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Rick Strassman, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working on a book describing his psychedelic drug research with DMT, The Spirit Molecule.

In January 1991, twenty-three minutes after I injected a large dose of DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine) into Elena’s arm vein. Elena is a forty-two-year-old married psychotherapist with extensive personal experience with psychedelic drugs. DMT is a powerful, short-acting psychedelic that occurs naturally in human body fluids, and is also found in many plants. Elena has read some Buddhism, but practices Taoist meditation…”

A reader sent in a link to a great article on psychedelics and mystical experiences, written by the renowned Alan Watts.

Originally appeared in the California Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 1, January 1968, pp. 74-85

“This article describes such states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs, [which] are virtually indistinguishable from genuine mystical experience. The article then discusses objections to the use of psychedelic drugs that arise mainly from the opposition between mystical values and the traditional religious and secular values of Western society. ”

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This article evidences the claim that drug policy impinges on religious, spiritual and cognitive liberty.


1. What is Cognitive Liberty & Why Must We Defend It?

2. Psychedelics, Consumer-Capitalism, Power & Authority

3. Locking Up Mystics: The Basic Injustice of Anti-LSD Laws

4. Pharmaceutical Hypocrisy: Prozac vs LSD

5. 10 Reasons to Legalise LSD in the UK



“The powerful hallucinogen LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s.”


The treatment of alcoholism is one of many medicinal uses of LSD. The research highlight the hypocrisy at work in current legislation: alcohol is one of the most destructive drugs on the market, it ruins individual lives, its costs to society are vast: it remains legal whilst a drug that can cure people of alcohol-addiction is banned.

LSD is safer than alcohol. LSD can be used to benefit the mind. Alcohol is addictive, LSD can help remove addictions.

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“Over the course of two consecutive weekends, I flew between Entheogenesis Australis (EGA), Australia’s premier gathering of psychedelic pioneers, and Cartographie Psychedelica, a California-based conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). These are some of my observations.”

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ClickThe Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform is promoting the development of alternative approaches to drug control in order to create more humane, cost-effective and evidence-based policies. It will help achieve these aims through collecting, commissioning and disseminating of evidence to the public and governments.


  • To promote health-oriented, cost-effective drug policies based on scientific evidence and human rights.
  • To support the rational redistribution of resources away from criminalisation and incarceration and towards healthcare, education and rehabilitation.
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