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The U.S. War on Drugs: Political Economics of a New Slavery
"Metaphorically, the criminal justice pipeline is like a slave ship, transporting human cargo along interstate triangular trade routes from Black and Brown communities; through the middle passage of police precincts, holding pens, detention centers and courtrooms; to downstate jails or upstate prisons; back to communities as unrehabilitated escapees; and back to prison or jail in a vicious recidivist cycle."
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Herbs have been declared obsolete, and often illegal, in service of the Pfizer-ific shareholders. All appropriate disclaimers apply... Therapeutic uses of Medical Marijuana in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder
"The green leaves of certain strains of medical marijuana appear to provide the best therapeutic effects for RBS. Experiments with Marinol seem to indicate that THC is involved, but is not the primary therapeutic agent."
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If you haven't already, just go to the Edge
"Mr President, it is the United States of America who long ago brought the evil of prohibition upon the world, and still holds the power to prevent the rest of us from seeking freedom from prohibition. Mr President, you could win the war on terrorism, not by fighting, but by refusing to fight the war on drugs."
Susan Blackmore
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Lest our beguiled attention be spun away from the global endgame that U.S. America is pursuing, let's turn our gaze south. Ecuador's Lucio Era Begins
"Remember Fusarium Oxysporum? You know, the nasty genetically-engineered fungus that supposedly only affects coca and poppy (much like the Glyphosate Fumigations were supposed to only affect large-scale coca growers) that the US and Colombia claim is not being used against campesinos? Recently, Adolfo Maldonado, a doctor working with the local group, Accion Ecologica, conducted several tests in the Sucumbios region of Ecuador, which borders Putumayo in Colombia where the heaviest fumigations are taking place. The results of these tests showed the heightened presence of Fusarium fungus in soil and plant samples. According to Maldonado, this does not necessarily mean the US and Dyncorp are spraying fusarium, but he attributes it to two possibilities; an unforeseen side effect of intensive fumigation with the deadly Glyphosate cocktail, or someone is spraying fusarium fungus. The Glyphosate side effect hypothesis seems unlikely. At this point, the results are inconclusive, but several campesinos have reported a coffee-colored powder emanating from the very same planes that fumigate with Glyphosate. The seriousness of this possibility cannot be overestimated and could have serious unforeseen ecological and medical ramifications."
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In the absence of hard data on mycotoxins potentially present in the Fusarium oxysporum and Pleospora papaveraceae strains being considered for use as mycoherbicides against drug crops, we can only speculate on what these strains may contain. Below, therefore, is our informed speculation based upon previous research on Fusarium mycotoxins.
"Fusarium mycotoxins may leach into the soil, causing damage to plants and animals through leaching even after the fungus is no longer active. Indeed, a very real risk may be extrapolated for humans, also."
Vomitoxin - brewers beware

Waging Chemical Warfare in Colombia
"Drug production in the Andes has remained constant. The programs have just moved it into other areas. The major area now is the Colombian Amazon. What we're doing now is spraying tons of pesticides (and mutant fungi) into the Colombian Amazon," its soil and its watershed. People, too, are being fumigated."
Putting aside a singular extropian beginend, one vision of cosmanity's future that includes the meat is Engineering A Visionary Race - entheogenetics & the future of mind.
"Accordingly, in this article I will put forth the daring proposition that, along with the genetic engineering of our future population to meet environmental constraints, we also have the possibility of genetically engineering new, connected, mystical states of being, not just for the religious geniuses or the mystically motivated, but for the common man and woman."
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Scott J. Thompson, The Aesthetic Dimensions of Prohibitionist Realism
"The following essay on Walter Benjamin's writings and experimental protocols on hashish, opium and mescaline forms a kind of preamble to a series of articles on some of the aesthetic presuppositions of the War on Drugs in the United States and one of its precursors, Hitler's War on Drugs: RauschgiftbekŠmpfung [The Fight Against Drugs] in the Third Reich, itself a long-forgotten importation of American Prohibition wedded to Nazi racial hygiene and a police state apparatus ever-ready to invoke the 'wholesome popular sentiment' expressed in the National Socialist-realist aesthetic to legitimize and enforce the performance principle of German fascism."
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The Native American Ethnobotany Database; Foods, Drugs, Dyes, and Fibers of Native North American Peoples provides information that the major drug companies don't want us to have, such as this anti-angst concoction.
"Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh. ; Oleaceae
Algonquin, Tete-de-Boule Drug (Stimulant)
Infusion of inner bark taken for fatigue and depression."
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Psychedelics and the Chaos Revolution by Ralph H. Abraham provides unique insight into how entheogenic reintegration informs research at the edge.
"Seven times eight is business practice, and mathematics is when you jump in the pool in the sunshine, and there's a pattern of light and dark on the bottom of the pool."
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Stepping ahead a few years to '94, Douglas Rushkoff's Cyberia, Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace (caution, whole book, 477k on one page) is seminal; yeastily awaiting psychedelic-informed wetware.
"When I was a freshman in college,'' he carefully removes the wires from the back of his invention, "I would take psychedelics and sit by myself for a whole day. What I arrived at was that cosmic consciousness was a completely normal thing that one day everyone would arrive at, if they would just sit and think clearly."
Dan Kottke
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The Marijuana Smokers by Erich Goode is an almost quaint exploration for the experienced cannabinoseur, but is also a very thorough, well written and presented book which helps set the table for the cornupsychepia ahead.
"One of the central theses of this book is that the immense increase in non-narcotic drug use in the past decade is an organic outgrowth of a newly evolving way of life whose precise features can now only be dimly perceived, even by its participants."
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The Man Who Turned on the World by Michael Hollingshead is a classic; seminal by any definition. The views and impressions of the early psychonauts are uniquely valuable since they are untainted by later impediments.
"From the date of this (first) session it was inevitable that we would leave Harvard, that we would leave American society and that we would spend the rest of our lives as mutants, faithfully following the instructions of our internal blueprints and tenderly, gently disregarding the parochial social inanities."
Tim Leary
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On Peace, Love, Dancing, and Drugs, A sociological analysis of rave culture accomplishes the no-mean-feat of keeping the pathological out of the sociology. Humans have been raving since we discovered how to control fire; that which burns within and that which warms without.
"It also demands a "yoga" of chaos, a project of "higher" orderings (of consciousness or simply of life) which are approached by "surfing the wave-front of chaos," of complex dynamism."
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Methamphetamine, speed, certainly would not be my choice of substance to adjust my mood, although it could have it's uses in emergency situations (actually, there are far safer analogues that would be preferable; eg: modafinil). If the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act becomes law, any published information about drugs could become a speedy ticket to prison.
"If a bill passed by the United States Senate last year becomes law, it will soon be illegal to link to a page such as www.4thc.com with the "intent to facilitate or promote" its business. Depending on a federal prosecutor's interpretation of "intent," that could even make posting this article on the Web a federal crime. It's one of the more disturbing effects of the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999."
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Contained within alt.drugs Clandestine Chemistry Primer & FAQ are reviews of a vast array of texts relating to creating and designing neurochemical adjusters.
"Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation's laws."
S.J. Perelman
Kevin B. Zeese is an advocate for common sense in drug policy. In Research Findings on Medicinal Properties of Marijuana, he provides a comprehensive compilation demonstrating that...
"There is strong scientific evidence that marijuana is a safe and effective medicine."
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The above article is gleaned from a vast storehouse of cannabinoidic material called Some Excellent Articles About Cannabis and Drug Policy, hosted by Portland NORML.

From the archives of the venerable BBC comes Psychedelic Science which includes comments by many leaders in diverse cognitive fields.
"We are accepting that we're biological, we're accepting that our minds are produced by our brains. The fact that our sense of self can be dramatically altered by a drug is not quite as frightening as it was twenty years ago."
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Salon has amassed quite a collection of articles, essays and investigative reports (a rose by any other name...) on the war on ourSelves. The common theme coursing through it all, though not always recognized by the authors, is that if one removes the legal sanctions the problem largely evaporates. Now, if we could put that remarkable energy into helping each other live most fully, and put the vast misdirected wealth instead to ending poverty.

The Lindesmith Center is commited to rational discussion on the issue of drug criminalization. In this essay, neuropharmacologist Dr. Leslie Iversen points out that in the case of Marijuana: The Myths Are Hazardous to Your Health.
"As a scientist who studies drugs that act on the brain, I am often exasperated by the way both proponents and opponents in the marijuana debate use - and abuse - science in defending their positions."
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One hazard that has nothing to do with the substance itself is the persistance of the (im)moral majority in controlling marijuana's use. Chasing Smoke details Hawaii's long running war on pot. One would think the prohibition of alcohol was lesson enough for those who would legislate states of mind.
"They call it a war on drugs, Mura said, as Jordan bounced on a trampoline in their front yard. This is a war on our own people. How can the United States of America declare war on its own citizens?"
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For the 30 - 50 percent of you, Dear Readers, who partake in cannabis occasionally, and the 5 - 10 percent that are chronic budheads, the Lycaeum Drug Archive has a plethora of information on every aspect of marijuana. This is an essential resource, providing far beyond the standard fare, including such diverse "need to know" items as how to identify moulds and fungi on your bud.

I'm going to give the final word in today's quartet of cannabanistic connections to Bear, whose essays bring many points into focus.
"It is important to realize that ALL black markets are dangerous to the public health, damaging to the economy, corrupting to officials, and create a basis for crime. Honest democratic governments must never knowingly act to create situations which will allow black markets to develop, no matter how reasonable the impulse to do so seems at the time."
Sadie Plant has been called the world's leading drug culture philosopher, though I can't imagine what that could mean. "Drug culture" is as diverse as the neurochemistry involved, and cannot be seperated from society and culture in general. That aside, Simon Reynolds takes an astute look into the work and personality of this important author.
"Drugs are the perfect example of a subtle prosthesis, working on the internal wiring of the body in a way that makes the traditional notion of becoming a cyborg through adding robotic attachments seem really quaint and archaic."
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Gosh darn teeth! What is this, some kind of evolutionary joke? Make a species that can live a decade of decades, and then curse us with a sweet tooth and the ability to satisfy it. Okay, so we invented a sub-species that likes oral work, and I would like to thank those dentistry-inclined bodhisatvas from the bottom of my root canal; but not without Nitrous Oxide.

Nick Sand is still a prisoner in the war on ourSelves, whose goals have kept us in psychostasis for so long.
"Leary and Alpert encouraged Nick to make the psychedelics because of his background and aptitude for chemistry."
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Behavior and the Chemistry of the Brain is Chapter 1 of Drugs, Brains and Behavior.
"We will attempt to develop an understanding of the interpenetration of brain, behavior, and environment. We will discuss the chemistry of behavior in both the literal sense of neurochemistry and the figurative sense of an analysis of the reactions with the environment."
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Robert Forte sheds his light on this continueing examination of entheogen use by early humans.
"No consideration of Eleusis can leave out of account the affair of the Profanations; the initiation could be profaned as a recreational after-dinner (symposium) party."
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If considering the use of psychedelics as part of an initiation rite with your teen, consider Hoasca and the Uni‹o do Vegetal (UDV): A Comparative Study with Adolescents.
"Reaction toward the use of psychotropics by adolescents is diametrically polarized between Western cultures and indigenous groups."
Jonathon Ott is one among many voicing the plaintive cry of our collective soul to stop the war on ourselves. Proemium is a premium work of scholarship that should be required reading for all; especially legislators.
"Some say that Happiness is not Good for Mortals, & they ought to be answer'd that Sorrow is not fit for Immortals & is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, & if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit, let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight."
William Blake, 1803
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Philip H. Farber, author of Author of Futureritual : Magick for the 21st Century, explores the use of entheogens in ritual. My view is that psychedelics may open one's psyche to potential abuse by those in charge of the prescribed procedure. Psychedelics and the Art of Ritual even contains a survey to conduct among your congregation.
"While the small size of the sampling and the bias involved in obtaining the sample hamper statistical and scientific accuracy, the responses do, strongly, argue for the case that, for certain people, psychedelics do have a positive and legitimate place in a variety of contemporary ritual practices."
What role, and to what degree, did psychedelic substances play in the development of human consciousness? The Re-unification of the Sacred and the Natural, by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., looks at how the entheogenically enhanced shamanic world-views closely approximate current leading (edge) theories. (yes, this is a warmed-over link, but it's a goodie)

Henry Munn gives us The Mushrooms of Language, in which he shares his intimate knowledge of the Mazatecs, of the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.
"Hallucinations predominated in the experiences of the investigators because they were passive experimenters of the transformative effect of the mushrooms. The Indian shamans are not contemplative, they are workers who actively express themselves by speaking, creators engaged in an endeavor of ontological, existential disclosure. For them, the shamanistic condition provoked by the mushrooms is intuitionary, not hallucinatory."
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Hallucinogenic Drugs in Experimental Psychiatric Research was the title of a conference held in Vaals, Netherlands in 1997. This is an astoundingly good synopsis of the proceedings, put together by attendee Julie Holland, M.D..
"I am just happy anyone anywhere is allowed to do these studies at all. I think they are crucial, they must be done, any work involving human consumption of psychedelics is inherently good work and anywhere to start is a good place."
Looking for something completely different, I ran headlong into this interview with Colin Angus of Shamen . An avid supporter of hempen and entheogenic space, Colin is also now the Lord Of Hempton Manor, and describes Shamen's music as "a synthesis of archaic mysticism and scientific futurism."
*Realise then Legalise*. Until such time as we have a Government that is prepared to assume their Responsibility to do so , let's recall the wisdom of the late Martin Luther King, who understood that "It is our moral and civic duty to oppose an unjust Law."
Dr. Albert Hoffman has walked the talk and applied ethical analysis to his "problem child". In this lecture delivered to the Worlds of Consciousness Conference he recounts some of his own experiences, and concludes LSD: Completely Personal.
"All of which could suggest that my decisions on arriving at the guiding "switch-points" which have led to LSD, were not really undertaken through exercise of free will, but rather steered by the subconscious, through which we are all connected with the universal, transpersonal consciousness."
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The names of the authors alone recommend this book, though it also bears the weight of time. The Speed Culture: Amphetamine Use and Abuse in America was written twenty-five years ago, but now far more people use meth and it's analogues; many to deal with our current "need for speed".
"Amphetamine is not a psychedelic drug like marijuana and LSD. The drugs seem to occupy opposite poles in the underground, in almost a Blakeian perspective of heaven and hell ... An amphetamine comedown is not compatible with the love-joy-ecstasy trip."
&TOTSE makes a black and white case for ending the war on ourselves in this fact filled essay. America and Drugs: History and Analysis has a rather pompous name for what is really a retelling of information better gleaned from the sources; links to many of which are listed in the entheogen section of abuddhas memes. What disturbs me is that information that is vital for our social survival is lumped in with conspiracy, ufo and new age material, thus denigrating the imperative to the realm of fantasy. The really fantastic, and far scarier than than could be imagined, truth is that our cuture thrives on abuse; and those that employ the means to see through it are most abused.

This persuasive essay not only makes it's case but also provides a scenario that leads us from mushroom to mead. Classical Deities Derived from Personified Prehistoric Mushrooms
"In fact, it is very possible that the development of beer and other alcoholic beverages from grains was related to the extant practice of brewing the grain on which psilocybes had been grown into teas with entheogenic properties resulting from the presence of entheogens in the psilocybe mycellia."
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The prologue to the on line book The Psilocybin Solution sets the stage for a Prelude to a Paradigm Shift.
"It is my contention throughout this book that naturally occurring entheogenic plants and fungi are indeed the key to solving the twin mysteries of consciousness and reality. Once ingested, they are intimately involved with the bridge between consciousness and the world around us."
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I have mirrored a 1993 article from The Independant on Sunday, a rather staid "quality" nwspaper. A psychedelic trip up the ladder of evolution details a lecture given by Terrance McKenna.
"I certainly do not think of myself as a radical. So I was worried because nearly everything he said seemed to make sense."
David Jay Brown was able to draw out a few mysteries in this interview, such as what was in the tank in the corner, and what was the secret to his courage and optimism. Timothy Leary: A Final Visit
"How would you like to be remembered?
Timothy Leary: Everybody gets the Timothy Leary that they deserve."
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For the real dope on the information available to the same governments that strongly proscribe it's use, attend the Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana. I think that if they wanted to they could standardize on certain strains of B.C. Hydro; that's what most patients are using anyway.
"Some of the seeming inconsistency or uncertainty in scientific reports describing the clinical pharmacology of marijuana results from the inherently variable potency of the plant material used in research studies. Inadequate control over drug dose when researching the effects of smoked and oral marijuana, together with the use of research subjects who vary greatly in their past experience with marijuana, contribute differing accounts of what marijuana does or does not do."
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In the interests of providing a voice to those who have worked on, and had their lives defined by the war on ourselves, here is a remarkable essay by a retired DEA agent. Fight Back: A Solution Between Prohibition and Legalization suggests a "take back the neighborhood" approach, combined with targeting buyers for treatment. I suppose it's a good sign that such a fully acculturated individual could be half right.
"Here's the equation: Number of Potential Drug Dealers - plus - World's Potential Source Countries -divided by - Number of Narcotic Officers & Available Budget -multiplied by - Constitutional Legal Process to Arrest and/or Seize -equals: Total Absurdity of US Drug War Policy."
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America, and Canada to some degree, have adopted the "disease concept" of substance over-use as promulgated by Alcoholics Anonymous, forcing those convicted of social offence to attend (re)indoctrination. Bill Wilson's problem-child, and its offshoots, may just be the single most dangerous hurdle that a suffering soul has to jump on the way to personal re-integration. Alcoholics Anonymous: Of Course It's a Cult! opens the sardine can wide and shows us the inrepugnable fishy facts, as well as the insideous rot contained within.
"The more seriously people take them (the twelve steps), the weirder they become, in comparison to their pre-cult personalities. They also appear more inclined to mistreat their fellow beings -- all in the name of treatment or recovery, of course. One caller likened the AA cult indoctrination to vampirism, in which, once-bitten, one will go on to bite others."
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I am not a user of alcohol anymore, finding other more personally fulfilling states agree better with my temperment. Also my wife Mary Jane isn't into three-way relationships. Here is the number that would make Scientology accountants drool. 100%. That's all of us that are within the purview of AA's percieved need for treatment. Hey, if you deny that you need to examine your life in this way, you're just 'in denial'; of course. Robert Westermeyer, Ph.D. asks: Addiction Treatment: What on Earth Are We Doing?
"Unfortunately (and quite curiously) most of the advancements in this area have not made it out of the Ivory tower. There are volumes of research in this area, most of which are not applied in clinical settings. This inequity has always ailed the field of psychology and in many ways appears to be singular to it. Research and clinical practice are often on opposite sides of the fence."
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Reading this analysis by Richard Cowan on the fiftieth anniversary of George Orwell's prescient tome caused me to shudder with comprehension at the weight of cultural insanity bearing down on those who dare....
"In 1984 everyone was constantly reminded that "Big Brother Is Watching You." Today, such a statement would be offensive, in large part thanks to Orwell. Instead, people are being encouraged, or rather frightened, into wanting Big Brother to watch them. How is this being done? Through fear and hatred."
Tyrone Slothrop Nom-de-Plume avails us of his wisdom, and does not spare the critisism. As this comes from a newsgroup, you will need to scroll down a bit to get to the soul of this remarkable review of PIKHAL, by Alexander Shulgin.
"The collection of chemical tools he (Shulgin) has developed make possible the dissection of features of the human mind that can not be explored in animal studies. The physical structures of the brain, activated by phenethylamines, which support the unique features of the human psyche, may have no counterpart in non-human animals."
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If you are only going to read one on-line book this year, make it this one. From the prologue by Satanislav Grof to the epilogue by Alexander Shulgin, this is a text of intelligent inquiry. The courage of these psychonauts is evident throughout The Secret Chief, by Myron Stolaroff.
"Nothing would have pleased Jacob more than to know that the telling of his story has helped our society understand that there are powerful tools available for self realization - that vast new possibilities in life await us when we take on the responsibility of making these new tools available and learn how to use them. We will then recognize Jacob as a true pioneer and dedicated servant of humanity."
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"It is certainly wise to obey the laws if our primary concern is personal safety and comfort. However, it often happens that in retrospect, history places higher value on those individuals who violated questionable laws of their time because of foresight and high moral principles than those who had issued them for wrong reasons."
Stan Grof, M.D.
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Making the assumption that there is flood and blush in our future, a pharmacology of designer consciousness, perhaps to match our shoes, is a certainty. My subcutaneously inserted medipumps (sims) will be self-actuated with a simple secret code on my MacPal2010. Ensuring ideal physiological balance for the requested brain-state, within seconds painful angst becomes creative endeavor, an orgasm a subjective hour. Our reach back for an Edenic state is immediately ahead.
Medicines by Design: The Biological Revolution in Pharmacology


An interesting long term follow-up of Dr. Leary's Concord Prison Experiment was performed by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., and he recommends further study. I suggest that prison is so dehumanizing an environment that such studies are meaningless. It's hard for the scientist to be objective when in a subjective hell, nigh impossible for the prisoner to have a positive subjective experience when in an objective hell.
"A special meeting was arranged at which the author of this paper brought the two subjects willing to be interviewed to the home of Leary for an emotional reunion and tape-recorded interview. The meeting took place on January 20, 1996, just several months before Leary died."
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I always wanted a recipe for Indian bhang. Now I just need to be able to afford to make it.

In what will be a continueing quest for methods of harm reduction and happiness enhancement, here is the simplest vaporizer idea I've yet seen. Eliminate waste, dive with a buddy; wear helmets.

Now, if you have engineering aspirations you may wish to attempt the DeathStar, though I think when completed I would rename it...Mary...or Jane; or Blissotron.

Before you run right off to scan, chortle and then lament the DEA's Intelligence Reports of drug prevalence and use in America, remember that every click to them, especially from a seditious site like this, may brand you as a national threat. Just thought I'd let you know (ironic laughter fading to inexpressible melancholy).
"The mental effects most commonly associated with LSD use, particularly at high doses, are visual images or hallucinations, often involving simulated philosophical or religious connotations. It is this artificial imagery which has been advocated erroneously as providing true psychological insight and benefit." (my italics)
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The War on Ourselves has taken a huge toll, especially so on the young. Even the Association of the Bar of the City of New York says we must take A Wiser Course: Ending Drug Prohibition.

Chocolate contains the "bliss" molecule anandamide, and the active ingredient of marijuana locks into the same neuroreceptor with an analogue. Amazing times ahead, folks.
"THC isn't found naturally in the body. The existence of a specific 'bliss receptor' for THC implied that it was actually just a forgery of a hitherto unknown natural molecular key. The key was isolated by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam in 1992: arachidonyl ethanolamide, later called 'anandamide' "
In our haste to "discover" and profit from regional biology, we tend to tromp all over the human. Jordan E. Erdos explores this vital issue in Ethnobotany, Property and Biodiversity.
"Regardless of the ethnobotanist's dedication to science or medicine or higher ideals, he must recognize that it is the indigenous knowledge which allows for such research, and that the noble cause of "helping people to live better and longer lives" (Paine 1985) does not justify disrupting indigenous society and appropriating generations of knowledge without substantial reciprocation."
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Thanks to Metairie for leading me to this important story. We are in the earliest stages of an age of designer neurochemical adjustment. Not only do we not know the long term effects of using these rather blunt intruments, but the operation is so delicate and variable that one person's manna is another's toxin. Randolph M. Nesse, M.D. asks Is the Market on Prozac? Could some brave reporter ask George W. if he is using an SSRI?
"The social effects of psychotropic medications is the unreported story of our time. These effects may be small, but they may be large, with the potential for social catastrophe or positive transformation."
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The Molecular Biology of Paradise
"When naturally loved-up and blissed-out on a richer cocktail of biochemicals than today, our post-human successors will be able, not just to love everyone, but to be perpetually in love with everyone as well."
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I think a pot plant in every home would do far more to ensure freedom than a whole bevy of guns. To that end, here are a brace of guides to help you on your way to helping make our world a safer place.
"Only a handful of dedicated researchers, cultivators, and conservationists are concerned with the genetic fate of Cannabis. It is tragic that a plant with such promise should be caught up in an age when extinction at the hands of humans is commonplace. Responsibility is left with the few who will have the sensitivity to end genocide and the foresight to preserve Cannabis for future generations."
Joys of Gardening
Ed Rosenthal's Growtips
Marijuana Botany
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Psycholiberation is the implicate equivalent of one's explicate herbicultural activities. The Resonance Project is a good place to start. Let James Kent and Rebecca Houston have a conversation in your head.
"Well, as far as the visionary aspect goes there's no other substance that can compare. The stuff is literally like liquid imagination. But the real reason I like it is because it is extremely healing. I always feel very clean and healthy after an ayahuasca trip. It's like medicine."
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In Search of the Ultimate High: The Spiritual Uses of Psychoactives is a book that Nicholas Saunders was still working on when he died, and is due to be released this spring (Random House, UK).
"1. The LSD consciousness includes everyday consciousness, yet the everyday consciousness does not include the LSD consciousness.
2. It may be impossible to prove the validity of the higher state using tools evolved in the lower, normal, state such as logic and language. This limitation of the normal state does not invalidate the higher state."
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Although Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica: An Ethnographic Study found no difference between the exposed and non-exposed groups, drug cocktails are a whole new ballgame.
"The interaction of marijuana use and cocaine and alcohol, however, was responsible for significant amounts of the variance in neonate behaviors over the first month of life."
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Trying to be fair, I really did find some points of concern within the Clinical Psychopharmacology Seminar's take on Marijuana Mental Disturbances. Most notably the increased risk of lung cancer with co-joint pot and tobacco use, which shows that truly serious research needs to go into alternate delivery methods for THC. The DSM-III (cosmic consciousness as a disease) criteria for cannabis intoxication are as follows: (my "cure": food, drink, and a Marx Bros. movie)
"At least one of the following physical symptoms within 2 hours of substance use:
1.conjunctival injection (?? red eyes ??)
2.increased appetite
3.dry mouth "
A Metaphysics Borne of Psilocybin, by Simon G. Powell gives us the view from England as well as outlining his own fungilosophic quest.
"In their natural unprocessed state, psilocybin mushrooms are legal to possess and consume within the shores of the United Kingdom, the most common species being Psilocybe semilanceata which can be found in large numbers throughout the UK in the autumn months."
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This short essay would almost be suitable to print out and give to anyone, especially those employed by the DEA. Psychedelic science is a concise roundup of the state of "things as they are', as well as a challenge:
"These medicines have been around too long, they are simply too powerful to be ignored forever. I challenge the pharmaceutical companies to begin research on these substances now!"
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The latest findings on the neurochemistry of cocaine addiction are addressed by Stanton Peele, as Joel Becker asks whether the research invalidates Stanton's own theory(s).

On Being Stoned, A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication is the classic work by Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. and is a must-read for all gangaphiles and their progeny. Print out the original questionnaire and conduct your own survey!!
"So he tested many experienced Travelers and, after eliminating those few who readily told bizarre stories, he found there was Meaningfulness in what they said. Now this Scholar has made a Map of the whole land of Muggles, so perhaps new Royal Expeditions and Studies can find their way to the Important Places in Muggles and bring back Knowledge and, perhaps, Riches."
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Dennis McKenna, brother of Terrence, is an ethnobotanist with a healthy interest in entheogens.
"Perhaps he will be the time-space traffic controller when the mothership comes to take us away from this dying planet. Perhaps he will merely be the behind-the-scenes leader of the new Entheogenic Revolution. Perhaps he will find the cure for cancer. Perhaps."
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Are you prepared to discover what Popeye's favorite food contains? I wager you were not aware that monogalactosyldIacylglycerol came with supper. All this and so much more can be grokked at Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. We wouldn't look up anything like peyote now, would we?
"Neither the compilers nor the USDA recommend self diagnosis or self medication; the compilers do urge serious studies of herbal alternatives, believing that in many cases, the herbal alternative may contain several synergistic compounds that will, in fact, do what empirical trials have suggested, as recorded in the folklore."
It is mordantly interesting that research into genetic manipulation is going full bore with unforeseeable consequences. We are willing to change the entire structure of species but afraid to honestly investigate our own minds. Human Hallucinogenic Drug Research in the United States: A Present-Day Case History and Review of the Process
"One leading authority on hallucinogen structure- activity relationships remarked to me in half jest that the sole paper he saw coming out of this attempt would be one describing the impossibility of such work in the present climate of war against drug abuse."
Charles S. Grob, M.D. examines Psychiatric Research with Hallucinogens and asks "What have we learned?"
"Jaffe, in the 7th and 8th editions of Goodman and Gilman, defined psychedelics as agents that produce changes in thought and perception normally experienced only during dreaming or at times of religious exultation. All of us should take a few minutes to think about the implications of that definition."
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As the compilers of The Law and Mind Control put it: "149 Subprojects / 80 Institutions / 185 Private Researchers". This was MKULTRA, concerned with 'the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.'
"In order to meet the perceived threat to national security, substantial programs for the testing and use of chemical and biological agents--including projects involving the surreptitious administration of LSD to unwitting nonvolunteer subjects at all social levels, high and low, native American and foreign--were conceived, and implemented. These programs resulted in substantial violations of the rights of individuals within the United States."
Further to this enquiry is chapter nine of Father, Son and CIA.
"I now had a fairly complete understanding of what Ewen Cameron was trying to do, and I even had some sense of what his motivations might have been. But there remained a piece of the puzzle yet to be fixed in place. How was it that a psychiatrist in Canada was chosen by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States to receive money for research?"
David E. Nichols, Ph.D. is a researcher who maintains what one of his students called "an oasis in the midwest". A Scientist Reflects on the Discovery and future of LSD is a heartfelt thanks to Albert Hoffman, and a look at where and how further research could be carried out.
"Many influential people have made public pronouncements about the dangers and lack of value of research with LSD and related drugs. These individuals will eventually retire from public life and relinquish their power and we must hope that more enlightened and progressive persons will take their place. We also desperately need a greater number of individuals to pursue Ph.D. and M.D. degrees who believe that this research is worthwhile, and who are willing to devote some portion of their effort to bringing about change."
From the mouths of babes....In this case the Drug Enforcement Agency (and the things they're forcing those drugs to do!!) provides a most competent compendium of Future Synthetic Drugs of Abuse. Their astounding conclusion: (sheesh)
"The clandestine chemist of the future will be more sophisticated than those of the present and compounds not yet conceived of will be within their reach."
Chemical Hallucinations, Mind Control, and Dr. Jose Delgado. I think I lost control of my neurochemical sphincter in perusing this site.
"Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain." Despite Dr. Delgado's outlandish statements before Congress, his work was financed by grants from the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Aero-Medical Research Laboratory, and the Public Health Foundation of Boston."
Attention all practising or potential psychonauts, here is a definitive compilation of information concerning orally and parenterally active psychotropic tryptamine derivatives.
If you have a handy little air pump and a convenient hardware store, building a Death Star could be a fine weekend project. I mean, you'ld never use it or anything....um, what was I talking about?
"If marihuana were the cause of amotivation, one would expect that amotivation could be cured by taking away the marihuana, but this is not the case. Therefore, it makes more sense to see amotivation as a cause of heavy marihuana smoking rather than the reverse." Andrew Weil
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