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The University of Bristol Psychopharmacology Unit has made a web-based questionnaire designed to investigate aspects of recreational drug use. The questionnaire takes approximately 25 minutes to fill out. The questionnaire is entirely anonymous although some of the questions are of a personal nature. Your responses will be securely stored and you do not need to give any personally identifiable information.

If you are interested in taking the survey, please click here.

Thank you very much for your kind assistance with this project

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Video (Pt.1)

It’s surprising to see such media exposure with this studies. Perhaps it really is the psychedelic renaissance. I would be really interested in hearing Keith Ablow’s scepticism, but it seems he was never given the chance to speak. Did his comments on psychedelics even air?

Video (Pt.2)

In regards to the debate, my personal opinion is that ECT can be an effective therapy for severe cases. I’m not so sure it was professional for Ablow to say “if you’re going to hurt your family, go get it”, because other forms of help (such as medication) may be a less drastic and equally effective. Of course, I’m no psychiatrist.

Sunday, April19, 10pm ET/PT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 2 /PRNewswire/ — From Amazon jungles to the American Plains, British mental wards, Swiss labs, New York mansions and Grateful Dead shows, the history of hallucinogenic drugs is as fantastic as the visions the drugs produce. Wade Davis, is a modern-day anthropologist, author (“The Serpent and the Rainbow”) and protege of one of psychedelia’s most intrepid forefathers — Richard Evans Schultes. Davis traces Schultes’ life’s work as one of the greatest botanist-explorers of
the 20th century and reveals an illustrated history of the world’s most mind-altering plants and substances in: PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY.

Winner of the prestigious 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award, the documentary follows the career of Schultes, who journeyed into far-flung areas in search of ritualistic healing medicines known to produce powerful visions: Peyote, mushrooms, Ayahuasca. Davis, a former student of Schultes at Harvard and author of Schultes’ biography (“One River”), travels to the exotic locations Schultes once voyaged to, seeking the same experiences. Along the way, set to the music of the Grateful Dead and featuring input from experts such as Dead co-founder Bob Weir, plus Dr. Andrew Weil, and LSD inventor Dr. Albert Hofmann, the documentary reveals how hallucinogens got from jungle shamans to the hippie generation. Questions arise about the attitude toward psychedelics: their great potential benefits versus perceived harmful side effects. Why is it that so many ancient cultures consider hallucinogenic plants — a medicine given from God, while in today’s culture they are outlawed, and even reviled. PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY is a long, strange trip that began decades ago, but is probably nowhere near its end. Even now, new uses for hallucinogens are being sought and tested by leading universities and medical institutions.

PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY is produced and directed by Peter von Puttkamer of Gryphon Productions Inc. along with producer Sheera von Puttkamer and co-producer Wade Davis. Executive Producer for The History Channel is Michael Stiller.

An exhibit of Richard Evans Schultes’ photographs will run at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historyin Washington, DC, April 16 – November, 2008.

psilocybin.jpgAnxious and/or depressed cancer patients will receive psilocybin treatment similar to that in Dr. Grob’s study, except that it includes early-stage cancer patients and a different research design.  This study specifically focuses on spiritual experience facilitated by psilocybin as a healing factor in patients suffering from anxiety and/or depression secondary to their cancer diagnosis. It also includes studies of immune system responses to such spiritual experiences, so is also a study about spirituality and physical health. Subject recruiting just begun, and potential subjects can be referred to the study coordinator: See Below.

http://www.bpru.org/cancer/

We recently discussed Alan Moore on Animam Recro. The Mindscape of Alan Moore is a documentary about the creator of such masterpieces as Watchmen and V For Vendetta. The film is a available for your viewing pleasure here.

Via BoingBoing
Alan Moore, the individual in V for Vendetta
Alan Moore on Spirituality

bestnaturalhealing.jpgMind-altering psychedelics are back—but this time they are being explored in labs for their therapeutic applications rather than being used illegally. Studies are looking at these hallucinogens to treat a number of otherwise intractable psychiatric disorders, including chronic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug or alcohol dependency.

The past 15 years have seen a quiet resurgence of psychedelic drug research as scientists have come to recognize the long-underappreciated potential of these drugs. In the past few years, a growing number of studies using human volunteers have begun to explore the possible therapeutic benefits of drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT, MDMA, ibogaine and ketamine.

Much remains unclear about the precise neural mechanisms governing how these drugs produce their mind-bending results, but they often produce somewhat similar psychoactive effects that make them potential therapeutic tools. Though still in their preliminary stages, studies in humans suggest that the day when people can schedule a psychedelic session with their therapist to overcome a serious psychiatric problem may not be that far off.

Scientific American via Dose Nation

wpf_large.jpgHere’s an article about the Rising Researches panel to be presented at the Basel World Psychedelic Forum in March 2008. The focus is on the resurgence of psychedelic research occurring around the world and the new crop of academic researchers their work. Included is an interview with Tom Roberts who has taught the ‘Foundations of Psychedelic Studies’ course at Northern Illinois University for 25 years.

Can you describe the Rising Researchers as a group? What is the range of topics and disciplines that they cover?

Whooo-eee! They are all over the map. There are 26 accepted proposals, though some have more than one author. In this list I am considering only the first authors – 21 males. There’s a cluster of five Ayahuasca studies; two or more on biological-medical, salvia, drug policy, biology-pharmacology, end-of-life psychotherapy, addiction and misuse, and clinical uses; along with a scattering of other topics from language to law. The research spans many countries, including Canada; the United States; Mexico; Brazil; England; Czech Republic; Finland; and Spain.

Via Teleomorph

From Salem-News.com

“A major move by one of the nation’s top medical groups, they are backing medical marijuana and they want the federal government to leave doctors alone.

(WASHINGTON, D.C. ) – In a unanimous vote, the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association has approved a strongly worded statement supporting legal protection for patients using medical marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation.

“This is a very large and important medical organization, it isn’t some fringe group,” said Bruce Mirken from the Marijuana Policy Project.

He told Salem-News.com, “This move debunks a lot of the nonsense from some of the anti-medical marijuana groups. They have been aggressively using false information tactics. These groups allege that there are various links between mental illness and marijuana, ignoring the fact that it is well documented that medical marijuana can be therapeutic”.

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Here is some art by patients undergoing LSD psychotherapy with Stanislav Grof. These images are featured in his book ‘LSD Psychotherapy‘.Via Mindhacks

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Stanislav Grof: People who are experientially connected with the transpersonal dimensions have a tendency to appreciate existence and feel reverence for all creation. One of the most remarkable consequences of various forms of transpersonal experience is the spontaneous emergence and development of genuine humanitarian and ecological interests, and the need to take part in activities aimed at peaceful coexistence and well-being of humanity. This is based on an almost cellular understanding that any boundaries in the Cosmos are relative and arbitrary, and that each of us is, in the last analysis, identical and commeasurable with the entire fabric of existence. As a result of these experiences, individuals tend to develop feelings that they are planetary citizens and members of the human family before belonging to a particular country or a specific racial, social, ideological, political, or religious group. It seems obvious that transformation of this kind could significantly increase our chances of survival if it could occur on a sufficiently large scale.

It seems that we are involved in a dramatic race for time which has no parallel in human history. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of humanity and the fate of life on our planet. If we continue using the old strategies that have caused the current global crisis, and which are in their consequences destructive and self-destructive, it might lead to annihilation of modern civilization and possibly even the human species. However, if a sufficient number of people undergoes a process of inner psychospiritual transformation and attain a higher level of awareness, we might in the future reach a situation where we will deserve the name which we have so proudly given to our species: Homo sapiens sapiens.

Read on at Reality Sandwich

This excellent magazine features articles by: Erik Davis, Douglas Rushkoff, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Daniel Pinchbeck, The Yes Men, and many more

Top Genius “The top 100 living geniuses was compiled by a panel of six experts in creativity and innovation from Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm. The company emailed 4,000 Britons this summer and asked them to nominate up to 10 living people who they considered geniuses.”

Albert Hofmann, the chemist who first synthesized LSD ranked highest in the criteria which included paradigm shifting, popular acclaim, intellectual power, achievement and cultural importance. He is now 101 years of age.

Link: Top 100 living geniuses

South Park

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park have outdone themselves again. They continue to succeed in mixing vulgarities, grusome dismemberments, and dick jokes with enlightening and potentially perspective changing entertainment. The currently running Trilogy combines Cartman’s epic quest to get Kyle to suck his balls and the US government’s defense of Imaginationland.

Aside from seeing some of wonderful characters from all forms of media, games (Mario), anime, comics (Joker), movies (Luke Skywalker) and Imaginationland being literally chock full of Amanita Muscaria mushrooms, what made me really love this trilogy is the following line, which is repeated several times throughout:

“Do you realize what’s going on here? Terrorists have attacked our imagination and now our imaginations are running wild.”

It reminds me of one The Sheik’s ealier posts: Fear, Panic, and Terror. Same shit, different day.

Watch:
Imagination land: Episode I
Imagination land: Episode II
Imagination land: Episode III

Hopefully AnimamRecro won’t be shut down and I carted off to jail for posting these.

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