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IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED BY PSYCHEDELICS?

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IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED BY PSYCHEDELICS?

Alice in Wonderland has been connected with psychedelic drugs since the 1960’s. And while there have been arguments against such theories, the correlation has nonetheless been established.

By nature, children’s stories are driven by fantasy, centered around mythical creatures, but bear a valuable lesson in the end. With that said, storylines that are such a stretch of the imagination are easily taken in and enjoyed by innocent minds.

But through the discerning mind of an adult, such stories could arguably be a byproduct of the influence of psychedelic drugs. One good example would be the classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a tale that revolves around a girl who literally falls down a rabbit hole and finds an entirely new world to explore.

Along the way, she meets other characters and (interestingly) finds herself under the influence of a mushroom. It all ends with Alice waking up, only to find out that her escapades were merely part of an elaborate dream.

Looking at it from a superficial standpoint, it would be easy to conclude that Alice in Wonderland could be inspired by Lewis Carroll’s own adventures with psychedelics. But could it be a far-fetched theory as well?

PSYCHEDELIC THEORY SINCE THE 1960’S

Psychedelic Theory Since The 1960’s

Examining the psychedelic undertones within Alice in Wonderland’s storyline is not a recent phenomenon. Since the 1960’s, the theory that Alice’s adventures may have been inspired by hallucinogens has been pursued by artists and critics alike.

Psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, for example, subliminally pointed it out in their classic 1967 song “White Rabbit.” Take the lyrics that read:

When the men on the chessboard get up
And tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know

Readers also managed to connect the dots between how the plot of the story is “disjointed from reality,” and the fact that it was written during an era when opium use was legal. One fan of the Disney film even went as far as to edit every single scene that could be seen as a possible reference to drugs into a 4-minute long Youtube video. Have a look for yourself. Some references may be a bit of a stretch, but one cannot deny that there is enough to wonder about!

 

MISCONCEPTIONS AND DISAGREEMENTS

Misconceptions And Disagreements

Of course, there are individuals who would beg to differ about Alice in Wonderland’s correlation to psychedelic use. According to Dr. Heather Worthington of Cardiff University, there is a strong possibility that people are attributing the story to psychedelics mainly because it was written during an era when its use was rampant, not necessarily because Carroll was actually under the influence of anything.

This exact line of thinking was concurred by New York City museum curator Carolyn Vega, who added that it was never proven that Carroll ever had an experience using LSD or any other hallucinogens at the time of the story’s writing.

It was pointed out through his diaries that Carroll did enjoy the occasional glass of wine, and could possibly have ingested Laudanum, an opiate-infused drug that was readily available for use at the time. But there was no mention whatsoever of him using psychedelics, nor was there evidence that hallucinogens inspired any part of Alice’s adventures.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND’S PSYCHEDELIC RENDITIONS
Despite the major disagreements and contradictions between various experts, many artists still manage to create psychedelic renditions of this children’s classic. One of them aptly titled “Curious Alice” was a public service announcement released in 1971 to rally against drug use and abuse among young people.

VIDEO: CURIOUS ALICE

Another version of the story released in 1982 was entitled “Malice in Wonderland.” Unlike Curious Alice, which took on a more straightforward approach, this rendition was released as a more… uhm… artsy and colourful interpretation of the story.

While it did focus on a young girl going down a tunnel, it was presented in a more grotesque and twisted sense that was criticised by people who called it out for supposedly promoting the exploitation of women. Others saw it as a representation of the sexual enslavement of women, mainly based on its artwork involving what appeared to be portrayals of female genitalia in distorted forms. Odd. Very odd.

VIDEO: MALICE IN WONDERLAND

If Lewis Carroll was indeed sober when creating his fantastical masterpiece -as sources would suggest – we cannot help but wonder, what state of trippy the story would have reflected, had the author truly been under the influence of magic mushrooms, LSD, or perhaps peyote. Ultimately, Alice in Wonderland will go down as one of the renowned children’s classics, alongside other famous titles like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, among others. It can very well still be enjoyed by innocent minds as a story that will help cultivate their imaginative and creative spirit for decades to come.

 

 

How an All-Time Great Guitarist Opened his Mind with Acid

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How an All-Time Great Guitarist Opened his Mind with Acid.

Though it doesn’t seem like something the Journal of Drug Abuse would print, the publication put out a report in 2016 arguing for a sensible drug policy. The argument was built not on science or research but on, of all things, the testimony of British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin. Grammy winner McLaughlin is considered a pioneer of jazz fusion and was ranked 49th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is credited with inspiring Miles Davis to explore fusion and played on five Davis releases, including the double-album Bitches Brew (track two on side three is named after McLaughlin).

In the article, Self & Society co-editors Richard A. House and David Kalisch asked then-76-year-old McLaughlin about his cross-cultural experiences playing world music when they stumbled upon an answer that turned their attention to hallucinogens. McLaughlin discussed going to China and India for inspiration, and the typical self-actualization plan for a classic ’60s musician included, “LSD, mescaline, and other mind-expanding substances. Taking LSD in the 1960s,” the interviewers said, “helped McLaughlin realize that what he needed to do was develop [and enhance] his life.”

McLaughlin explained, “I saw that if my music were to be enriched, then my interior life needed to be enriched. It’s my personal conviction that I cannot have a poor interior life and a rich musical life.”

These experiences influenced his art, and along with culturally specific “approaches to finding the answers,” they helped him broach existential questions. These were matters, he said, of “personal identity… the nature of God and the infinite Universe in which we exist and why.”

“Onwards,” House and Kalisch reported, “he had no further use for [hallucinogens].” By the 1970s, McLaughlin told Rolling Stone that he was into only “yoga [and] meditation, no drugs.” He said of narcotics like heroin and cocaine, to which he “lost dear friends,” that “apart from the ‘high’ they confer, [they] are essentially absolutely useless.”

But despite his personal opinions, he thinks that it’s crucial that the government develop a sensible drug policy for all substances (some of which, he pointed out, are beneficial for medicine). He said,

“People will continue to take every possible kind of drug whether they’re legal or not, [and] at some point in the future, governments will have no choice but to legalize all drugs with strict accompanying quality control [so as to close off] the whole field [from] drug lords and criminals.… Prohibition has never worked—and it never will.”

McLaughlin has “a fundamental problem” with the mainstream approach to drug policy and discourse, taking issue even with the word itself, which he calls “obscure” with often “ominous overtones.” Cannabis is ascribed the label while alcohol is not, even though, he says, “[Pot is] much less harmful to humans.… Perhaps the main problem is that governments simply don’t discriminate between drugs that are very useful and those that are addictive.”

McLaughlin hinted at what House and Kalisch called the “wider cultural context” of the War on Drugs, saying, “Look at the world we are leaving to our kids! It’s a gigantic mess…. We are reaping the harvest of the horrific acts our grandparents and great-grandparents committed against so many people, and these acts continue to be committed by the same governments today!”

House and Kalisch explained that it’s not just doctors and lawyers who should help shape a sensible drug policy, it’s also the people like McLaughlin whose lives have been shaped by mind-altering substances.

“It’s a strange thought,” they wrote, “that drug policy should in the main be made, pronounced upon and enacted without the input of people who have actually had experience with different classes of drugs, and all the discernment and insight that such experience brings.… [For we are] otherwise stuck in the moribund realms of what is essentially a ‘moral panic.’”

And perhaps as more renowned artists like McLaughlin speak out about their experiences, people might start to turn against prohibition—at least the sorts of folks who enjoy jazz fusion, although they might already be on the right side of history. I mean, have you heard that guitar?

The psychedelic art of Salvia Droid

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The psychedelic art of Salvia Droid.

The psychedelic art of Salvia Droid
“When intoxicated by DMT, the mind finds itself in a convincingly real, apparently coexisting alien world. Not a world about our thoughts, our hopes, our fears; rather, a world about the tykes — their joys, their dreams, their poetry. Why? I have not the faintest idea.”
Terence McKenna

Salvia Droid translates the ineffable human consciousness through the medium of artistic creations. His art is based on his psychedelic voyages on the waves of a variety of psychedelic substances like DMT and Salvia. He creates detailed intricate artwork that masterfully captures the transcendental nature of the mystical experience. His ability to put those experiences on paper is simply amazing.

Trip with his mindblowing art:

 

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DMT : The Spirit Molecule Documentary Movie (2010)

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DMT : The Spirit Molecule Documentary Movie (2010).

The much awaited documentary film on DMT titled “The Spirit Molecule” is finally out … with Navigator, Joe Rogan !
The Spirit Molecule weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants, including the sacred Amazonian brew, Ayahuasca. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT, and ayahuasca, within their respective fields, and discussions with Strassman’s research volunteers, brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and introduces us to far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness.

Several themes explored include possible roles for endogenous DMT, its theoretical role in near-death and birth experiences, alien-abduction experiences, and spiritual states, both within Eastern concepts of enlightenment and Western ideas regarding prophecy, and the uncanny similarities in Biblical prophetic texts describing DMT-like experiences. Our expert contributors offer a comprehensive collection of information, opinions, and speculation about indigenous use of DMT, the history and future of psychedelics within the research community, and within the larger social matrix, and current DMT research. All this, to help us understand the nature of the DMT experience, and its role in human culture and evolution.

The subtle stimulating combination of science, spirituality, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy within the film’s approach sheds light on an array of ideas that could considerably alter the way humans understand the universe and their relationship to it.

Source: THESPIRITMOLECULE.COM

Hallucinogenic Honey Hunters of Nepal

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Hallucinogenic Honey Hunters of Nepal.

If you’ve ever been to Nepal, it isn’t that rare to see someone smoking some Ganja, the good old herb or perhaps booming some Charas from the mountains. But to see someone tripping on Hallucinogenic Honey is a rarity. Mother nature has so many gifts for us hidden in plain sight, we would be amazed … ! There are so many more discoveries yet to be made … of legends that never seem to fade.

Plant based medicine has been used by mankind for as long as we remember … even most of these pharmaceutical drugs are manufactured using plants from the Amazonian rain forest with other additives that we definitely can do without. Honey is well known for its medicinal qualities however the honey gathered from these steep Himalayan cliff sides also has a psychedelic angle to the healing. It gets its Hallucinogenic properties from the nectar of certain rhododendron plants that grow in this region. The Himalayan Honey Bee which pollinates 80% of the plants that grow in this region is one of the biggest bees in the world. The hives holding all this ‘Mad Honey’ as its called sometimes, are believed to carry upto 60 Kilos of Honey in each. Each Kilo of this Red Hallucinogenic Honey is sold in the market for something around $15 a kilo. This ‘Red Honey’ is also very popular among middle aged men who use it for its aphrodisiac like properties as its known to enhance sexual performance.

“Honey Hunters of Nepal” is a documentary film by freelance photo journalists Diane Summers and Eric Valli about the Gurung tribesmen of west-central Nepal who enter the jungles in search of wild honey where they use indigenous tools under precarious conditions to collect honey.
Twice a year high in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal teams of men gather around cliffs that are home to the world’s largest honeybee, Apis laboriosa. It is over twice the size of those in the UK where their larger bodies have adapted to the colder climate for insulation. As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff bee’s honey.


Psytrance Memes

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Psytrance without humour is… well… weird for us. At times psytrancers, being idealistic and revolutionary bunch of people tend to get too serious about things. For us, however, psychedelic trance gatherings were also always about funny, about fun. Nothing like good humour to put things into perspective.

We don’t just preach, we also do, along the years, we’ve posted quite a few Psytrance memes on Trancentral’s Facebook, some ended up quite viral. So we gathered for you here some of our favourite Psytrance memes, most of them made by our team, and a few guest appearances. We tried to give credit whenever it was possible, but Internet art is by nature many times anonymous.

This is a first article in a series, we will publish the next one next week – so stay tunes!

15 Psytrance Memes:

1. Follow me…
Because it’s true!

2. Before and after. Butterfly style.

Happened to all of us… lol

3. Psytrance genres according to Arny…

What if Psytrance genres were Arnold Schwarzenegger ?
Meme by Kris Tof!

4. After the weekend…

When you are back in the office, but the party is still in your head.

5. Go PINK!!!

We have our man, the pink man, and sometimes he makes an appearance…

7. Darkpsy

Darkpsy goes well with memes for some reason. This is an old one. One of the first we remember from the good days of Isratrance.com forum.

8. Chill out

One of the most important places in a good festival, the Chill Out area, can get pretty liquid…

9. The first and the last

There’s always this one dude who stays till the end…

10. Before and after. Star Wars style.

What can we say… Psytrance can make you an Ewok…

11. Age is a thing of the mind…

Who said Raja Ram? Goa Gil? DJ Chicago?
Photo by Murilo Ganesh.

12. Before and after. Barbie style.

The beauty and the beat!

13. It’s all about drops

Each and his/her own.

14. Before and after. Batman style.

Because it’s all about colours!

 

15. Psytrance festivals. It’s no picnic.

Classic meme by Didy Bizzare Contact that has been doing the rounds for few years now.

Source: TRANCENTRAL.TV

Terence McKenna’s : True Hallucinations (Documentary Film)

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“True Hallucinations”, yet another brilliant documentary on the life of Terence McKenna … Aficionados of Terence McKenna need no introduction to the story that started it all. A journey through the Amazon basin becomes an experiment to hyper-carbolate human DNA, while the events spark the idea of an eschatological theory based on the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching.

Packed with alchemical ramblings about the concretisation of the hyperdimensional object that is accessible in the ecstasy of mushroom intoxication, this is a story not for the faint hearted!

The bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, is a wild ride of exotic experience and scientific inquiry. In search of mythical shamanic hallucinogens, they encounter a host of unusual characters—including a mushroom, a flying saucer, and the voice of the Other — and discover the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language.

My name is Peter Bergmann, I’m the creator of a 3+ hour long documentary movie about the ideas of Terence McKenna, which I made available to watch in its entirety on YouTube.

It was a result of many years of work, and while my summer and all time went into the production last year, it was clear that the ‘Experiment at La Chorrera’ would be impossible to incorporate into the already lengthy project. Also, it felt as a separate entity, and a story so outlandish, it couldn’t possibly be translated into any kind of visual experience, mostly because of the lack of actual material.

(With the Terence McKenna movie, I had hundreds of hours of audio and many videos to choose bits and pieces from, but there is very little tangible material for True Hallucinations, except of course the 9+ hour long talking book.)

As a consequence of an unbearable itch to continue expanding the McKenna universe, it became obvious to me in recent months that ‘True Hallucinations’ can reach its fruition.I’ve already finished some sequences which prove to me that it would be foolish not to release it to an audience, even though the full and finished product might suffer in the area of consistent quality.I feel it’s necessary to push the envelope on this one, and so I launched this campaign boldly, to gather funds for hardware costs that I’m encountering, and to finance sequences that require the help of other artists, most importantly animated parts, where there is no other way to tell the story.

Terence McKenna’s words are poetry to those who know how to listen, and I’m confident the movie I created called ‘The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time’ provides the viewer with plenty visits from the alchemical angel.
‘True Hallucinations’ on the other hand strives for something much stranger, it is a set of experiments and ideas that perhaps seem like ‘the ravings of an unhinged mind’, as Terence often put it, yet the story carries with it an eerie sense of gnostic truth that cannot be ignored, and I believe must be packaged for new generations of psychonauts who will always be drawn to the work of the McKenna brothers.

Ayahuasca, Alex Grey and the Second Coming of Psychedelics

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Ayahuasca, Alex Grey and the Second Coming of Psychedelics.
Fifty years after the flowering of psychedelic culture first blossomed in San Francisco, scientific research and spiritual exploration into the mysteries and medicinal uses of mind-altering substances have once again taken root.

Consciousness-raising compounds like psilocybin, the stuff that gives magic mushrooms their magic, and MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, are finally emerging from the counterculture and turning up in the laboratories of some of the nation’s leading universities, where scientists and psychotherapists are probing their therapeutic properties and healing powers. Advances in neuroscience and in new imaging technology have enabled researchers to map the psychedelic brain in real time, deepening our understanding of human consciousness.

Some of this research into the beneficial uses of LSD, mescaline and psilocybin dates back to the 1950s and early ’60s, before it was interrupted by a political backlash against the perceived excesses of the hippie counterculture. That halted the advance of psychedelic science for most of the 1980s and ’90s, but to quote this year’s Nobel laureate in literature, the times, they are a-changin’—again.

 

In 2017, two of the organizations leading the second psychedelic revolution will begin a final round of government-approved clinical trials with hundreds of patients suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder, depression, substance abuse or severe anxiety, who will participate in psychotherapy sessions fueled by MDMA and psilocybin. The scientists and donors affiliated with these two organizations, the Heffter Research Institute and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), hope to bring these psychoactive compounds out of the research lab and into the medical mainstream.

Meanwhile, a new generation of spiritual seekers has rediscovered the transformative power of psychedelic plants. Holding center stage in this shamanic revival is ayahuasca, a bitter-tasting beverage brewed from two plants native to the Amazon basin. In the United States, the ayahuasca gospel is being preached on two fronts. The first is through an underground network of teachers trained by shamanic healers in Peru and elsewhere. The second is a missionary movement launched by a pair of Brazilian churches that use ayahuasca in their religious rites. They have established congregations in the United States that, under the limited protection of a 2006 Supreme Court ruling, can legally dispense this psychedelic communion.

Advocates for both the therapeutic and spiritual use of psychedelics are already celebrating the start of the “post-prohibition era.” That party may be a bit premature, but the government crackdown on scientific research and even the personal use of these drugs has certainly lessened over the past decade.

Thanks to the gradual, state-by-state decriminalization of medical marijuana, followed by full legalization in some states, marijuana has served as a model for the changing attitudes and public policies regarding psilocybin, MDMA and similar substances. However, many psychonauts aren’t waiting for government permission: A rising number of consciousness explorers—including many in Silicon Valley—have begun experimenting with microdosing, taking subliminal or near-subliminal amounts of LSD or psilocybin in an effort to foster creativity and improve cognitive function.

 

 

Psychedelic plants and chemicals are not for everyone. They affect different people in different ways, depending in large part on one’s intention and the setting in which they’re taken. But often, sometimes in subtle and other times in dramatic ways, they inspire wonder and awe, providing the heightened insight and sense of profound meaning that one may also experience in dreams or religious exaltation. Half a century after the Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In—the event that kick-started the Summer of Love—took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967, we can once again envision a not-so-distant future where psychedelics will be safely, sanely and legally brought back into our lives.

One place to learn more about the second coming of psychedelics is the new book Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters With the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, a highly informative compendium by a variety of researchers, shamans, seekers, artists and scholars, and featuring an extensive gallery of works by ayahuasca-inspired artists, including Alex Grey, whose chapter and art are excerpted here.

Shrooms Are the Safest Drug

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Shrooms are the safest drug, even safer than smoking weed! A study from the annual Global Drug Survey in 2017 polled 120,000 people from 50 different countries and discovered the safest recreational drug is Psilocybe Cubensis.

 

Also known as Magic Mushrooms or simply ‘Shrooms’, the psychedelic drug is popularly known for its hallucinogenic ‘mind expanding’ experiences. Psilocybin, the magic mushroom’s active ingredient, has become increasing relevant in recent news as it has been linked to dramatic improvements in the treatment of anxiety and depression, while also aiding in curbing addiction.

According to the study, of the 12,000 people that took shrooms, less than 1% experienced the need to seek emergency medical care afterwards. An eye-opening number compared to other recreational drugs. The rate for ‘bad trips’ was five to 6 times lower than cocaine, acid (LSD), MDMA (ecstacy) or alcohol and three times lower than cannabis (marijuana, weed) the world’s most popular recreational drug of choice.

 

The Global Drug Survey 2017 reveals the percentage of people who reported taking certain drugs in the last 12 months who also sought emergency medical treatment. Photograph: Global Drug Survey 2017
“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world. Death from toxicity is almost unheard of…” According to Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, the risk with shrooms is greatly related to accidentally eating the wrong variety of mushroom.

To avoid any bad trips, Winstock advises to avoid mixing shrooms and alcohol. It is very important to be with good company you trust and experienced in a place you feel safe. The chance of disorientation, panic attack, or risk of injury from a bad trip will reduce greatly. Interestingly enough, another study out of Johns Hopkins states 84% of users who claimed to have a bad trip, admitted the experience was actually beneficial.

You know what they say….what trips us out, only makes us wiser.

How do Psychedelics work? A look inside the Hallucinating Brain

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How do Psychedelics work? A look inside the Hallucinating Brain.

Explaining what it’s like to trip on psychedelics is difficult to explain to someone who’s never tried them. And while LSD, mushrooms, DMT, ayahuasca, and MDMA elicit different effects, they’re all responsible for producing (often vivid) hallucinations in the people who take them. How do psychedelics work, though? What’s happening in the brain that makes a person experience reality on a totally different plane? What do psychedelics do to bend the mind to perceive things in a way that’s impossible without them?

How Do Psychedelics Work A Look Inside the Hallucinating Brain-Art by Alex Grey

 

How Do Psychedelics Work in the Brain?

It’s widely accepted that psychedelics have a powerful effect on neural activity. Brain imaging scans have shown certain parts of the brain light up when under the influence of psychedelics, connecting different networks in the mind that typically don’t dance in psychedelic symmetry.

While the nature of exactly how psychedelics work in the brain isn’t completely understood, it’s believed they work in the cortex, where they’re known to activate serotonin receptors. One of these is known as 5-HT2A. It’s this 2A subtype of serotonin that’s believed to alter perception, however its not fully understood how exactly the effects psychedelics have on 5-HT2A produce hallucinations within the mind.

Neuroscientist Stuart Sealfon of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York speculates, “In order to function [the cortex is] integrating different signals, for example glutamate and serotonin signals, and what hallucinogens must be doing is they are disrupting the process so that the sensory perception is altered by them.”

Hallucinogens Hinder the Restriction of Conscious Awareness Said Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley - Writer, Screenwriter, AuthorAldous Huxley – Writer, Screenwriter, Author
In 1954, Aldous Huxley, philosopher and author of The Doors of Perception and Brave New World, proposed that the brain works as a “reducing valve” that constricts conscious awareness. He speculated that hallucinogens inhibit this filter and thus produce psychedelic effects. This was long before the psychedelic revolution of the 60s and 70s, as well as any real modern science of the mind had been conducted.

A study conducted almost 60 years later showed that Huxley was most likely right. In the study, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to study the effects of psilocybin on 30 people who had previous experience using hallucinogens. The 2mg of psilocybin patients were given intravenously produced relatively intense psychedelic effects that were accompanied by reduced neuron activity in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex.

These two parts of the brain are connected to other parts of the brain that have to do with functions like introspection, cognitive processing, and emotional regulation. Restricted consciousness is basically obstructed under the influence of psychedelics, much like Huxley described hallucinogens to inhibit the filter of the conscious mind.

In other words, psychedelics work by opening the mind to what’s beyond the waking conscious realm.

A Brief Look into the Mind on LSD

LSD Selectively Increases Global Functional Connectivity of Higher-Level Integrative Cortical and Sub-cortical RegionsLSD Selectively Increases Global Functional Connectivity of Higher-Level Integrative Cortical and Sub-cortical Regions. (source)
One researcher in a 2016 study on LSD described, “You don’t recognize yourself as a separate being from the universe. It feels, in a way, like transferring the consciousness from within your own body to the outside world; the focus is in the objects that surround you rather than outside.”

One thing researchers noticed in this study was the regions in the brain involving introspection (thinking about one’s self) and the way one perceives the outside world communicated much more intensely under the influence of LSD.

“When we measured the brains of subjects who were really blown away by LSD, who had a really strong feeling of ego dissolution, they were also the ones who had the strongest increase in communication between the network regions in charge of introspection and the network regions in charge of perceiving the external world,” researchers noted.
Whole-brain cerebral blood flow maps for the placebo and LSD conditions, plus the difference map. (source)

Another study conducted by many of the same researchers the same year found that LSD alters visual information in the brain. When on LSD, people begin to perceive activity going on in the brain, which is typically suppressed. This is much in line with Huxley’s idea that psychedelics allow for what is usually constricted in the mind to surface under the influence of psychedelics.

The Mysteries of the Psychedelic Mind

Psychedelics have been used for centuries all over the world and are as much a mystery as the mind itself. How psychedelics work is a question that has been asked by countless people who have experienced the mysteries these substances contain.

There is a definite correlation between psychedelics and neural activity that seems to lie dormant without them. Can these realms of consciousness be touched without psychedelics? Or are these parts of ourselves subject to the psychedelic experience? Perhaps with more research, the mysteries will one day be revealed.

 

 

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