Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Self-Experimenters: Psychedelic Chemist Explores the Surreality of Inner Space, One Drug at a Time

"Alexander Shulgin endured a government crackdown and hallucinations of his bones melting in pursuit of new mind-bending compounds"

Scientific American-magazine's David Biello writes about psychedelic luminaries Alexander and Ann Shulgin. Read on..

Altered States Community on Ning.com

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

MAPS is a membership-based, IRS-approved non-profit research and educational organization. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and marijuana.

MAPS' mission is to sponsor scientific research designed to develop psychedelics and marijuana into FDA-approved prescription medicines, and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these drugs.


Alan Watts on Psychedelic Experience

"Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen..."

- Alan Watts

Read also Watt's essay on the psychedelic experience, Joyous Cosmology.

BBC's Horizon: Psychedelic science

"In the late 1960s, human experiments with psychedelic drugs were brought to a halt. Government reacted to the anarchy of the hippy counter-culture. The drug-crazed Charles Manson slayings came to symbolise public fear of the street use of LSD. Funding ceased, and the few researchers who battled on were ostracised. But lost in the blanket ban were remarkable research projects in the field of psychiatry that held out new hope for the treatment of schizophrenia and alcoholism. Bill Eagles' extraordinary film tells the story of a handful of dedicated scientists who have struggled to make psychedelic research respectable again."

Watch the programme on Google Video.

The Beckley Foundation

The Beckley Foundation is a charitable trust that promotes the investigation of consciousness and its modulation from a multidisciplinary perspective.

TBF supports world-class research into the science, health, politics and history of practices used to alter consciousness, ranging from meditation to the use of psychoactive substances.

Its activities include directing scientific research programmes, hosting high level seminars, researching policy and disseminating information to academics, health professionals, policymakers and the public.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Neurocops, Coming for your System soon!

"A 50-page policy report released by the non-profit Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics warns that the war on drugs may be about to enter a new era that expands the drug war battlefield from the Columbian coca farms and the Middle Eastern poppy fields, to a new terrain directly inside the bodies and brains of drug users.

The report is the first comprehensive and critical analysis of ‘pharmacotherapy, the use of new medications designed to block the effects of illegal drugs. While acknowledging that such pharmacological aids may well benefit people who voluntarily chose to use them, the CCLE report raises concerns about potential coercive use."

Read the whole article here.

Matrixmasters' Psychedelic Salon also has a podcast called "Controlling the Culture" up about this subject too.

Thanks to Dedroidify-Blog for the text.