By Charles Hayes

Taking a balanced, goal strategy, the ebook depicts a huge spectrum of altered states, from the chic to the terrifying. incorporated are fifty narratives approximately unforgettable psychedelic studies from a global array of topics representing all walks of lifestyles. Supplemental essays offer a synopsis of the historical past and tradition of psychedelics and a dialogue of the kinetics of tripping.

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Except a sincerity of function, there is not any challenging protocol for participation in street conferences held on the beginning, the place, for example, an alcoholic coming off a binge is welcome to hunt solace and suggestions. “It’s the drugs, now not the foundations, that confers the healing,” Leo affirms. sooner than relocating again to the us in 1998, the ultimate cease in my Bangkok-based West-East itinerary was once at the volcanic terrain of the massive Island of Hawaii, the place I met with an affable and hilarious Terence McKenna at his domestic at the verdant slopes of Mauna Loa. the result of our discussions over days are offered during this ebook (page 412). the difficulty of even if I condone the ingestion of scheduled components needs to necessarily be addressed. I may still country, in terms of elaborating at the disclaimer within the be aware to the Reader (page ix), that i may by no means sit down right here and say that with the entire variables within the respective chemistries of the person human physique and the psychoactive ingredients themselves, the scientific uncertainties that persist approximately long term use, the cultural and moral taboos and felony proscriptions, the doubtless mortal perils of black-market assets for unlawful contraband, and the inability of trustworthy id, dosage, and quality controls and rules for illicit components, it's a sturdy inspiration to head available in the market and take a banned substance like it’s your birthright. yet i may additionally by no means say that what a few of these medications do in perfect, educated and properly “controlled” situations, or even occasionally in lower than excellent stipulations, is unavoidably and normally “bad” or “harmful” or “wrong,” as the checklist easily doesn’t endure that out. the purpose of this ebook is to file what particularly occurred inside a desirable, psychically resonant area, to work out what it indicates in regards to the human brain and spirit as magnified within the funhouse reflect of the psychedelic kingdom. That a number of the tales are coloured by way of the truth that a criminalized substance used to be ingested isn't really to glorify or condone the breaking of the legislation, yet just to make recognized what was once now not identified formerly, to make clear an underreported truth, in addition to the ineffable itself. That any legislations was once damaged is solely incidental to the tale. it really is my trust that psychedelic medications shouldn't be ingested in an unlawful, uninformed surroundings. they need to no longer be taken open air an allowing atmosphere which can proffer the advantage of scientific, psychiatric, non secular, or shamanic assistance by way of discovered figures schooled within the dynamics and perform of the psychedelic voyage or even permitted as such. in addition, the chemical hygiene and applicable, medically made up our minds dosage of any substance ate up might be proven by way of experts on such issues. faraway from being a libertarian at the factor, i feel that the majority probably invaluable psychotropic medicines could be felony yet intensively managed and controlled, so one can be administered in positive, medicinal, and therapeutic methods. within the age of Prozac, there's tested medicinal worth in psychotropic drugs—for tightening or loosening screws within the brain, the place acceptable, and for fine-tuning a biochemical stability within the mind.

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