Mainstreaming Psychedelics

Recently, Sam Haselby asked “Do you think taking psychedelics will ever become a completely mainstream experience?” Here’s my reply.

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Growing Tobacco, Making Mapacho

Tobacco is a tremendous force, one of my closest friends and I love it. Since I’ve found no written resources for making mapacho — the powerful black tobacco of the Amazon — I’ve documented my own process here.

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Follow Us Further, Deeper, Into The Magic Forest

The quizzical mystical hysterical miracle spirit filled destination — one of many graduations from slow damnation — somehow, someway, someday; buy the ticket, change the station.

It’s not where we’re from, but it’s where we’re going.

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The Amphibian – Foreword from Sapo In My Soul

If ayahuasca is swimming in the rivers, lakes, dreams and streams of contemporary cultural, then the frog is perched on a branch overhanging the water’s edge. Waiting and watching, its tadpoles dropping from a jelly-leaf-nest, into the current below, into our bloodstream. And it’s come on rapidly.

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Inviting the Spirits of Animals Inside You

In myriad ways, the topic of foods of plants and animals comes up like wind and rain and snow. By turns serious, furious, curious, and delirious. For me at least, since branded “plant-person” — there’s a specific story I’d like to tell.

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  • Often these days I find myself screaming “fuuuuuugggcckk”, harsh and angry through clenched teeth.
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When I read Glenn Shepard’s (@ethnoground_photography) tweets about Brazil and Bolsanaro, when I see @ancientforestalliance posts about the continued logging of old growth forests in BC, when another draconian raisin gets “elected”… it’s all stabs to the soul. You’d think I’d run out of fucks to give, but it seems I’ve got a wellspring of ‘em.
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And again with the Notre Dame cathedral fire: “fuuuuuugggcckk!” Of course it’s sad and tragic and I have empathy for those with heartfelt connections to such an iconic place and historic structure. When I first read the news I winced a sad wince. This gave way to clenched teeth as billions of dollars poured in towards restoration.
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Meanwhile, there’s people, actual real people, cutting down old growth trees of 1000 years and older, all the time. Billions of dollars and laser scanned maps might help rebuild Notre Dame in a few years.
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But it still takes thousands of years for old growth trees to grow old. I'm echoing and adding my voice to all the other nature lovers, tree huggers, plant people and clear-minded folks who have also pointed this very obvious thing out.
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For us, thousand-year-old "cathedrals” are destroyed every day. Cut down to build what? Tables? Chairs? Homes? If anything the Notre Dame fire has illuminated how much of our collective psyche still resides in medieval times
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There’s trees near you that are older than Notre Dame. Go find them. Go visit them. Protect them.
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Follow and keep watch with @ancientforestalliance — right now 109 hectares of old-growth forest adjacent to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, is being threatened with clearcutting — the projected equivalent of 1300 logging trucks worth of old-growth to be cut down — starting April 26th. One week from now.
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TAKE ACTION — start by following Ancient Forest Alliance and going to
https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/send-a-message/
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Maybe we can raise billions of dollars and get some frickin’ lasers too.

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Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine — By Peter Gorman, Foreword by Morgan Maher