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Towards an Integration of Psychotherapy and Pharmacology: Using psychedelic drug-assisted psychotherapy by Dr Ben Sessa

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Towards an Integration of Psychotherapy and Pharmacology: Using psychedelic drug-assisted psychotherapy by Dr Ben Sessa

Abstract The fields of psychology and psychopharmacology have developed along surprisingly divergent historical trajectories, given their shared clinical endpoint. The subsequent schism between drug and psychotherapeutic treatments is artificial, and exaggerated by continued ignorance on both sides of the debate. In fact, such distinctions are relatively contemporary. There exists a rich history of shared psychotherapeutic-drug assisted clinical practices in pre-history and non-Western cultures using the psychedelic (hallucinogenic) drugs. These practices were re-invented in the 1950s and 1960s in Western medicine and are now enjoying a renaissance in contemporary research. It is postulated in this article that further development of psychedelic...

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Microdose Research: Without approvals, control groups, double-blinds, staff or funding by Dr James Fadiman

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Microdose Research: Without approvals, control groups, double-blinds, staff or funding by Dr James Fadiman

There is an abundance of good news. After forty plus years of research being denied, what Charles Grob kindly called, “a lull,” psychedelic science is back. Excellent research results appear in the top peer-reviewed journals. The popular science press, as well as the general media, favorably covers the findings. In fact, it is difficult to find a thoughtful negative article about psychedelics anywhere. Governments hover on the edge of funding and hundreds of graduate students in religious studies, social work, psychology, biochemistry, neuroscience and psychiatry intend to go into psychedelic research.       Major research groups in the US and the UK...

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A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values: An interview with Peter Sjöstedt-H

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A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values: An interview with Peter Sjöstedt-H

Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind. Noumenautics, his recently published first book, traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism – the last of which may itself cause flashbacks. Peter's been kind enough to answer some of our questions on Noumenautics and the relationship between psychedelic substances and philosophy.   Psychedelic...

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Step Backwards with Psychoactive Bill: Volume XV Editorial

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Step Backwards with Psychoactive Bill: Volume XV Editorial

From Psychedelic Press Volume XV: One step forwards, and it appears we’ve taken two steps back. Perhaps then a side-shuffle to avoid the oncoming carnival of an ever-transforming everyday world, only to find that it doesn’t actually look a great deal different from our new vantage point. Indeed, the chains of identity appear to have been tightened. Have we not just spent decades loosening them? Morphing the metal links into fairy chains? For the psychedelic enthusiast living in society’s liminal spaces, this is no benevolent acid trip. It is the law. Or, more specifically, an additional drug law.    ...

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Volume VI Editorial: A Curriculum of the Soul

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Volume VI Editorial: A Curriculum of the Soul

I was lucky enough to find a copy of Albert Glover’s The Mushroom: a curriculum of the soul recently. Published in 1972, this small, scarce, orange-clad pamphlet is a poetic record of the author’s hunt and subsequent trip with the folklorist’s favourite fairy mushroom, the fly agaric (Amanita muscaria).  When first I found you it was underneath a white Pine tree. That wood I took for my staff, That image entered my dreams. Led by a boy I walked through the pine plantation Calling your name, Mukhomer!   The poem describes Glover’s hunt for mukhomer (a folk name for the...

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