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What An Acid Trip Reveals About How The Brain Creates Meaning

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2017 | Healthy Living

When tripping on acid, people often say that everyday objects become drenched with deep meaning and significance. In The Doors of Perception, Aldous ...

Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Thought Matters | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Thought Matters

Bear behind amps. Photo Credit: Amalie R. Rothschild By Robert Greenfield Prologue The Muir Beach Acid Test Amid all the swirling madness being crea...

Man Tripping On LSD Saves Dog From Imagined House Blaze

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 10.17.2016 | Weird News

A man in upstate New York bravely broke into his neighbor’s blazing home to save their trapped dog on Thursday afternoon. Michael Orchard fled the b...

LSD Makes Your Brain More Like A Thesaurus

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 09.01.2016 | Science

For a severe case of writer’s block, a dose of LSD might seem appealing. The psychedelic is known for dramatically altering people’s state of cons...

The DEA's Decision Not to Reclassify Marijuana Means Almost Nothing

Rob Kampia | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Rob Kampia

But rescheduling marijuana would not have allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana nationwide. Coca leaves, from which cocaine is derived, are listed in Schedule II, but physicians cannot prescribe coca leaves -- and pharmacies cannot sell these leaves -- because no one has moved coca leaves through the FDA approval process to make them available by prescription.

A History of Psychedelics

Seth Ferranti | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Ferranti

Originating in the 1960s, as a thriving part of the counterculture havens of San Francisco and New York, psychedelics have long remained immersed in the recesses of the shadow economy. Thriving in an outlaw community of hippies, free thinkers, innovators, college students, music aficionados, and drug dealers.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 52: Why Your Baby Is Acting Like a Dude at a Phish Concert.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Of course, the most difficult thing about being sick and injured, is you want to be babied. But your baby also wants to be babied. And last night, Michelle began feeling not so well. So for one Larry David-ish moment, all three of us were laying in bed moaning.

What An Acid Trip Does To Your Brain

STAT | Posted 04.13.2016 | Science

By Leah Samuel When LSD was made illegal in the late 1960s, most laboratory research on the drug was likewise suspended. As a result, the best knowl...

Behold, The First-Ever Brain Scans Of LSD's Mind-Altering Effects

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.13.2016 | Science

LSD, once a demonized hippie drug, has been evolving toward a clinically validated psychotherapy tool and Silicon Valley productivity hack for years n...

That Time The CIA Subjected Americans To 'Surprise Acid Trips'

OZY | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

Ten scientists, some from the CIA, gathered in a cabin in Maryland for their semiannual review and conference in November 1953....

Conversation With Dr. Ronald K. Siegel, Ph.D

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home
Michael Nirenberg

Marie-Madeleine was a German Jew, lesbian poet and novelist whose eroticism and love for morphine was revealed in many of her shocking, sensational, and bestselling books of the early twentieth century.

These Lousy Drugs Are Going to End The Drug War

The Influence | Posted 03.08.2017 | Politics
The Influence

It's a rare day when the prohibitionist establishment and die-hard drug policy reformers are in agreement -- but that happens to be the case more often than not when it comes to what the U.S. insists on calling "synthetic drugs."

The Paradoxical Effects Of LSD, Explained By Scientists

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science

Psychedelic drugs like LSD have the power to radically alter consciousness, giving rise to a number of psychological effects that are positive, negati...

Authorities Say LSD Killed A Man Cops Left Facedown And Hogtied

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 12.03.2015 | Crime

A newly released autopsy of Troy Goode, who died in July after being arrested at a Widespread Panic concert, found that he died from "complications of...

The Neuroscience of Witches

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 10.29.2016 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Sex, bias, and mind-bending properties of natural products are at the core of witchcraft. The Tarot cards and highly intuitive witches who read them in New Orleans were fun, but all of this natural and supernatural human behavior--witch's brews, witchcraft, and witch hunts--is neuroscience.

Psychedelics Could Be The Next Big Thing In Mental Health Care

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.16.2015 | Science

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution? It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into th...

Is The Drug War Preventing Great Discoveries?

Laura Krasovitzky | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Laura Krasovitzky

As we remember the legacy of this great thinker, let's also make sure to educate ourselves on the oppressive and profit-driven history of drug laws in this country and the obstacles that remain. It is a choice to either consent through silence or take action to end the drug war once and for all.

Buddhism Meets Freud and LSD

Jonah Raskin | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home
Jonah Raskin

White, middle class Americans -- whether they're raised Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or in some other religion --almost always seem a bit absurd when they turn to Buddhism, as the African American author James Baldwin recognized years ago when he called the Beat Generation writers, "Suzuki rhythm boys."

'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

Tony Newman | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we lock up people who use meth for years, and dole out the similar drug Ritalin to our children?

Conversation With Deradoorian

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.19.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

In keeping with my recent discussions with interesting people, I had the pleasure of chatting up Angel Deradoorian in McCarren Park, here in the epicenter of hip Brooklyn last week.

Lewis Carroll Was Not on Drugs, and Other Surprising Facts About Alice in Wonderland

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
Van Winkle's

Carroll's diaries make no mention of drugs. We know that he occasionally enjoyed a glass of sherry and may have taken opiate-infused drug Laudanum (which was readily available to everyone in the 1860s). Other than that, there's nothing connecting Alice and drugs.

Hippie Noir, Laguna Beach 1969: Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Arts World

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

There are times when an art movement quietly documents the heart and soul of the much louder story of history that surrounds it.

The Grateful Dead: Never Has a Band Had Such Contempt for Their Fans

Mike Edison | Posted 06.01.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Edison

The massive phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead has never been objectively reported on, an historical anomaly that boils down to what might as well be a Buddhist koan: Pretty much anyone who was there must be immediately eliminated as a reliable witness.

ICYMI Health: How Kendrick Lamar Could Change The Face Of Depression And Why Dressing Better Might Improve Your Work Life

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what editors at The Huffington Post are reading this week. This week, we focused on reading stories about the high cost of m...

San Francisco's Bicycle Day 2015 With Alex and Allyson Grey

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

These are the words of Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann after accidentally going on the world's first acid trip. In 1938, Hofmann began investigating the chemical and pharmacological properties of ergot, a rye fungus.