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A common classification often used with medicinal and recreational drugs is “synthetic” versus “natural.” Despite the apparent face validity of “natural” drugs being less harmful, they are no less dangerous, and in some cases are more so, than their synthetic cousins. The individual using the substance, their set, setting, neurochemistry, along with the drug’s intrinsic properties must always be the prevailing determinants when evaluating a substance for ingestion. The Addictive Podcast deconstructs this common societal myth about what’s “best” to put in one’s body when it comes to drug type and origin.
Henry is a psychonaut. A psychonaut or “sailor of the soul” in literal greek, is a person who explores activities by which altered states of consciousness are induced and utilized for spiritual purposes or exploration of the human condition. These alternative states of consciousness can be achieved through a variety of means including meditation, rituals, or drugs. Henry has chosen to experience these states using variety of chemicals including LSD, AL-LAD, Salvia, and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds along with an extensive examination of the scientific literature in his search for enlightening experiences and metaphysical self improvement.
Journey with us as Henry attempts to navigate the rites of passage of young adulthood and a dangerous legal climate, while maintaining a highly functional and productive life despite a pressing need to go beyond the conventional in his own mind and the world around him. He also takes great care to maintain harm reduction practices for himself and other participants in the psychedelic experiences he describes. Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom joins your host Glen Marshall for an in-depth discussion with this highly functional future pharmacologist.
N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the most fascinating psychedelic molecule we have discussed on The Addictive Podcast. It seems to be found in all living things, can produce teleportation-like experiences for the user, and is made in our own brains. DMT has a similar molecular structure to other psychoactive chemicals including, serotonin, melatonin, and psilocybin. Known to some researchers as “the spirit molecule”, it is the primary psychoactive compound in the Amazonian medicinal brew “Ayahuasca.” Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and therapist Glen Marshall provide an intimate exploration of this powerful spiritually-suggestive drug.
The out-of-body experiences DMT produces can be extremely uncomfortable and unnerving for some users. Practical techniques to reduce harm suggest that any use should only occur with close proximal monitoring by a caregiver (“babysitter”) familiar with the drug to prevent the user from falling or knocking over dangerous objects. While it does not show a high potential for abuse, the intensity and short duration of DMT and the ability to frequently readminister suggests problems involving use could occur for some individuals. DMT is a Schedule I drug and is illegal.
Not all illicit drugs are used for pleasurable recreational purposes. Some substances hold great promise in helping to heal conditions like addiction, dysphoria, and other mental and physical health ailments. Ayahuasca is one such substance. This brew made from a combination of leaves and vines from specific plants found in South America is offered at a number of shamanic retreat centers for those seeking healing and catharsis through the reprocessing of trauma and past issues that may be interfering with present-day life functioning.
Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and your host and counselor Glen Marshall provide a look down the rabbit-hole and walk-through of the Ayahuasca experience as well as what to consider in regards to best practices and safe decision-making when seeking and using this very powerful psychedelic.
There are hundreds of new synthetic drugs like 25I-NBOMe (aka “25i” or “NBomb”) that are unfamiliar to most, but taken by many. The same issues caused by criminalization for other illicit drugs including misidentification, an inaccurate understanding of their effects, and an inability to determine a safe dosage exist with 25I-NBOMe and can have severe consequences for the user.
Today we are fortunate to have drug education advocate, psychonaut, and nootropic enthusiast Seth A. Fitzgerald guide us through 25I-NBOMe so we can make good decisions about this psychedelic substance and others. Seth will be a frequent guest on The Addictive Podcast and we look forward to him shining his objective light in the darkness.
Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive plant that is often misunderstood and misrepresented in present-day culture. Discovered in Southern Mexico, this member of the mint family maintains various legal statuses around the United States and produces a profound physical and mental experience when ingested. Hear my story about the best way NOT to take Salvia and others who know better.
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