How Ketamine’s Neurological Functions Make It a Promising Psychedelic for Psychotherapy

When ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 by chemist Calvin Stevens, psychotherapy was far from his mind. Rather, Stevens was on a quest to create a medicine that met the standards for an ideal anesthetic—one that had a quick onset, reliable effects, minimal consequence on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, a relatively short duration, and […]

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Are You Overdosing on Cannabis? Preventing Negative Side Effects From Marijuana

You can’t overdose on cannabis. That’s what everyone told me when I was hesitant to try cannabis for insomnia related to my anxiety. Other solutions weren’t relieving my anxiety, and when I took commercially available sleep aids, I often had restless, interrupted sleep. When I finally decided to try cannabis, my friends tried to comfort […]

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The Future of Permanent Psychedelic Sanctuaries Beyond Festivals

If you are going through a challenging psychedelic experience or have recently experienced one, you may not feel comfortable in a traditional hospital or clinical setting. You may also be hesitant to seek treatment at a drug treatment center where the focus may be on physical detoxification and complete abstinence from addictive substances. Instead, you’ll […]

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The Dangers of Over-Popularizing Ayahuasca: False Expectations and Bad Reputations

I first read about ayahuasca on erowid.org in 2002. Even though this medicine was gaining popularity at the time, none of my friends—experienced psychonauts—had used it or even heard about it. Now, when ayahuasca comes up in conversation, even those who aren’t part of the psychedelic community usually recognize the name. “Oh, yeah, that’s what […]

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