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All the psychedelics a girl could ever want - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 19th, 2013

01:15 pm - All the psychedelics a girl could ever want

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I dreamed that I lived back in the old Horokiwi house but that it was haunted by a ghost that did things like pick me and my bathwater* up and pin me against the wall, then take my voice away when I tried to tell people about it. It started haunting me outside the house as well, but I was able to croak out a complaint and we exorcised it. Fuck you, ghost, you will never get my silence!

Also, my hotel bed is comfy as and I slept for 12 hours. Then I found fruit and Starbucks for breakfast. Starbucks is kind of like McDonalds - it's not flash, but it'll do in a pinch and when you're travelling, it's consistent. Also, espresso doesn't seem standard in cafes here, but Starbucks has it, so yay!


Here is a picture of the view from my hotel room:



I can also see both bridges, and helianthas tells me that they are worth seeing at night, but sadly last night I crashed out before it got dark. Tonight I shall see them! Yes.

Meanwhile, here is a list of notes from today's workshop, Psychedelic Horizons Beyond Psychotherapy.

Multistate theory - Based in the idea that for most research into the mind, the only state considered valid for drawing conclusions is the default state of awake and unaltered. Yet with so many psychotechnologies (mind-altering substances or practices or physical technologies) available, the exploration of mulitple states is a wide open field. The main question being:

What variations in X can be seen between different mindbody states?

Where X can be any cognitive or emotional phenomenon, such as: intelligence, compassion, values, curiosity, spirituality, etc. And what can we learn from studying these changes?

Small section on some interesting alterations in people's minds through psychedelics, for example the loss of lifelong allergies through LSD and psilocybin experiences, or the marked improvement in social fluidity experienced by people on the autism/asperger's spectrum when using 2C-E.

Microdosing: using doses of psychedelics at subdetectable levels (10micrograms LSD or 700micrograms 2C-E for example) and recording noticed changes in overall experience of life - increased efficiency, sociability, 'had a good day', feelings the next day. This researcher is doing this research right now and finding some interesting results in terms of general life improvements. He's looking for more people to participate. He also spoke of psychedelic use as being in the closet and talked a bit about ways of coming out, and how necessary he believes it is for social change.

Other research areas that popped into my head through the day: How individual transformational experience events compare with life changes reported by long term regular users of psychedelics; how people who have mystical experiences integrate them into a spiritual life, and how this might inform psychedelic mystical experience; Psychedelics and brain plasticity, particularly in relation to Alzheimer's disease - would microdosing be a worthwhile field to research here?

Books I'd like to read:

The Psychedelic Future of the Mind. Written by the Multistate Theory guy.

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide. Written by the microdosing guy.

Quantum Change. About epiphanies and life-changing experiences.

Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered. An older book that explores some of the original thought about the potential of psychedelics.

The Antipodes of the Mind. What's so interesting about ayahuasca.

And seriously, everyone over here seems to be studying ayahuasca. It's a Big Deal. It seems most of the people I met today have that as a main interest. Which is interesting from a cultural perspective. I also met a psychiatrist who's studying uses for ketamine in treatment of depression, and two young yoga instructors from Indianapolis who were interested in the integration of ayahuasca and yoga practices for personal/spiritual development.

I get the feeling that ayahuasca is kind of trendy at the moment. I hate to use that word, but it's got that vibe - people have discovered it has beneficial properties, but going to South America and having the full experience involves a lot of time and cost (my brief research indicated that 12 days is a short version of the experience, 3 months is closer to how much time you'd have to spend to fully reap the benefits) - so the experience is being brought to the USA, and most likely Americanised in the process. Of course, I know only what I've seen today, so I might try to attend a couple of the ayahuasca talks, just to improve my knowledge of what's happening.


Meanwhile, it took me quite a while to find anywhere around this area that sells fruit, and ended up getting some from a cafe at nearly $1 a pop. The red delicious apples really are delicious, though! Tonight, I'm meeting dragonvyxn for dinner, and tomorrow the conference proper starts. And and and, I handed out some cards! Check me out with my networking!

* This is stupid. I never bathe. I'd like to see it try to pin my shower water up against a wall. Yeah.

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From:clashfan
Date:April 19th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
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Wish I could zip down there to say hello! I was out of town last weekend, though, and can't miss this weekend. Hope you're having a great time!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 19th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
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Aww, that's a shame. You'll just have to zip down to the other There when you get a chance.

(it's a bit further though)

;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:April 19th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
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sounds like an excellent first day.. yay

also a bunch of teh books you will want to read, casue i am presuming that there will be some from every talk given.. can probaby be found in the vending area, where all the books can be found.. well thats what it was like at the conference i went to.. it was all wheeee and yayayay...
*beams*

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From:tatjna
Date:April 19th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm going to spin by there tomorrow at lunchtime and see what they have.

Of course, if I buy books then I'll have to bring them back with me in something. And books have a tendency to breed in your bag, so I'm told.
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From:pombagira
Date:April 19th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
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mmm book breeding..

you could alwasy post a bunch back if you go mad and buy all of them??

*grins*
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From:rivet
Date:April 19th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
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Sounds fascinating! I haz the envy.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 19th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
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I am trying to keep notes of all the topics so I can expand on the ones folks are interested in, and eventually link people to the talks themselves when they get put up online.
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From:rivet
Date:April 19th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
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We'll have lots to talk about when we find a good horizontal surface with neither sharks nor endemic chlamydia!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 19th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
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This is true.

(i'm sure they are around somewhere)
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From:helianthas
Date:April 19th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
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omg, I want to meet the ketamine guy! And be in the microdosing study. </p>

Sounds so interesting!! Keep us posted.

Hope you got to see the Bay bridge!

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From:tatjna
Date:April 19th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
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I can give you the microdosing guy's email if you like.

And yes, I saw the bridge, although I would like to see it a bit closer up because from here it's hard to pick out what's actually happening. Shame it's not BM, I could just wander on over..
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From:nick_101
Date:April 19th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
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What a great view from the hotel room.
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 19th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, what a great view!

And uh...Americans are indeed big into that whole making things trendy because they are from Wise Natives from Somewhere Else...
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