Psychedelic /ˌsaɪkəˈdelɪk/ - Mind manifesting (from "mind", ψυχή (psyche), and "manifest", δήλος (delos)), "To fathom Hell or soar angelic, just take a pinch of psychedelic"- Humphry Osmond

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we're here, we're high

Posted on December 04, 2018 by D.C. Psychedelic Society

We are exited to present a very special book written by one of the founding members of the D.C. Psychedelic Society, Vincent Allen Rado.

we’re here, we’re high is a book about drugs; specifically, the culture and politics around their use. Topics range from Nancy Reagan and the C.I.A. to Kanye West and 2C-B.

We will have copies of the book available at our monthly meeting on Sunday, December 9, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m at the Southeast Neighborhood Library, and we will announce soon more places to get the book. We hope to see you there!

Catharsis on the Mall 2018

Posted on November 08, 2018 by D.C. Psychedelic Society

Join D.C. Psychedelic Society, Catharsis on the Mall, and special guest David Nickles for a discussion about the current state of affairs of psychedelia.
The talk is part of Catharsis on the Mall's workshop series, and will happen on the National Mall, on the Catharsis Stage at Center Camp.

This workshop, and Catharsis on the Mall, are completely FREE.

From David:
"In recent years, emphasis on 'mainstreaming' psychedelics via the path of medical legalization (medicalization) has gained increasing popularity and focus within the broader 'psychedelic community,' without much critical analysis of what this process actually entails. Psychedelic institutions seem evermore focused on playing the game of 'respectability politics,' where marginalized communities and subcultures attempt to show that their values are continuous with those of dominant culture; even as many of us suffer the realities of prohibition, late capitalism, and industrial civilization on a daily basis.

As corporate players such as COMPASS Pathways, ATAI Life Sciences, and Eleusis Benefit Corp work to gain competitive advantages in the 'virgin market' of psychedelic medicine, longstanding psychedelic researchers and organizations, such as MAPS, seem more interested in assisting these new corporate players and proclaiming that “this is inevitable” than questioning whether or not the rampant commodification and cutthroat business practices of Big Pharma have any place on the psychedelic terrain. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history; facing unprecedented existential threats to human civilization and fundamental questions about the role of psychedelics in the world at large. With investors like Peter Thiel and donors like Rebekah Mercer become increasingly normalized within psychedelic organizations, we must all ask ourselves where we draw the line and how we can actually turn psychedelic insights into real-world actions."

Dr. Thomas Stanley: Loud and Louder

We also invite you to join us and radio host, author, and artist-strategist Bushmeat aka Thomas Stanley who will discuss cannabis and the AfroDiasporic community, advanced musical culture, and the role of the Blackadelic aesthetic in the struggle for Black Power and survivable AfroFutures. The format is a teach-in, hosted by one of D.C.’s veteran cultural rebels.

The talk will be held on Saturday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Hearts Collective stage

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CVA Delegation to Maria Sabina Fest

Posted on July 10, 2018 by D.C. Psychedelic Society

Cosmovisiones Ancestrales is fundraising to send two members in the United States to Huautla de Jimenez to document the festival that will commemorate the 123rd anniversary of Maria Sabina's birthdate. 

Maria Sabina is the Mazatec priestess that introduced the psilocybin mushroom to the modern Western world. Cosmovisiones Ancestrales is building up a campaign to support Inti Flores Garcia, who is the steward of the most comprehensive archive of Maria Sabina's life. Inti lacks access to technologies that can preserve the content of the archive so the archive is at risk of becoming damaged from age. 

Cosmovisiones Ancestrales wishes to cover the festival and produce media that will boost our campaign to fundraise for Inti's archival work. Inti wishes to write and publish a comprehensive book on the untold history of Maria Sabina, who is a worldwide icon that the world actually knows very little about. We believe that visibilizing this crucial part of history will serve the purpose of legalizing psilocybin medicine for post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Cosmovisiones Ancestrales will use this opportunity to support Inti's goal of having UNESCO recognize the Huautla psilocybin mushroom as cultural patrimony and as sacred medicine for all of humanity. 


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