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Sam Woolfe is a freelance writer based in London. His main areas of interest include mental health, mystical experiences, the history of psychedelics, and the philosophy of psychedelics. He first became fascinated by psychedelics after reading Aldous Huxley's description of the mescaline experience in The Doors of Perception. Since then, he has researched and written about psychedelics for various publications, covering the legality of psychedelics, drug policy reform, and psychedelic science.

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What Does ‘Set And Setting’ Mean When Using Psychedelics?

The term 'set and setting' is used often for psychedelics, so here's what to know about the phrase.

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TMS Or Ketamine: Which Is More Effective? Breaking Down The Two Alternative Treatments

Find out whether TMS or Ketamine is the better option for mental health issues.

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Here’s Our Guide to Integrative Mental Health – A Holistic Approach to Therapy

Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that holds a great deal of potential.

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These are the 7 Stages of a DMT Trip: From The Pre-Trip To Long-Term Effects

A DMT trip can be intense, so it's important to know what to expect.

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Liberty Cap Mushrooms: Look-Alikes, Identification & More

Liberty caps are one of the most widely used and more potent species of psilocybin mushrooms.

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What Is MDA? Everything To Know About The ‘Love Drug’

What is MDA? While similar to MDMA, 'Sassafras' possesses different effects.

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Macrodosing vs. Microdosing: Let’s Break It All Down

Macrodosing and microdosing psychedelics differ: Here's what to know.

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Wavy Cap Mushrooms – The Magic Mushrooms with the Deadliest Look-ALikes

Get to know wavy cap mushrooms (Psilocybe cyanescens), understanding their potency and effects.

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Prepping for the Ayahuasca Diet? Here are the Foods to Avoid and the Foods to Eat

The ayahuasca diet is a traditional part of an ayahuasca ceremony. But is it necessary?

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From Low to High Doses – Here’s What Ketamine Feels Like

Prior to trying psychedelic therapy, a common question is what ketamine feels like. We provide answers.

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Is Ketamine Addictive? 11 Clinicians and Doctors Weigh In

This is a valid question but it does not have an easy answer.

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How To Microdose Shrooms Effectively

Learn how to microdose shrooms the right way, including the process and different potency levels.

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These Are The Most Common Psychedelic Side Effects and How To Deal With Them

Medical psychedelics are on the rise, but this is what to know before trying them.

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Golden Teacher Mushrooms Are Enlightening But Inconsistent – What People Like and Don’t Like

A popular strain for psychonauts, we explain what to know about golden teachers mushrooms.

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Here’s Everything That Affects How Long Magic Mushrooms Last

The length of a magic mushroom, or psilocybin, trip depends on a number of factors - learn about them here.

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Ego Death: What It Feels Like And How You Can Experience It

What is ego death? We explain why this is one of the key aspects of a psychedelic experience.

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How Is Ketamine Made?

How is ketamine made? This guide provides clarity prior to trying the psychedelic therapy.

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Here’s How To Lemon Tek — And Why Adding Citrus Is Not for Newbies

To lemon tek mushrooms means mixing psilocybin into a drink. This is why so many are doing it.

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What are the Odds on Psychedelics Helping Gambling Addiction?

Addiction to sports betting and casino games snags millions of people. A new study rolls the dice to see if

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Does Ketamine Show Up On A Drug Test?

As ketamine-assisted therapy has increased in popularity, we're often asked if ketamine shows up on a drug test. Here's the

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Psilocybe Cubensis: The Only Magic Mushroom You’ll Ever Need?

Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms are widely popular. Here's why.

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LSD and Mushrooms for Headaches and Pain? The Research is Surprising

The effects of psychedelics on the brain can affect the rest of the body, and we’re just starting to figure

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Where Is Ayahuasca Legal In 2024: A Growing List

Before jumping into a transformative retreat, it's important to know where ayahuasca is legal.

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How To Prepare For An Ayahuasca Experience

Knowing how to prepare for ayahuasca goes a long way in a better experience.

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How Long Does DMT Last?

How long does DMT last for? This guide explains how the powerful psychedelic works.

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Psychedelics for IBS and Lyme Disease: Evidence Mounts

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Lyme Disease can be painful, annoying, and intractable. Surprising new studies find healing with psychedelics.

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The Sacred Power of Plants: What, Exactly, Are Entheogens?

An entheogen is a powerful psychoactive substance that brings spiritual healing.

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Let’s All Argue About DMT Elves: Are They Real or Not?

DMT elves are entities that many DMT users experience. But what are they, and why do people see them?

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Ketamine Infusion Cost: Here are the Price Ranges for Depression, Pain and Other Treatments

There are varying factors that impact a ketamine infusion cost: These are some to know.

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Fisher Wallace Stimulator vs. TMS Therapy

Both appear helpful treating mental health issues, but how do the Fisher Wallace Stimulator and TMS Therapy stack up?

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Understanding The Proper LSD Dosage For You

Knowing the proper LSD dosage for you can determine a lot about the experience.

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Ketamine Dosage: What Clinics Give for IV, IM, Nasal and Oral Doses

Ketamine dosage is a complex and layered issue and plays a huge role in your experience.

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Hippie Flipping – What Is It, How to Do It, And Is It Safe?

Hippie flipping has benefits, but there are risks users should know about, too.

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Amanita Muscaria – Dosages, Effects and Legality of The Christmas Mushroom

Amanita Muscaria, aka the Christmas mushroom, is a popular magic mushroom choice. But are they legal to use? And what

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Penis Envy Mushrooms: The Strongest Magic Mushroom with the Funniest Name

Penis envy mushrooms have a unique appearance, and continue to be one of the most popular magic mushroom strains.

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How to Grow Magic Mushrooms: A Guide for Beginners to Experts

Before growing magic mushrooms on your own, follow this how-to guide.

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What Are Peyote Buttons?

Peyote buttons can provide a powerful psychedelic experience.

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4-ACO-DMT – Legality, Dosage, Safety & More

4-AcO-DMT produces similar effects as psilocybin mushrooms, but they still have differences.

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Tremella Mushroom: Benefits for Skincare, Immunity and More

The Tremella Mushroom (Tremella Fuciformis) is a functional mushroom that helps promote health and longevity.

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Kratom Withdrawal: Symptoms, Experiences, And Timeline

Kratom withdrawal can be a serious problem, and this guide explains steps to help either avoid or overcome the issue.

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Enokitake Mushroom (Flammulina Filiformis)

A popular choice in Asian cuisine, we explain the benefits and side effects of the enokitake mushroom (Flammulina filiformis).

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What Is Changa? Effects, Dosage, Recipes & More

What is changa? This guide explains what to know about the popular smoking blend.

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What Is Kava? Meet the “Alcohol Replacement” Drink.

This guide explains the effects, risks and legal status of kava drink - which may help alleviate anxiety.

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Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark: Antidepressant Effects, Legality & More

This guide explains the effects, uses, and legality of the Latin American plant, Mimosa hostilis, which is often used for

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CBD & Kratom

Learn the benefits, legalities and effects of CBD and kratom - two popular natural remedies.

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Puffball Mushroom: The Medicinal Fungi That Tastes Like Chicken

This guide explains the puffball mushroom (Calvatia Gigante), which is used in cooking, but also known for medicinal properties.

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2C-B: Receptor Action, Effects, & More

This guide explains the drug 2C-B, which is a popular recreational drug known as “pink cocaine”.

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Salvia Divinorum (Diviner’s Sage) – Seeds, Effects & More

We explain what salvia divinorum is, how to grow it, and where it's legal around the world.

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“TMS Ruined My Life” – How Negative Reviews Shape Perspectives Of Alternative Mental Health Treatments

Using the term "TMS ruined my life" in a review can skew the perception of alternative health treatments.

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Kambo Medicine: Benefits, Risks and Controversy

We explain the benefits, risks and controversy surrounding Kambo medicine, which comes from an Amazonian frog.

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1P-LSD: Definition & Legality

This guide explains what 1P-LSD is, and how it differs from traditional LSD.

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How Long Do Shrooms Stay In Your System?

As more people use psilocybin, one popular question is how long shrooms stay in your system. This guide explains.

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Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus)

This guide explains benefits of the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), which is often found in soups and teas.

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What Is Kratom Tea Good For, And How Do You Make It?

What is kratom tea good for, and how easy is it to make? Here's what to know.

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HPPD: What Is It, And What Are Its Symptoms?

HPPD is a rare occurrence after a psychedelic experience, where a user has persisting effects.

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Maitake Mushroom (Grifola Frondosa)

The maitake mushroom (grifola frondosa) is a functional mushroom with medicinal elements.

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The Best Kratom Powder Of 2022

This guide highlights the best kratom powder, as the interest in the plant continues to grow in popularity.

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Psychedelic Integration: What Does It Actually Mean, And Why Is It Important?

Psychedelic integration is a critical part of the psychedelic experience. This guide helps explain why.

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Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes Versicolor)

A common polypore mushroom, the Turkey Tail mushroom (trametes versicolor) offers plenty of benefits via different forms of intake.

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Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula Edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are popular for cooking, but Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also utilizes their medicinal properties.

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Magnetic Therapy For Depression Is Here To Stay

Magnetic therapy could help with depression, but is the integrative health procedure worth it?

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Cordyceps Mushroom (Cordyceps Sinensis)

Get to know the cordyceps mushroom (formerly Cordyceps Sinensis and now Ophiocordyceps sinensis), understanding the effects, and how to use

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Spravato Treatment For TRD – Cost, Process & More

How does Spravato Treatment for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) work? This guide explains.

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Study: How Ketamine Changes Chronic PTSD Patient’s Brain Neurochemistry

A new study helps explain how the brain changes when using ketamine for PTSD.

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Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus)

Get to know the chaga mushroom (inonotus obliquus), understanding the benefits and how to use them.

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Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum)

Get to know the reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum), understanding the effects, and how to use them.

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus)

Get to know the lion's mane mushroom (hericium erinaceus), understanding effects, and how to use them.

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TMS Therapy And Treatment: Pros & Cons

As TMS therapy and treatment gain popularity, this guide explains everything to know about the process.

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Study Finds Ketamine Telehealth Is A Safe And Effective Treatment For Anxiety And Depression

Ketamine telehealth may be a new service, but one study found it to be quite effective.

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MDMA: From Ecstasy’s Party Origins to Modern Therapeutic Potential

Everything you need to know about MDMA (Ecstasy)

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Banded Mottlegill Mushrooms: Look-Alikes, Identification and More

Get to know banded mottlegill mushrooms (panaeolus cinctulus), understanding their effects, and how to grow them.

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Ayahuasca: What it Feels Like, Where it Comes From, and How it Works

Ayahuasca is a sacred psychedelic, and requires intense detail before an experience. This guide helps explain the process.

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Flying Saucer Mushrooms: Identification and Look-a-Likes of this Intense Shroom

Get to know about Flying saucer mushrooms (Psilocybe Azurescens), understanding their effects, and how to grow them.

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How to Grow and Identify the Psilocybe Mexicana Magic Mushroom

Get to know psilocybe mexicana (psilocybe mexicana), understanding their effects, and how to grow them.

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Blue Meanie Mushrooms Are Hard to Identify, But Worth It

Get to know blue meanie mushrooms (Panaeolus cyanescens), understanding their effects, and how to grow them.

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Philosophical Nausea: What People Love and Hate About McKennaii Mushrooms

Get to know McKennaii Mushrooms (psilocybe cubensis), understanding their effects, and how to grow them.

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Low Potency Laughter: What People Like and Don’t Like About Laughing Gym Mushrooms

Get to know Laughing Gym Mushroom (gymnopilus junonius), understanding how to dose and their effects.

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Is Ibogaine A Promising Addiction Treatment Option?

Ibogaine is a unique psychedelic, and has an interesting history of use.

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Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms Is One Way to Get Into the Flow

Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms is becoming quite the popular practice.

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What Do Shrooms Look Like?

What do shrooms look like? This guide explains some of the most popular species.

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Everything You Need To Know About Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)

Understand what psilocybin is, and how to properly dose the popular psychedelic.

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Ketamine: Everything You Need to Know About this Legal Therapeutic

Understand everything you need to know about ketamine.

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Where Are Psychedelics Legal Around The Globe In 2024

Where are psychedelics legal? This guide offers insight.

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5 Ways Michael Pollan Destigmatized Psychedelics

Author Michael Pollan is a key figure in the changing attitudes of psychedelic therapy.

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Tuesday Blues: What To Expect After An MDMA Experience

The Tuesday Blues can be a negative effect from taking MDMA - here's how to help cope.

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The Main Differences Between MDA And MDMA

The difference between MDA and MDMA surrounds effects of each and how they're used.

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What Does An MDMA Hangover Feel Like?

Experiencing an MDMA hangover is common. This is what one feels like - and how to manage it.

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How To Start Microdosing Psychedelics: A Beginner’s Guide

If you want to know how to start microdosing, these are the many aspects to be aware of.

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Shrooms Feel Great…and Taste Like Dirt. Make Mushroom Chocolates. Here’s How.

Learn how to make mushroom chocolates with this step-by-step guide.

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The Forgotten Psychedelic: A Journey into the Mystical Realm of LSA

What is LSA? Although it's complicated, we explain the purpose of these "morning glory" seeds.

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Candy Flipping: One of the Best Feelings In The World. But How Do You It?

Candy flipping combines both MDMA and LSD, but how safe is it?

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Microdosing MDMA: What Research Says

Microdosing MDMA as treatment is gaining momentum, but does research support the practice?

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How Long Does LSD Last, And What Should You Expect During A Trip?

Before trying the powerful psychedelic, it's important to know how long LSD lasts.

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What Are Psychedelics? We Explain The Differences From Other Drugs

What are psychedelics? We explain the differences from other types of drugs.

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What Are The 3 Types Of Ketamine, And Which One Is Right For You?

Understanding the different types of ketamine is important before trying the alternative therapy.

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Are All Ayahuasca Retreats The Same? You Might Be Surprised

Like most things in life, ayahuasca retreats don't always deliver the same experience.

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What Is 5-MeO-DMT – One of The World’s Most Powerful Psychoactive Substances

5-MeO-DMT is a short-lasting psychedelic that is regarded as one of the world’s most powerful substance.

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These Are The 12 Effects Of LSD To Expect During A Psychedelic Trip

There are numerous effects of LSD, and these are the 12 most prominent to be aware of.

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Is LSD Addictive? Is It Safe To Use For Mental Health Issues? We Provide Guidance

It's not uncommon to wonder if LSD is addictive. But we highlight support showing why the drug tends to be

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Here’s How Psilocybin Therapy Is Changing The Way People Treat Mental Health Issues

Research shows how psilocybin therapy is impacting mental health issues in a positive way.

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This Is What An Ayahuasca Experience Is Like

Every ayahuasca experience brings a different kind of reward.

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Shrooms vs. Acid: Understanding The Differences Between Psilocybin And LSD

Get to know the advantages, uses and differences between shrooms vs. acid.

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What Is Peyote And How Does It Work?

What is peyote and how does it impact the mind and soul? We explain.

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What Is DMT? From Its Purpose To Understanding Its Side Effects

What is DMT? We explain all you need to know about the powerful psychedelic.

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3 Things To Expect When Taking A Mushroom Trip

It's important to prepare your mind prior to taking a mushroom trip.

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Will Ketamine Help Sleep? We Explain Any Benefits

Will ketamine help sleep? There are benefits, and this is what you need to know.

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What Receptor Does Ketamine Bind To?

The psychedelic binds to more than one receptor, and this is how it all works.

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This Is Why Ketamine Is Called Dissociative Anesthesia

Since dissociative anesthesia refers to psychedelics, ketamine is naturally involved.

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What Neurotransmitters Does Ketamine Affect Most In The Brain?

Surprisingly, ketamine affects glutamate in the brain more than any other neurotransmitter.

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Can Ketamine Be Taken Orally?

There are many ways to take ketamine, so understand the process when done orally.

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Here’s How Ketamine Affects The Brain

It's important to know how ketamine affects the brain following therapeutic use.

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How Long Does Ketamine Stay In The Body’s System?

How long does ketamine last? This helps better understand the process and side effects.

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Ketamine And Seizures: Can One Lead To The Other?

Before using ketamine, it's important to understand its effects on certain health issues.

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Psilocybin Dispensaries Could Soon Be Coming: What Does That Mean For Psychedelic Therapy?

Could psilocybin dispensaries become the norm for psychedelic therapy?

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Why Has Growing Magic Mushrooms At Home Suddenly Started To Boom?

There's lots of reason why growing magic mushrooms at home is gaining popularity.

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Is MDMA Therapy A Safe Option If Taking Antidepressants?

Should MDMA therapy be considered even if you're regularly taking antidepressants?

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Ayahuasca Dangers: The Do’s And Don’ts When Preparing For Your First Journey

As a powerful psychedelic brew, it's important to understand potential ayahuasca dangers.

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What Exactly Is A Psychonaut?

Get to know what constitutes someone as a psychonaut.

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How Does Your Body React To Ketamine?

There are many physical ways that ketamine therapy can affect the body, not just the mind.u

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Microdosing Apps Analyze Your Sub-Perceptual Trip

Check out our run down of the apps that can help you track your psychedelic microdosing regimen.

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Does Psychedelic Therapy Work For The Experienced Psychedelic User?

Can psychedelics be an effective treatment for mental health issues even if you're an experienced user?

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4 Different Therapeutic Techniques Used With Psychedelic Therapy

There are a variety of therapeutic techniques in psychedelic therapy.

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So You Just Had A Ketamine Therapy Session – Now What?

What should you do after a ketamine therapy session to get the most from your therapy?

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Psilocybin vs. DMT: What Are The Differences?

There are several important differences between psilocybin and DMT that you should know before trying.

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3 Misconceptions Of Ketamine Therapies

Considering ketamine therapies? Read about 3 prominent misconceptions to keep in mind before you do.

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When’s The Right Time To Seek Psychotherapy?

There are many factors that contribute to the best time for you to seek psychotherapy.

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What is Ayahuasca Integration and Why is it Crucial?

The process of integrating your Ayahuasca experience can be complex - what do you need to know?

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Microdosing LSD: Why The Powerful Drug Can Change Your Life

Discover everything to know about microdosing LSD as part of psychedelic therapy.

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Thinking About Ketamine Therapy? Ask Your Doctor These 5 Questions

Do your research prior to diving into ketamine therapy for the first time.

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How To Tell If A Ketamine Clinic Is Trustworthy

These are the signs to look for before going to a ketamine clinic.

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This Brain Imaging Device Could Impact Understanding Psychedelic Trips

How will this brain imaging device impact the understanding of psychedelics?

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How Ayahuasca Tea May Help With Mental Health Issues

Studies suggest Ayahuasca tea could improve everyday mental health struggles.

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Are Natural Psychedelics Or Synthetic Psychedelics Better For Your Body?

So, what's the difference between natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics?

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Ketamine Infusions: A Step-By-Step Guide Before Your First Visit

Before considering ketamine infusions, here's what to know.

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Psychedelics And Spiritual Emergencies

There's a real connection between psychedelics and spiritual emergencies.

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Magic Mushrooms: What Are They, And Are They Legal?

Magic mushrooms are being discovered by plenty of people, so here's what to know before trying them yourself.

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An Ayahuasca Retreat Brings Powerful Changes

How would a life-changing ayahuasca retreat impact your life?

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Having A Bad Trip On Psychedelics: Is There Some Value?

Some may argue a bad trip could actually be beneficial.

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Why Self-Medicating With Psychedelics Can Be Risky

Decrease risks by avoiding self-medicating with psychedelics.

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MDMA Therapy: 4 Benefits Of Treatment

MDMA treatment may have powerful psychotherapy benefits.

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Ketamine For Depression: A Starting Guide

An introduction into the use of ketamine for depression.

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How To Find The Best Ketamine Therapy Clinics

This serves as a guide to find the best ketamine therapy clinics near you.

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