Ice Cube to Produce Film about Dock Ellis: MLB’s Acid Tripping Pitcher

We have written about people doing extraordinary things while tripping on acid and about LSD helping with certain disorders, but frankly, baseball great Dock Ellis takes the cake.

Forty-seven years ago this week, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres—while tripping on acid.

Reporters at the game, who learned of Ellis’s feat 10 years later, said they couldn’t believe it.

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How 100 LSD Therapy Sessions Helped Cary Grant Make Peace with his Past and Find Harmony

Just in case you didn’t make it over the the Cannes Film Festival this year, let’s at least talk about an amazing new documentary film about one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors—and about his 100 acid trips.

Becoming Cary Grant is a look at how the iconic actor’s meteoric rise seemed to shock himself most of all. One of his famous quotes was: “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

And he wasn’t joking.

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Ayahuasca in My Art and Philosophy

My first ayahuasca sessions were in January 2001 in Brazil, and I immediately fell in love with this mind- and heart-opening sacrament. My very first journey was so positive I described it as God sitting on my eyeballs. I met a being made of flowing, iridescent jewels who came close to my face so I could remember. The Ayahuasca Visitation was a drawing based on that first trip. My second session was a series of dark and scary visions, including an autopsy on myself and a game of hide-and-seek with God. As I lay among the dead bodies at Auschwitz, God asked, “Can you see me now?” The relentless intelligence of the unconscious processes unleashed during the journey made me surrender to the weirdness and wisdom of the jungle medicine. Over the past 15 years, I returned many times to the retreat center and deepened my relationship with the inner cosmos unlocked by Aya.

Visionary art influenced by DMT often displays ornate pattern languages of dotting and radiating flow forms. I noticed this when drawing some of the angels and fucking dragons I was seeing. One of my favorite times on ayahuasca was while painting Seraphic Transport Docking on the Third Eye. I was able to work without my hands shaking, as sometimes happens with other psychedelics. I could close my eyes and check on the colors and luminosity.

The greatest inspiration I’ve had so far on ayahuasca were visions of the Net of Being. In 2003, deep in the jungles of Brazil on an ayahuasca journey, I entered a great net of being, a fiery, jewel-like web of Godselves weaving an endless anthropocosmic tapestry. It was a realm of universal beings with an omnidirectional topology of interconnected heads and hearts, fusing boundless wisdom and love. A luminous ball inside the basketlike head of each four-faced God was the heartglow shining an eerie under-light for the level of Godheads rising above and beyond sight. The flaming lattice of eyes and galaxies revealed a new order of the x-y-z axis, an endless soul-field of infinite consciousness.

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Ayahuasca, Alex Grey and the Second Coming of Psychedelics

Photo by Chamberlain.

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.

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Is Lucid Dreaming the Ultimate High?

Lucid dreaming can be simply explained as the ability to recognize that you’re dreaming while you’re in the dream. For those who have mastered this ability, the possibilities are literally limitless. But like everything else in life, that mastery doesn’t come easy.

“I believe that virtually anyone can learn how to gain lucidity in a dream,” says David J. Brown, the author of Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics. “But there are certain qualities that make it easier for some people to lucid dream than others. Women are more likely to have lucid dreams, as are younger people, those involved in kinesthetic activities, and those who practice meditation and play video games.”

According to Brown, research shows that pretty much anyone who practices certain methods long enough will have a lucid dream. High Times recently caught up with him to discuss visionary states, cannabis use and the best techniques for lucid dreaming—and we’ve also got a how-to excerpt from his new book.

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How to Have a Lucid Dream

Adapted from Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics (Park Street Press), by David. J. Brown

There are levels of lucidity within the dream state, from what has been described as “pre-lucidity” to “super-lucidity.” In the early stages of lucidity development, one simply suspects that one might be dreaming during the dream, while in the more developed stages, one can become just as aware during the dreaming state as he or she is during the waking state. Sometimes people can become even more aware in their lucid dreams than they are during ordinary waking consciousness, and have life-transforming mystical experiences as a result.

During a low-awareness lucid dream, one may be in only partial control of one’s cognitive skills, and sometimes in this state one can make erroneous judgments that seem to be obvious errors upon awakening. One may also initially have poor impulse control: In many of my early lucid dreams, I immediately rushed off to try and fulfill impulsive desires. It took a fair amount of lucid-dream experience before I was able to progress beyond mere attempts to satisfy my most basic unfulfilled desires, as I often found myself simply doing these things without really thinking. With practice, though, I was able to tame these wild impulses and advance into deeper levels of possibility with lucid dreaming, which became part of a deeper, personal psychological healing.

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LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against Artificial Intelligence

Microdosing psychedelics has become quite popular these days. People who take small doses of LSD have said that it helps elevate their mood, increase focus, productivity—and some are even microdosing LSD to treat bipolar disorder.

Up to now, there has been precious little research done on the practice, but that’s about to change.

Researchers in the United Kingdom are undertaking the first-ever rigorous scientific study on the effectiveness of microdosing.

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Reviews MDMA Guidelines

Let this sink in: Criminal violations involving MDMA are often punished more severely than those for heroin or powdered cocaine, according to the federal public defenders analysis.

Finding logic behind the drug war can often be a tenuous task, leaving us to ponder disparities like this, often disproportionate to the risks associated with these substances. Finally however, after 16 years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) is reviewing the MDMA guidelines.

Over a two year process that began with a hearing on April 18, there’s a chance the USSC could deliver lower sentencing guidelines for MDMA violations. Much like with marijuana, the advent of MDMA’s benefits could seep into public opinion about the drug in general—and potentially lead to more forgiving penalties.

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World’s Largest Psychedelics Conference in History Underway in California

No, this is not a Burning Man offshoot but in fact a serious gathering of more than 2,600 doctors, professors, health-industry professionals and psychedelic experts from around the world.

Psychedelic Science 2017 is a six-day international gathering featuring more than 100 presentations on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics, the neuroscience behind this research, the spread of psychedelic culture into the mainstream and much more.

The conference, which runs from April 19-24, is co-hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the UK-based Beckley Foundation.

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LAUGHING AND LEARNING ABOUT PSYCHEDELICS: Comedian Shane Mauss Combines Comedy and Science for “A Good Trip”

Comedian Shane Mauss started writing jokes at age 15, around the same time he first experimented with psychedelic drugs. Today he’s mined those experiences to create his most popular show yet, “A Good Trip,” using insights both comedic and scientific to discuss the myths and merits of psychedelics like LSD, DMT and psilocybin mushrooms.

Shane Mauss performs Conan, Episode 0408, May 02, 2013 Meghan Sinclair/Conaco, LLC for TBSDOPE Magazine: What inspired you to devote a whole show to psychedelics?

Shane Mauss: I like doing themed shows. I’ve been using psychedelics for 20 years, so I had the material to do a whole show, but I was nervous about outing myself as a psychedelic user. Then I performed at a show in Houston with no one there except other comics, so I started doing all the psychedelic jokes I could think of, and suddenly, an hour had gone by. So I started trying the show out.

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