Adida’s live painting! Photo by Adam Kovac
Montreal’s 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day festivities on Sept. 19 & 20 were covered by Adam Kovac for Vice Magazine! I’m fortunate to have gotten to work alongside friends in Montreal as well as from Psymposia to organize these events, and I’m looking forward to seeing those familiar faces at the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in less than two weeks!
The Montreal events turned out great, brought together a bright community, and generated much momentum to build on in the coming months. Check out the Vice article here; there’s a great quote from when an audience member asked Rick Doblin how to talk to his parents about drugs:
“Show them how they’ve contributed to your growth and the lessons you’ve learned from them,” Doblin advised. He described a Students for Sensible Drug Policy T-shirt that had a picture of a nuclear family with the slogan: “Kids, have you spoken to your parents about drugs?”
Tom Shroder recently took psilocybin mushrooms for the first time in 35 years and wrote an excellent trip report on his experience. He’s the author of Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal (book review), and a speaker at the Horizons conference in New York in October 2014; he also recently wrote a great long-form article on psychedelic science and history.
Here’s a quote from the write-up of his first ‘shroom trip in 35 years:
“I can’t think of any other way to put this but to say the sky opened, and grace poured down all around me. Light itself had transformed into a palpable substance, spilling down as if from a fountain. But it was more than light. It was blessings of every kind, goodness incarnate, flowing inexhaustible and immutable from above. I didn’t say to myself, “What is this?” I didn’t guess. I knew, I saw, I was in the presence of God. This wasn’t a God with whom I could have a conversation, at least not two-way. I think I said, or shouted, “Ok, I am DEFINITELY not an atheist,” but God was mute, or rather, I understood, or perceived, that the only response God would ever make was the boundless bounty of beauty cascading over me.”
Read the full trip report here!
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illustration: Sam Jones
This week, I wrote about MDMA research, and the story of Nicholas Blackston, whom I had the pleasure of seeing speak at the Horizons 2014 conference in New York. He is a two-time Iraq war veteran who returned from his deployments with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After failing to find relief through available treatment, he was admitted into a study using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat victims of PTSD. This therapy was successful in giving him the healing he needed. Read the article!
While you’re at it, you should also check out the fantastic Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Their page on MDMA research can be found here.