Top Five Moments in Psychedelic History – Part 1

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I’m taking a break this week from my still ongoing plant high series, to have a little look at a few of the movers and shakers in the modern psychedelic movement. This will be a new series, looking at different time periods in drug history in various cultures. “When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don’t turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist” – Hoffman Accidental LSD Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD for the first time in 1938, looking for something else. It wasn’t until 1943 when he accidentally consumed some, that he realized it was hallucinogenic. Hoffman was a proponent of the new and modern practice of micro-dosing, seeing LSD primarily as a low dose tonic that improves the mind, and mental health. He also became quite mystical, like many who explore these drugs. He is still held as the symbol of increased research and legal acceptance for psychedelic drugs as therapeutics and mind expansion tools. “I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres …

Natures Highs: Part 3 – Opening the Third Eye

There are in fact loads of psychedelics in nature. Unfortunately, some of these plants are illegal to own, and some illegal to process. So in this week’s addition about psychedelic plant drugs in New Zealand, I’ll be dividing the plants up into “Legal to own, but not process” and “Legal in general”. It’s important to note that some plants like San Pedro are common, legal to possess but processing them, such as making a tea from one, or extracting the Mescaline, as Mescaline is a Class A drug, is a felony – so please I advise you not to do this. Remember also, that if you wish to explore the self, meditation, floatation and hypnosis are effective routes! Fully Legit The plants that are fully legal are often pretty mild in effect, but effective all the same. On the less LSD like side, we have ‘Sun Opener’ which I have not personally tried, but it apparently produces a cannabis like psychedelia and colored vision. It’s well enough rated by others to be worthy of a mention, certainly not euphoric like cannabis, …

Non-drug paths to altered consciousness

There’s a number of ways to altered consciousness. I’ll start with the more everyday changes in conciousness. Sleep deprivation is the altered state the most people are familiar with. It is anxious,  with tunnel vision, vision disturbances, muddled thinking, and yet in other places it is pleasant, where the cannibinoid Oleylethonalamine is released producing sleepiness, warmth, hunger and ease. A variety of body caused ‘highs’ can be produced. The body releases its own opiates, the beta endorphins with a variety of things, like food, sex. Also in exercise, where anandamide, natures THC is released at the same time. A good high intensity work out will give you a great clean buzz. Oxytocin, with it’s MDMA like effect on the brain is connected to bonding. But when talking about altered states, euphoria may not be what people have in mind. A number of physical conditions can produce altered consciousness, such as lack of oxygen, infection or epilepsy. Some epileptics have profound religious like experiences. A fever can in itself produce hallucinations, creating a delirient effect. When I had this, I saw totally …

The New Zealand Magic Mushroom Season

As the days get colder, and wetter, Psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin begin to bloom in damp shaded spaces, and some of NZ’s illicit inner space adventurers will get to some serious tripping. Last week I gave a bit of a background and the effects of magic mushrooms, for those who are interested it’s below this article. However, as anyone who knows anything about mushroom hunting knows, there are numerous misidentifications that can be actually fatal. You have to be careful out there! If you need help identifying a suspected ‘magic mushroom’, I would strongly advise you to check with the more experienced people in this subforum on TripMe. They have all sorts of information including hunting guides, it’s a genuinely great resource that people should check out: http://www.tripme.co.nz/forums/forumdisplay.php?28-Mushroom-ID If you are unsure if your mushrooms are ‘magic’, absolutely check here and be SAFE. Please DO NOT use the photo’s in this article for ID, post an ID request in the TripMe forum instead. What are “Blue Meanies” and “Gold Tops” Gold Tops, which refers to Psilocybe cubensis or subcubensis more …