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Dakini Festival – Another psytrance culture growth into Romania

Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Dakini Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț

We had the honor of attending the first edition of the Dakini festival that took place on the virgin beach in Tuzla, Constanta. Now it’s time to talk about the second edition of the festival that will come with more surprises for you. The magic land of Dakini will settle once again on the virgin beaches of Tuzla, where will write another beautiful story. Between 27 June and 1 July 2018 be prepared to ascend to another dimension.

Astrix Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Astrix @ Dakini Festival 2017 – Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

The fans of outdoor trips, personal development workshops and various meditation and yoga techniques, those who listen to psytrance, chillout and micro music, now will have 5 days of peace, music, dance, fun and relaxation.

The organizers said that this edition the camp will be included in the ticket and will be free drinking water and of course direct entrance from the camping.

Dakini is a spectacular festival with many different genres of psychedelic music.

The Dakini Festival addresses to international communities that are familiar with festivals such as Shankra, Ozora, Boom Festival, Psy-Fi or Tree of Life, but also to Romanian audiences, eager to discover unique experiences, relaxation in the middle of nature, at the seafront, away from urban noise and the routine that inhibits creativity and handles the mind.

Amazing music delivered, there will be more than 120 international artists performing on three stages and more than 80 yoga classes, workshops and lectures. We want to inform you that this is just the first announcement wave for the next edition:

Chill/Live: GAUDI AllStars Orchestra Live, Prem Joshua & Band, Ott. Live, AES Dana Live, Solar Fields, Anna Rf Live, Djane Gaby, Symbolico, Óperentzia, Vibrasphere, Fishimself, Ancient Core – LIVE, Anael Ra, Globular, Kukan dub Lagan, Entheogenics, Suduaya – LIVE

Psy Trance: Astrix, Ace Ventura, E-Mantra, Atma, Asura, Alpha Portal, DJ Emok, Sideform, DJ Tsubi, Zegotha, Dr Space, Dj Tsubi, Latam, Juno Reactor, Goasia, Dj Gahabbi.

Micro: Ada Kaleh, Tulbure, Paul Agripa, Petre Inspirescu, Mauss, Matei Tulbure, Marius Iorga, Bianca Mandoiu, Alsi.

The early bird tickets are flying fast! Be sure to catch one! Let yourself guided by the spirit of Dakini and become a sky dancer!

More information about the lineup and the event can be found at the official website: www.dakinifestival.com

Check this gallery of photos captured by us at the first edition of the festival:

Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Astrix @ Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
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Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.
Dakini Festival 2017 - Tuzla, Romania
Photo credit © Încrosnatu Dănuț.

Psy-Fi Festival 2018 “A Shamanic Experience” Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Psy-Fi 2018 A Shamanic Experience
Psy-Fi 2018 A Shamanic Experience

Welcome to Psy-Fi 2018 “A Shamanic Experience”

Trance is ancient and it has always been the shamans that guided participants into deep states of trance with their medicines, singing and drums. Often around campfires they sing their songs. We invite shamans from all over the world to the festival to set the energy on the dance floors and to heal on our sacred island. We view the Dj/producer as a modern day shaman that guides our visitors on our dance floors into trance. Our dance floors are sacred spaces where people connect as one living organism with the music being the binding factor.

Psy-Fi FestivalPsy-Fi “A Shamanic Experience” is our 6th edition and all your positive feedback, love, kind words and many hugs we got, gave us the energy and confidence to start working on “A Shamanic experience”. For that we are ever grateful.

The Psy-Fi festival is set up to be one of the bigger Psy-Trance festivals in Europe. Offering a large variety of music, arts and space for personal growth. Bigger is not always better and we do not strive to be the biggest at all. We strive to deliver the most amazing festival experience we can give you. Leeuwarden city gained the title of cultural capital of Europe in 2018. Thus they are more then happy to help us create this event and allow us to use this amazing place in nature that has it all; swim lakes, islands, beaches, forest and grass planes.

Next to that we aim to provide you with one of the best line-ups of the coming festival summer! After all we are all there for the music. However we are not only there for the music, there are so many aspects that make a Psytrance festival so great! We feel that the learning experience is extremely important and we encourage you all to integrate what you learn on the festival into your daily lives. To help you do that we’ve invited some of the worlds leading experts on many topics such as Psychology, Psychedelics, religion, Shamanism, sociology and much more to lecture for you.

DATE AND TIME: Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 08:00 – Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 23:00 CEST
LOCATION: De Groene Ster, 8926 XE Leeuwarden, Nederland

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For more info and updates on the lecture program, follow Psy-Fi on Facebook or visit the website www.psy-fi.nl. For more informations you can contact directly psy-fi team at info@psy-fi.nl. We wish all of you a great festival experience and look forward to see you in August!

Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 - Book Of Changes - Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography - Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn
Psy-Fi 2017 – Book Of Changes – Photo credit © Shoot Your shot Photography
Christophe Renodeyn

39 Psychedelic & Visionary Art Drawings and Paintings

Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi

A new generation of psychedelic artists have emerged in the past ten years who have taken visionary art to a new peak becoming one of the most culturally relevant art forms of our time. Since the dawn of art, artists have attempted to reach and to show what the eyes don’t see, but the inner voice or the soul comprehend. Visionary art is art that purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes, or is based in such experiences.

Psychedelic art is informed by the notion that altered states of consciousness produced by psychedelic drugs are a source of artistic inspiration. The psychedelic art movement is similar to the surrealist movement in that it prescribes a mechanism for obtaining inspiration.

Different psychedelic substances give rise to different experiences.  Pablo Amaringo’s work deals primarily with the ceremonial use of ayahuascaAlex Grey’s work springs forth from his experimentation with a variety of substances including LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, salvia divinorum, and DMT, the psychedelic component of ayahuasca.  All of these substances provide enhancement of colors, heightened awareness of details in the visual field, distortion, and hallucinations.

The artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye:  The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. We are happy to share with you a list of visionary artists.

“Symbiosis” by Autumn Skye Morrison
“Symbiosis” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“Pieta” by Autumn Skye Morrison
“Pieta” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“The grace of Mer” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
“The grace of Mer” by Autumn Skye Morrison.
Concept artwork for The Fifth Sacred Thing Film by Jessica Perlstein
Concept artwork for “The Fifth Sacred Thing Film” by Jessica Perlstein.
"Sacrament For The Sacred Dreamers" by Cameron Gray
“Sacrament For The Sacred Dreamers” by Cameron Gray.
The Neverending Dreamer Tapestry by Cameron Gray
The Neverending Dreamer Tapestry by Cameron Gray.
Caspi Maman Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Caspi Maman Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Barco Fantasma by Pablo Amaringo
Barco Fantasma by Pablo Amaringo
Unicornio Dorado Painting by Pablo Amaringo
Unicornio Dorado Painting by Pablo Amaringo.
A Waking Dream by Amanda Sage
A Waking Dream by Amanda Sage.
Ana Suromai by Amanda Sage
Ana Suromai by Amanda Sage.
The New World by Jake Amazon
The New World by Jake Amazon.
Oversoul by Alex Grey
Oversoul by Alex Grey.
Embryo by Alex Grey
Embryo by Alex Grey.
Gaia by Alex Grey
Gaia by Alex Grey.
Dying by Alex Grey
Dying by Alex Grey.
Moksha’ (2014) by Android Jones.
Moksha’ (2014) by Android Jones.
Refuge by Android Jones
Refuge by Android Jones.
Dryad by Mugwort Artemisia (Isaac Mills)
Dryad by Mugwort Artemisia (Isaac Mills)
Parasite' by Andy Thomas
Parasite’ by Andy Thomas.
Discoverey by Simon Haiduk
Discoverey by Simon Haiduk.
Peeling Bodies painting by Chris Dyer
Peeling Bodies painting by Chris Dyer.
Unknown by Moises Llerena
by Moises Llerena.
Moises Llerena
Art by Moises Llerena
Alfredo Zagaceta
Art by Alfredo Zagaceta
Medico Toé Sanguinea by Jheferson Saldana Valera
Medico Toé Sanguinea by Jheferson Saldana Valera.
Guardianes Art of Luis Tamani
Guardianes Art of Luis Tamani.
Chanting Down Babylon by Daniel Mirante
Chanting Down Babylon by Daniel Mirante.
Mauro Reategui Perez
Art by Mauro Reategui Perez.
Ruysen Venancino
Art by Ruysen Venancino.
Soveriegn of Nebadon by Robert Venosa
Soveriegn of Nebadon by Robert Venosa.
Ave María by Isabela Hartz
Ave María by Isabela Hartz.
Alexandre Segrégio
Art by Alexandre Segrégio.
Born out of Nature by Edward Foster / Sacred Geometry
Born out of Nature by Edward Foster / Sacred Geometry
Ayahuasca - Paulo Jales 2015
Ayahuasca – Paulo Jales 2015
Iluminacion by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Iluminacion by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
La Profecia del Aguila y El Condor by Juan Carlos Taminchi
La Profecia del Aguila y El Condor by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi
Guardian of the Future by Juan Carlos Taminchi.
Art by Joey Baker
Art by Joey Baker.

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What is Peyote? (Mescaline)

Peyote Cactus
Peyote Cactus

Mescaline is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in several cactus species, most notably, Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) and San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi) native to northern Mexico and the southwest United States. Several other members of the trichocereus family also contain mescaline.

Peyote Cactus
Peyote Cactus

Mescaline belongs to a family of compounds known as phenethylamines, making it quite distinct from the other major psychedelics which belong to the indole family. LSD, psilocybin, harmaline, and DMT are all indoles. Many synthetic “designer” psychedelics, such as ecstasy (MDMA) and 2C-B, are phenethylamines, and are related to the chemistry of mescaline. It was the first psychedelic drug to enter mainstream US culture, long before LSD and psilocybin.

In addition to containing mescaline, the cacti mentioned above contain a large variety of related psychoactive compounds, and will produce experiences that are qualitatively different than pure mescaline. The experience produced by Peyote is also quite distinct from that produced by cacti from the trichocereus family.

The literature I’ve read indicates that many members of the trichocereus family are psychoactive. I’ve only tried three or four of these and found them to be basically equal in potency. Many references indicate that one variety, Trichocereus peruvianus, is several times as potent by weight as the other trichocereus species.

History

Peyote and San Pedro are New World psychedelics. In ancient times their use was concentrated in the regions to which they are native. Peyote was used throughout Mexico to as far north as Texas, San Pedro in the Andes mountain region of South America. A 2005 study found traces of peyote in Native American ruins that date back at least 5,700 years, making this its earliest known use.

Peyote was used extensively in pre-columbian tribal rituals throughout modern-day northern Mexico and the southern plains of the United States. Various accounts and evidence suggest it first used by the Tonkawa, the Mescalero and Lipan Apache in present day northern Mexico. This plant medicine later spread to migrating tribes from the north, such as the Comanche and Kiowa.

Mescaline, the active compound in peyote, was first first isolated in 1897 by German chemist Arthur Heffter and the first synthetic synthesis of the compound came in 1919 by Austrian chemist Ernst Spath.

After the US military learned of mescaline being used in “truth serum” experiments by the Nazis, the US Navy began its own interrogation experiments with mescaline and other drugs under the secret program named “Project Chatter”, lasting from 1947 to 1953. That same year, in 1953, Aldous Huxley famously first ingested mescaline and would later write about his experience in The Doors of Perception.

Effects

The effects of mescaline are similar to LSD, profoundly altering perception of self and reality, increase suggestibility, and intensify emotions. The amount of mescaline sulfate required for a full experience is about 500 mg. (or approximately 350 mg. of mescaline hydrochloride) Pure mescaline should be taken in two half-doses about 30 minutes apart. This will minimize disturbance of the stomach, which usually passes after the first couple hours of the high. When consuming whole cacti one is actually taking a combination of alkaloids which synergistically interact with each other, producing an experience which is different, and sometimes more desirable, than pure mescaline.

Many describe mescaline described as more sensual and perceptual and less altering of thought and sense of self when compared to LSD, while some experienced users have trouble telling the difference between the two drugs.

If you follow the 6S’s of psychedelic use, and avoid taking psychedelics if you have a family history of mental health issues, they will not make you go crazy.

If you follow the 6S’s of psychedelic use, and avoid taking psychedelics if you have a family history of mental health issues, they will not make you go crazy. Peyote cacti are legal to grow in some places (including Canada), but it will take several years to establish a decent sized garden. Growing them is not particularly challenging, and requires only occasional monitoring of sun and water levels.

References:

  1. The Essential Psychedelic Guide
    https://erowid.org/library/books_online/essential_psychedelic_guide/mescaline.shtml
  2. The Essential Psychedelic Guide
    http://www.lycaeum.org//~sputnik/Mescaline/CactusGuide.html
  3. The Essential Guide to Peyote
    https://thethirdwave.co/peyote/

Altered Conference | Bryan Duggan Interview

Altered Conference - Bryan Duggan Interview

Altered Conference is an international gathering of consciousness explorers from all backgrounds to take part in talks, workshops and rituals on the subject of psychedelics, conscious practices, and social issues facilitated by leading experts and researchers coming to drop jaws and bend minds on 3-4 November 2017 at the Essentis Biohotel, Weiskopffstraße, Berlin. Will you be there?  

We’re delighted to offer Sociedelic readers 20% off tickets with the code SOCIEDELIC [tickets here]

Interview with Altered speaker and virtual reality pioneer Bryan Duggan

As Berlin gets ready for Altered Conference, Mary Knight from the Altered team gets trippy on virtual reality and psychedelics with AI developer Bryan Duggan. Duggan will be giving intrepid digital explorers the chance to play his latest virtual reality game, DEEP, at Altered, in a special, on-site installation.

Altered Conference - Bryan Duggan Interview”Virtual reality can reveal to us aspects of our true nature. This can cause us to consider the nature of reality”, says Bryan Duggan, lecturer in computer science and game development at Dublin Institute of Technology. Duggan’s unique AI creations explore the idea that many elements of the psychedelic experience can be conveyed through immersive virtual reality.

In DEEP, the user wears a VR headset and a custom-breathing sensor and explores a beautiful mysterious underwater world. The breathing sensor allows the environment to respond to the player’s breathing. Duggan has been working on DEEP for the last three years in collaboration with game designer Owen Harris, artist Niki Smit and musician Andy Mooney: a meditative VR game controlled by breathing in order to reduce symptoms of anxiety and mild depression.

“The project feels a little like deep sea diving. As you breathe in the real world, it transforms your breathing into buoyancy in the virtual reality experience. With DEEP, we wanted to build VR project that encourages people to explore deep yoga breathing to reduce anxiety and still the mind.”

At Altered, Duggan will be talking about parallels between the psychedelic experience and virtual reality. “I’m looking forward to discussing the psychedelic experience from the perspective of Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, psychedelic scientists and others.”

Before Terence McKenna died, he got to experience the first wave of virtual reality enterprises in the 90s. According to Duggan, McKenna did not want virtual reality to be seen as a substitute for the psychedelic experience – merely a safer way to have psychedelic experiences.

Ballasting this bridge between psychedelic and technological realms, an earlier immersive creation by Duggan, called Forms, is a virtual reality world entirely made from programming code. This is an idea that has a long history in computer science and in the study of biological systems. For example mathematician John Conway’s famous Game of Life is based on the idea of a cellular automaton. It is essentially a 2D board with some very simple rules, from which amazing patterns and creatures begin to evolve.

”I am really intrigued about this idea of complexity emerging from simple rules. This is exactly what I explore in Forms, where everything is created from code, algorithms and maths. There are so many examples from the natural world and from physics, where this is the case. For example, consider the algorithmic nature of DNA encoding. In that way, virtual reality can show us the mathematical nature of reality.”

Duggan derives his view on the psychedelic experiences from Timothy Leary’s 1964 book, which describes the three phases of a psychedelic experience: the transcendence phase, the visionary phase and the return to game consciousness. Could this be the emergence of a formula for crafting a psychedelic experience in virtual reality?

“Some contemporary virtual reality projects attempt to convey psychedelic consciousness. For example stilling the mind, like meditation VR projects. Secondly, there is the visionary aspect: VR can convey – to people, to some degree – what the psychedelic experience looks and sounds like.” He gives Robin Arnott´s project, Sound Self, as an example of a project that combines psychedelic consciousness with the psychedelic aesthetic. In Sound Self, Arnott tries to capture, what it looks like and feels like to have an LSD experience through virtual reality.

“In virtual reality we can become whatever we want,” says Duggan, “we can basically become our thoughts.”

7 Unknown Benefits Of CBD Oil In Your Daily Life

7 Unknown Benefits Of CBD Oil In Your Daily Life

Chances are that you have probably heard of the medicinal properties of marijuana or cannabis as it is known. Medicinal cannabis oil is high in the cannabinoid THC and though it serves many medical purposes, it also alters consciousness. Not to mention, it is also not legal in all fifty states. So, how do you get the benefits of cannabis oil without the THC?

Hemp Oil

7 Unknown Benefits Of CBD Oil In Your Daily LifeThis is when you can turn to all-natural hemp oil. Unlike the medical cannabis oils, hemp does not contain THC and the legal cannabinoid CBD is the main one found in this oil. CBD oil has also demonstrated many of the effects of cannabis oil on health and the potential to treat many medical disorders. Best of all, it is legal in all fifty states and it does not get you high.

There are more than a few benefits of CBD oil over cannabis oil and CBD proves to be better in many respects. You will find more info online than you will find anywhere else. You will also find great sources of quality CBD oil to buy. The uses that many people do not know about are more than what follows.

Conditions

  1. Addiction Recovery: CBD has been used in trials to help people quit smoking. One study showed a 40% reduction in the amount of cigarettes smoked in a day. The effects of CBD on other addictions are unclear at this point, but it is probable that CBD would be beneficial for addictions overall.
  2. Acne Relief: According to recent research published by the National Institute of Health show that CBD can control acne. It works with topical application and helps the pores of the skin to have the proper balance of oils for clear skin.
  3. Diabetes: Mysteriously but surely, CBD has an action for helping with diabetes. It blocks the production of a certain cytokine that perpetuates diabetes. This helps to prevent autoimmune disease development and lessen spikes in blood sugar. Additionally, CBD reduces inflammation caused by diabetes related health problems.
  4. Pain Relief: This benefit is actually well known, but would it surprise you if you learned that CBD oil can be as effective as codeine for pain? It works better than narcotics and does not cause an addictive high.
  5. Fibromyalgia: This condition is real and very painful. The pain from fibromyalgia can become so severe that it is disabling. Studies have shown that patients respond well to CBD for pain and other symptoms.
  6. PTSD: There are very few effective treatments for post traumatic stress disorder. This is with standard prescriptions, not natural products. People who have PTSD report that CBD helps their symptoms and improved sleep.
  7. Schizophrenia: Numerous studies have been performed for the effect of CBD on schizophrenia. It has been proven effective in many cases and is now being studied as a medical treatment.

It is easy to see the broad benefits of CBD oil. It appears to work for almost anything. Learn as much as you can to learn more.

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Why I Wrote The Honest Drug Book

The Honest Drug Book
The Honest Drug Book

The Honest Drug Book presents the hidden truth about a topic which touches the lives of almost everyone. It cuts through the blustering rhetoric of the war on drugs, and documents the facts about the subject in general, and about the individual drugs specifically.

This is a journey through 140 psychoactives, both chemical and botanical, each of which was personally tested and used by the author. For every drug, it lists the fundamental and sometimes life-critical information, including the anticipated onset, the common threshold doses, and the expected period of efficacy.


They were dying.  They really were dying.

Frequently, the names would be familiar. I had even conversed with some of them on the forums; until they stopped posting. They had disappeared. A little later a post would emerge breaking the news of their demise.

The Honest Drug Book
The Honest Drug Book

The details were usually vague, but sometimes I could read between the lines. I could place them into categories: an overdose, a disastrous combination, a mistake with preparation, an addictive loss of functionality, and so forth.

How could this happen?

I knew how it could happen, because even then I had the bones of one of my future rants in the back of my mind:

People are dying because of ignorance.  They are dying because unremitting propaganda is denying them essential safety information. They are dying because legislators and the media are censoring the science, and are ruthlessly pushing an ideological agenda instead.  They are dying because the first casualty of war is truth, and the war on drugs is no different.”

It was always heartbreaking. Gut-wrenching is a better term because despite the territory it always came as a shock.

I also felt impotent. If society was failing them, why couldn’t I explain how to mitigate some of the risks, and describe how to take more rational precautions?   Why couldn’t I articulate my own modus operandi, which I had developed for use during occasional excursions into the relatively benign waters of psychedelia.

Prohibition kills, education saves lives, so why couldn’t I educate?

Eventually, on return from a much anticipated encounter with ayahuasca in Peru, it suddenly came. It came in a flash: I could.

I saw a book: a book which spoke in the right terms, and on equal terms. I saw a book which presented those harm reduction protocols, and explained how to use them. I saw a book which offered drug-specific safety information, each of which was contextualised with a detailed and engaging experience report.

I saw a book that users could simply open, and view the critical data at the turn of a page. I saw a book that wasn’t daunting: one which would place this vital material at the fingertips of those who needed it most.

Could I really do this? I knew that I could, but I also knew that it would take a huge chunk out of my life and that once I started I wouldn’t be able to stop until it was complete.

I started.

Fast forward past personal experiences with 140 different drugs, expeditions to territories across the world, and adventures I could barely have conceived.

Fast forward to last week, when after years of investigation, research, and inner exploration, the book was finally published.

The picture I had seen earlier was now real. The publisher’s blurb was before my eyes:

The Honest Drug Book presents the hidden truth about a topic which touches the lives of almost everyone. It cuts through the blustering rhetoric of the war on drugs, and documents the facts about the subject in general, and about the individual drugs specifically.

This is a journey through 140 psychoactives, both chemical and botanical, each of which was personally tested and used by the author. For every drug, it lists the fundamental and sometimes life-critical information, including the anticipated onset, the common threshold doses, and the expected period of efficacy.

It also describes the subjective experience: what the drug was actually like at each stage of the duration.  These ‘trip reports’ are vital, as they help to identify pitfalls and specific risks for each substance. Often, this is achieved in a humorous and anecdotal manner, which is occasionally accentuated by the fact that the author had to travel the world to undertake the experiments lawfully.

In addition to these often rich and lengthy reports, the book is crammed with data and general information, inclusive of legal briefings, relative harm tables, addiction and overdose advice, detailed reference material, and even a drug dictionary.

Of critical importance is the first section, as it introduces the basics of harm reduction, in the form of a 10 step procedure to help mitigate risk. The same section explains core safety issues, such as how to test and identify a drug, and how to properly establish a dose.

The book itself is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, including of the drugs themselves. The images in the botanical section also encompass some of the indigenous settings encountered on the journey.

The full gamut of psychoactive chemicals and botanicals is covered. The well known include: LSD, heroin, cannabis, mephedrone, kratom, cocaine, 2C-B, DMT, yopo, methamphetamine, salvia divinorum, ketamine, ayahuasca and MDMA. The lesser known include: betel nut, 4-ho-met, changa, TPA, 4F-MPH, ephenidine, ololiuqui, cebil seeds, mapacho, MNA, celastrus paniculatus, yohimbe, and MEAI.

The scope also extends beyond the most common categories of hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, cannabinoids and opioids. Included, for example, are nootropics (smart drugs) and oneirogenics (lucid and vivid dream herbs).

Another dimension, which is covered largely in the final section, is that of politics and the war on drugs. This is confronted head-on, with a statement of intent which is crystal clear.

Emphasised and underpinned throughout is personal safety and risk mitigation. This is the first and last message, and guides the entire narrative.

This is a book that won’t only fascinate and inform: it will save lives.

Was I happy with that?

Not entirely, but it provided the right sort of flavour. It was “close enough” as Mckenna famously stated.

When it appeared on Amazon, the button was pressed and its website was launched, inclusive of table of contents, and a number of sample pages: www.HonestDrugBook.com

I was much happier with that.

I posted this news on Reddit and on a handful of major forums. The reaction was positive. Feedback from those who purchased and made contact was a joy to read.

But I knew that this didn’t mean anything and that it wouldn’t mean anything unless it plugged some of those holes I referred to earlier. It had to find its way into the hands of those whose lives were imperilled by a lack of public awareness and personal understanding.

I always believed that if it helped a single person it would have been worth the effort, so perhaps I am being harsh on myself. However, despite initial sales being greater than I had dared hope, I feel frustrated because I know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. Virtually no-one is aware that it even exists.

I expect nothing at all from the mainstream media, or indeed, from any public figure. It’s a bit too close to reality, and the messages it project are a little too close to the truth. I don’t see any grand conspiracy here, it is simply that all these parties have been culturally conditioned, even if they don’t realise it. It is outside their bubble, as are those it seeks to help.

Its best chance to reach truly significant numbers is via some sort of viral play, or word of mouth. I know this will take time, but I am not a patient man, particularly when I believe that lives are at stake.

They are still dying.

In the 50’s, CIA was using LSD for spicing the local food.

CIA LSD Experiment

The 50-year mystery known as the ‘cursed bread’ in Pont-Saint-Esprit France, which left residents of a sleepy French village suffering chronic hallucinations, was discovered to be a CIA experiment in which their bread was spiked with LSD.

An American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD
An American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD

The revelations were discovered by an American investigative journalist when he uncovered evidence that the CIA prepared local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. The quite picturesque village in southern France descended into mass insanity literally overnight, as people were sectioned to asylums and resulting in at least 5 residents dying. The CIA had prepared local food with LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the cold war.

The Telegraph reports: The mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread) still haunts the inhabitants of Pont-Saint-Esprit, in the Gard, southeast France.

On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations of terrifying beasts and fire.

One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother.

Another man shouted: “I am a plane”, before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Many were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets.

Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

Eventually, it was determined that the best-known local baker had unwittingly contaminated his flour with ergot, a hallucinogenic mould that infects rye grain. Another theory was the bread had been poisoned with organic mercury.

However, H P Albarelli Jr., an investigative journalist, claims the outbreak resulted from a covert experiment directed by the CIA and the US Army’s top-secret Special Operations Division (SOD) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The scientists who produced both alternative explanations, he writes, worked for the Swiss-based Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company, which was then secretly supplying both the Army and CIA with LSD.

Mr Albarelli came across CIA documents while investigating the suspicious suicide of Frank Olson, a biochemist working for the SOD who fell from a 13th floor window two years after the Cursed Bread incident.

One note transcribes a conversation between a CIA agent and a Sandoz official who mentions the “secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit” and explains that it was not “at all” caused by mould but by diethylamide, the D in LSD.

While compiling his book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, Mr. Albarelli spoke to former colleagues of Mr Olson, two of whom told him that the Pont-Saint-Esprit incident was part of a mind control experiment run by the CIA and US army.

After the Korean War, the Americans launched a vast research program into the mental manipulation of prisoners and enemy troops.

Scientists at Fort Detrick told him that agents had sprayed LSD into the air and also contaminated “local foot products”.

Mr. Albarelli said the real “smoking gun” was a White House document sent to members of the Rockefeller Commission formed in 1975 to investigate CIA abuses.

It contained the names of a number of French nationals who had been secretly employed by the CIA and made direct reference to the “Pont St. Esprit incident.” In its quest to research LSD as an offensive weapon, Mr. Albarelli claims, the US army also drugged over 5,700 unwitting American servicemen between 1953 and 1965.

None of his sources would indicate whether the French secret services were aware of the alleged operation. According to US news reports, French intelligence chiefs have demanded the CIA explain itself following the book’s revelations. French intelligence officially denies this.

Locals in Pont-Saint-Esprit still want to know why they were hit by such apocalyptic scenes. “At the time people brought up the theory of an experiment aimed at controlling a popular revolt,” said Charles Granjoh, 71.

“I almost kicked the bucket,” he told the weekly French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. “I’d like to know why.”

Here is another article from the BBC reports.

10 Weed Strains To Try Right Now

10 Weed Strains To Try Right Now
Need something to wind down with at night - an Indica strain is perfect for deep relaxation!
10 Weed Strains To Try Right Now
Need something to wind down with at night – an Indica strain is perfect for deep relaxation!

The number of weed strains available out there is endless. Some are perfect for deep relaxation while others give users with depression and anxiety a much needed boost. Even more, there are some strains that are best for growing inside the home.

However, one thing is for certain – no matter the cannabis strain, all weed is good (I’m sure that is something that everyone can agree with). Something else to consider is how you put those precious strains to go use. Do you smoke it or, rather, vape it? Our money is on vaping. It enhances the flavor of your weed and consists of a much cleaner high. To help with picking out the best dry herb vaporizers that you can find today – TheVape Guide is the superior resource.

Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of the 10 best weed strains out there that you should definitely try!

1. Bruce Banner #3

As you might have guessed it, this strain of cannabis is named after the alter ego of the Incredible Hulk. It has maintained a spot of the list of strongest marijuana strains and rightfully so, considering that it can reach up to 30% THC – making it a rather potent hybrid. This strain is predominantly sativa which can create a relaxed feeling as well as a rather euphoric high.

2. Jock Horror

Next on our list is Jock Horror – known for its delightfully berry flavor with a skunky aroma. This Indica-Sativa hybrid grows quite tall and flowers early – making it perfect for home use since it is ready sooner than other cannabis strains. This strain is commonly used by medicinal marijuana users who suffer from such ailments like stress, asthma, and depression.

3. Blissful Wizard

Bust out the snacks because this one is sure to have you raiding your kitchen when using this strain. Not only is it known for producing a long-lasting euphoric high but it also stimulates your appetite so definitely stock up before using. This one is a cross between two other weed strains – Girl Scout Cookies and Captain’s Cookies – containing around 25 to 34% THC.

4. Neville’s Haze

If you are new to using weed, this one is definitely not for you. This strain is sativa dominant – containing around 75% – making it hit you hard and fast so definitely one for those veteran users. The scent can be compared to nuts and pine cones while the taste simulates lemons. It is great for those who need that extra energy and creativity boost.

5. Girl Scout Cookies

This next one is here sheerly out of popularity. This hybrid has taken much of the United States by storm and rightfully so – it is a cross between Durban Poison and OG Kush. Due to this mix, you can expect a THC concentration of around 28% – making it a great choice for seasoned users. This strain is very uplifting and makes for a strong brain stimulant as well as a body relaxant.

6. Khalifa Kush

This strain isn’t for the faint of heart as it packs a punch and is known to cause paranoia and anxiety so err on the side of caution. It is 80% Indica and 20% Sativa – making for a 26% THC potent mix. It has a minty flavor and is perfect for those who suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis or multiple sclerosis – leaving the body tingly and relaxed, helping to forget the pain.

7. Chiquita Banana

Next on our list is one that truly pushes the limits of how potent a weed strain can get which Chiquita Banana doesn’t fail to disappoint. This strain has won many awards already and reaches THC concentrations of up to 33%  – so definitely not great for a newbie. This one is a cross between Banana and OG Kush and has a very tropical and sweet taste.

8. OG Kush

We simply can’t forget to add this one to our list considering that it’s been around since the 1990s and has served as the base for many other popular weed strains. Just like with others featured here – it is a potent strain with between 19 to 24% THC, making it a no go for newbies. It is well known for its pine flavor and rather citrus smell.

9. Gorilla Glue #4

As with our previous entry, we can’t forget this one due to its popularity. This strain is also potent – falling within the 24 to 28% THC concentration, however, it has been known to reach levels up to 30%. This one is a pain killer and produces a heavy high but one that is still quite comfortable.

10. Jack Herer

This strain, finally, is one that new users can get their hands on and enjoy. It is less potent than many other cannabis strains with a 15 to 23% THC concentration and a 55 Sativa/45 Indica balance. This one is also great for medicinal marijuana users and is popular for pain killing as the high hits the user early on. It is well known for its musky and skunky flavor.

Final Thoughts

Sativa cannabis
Looking to forget all those aches and pains – try a Sativa dominant strain.

Much of the entries on this list consisted of rather potent concoctions and tantalizing hybrids, however, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to weed strains. New ones are bred often and different strains are crossed together – making combinations endless. While only one entry made it here for newbies, we suggest doing your own research and finding one that is right for you to start out with. If you are a seasoned user, well then have at it.

Like we mentioned before, there are many ways to get your weed fix – you can cook with it, eat it, smoke it, or vape it. If you haven’t jumped on the vaping train yet and want to learn more about it – check out TheVape.Guide for the low-down on vaping dry herb.

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