trump Relative

A shop in Berlin run by a man who claims to be related to former U.S. President Donald Trump, is legally selling an LSD analog.
Can Taking Psychedelics Change Your Political Beliefs? It's Complicated.

Can Taking Psychedelics Change Your Political Beliefs? It’s Complicated.

Will taking psychedelics turn you into a liberal hippie? Here's everything you need to know about psychedelics and political beliefs.
Psychedelic Genetic Test Kit

First-of-Its-Kind Genetic Psychedelic Test Kit Now Available In U.S.

The first genetic psychedelic test kit is now available in the U.S. The kits are designed to help users know how they'll respond to psychedelics.
How to Become a Psychedelic Facilitator

How a Psilocybin Retreat Changed Everything I Knew About Psychedelics

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Here's how a legal psilocybin truffle retreat in the Netherlands changed this author's relationship with psychedelics.
Why Deepak Chopra Wants to Shift Public Perception About Psychedelics

Why Deepak Chopra Wants to Shift Public Perception About Psychedelics

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Spiritual leader and healer Deepak Chopra is focused on bringing attention to psychedelics as a means to heal trauma.
Israelis and Palestinians Turn to Ayahuasca to Heal Conflict Wounds

Israelis and Palestinians Turn to Ayahuasca to Heal Conflict Wounds

New research has investigated the psychedelic ayahuasca in peace-building between conflict regions such as Israel and Palestine.
Kristen Bell Used Psychedelics to Treat Depression

Actress Kristen Bell Used Psychedelic Mushrooms to Treat Depression

Actress Kristen Bell says psychedelic mushrooms have helped her to treat her depression and anxiety symptoms.

Lamar Odom Documentary About His Recovery Through Psychedelics Makes Its Debut

Former NBA star Lamar Odom details his recovery from substance abuse with the aid of psychedelic medicine in a new documentary.
Is There a Case for Keeping Psychedelics Illegal? Ethics, Conservation, and Indigenous Rights

Is There a Case for Keeping Psychedelics Illegal? Ethics, Conservation, and Indigenous Rights

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If decriminalization efforts strain natural plant and animal medicine populations, should psychedelics remain illegal?
Essence Institute Explores Psilocybin Truffle Medicine In the Netherlands

The Essence Institute Explores Psilocybin Truffle Medicine In the Netherlands

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In the heart of the Netherlands, legal psilocybin truffle retreats help seekers explore the benefits of psychedelics at the Essence Institute.
Silo Wellness LGBTQ retreat

Silo Wellness to Host Psychedelic Retreat Exclusively for LGBTQIA+ Community

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In honor of Pride Month, Silo Wellness is launching its first-ever LGBTQIA+ psychedelic retreat in Jamaica.
Mike Tyson Invests In Psychedelic Wellness Company Wesana Health

Mike Tyson Invests In Psychedelic Wellness Company Wesana Health

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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson announced he's an investor in psychedelic wellness company Wesana Health.
Advocating for Psychedelic Medicine Is Personal for Ashley Lukens

Psychedelics Helped Her Beat Cancer. Now Ashley Lukens Is Paying It Forward.

Advocate and activist Ashley Lukens has her reasons for supporting psychedelic medicine. They helped her battle cancer. Now she's returning the favor.
Former NFL Player Kerry Rhodes Discusses Ayahuasca Experience With Tamron Hall

Former NFL Player Kerry Rhodes Discusses Ayahuasca Experience With Tamron Hall

Actor and former NFL safety Kerry Rhodes says the psychedelic compound ayahuasca has helped him recover from brain injuries.
Should Psychedelics Be Legal? Experts Weigh In

Should Psychedelics Be Legal? Experts Weigh In

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Should psychedelics be legal? That was the topic of an expert-led debate featured on the Intelligence² Debates podcast.
Who Is Stanislav Grof? Meet the Psychedelic Pioneer and Father of Holotropic Breathwork

Who Is Stanislav Grof? Meet the Psychedelic Pioneer and Father of Holotropic Breathwork

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Stanislav Grof is one of the earliest pioneers in psychedelics and holotropic breathwork.
Fireside Project Launches Psychedelic Support Hotline

Fireside Project Launches Psychedelic Peer Support Hotline

A new psychedelic hotline, the Fireside Project, aims to provide peer support for people under the influence of psychedelic substances.
The Benefits of Peyote: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine

The Benefits of Peyote: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine

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The benefits of peyote have been prized by Indigenous cultures for millennia. Now they're showing promise in modern medicine, too.
How a Psychedelic Experience Led to the Extinction Rebellion

How a Psychedelic Experience Led to the Formation of the Extinction Rebellion

A psychedelic experience helped create the environmental activist organization known as Extinction Rebellion.
Art, Ayahuasca, And Climate Change: Can We Heal Our Way Back to a Healthy Planet?

Art, Ayahuasca, And Climate Change: Can We Heal Our Way to a Healthy Planet?

Can psychedelics like ayahuasca along with art be healthy ways to heal our planet and make us advocates in the fight against climate change?
11 Celebrities Whose Lives Were Changed by Psychedelics

11 Celebrities Whose Lives Were Changed by Psychedelics

From Sir Paul McCartney to Joe Rogan, these celebrities all credit psychedelics with changing their lives.
Bicycle Day Celebrates First Human LSD Trip

What Is Bicycle Day? Celebrating the First Human LSD Trip

April 19th is Bicycle Day — the first documented case of a human experience on LSD taken by chemist Albert Hoffman.
Jewish Psychedelic Summit

First-Ever Jewish Psychedelic Summit Planned for May 2-3

The first conference of its kind, the Jewish Psychedelic Summit, will explore the connection between psychedelics and Judaism.
Can You Predict a 'Bad' Psychedelic Trip? And Can You Stop One Once It Starts?

Can You Predict a ‘Bad’ Psychedelic Trip? And Can You Stop One Once It Starts?

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For all the benefits in taking psychedelic substance like psilocybin, there is the risk of having a bad trip.

Daniel Carcillo’s Psychedelic Startup Wesana Health Raises More Funds, On Track to Go Public

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Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo's psychedelic startup Wesana Health is preparing to take the company public.
Psychedelic Conference to Explore Promising Therapies for Veterans, First Responders

Psychedelic Conference to Explore Promising Therapies for Veterans, First Responders

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The Heroic Dose conference will explore the use of psychedelic therapies to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and suicide among military veterans and first responders.
Meditation and Psychedelics Have Similar Effects On Our Brains: Do We Need Both?

Meditation and Psychedelics Have Similar Effects On Our Brains: Do We Need Both?

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The synergy between meditation and psychedelics has been long understood. Now, as research explores the benefits, do we need both?
MAPS Founder Rick Doblin Talks MDMA Research for PTSD With Actress Mayim Bialik

MAPS Founder Rick Doblin Discusses MDMA Research for PTSD With Actress Mayim Bialik

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Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, joined actress Mayim Bialik's podcast Breakdown to discuss MDMA and PTSD research.
Former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Wants to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

Former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Wants to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to decriminalize psilocybin. And if he becomes mayor of New York City, that could happen.
Silo Wellness to Launch a Bob Marley-Labeled Line of Psilocybin

Silo Wellness to Launch a Bob Marley-Labeled Line of Psilocybin Mushrooms

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The family of Bob Marley and Silo Wellness have teamed up for the first line of commercial psilocybin mushrooms.
How One Dying Man Received Canada's First End of Life Psilocybin Treatment

Canada’s First End of Life Psilocybin Treatment Brought Peace to Terminal Man

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Tony White may have lost his battle with cancer, but becoming the first end of life recipient of psilocybin treatment has changed everything.
New App Creates Psychedelic Experience Without the Need for Substances

Can An App Give You a Psychedelic Experience Without Taking Drugs? Lumenate Says Yes

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Lumenate is an app that simulates a psychedelic experience without the need for illegal substances.
Minority Veterans Organization Urges Congress to Loosen Restrictions on Psychedelic Therapies

Minority Veterans Organization Urges Congress to Loosen Restrictions on Psychedelic Therapies

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A minority veterans organization wants access to psychedelic therapies for PTSD and depression. It's urging Congress to take action.
Michael Pollan Explores More Psychedelics In New Book: This Is Your Mind on Plants

Michael Pollan Explores More Psychedelics In New Book: This Is Your Mind on Plants

New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan explores mescaline, opium, and caffeine in his forthcoming book "This Is Your Mind on Plants".
UFC Explores Psychedelic Therapy for Brain-Injured Fighters

UFC Explores Psychedelic Therapy for Brain-Injured Fighters

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UFC is exploring psychedelic therapy for helping its fighters with brain injuries overcome the short and long-term issues.
Former UFC Fighter Ian McCall's Reeducation on Psychedelics Comes WIth a Puppet Show

Former UFC Fighter Ian McCall’s Reeducation on Psychedelics Comes With a Puppet Show

It's been nearly 3 years since Ian McCall stopped UFC fighting. Now, he's bringing psychedelics mainstream with the help of puppets.
How Music Plays a Role In Psychedelic Experiences

Should You Listen to Music During Psychedelic Treatments? How Sounds Impact the Experience

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Does listening to music under the influence of psychedelics impact the experience? Here's what you need to know.
Listening to Ecstasy: Can This Man Normalize MDMA for Seniors?

Charley Wininger Hopes to Normalize MDMA With New Book ‘Listening to Ecstasy’

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In his book 'Listening to Ecstasy' psychoanalyst and mental health counselor Charley Wininger discusses MDMA's benefits, including in his own marriage.
John C. Lilly: Father of LSD In the Sensory Deprivation Tank

John C. Lilly: Father of LSD In the Sensory Deprivation Tank

John C. Lilly brought sensory deprivation tanks to the masses. He was also the first to bring LSD into the tanks. Do you know his story?
What Is Peyote? Everything You Need to Know About Mescaline Cactus

What Is Peyote? Everything You Need to Know About Mescaline Cactus

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What is peyote? Here's everything you need to know about the psychedelic mescaline-rich cactus native to Mexico.
Miley Cyrus Ayahuasca

Why Ayahuasca Is Miley Cyrus’ ‘Favorite’ Drug

Singer Miley Cyrus says she's not likely to do it again, but ayahuasca is one of her favorite experiences. Find out what this psychedelic did for her.
Ketamine Date Rape

Can Ketamine Shake Its Bad Rap?

Ketamine has a history as a date rape drug. As it becomes a therapy for depression, can it shake its bad rap?
Psychedelics and Technology

How Psychedelics Helped Shape Modern Technology

Psychedelics played a crucial role in technology as we know it, and they're playing a part in how it develops into the future, too.
Is America Ready for Psilocybin Mushroom Retreats

Is America Ready for Psilocybin Mushroom Retreats?

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With Oregon's recent victory for psychedelics, psilocybin retreats could soon be commonplace. What does that mean for mental health treatment?
What Are K-Holes? The Ketamine Experience Explained

What Are K-Holes? The Ketamine Experience Explained

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What are k-holes? These ketamine-induced experiences can be life-changing for people suffering from depression.
What Are Mushroom Spores

What Are Psilocybin Spores? Everything You Need to Know and Grow

What exactly are psilocybin mushroom spores? Are they legal? Here's everything you need to know and how to grow your own.
5 Psychedelic Apps

These 5 Apps Are Made for Taking Psychedelics

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Taking psychedelics? There's an app for that. These companies are leading the way with trip guides, support, and more.
Ego Death and Psychedelics

Psychedelics Cause Ego Death: What You Need to Know

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One aspect of the psychedelic experience is something called ego death. Can it help people with mental health issues?
Mike Tyson Credits 5-MeO

5 Athletes Who Healed With Psychedelic Therapy

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Some of the world's top athletes have used psychedelic therapy to overcome addiction, depression, and other mental health issues.
Santa Claus Was a Psychedelic Mushroom

Santa Claus Was a Psychedelic Mushroom

Was Santa Claus actually a psychedelic mushroom?
How Psychedelics Can Transform Your Sex Life

How Psychedelics Can Transform Your Sex Life

High, drunk, or sober, what’s your favorite way to have sex? asks the comedian Deon Cole during a recent Netflix Is A Joke special. As the crowd advocate for high or drunk, Cole reveals his intentions: if you can’t…
Psychedelics Boost Creativity

The Artist’s Muse: Do Psychedelics Boost Creativity?

From 1954 to 1962, Oscar Janiger, an esteemed psychiatrist, invited 100 artists to his therapy room in downtown LA. Over the 10 hour sessions, the artists were provided with paper, a box of art materials, and 100 micrograms of LSD. Inspired…
Mike Tyson Credits 5-MeO

Mike Tyson Credits 5-MeO for His Return to Boxing

The outspoken former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, now 54, says an experience with the potent psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT sparked his return to the ring this past holiday weekend. The exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr.…
Why Is DMT Called The Spirit Molecule

Why Is DMT Called The Spirit Molecule?

Why is DMT called “the spirit molecule?” Rick Strassman was the first American researcher to receive government approval to study hallucinogens after a two-decade ban. Between the years of 1990-95, the clinical associate professor…
Online Psychedelic Support Groups

Inside the Underground World of Online Psychedelic Support Groups

It was 20 years ago and some of Mike’s friends had just come into a stash of some very special fungi. He hadn’t tripped on ‘shrooms before, and didn’t want to fly without doing some research into what the trip might be like. So, he…
Become a Mushroom Master

Ready to Become a Mushroom Master?

Mushrooms are having a moment. From sustainable replacements for meat and leather to holding great potential in rewriting mental health treatments, there’s a ‘shroom boom fully underway. And leading the mycophilia revolution this week…
The Hero’s Dose

‘The Hero’s Dose’: Ancient Psychedelic Therapy Gets a Modern Exploration

The idea to write about his quarter-century psychedelic experience had been rolling around in Derek Beres’ head for a while. Perhaps it would be something that would appeal to others who dabble in ‘shrooms or acid. Or maybe it could be…
Art Lover’s Guide Psychedelic Art

An Art Lover’s Guide Psychedelic Art Plus 3 Artists You Need to Know

Psychedelic art has been around for thousands of years across cultures across the globe. Artists today have transformed the techniques and subject matter in innovative ways. Psychedelic art is defined as the depiction of the inner world of…
Psychedelics Putting Oregon On the Brink of a Mental Health Revolution

Are Psychedelics Putting Oregon On the Brink of a Mental Health Revolution?

For those of us on the outside looking in, it may be hard to imagine how a state as breathtakingly beautiful and progressive as Oregon can be ranked, according to data provided by Mental Health America, as the worst state in the U.S. for…
Psychedelics Saved Former NBA Star Lamar Odom

How Psychedelics Saved Former NBA Star Lamar Odom From Drug Addiction

In a new documentary about his life, former NBA forward Lamar Odom says the psychedelic drugs ketamine and ibogaine saved him from his drug addiction. He says the drugs saved his life. The film, “Lamar Odom Reborn,” was directed by Mike…
Psychedelic Trip App

Taking a Psychedelic Trip? There’s an App for That

There are apps for nearly everything, these days. Now, there’s even an app to guide you through a psychedelic experience. Field Trip Psychedelics Inc., which operates clinics in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles, has launched Trip,…
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,”…
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix Show Makes Magic Mushrooms Goopy

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix Show Makes Magic Mushrooms Goopy

“The Goop Lab,” is a new Netflix docuseries, inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s “modern lifestyle brand” website, Goop. And I’m reviewing it for Psychedelic Spotlight because the first episode is called “The healing Trip” and features…
Have a Good Trip

‘Have a Good Trip’ is worth the trip

Rapper A$AP Rocky has one of the most memorable stories in the new Netflix documentary, “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics.” He warns us that the anecdote is “a bit vulgar and raunchy,” and goes on to describe an amorous…
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