Category: Drugs

In the early 2000s I Busabout-ed across Europe and spent brief but quality time in Amsterdam. This was in the days when magic mushrooms were sold in Dutch…

Profit: The medicalization of psychedelics

Will psychedelics be reduced to an elite product that enhances status and feeds egos, as yoga and meditation have been found to do in some Western contexts? Geoff Bathje If you read…

Illustrate: How drugs feel

Bay-area Artist Pixel-Pusha went on a variety-drug binge, trying 19 different intoxicants in 19 days. He drew an illustration while under each influence, attempting to capture the essence…

For the People: Mail order psilocybin microdoses

Medicinal marijuana was a stepping stone towards legalization. Next step — at least according to drug activist Dana Larsen — medicinal microdoses of psilocybin. In 2008, Larsen opened…

Guided: Michael Pollan shrooming

UCal Professor and food journalist Michael Pollan writes in the New York Times about his first mushroom trip experience, with an underground professional guide: I WOULD HAVE preferred to…

Endings: Stop your trip

Check out the PsychedSubstance YouTube channel. It offers opinionated and educational advice on a variety of psychedelic-related topics. Below is one on “trip killers”, exploring methods to end…

Word: MDMA street slang

Street slang for drugs is valuable for confusing authority figures. It also offers cultures an amusing space for creativity about the appearance, effects, associated letters, pill imprints and…

Legalize: All drugs?

A couple thoughts: (1) video games from Pac Man and Mario on have had druglike bonus items, and you can’t really win the game without them; (2) privileged…

Historical: First psychedelic

Enjoy this Vice interview with author Mike Jay, whose book Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic was recently released: Mescaline is an alkaloid that occurs in…

Acidic: A bio about a garage chemist who helped turn millions on to LSD

I’m obsessed with biographies about the influencers and shakers of the 60s counterculture, the people who actively challenged American culture’s stifling status quo and aimed towards a reality…