Drug Myths: Does Sugar Stop Your High?

There are many myths surrounding recreational highs. However, there are probably just as many truths. One person’s individual experience can soon spread and become gospel – drug scripture that everyone abides by. This is useful if the original case is based on fact, but very problematic if it’s not. Take the war on drugs, for example, it successfully mixed lies with truths to change opinion on drugs forever. Well, using sugar as a way to help stop a high is one of those stories.

Does it work or does it not? The belief is that sugary drinks or sweets can help end a cannabis sesh quicker, as well as also a hallucinogenic trip. I’ve used this method myself from time to time. Let’s see what truths or lies sit beneath.

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Myths Around Drugs

It’s hard to ever know the truths surrounding drugs, especially when each person will have their own individual experiences. A simple example of this is that some people enjoy letting go and feeling far from their usual selves, whereas others would find that their own version of hell. This means then that already, before we’ve even discussed the science behind it, people will have different opinions. This is especially prevalent as many substances are dictated by how you’re feeling before you take them.

Alcohol, for instance, can easily turn someone violent or sad if they were feeling unhappy before consuming it. Another example is ecstasy – if someone is nervous about taking it then every little sweaty moment or increased heart rate may easily trigger their anxieties. That is why set and setting are so important when talking about all substances, despite the fact that they’re usually referred to when discussing psychedelics. Set is short for ‘mindset’, meaning that your feelings beforehand will dictate how your trip goes. ‘Setting’ is self-explanatory, meaning that where you are who you’re with will also affect the positives or negatives of your experience. BDP writes:

“People find that set and setting have a profound impact on the psychedelic experience. The more supportive the set and setting, the more likely the experience will be positive. In opposition, a less than ideal set and setting will increase the likelihood of a negative or challenging experience.Whilst being mindful of set and setting doesn’t guarantee a ‘good trip’, it’s an effective way of nudging the experience of taking psychedelic drugs in a positive direction.”

The reason people believe the set and setting theory to be true is that many agree with its sentiment. Many have experienced bad trips and many have experienced good trips, which they believe was dictated by their set and setting. But does this make the theory true? Or is it just another one of those word-of-mouth nuances that can assist people when they need it? It’s hard to prove these sorts of things, but what about the more exact scientific theories? Those ones that are surely easier to prove. Like, for example, whether sugar does help to quicken the ending of unpleasant highs. 

Sugar and Cannabis

The reason why many people believe that sugar helps to end highs early is because it’s what you’re told to do when you’re feeling unpleasant. When I first told my father that I had smoked a joint – I was about 15 and I’d literally barely had a puff – he sat me down and told me that if I ever threw a whitey and felt awful, that I should drink a diet coke to feel better. When I asked him why, he said, ‘because it will raise your blood sugar and stop you from feeling so bad’.

I didn’t really understand it at first, especially as when you feel that awful you can barely bring yourself to eat or drink anything. But nonetheless I took it as gospel and used the theory many times whenever my friends found themselves ‘overdosing’ on cannabis. As you’ll probably know, when you’re growing up and experimenting with drugs, this kind of thing happens a lot. I’d pull out a can of the finest cornershop diet coke I could buy and help my intoxicated mate sip it down, feeling like I’d saved their evening. But in reality, had I actually done anything? Well, Way of Leaf writes:

“When you smoke cannabis your blood sugar drops, convincing your body that it is hungry. This response is how our body reacts on a day to day basis in order to keep us nourished and not starving (imagine if our body never knew that it needed food?). When your blood sugar drops your body is screaming for more energy so it craves a meal. While this alone won’t dampen your blissfully high feelings, consuming foods with high sugar content can – which is often the type of food that those with the munchies reach for.”

As you can see, when you consume cannabis your blood sugar drops, meaning that your body does require energy. Oddly enough, the munchies are almost the other side of the same coin. When you’re experiencing a pleasant high, it’s likely that your body will start craving sweet and carb-filled foods, but when you digest them it will be a far more pleasurable feeling than if you’re sipping a coke whilst experiencing a whitey moment. Nonetheless, the same thing happens. The high slowly subsides. Or does it? The answer seems to be yes. The cannabinoids within cannabis, mainly THC, have blood sugar lowering qualities. Anything that counteracts this will, in turn, reduce the effects of the THC – the main psychoactive element of weed. This means that digesting sugar whilst high will speed up the process of ending your high. 

Sugar and Psychedelics

Cannabis isn’t the only drug that sugar can supposedly reduce the effects of. Psychedelic drugs like acid and magic mushrooms are also, theoretically, conquered by sugary drinks and sweets. When I was travelling in Amsterdam and purchased some magic truffles I was told exactly this. Magic truffles are legal in the Netherlands and have much the same level of potency as psilocybin magic mushrooms, except they are picked from underground, in their infancy. When I bought a box of the strongest truffles in Amsterdam I was told by the shopkeeper – as well as by the packaging itself – that eating or drinking sugar would help quicken the end of the trip. But does this actually work? Does psilocybin, like cannabis, also lower your blood pressure? On a blog called Shroomery, one user denies this sentiment, saying:

Actually I don’t believe sugar kills a trip.I like to eat sweets during the come on and it never has affected any of my trips to a noticeable degree. Also the aztecs ate the mushrooms with honey. And chocolate even is a weak MAOI according to Terence McKenna Land. It could still work as a placebo however: when you strongly believe it will help kill the trip it might just work to some degree”

So is digesting sugar to stop a trip just a placebo? Now, in some cases, placebos can be as effective as actual remedies. But the issue with placebos is that once you know the scientific truth, they no longer work. So, the question is, is there no proof that sugar genuinely does affect a hallucinogenic trip? There’s a product known as ‘trip stopper’, which contains the glucose dextrose that can supposedly neutralise the trip. The product description says:

“Minimizes the bad trip effects. The valerian helps you relax, which will decrease the effects and helps the dextrose to neutralize the psilocybin effects. Use if the trip you are in takes less pleasant turns, take the 2 Dextro tablets in your mouth and let it dissolve slowly. The dextrose helps to neutralize the trip effects. Then take the 4 Valerian capsules and take them with a large glass of water.”

Of course it is possible that these products are simply taking advantage of a social belief based on a placebo. But, then again, if sugar doesn’t affect a trip in any way, then why do so many people believe that it does? Perhaps there is some truth in it, or alternatively the only way to find out is to try it for yourself. 

Conclusion

It has been known that sugar can help to reduce the effects of cannabis highs and psychedelic trips. This theory has been passed down generations and is often given as advice to new users of recreational substances. With cannabis, it seems that there is some truth behind it. THC lowers blood sugar, which is then counteracted when sugar is digested. However, what about psychedelics? According to magic truffles packaging and certain products, It seems that sugars and sweeteners can neutralize the effects of psilocybin. However, there doesn’t seem to be enough actual evidence to back this up, excerpt for word of mouth. But what do you think?

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Psychedelics and Art: Immersive Exhibitions Around the World

Psychedelics and art go hand in hand, making it no surprise that the Psychedelic Art niche has been growing in popularity in recent years. Not only is art simply more enjoyable and fun to interpret different pieces of art when you’re high, but certain drugs are known to improve divergent thinking in already creative individuals.  

Now, when I say “psychedelic” art exhibitions, what I really mean is immersive art. Art installations that pull you in and make you feel the art with your entire body and all the senses – akin to how one would feel on a psychedelic trip. So, while getting high and going to a quiet art gallery may not be the most exciting of plans, you can certainly trip out and have a lot of fun wandering around a labyrinth of experiential art.  

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More about psychedelics, art, and the senses 

We, as humans, have five basic senses that help us navigate through the world: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. The organs associated with each sense gather information and send it to the brain, which helps us perceive the world around us so we can better function better in it. In addition to our five most fundamental senses, there are some others that we actually cannot live without, like spatial awareness and balance.  

Psychedelics are the only category of drugs a person can use that will affect ALL the senses, as well as cause visual/auditory/tactile hallucinations and alter thought processes, emotions, and perception of time. Because of this, a type of art described as “psychedelic” or “immersive” has become frequently associated with these substances and the psychonaut community. Some common elements of psychedelic art include fractal designs in high contrast, portraits with distorted perspectives, fabrics in loud colors and swirling patterns, and things of that nature.  

Art critic Ken Johnson explains it well in his book, Are You Experienced? Johnson argues that “All kinds of things look better to the stoned observer, but many works of art produced in the 1960s seemed to require not just a new sort of taste but a heightened, Zen-like state of attentiveness, a kind of receptivity to the subtleties of space and time and forms and materials that could readily be achieved by ingesting a psychotropic drug.” 

So, in other words, his theory is both psychedelic art (which is made with the psychonaut in mind) as well as more nuanced projects would have greater appeal to the intoxicated observer as opposed to the sober one. Simply put, all art is better when you’re high, especially when you’re stoned or tripping.  

Meow Wolf – Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Denver, and Houston, USA 

Meow Wolf exhibitions are known to defy reality with their fully immersive, incredibly interactive, and very unique spaces. Using a combination of narrative story-telling, multimedia, and of course, fun colors and lights, the goal of Meow Wolf is to transport viewers into a new, yet somewhat familiar, realm. The company is based in Santa Fe with locations in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and soon, Texas. They announced earlier this year that they will be opening two new exhibitions in the Lone Star State relatively soon.  

“Slowly but surely, you are transported into unknown spaces,” Meow Wolf’s CEO, Jose Tolosa, said. “Unknown spaces of really amazing visual and auditory and light art and technology that really triggers all your senses. “Our exhibitions are non-linear. We don’t tell you to start here and end here, and we don’t tell you where to go. You go wherever you want. They’re highly interactive.” 

Each space consists of a unique, puzzle-like story that visitors follow and solve through each exhibition. For those who want to fully engage, the story can take hours to complete, but not everyone wants to dive in so deeply, which is perfectly fine. Visitors can choose to solve the stories/puzzles, or just explore a little bit until they’re ready to leave.  

“The experience is meant for all generations,” Tolosa said, adding that “a child would go in and have an amazing experience, but then it would be a totally different experience than a teen, an adult or even a senior. It has those unique characteristics that have the ability to really trigger the human mind. Ours is a space that mixes in the sculptural and the audio and the video and the lighting and story and narrative and technology, which incorporates a lot more artistic forms in that one space.” 

Future Shock – London, UK 

Coined as “Art that wraps around you”, Future Shock takes sensory, new-age art to another level. As of now, it’s a temporary exhibition set up by 180 Studios and running until the end of August. The show includes sixteen different installations, each bringing together different elements of physical and virtual artwork using a variety of different methods and technologies. The exhibition is set up in an underground car garage, and is basically like a large maze that you can wander through and get lost in.  

“It is very, very entrancing,” says art critic Tabish Khan. “You love the sound, the visuals. I would say that there are some works that I found a lot stronger than others. There are some works which have like a deeper message and they carry through stronger than the others. And there are some that we think visually, I’m very impressed. Do I get something more from this? Maybe not.” 

One of the installations comes complete with rotating mirrors, laser lights, and colorful kinetic sculptures – all situated in a pitch-black room. Another installation takes place in a desert-like environment populated by digital humans. Rather than a profound artistic message, Future Shock experimenting with technology and psychedelic digital worlds. Making visitors feel the art, rather than analyze it.  

For example, one of their largest and most popular installations is one called “Vortex”, created by a Barcelona-based multidisciplinary art studio, Hamill Industries. In Vortex, light projectors, smoke effects, and a specific soundtrack are used to create a giant colorful smoke ring that move in synchronicity with the music. According to the creators, this particular piece is about experiencing the beautiful musical sound through alternative senses, light sight and smell. 

“So, you can experiment that as a musical piece, but if you can just kind of do one step away and see like how it travels, how the light follows.,” says Anna Diaz, mix-media artist from Hamill Industries. “It’s about – it’s a pentagram. It’s a musical pentagram made light, made smoke. So that’s what it’s behind the vortex. And that’s the message behind the vortex, experiencing sound.” 

Superblue – Miami, USA 

Superblue is a relatively new installation in Miami, Florida, launched in 2021. It includes a very interactive environment with various digital installations, moving shapes and colors, light displays, a mirror labyrinth, items that visitors can pick up and move around, and much more, all over a sprawling 50,000 square foot space.  

Aside from the exhibition, the venue also has an events space and a popular outdoor café called The Blue Rider. And despite having only been open for barely 15 months, Superblue already has thousands of good reviews over various platforms including Google, Yelp, and Facebook. The show has been described as “Trippy, meditative, and gorgeous…” by the New York Times. 

“Each of these artists provokes us to see our relationship to the world and each other in completely new ways – it’s at the forefront of how we experience immersive art,” said Superblue co-founder and CEO, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst. “Superblue was created in response to the public’s rapidly growing interest in experiential art that provokes new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us,” added Marc Glimcher, co-founder of Superblue. 

teamLab – Tokyo, Japan 

teamLab is one of most well-known names on this lists, and is made up of a global group of artists, engineers, programmers, CG animators, architects, and mathematicians. They have permanent exhibitions in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Macao, as well as numerous other installations all over the world. They also plan to launch a new permanent installation in Saudi Arabia in 2023. Their goal is to help visitors “explore the relationship between the self and the world through art” using new and less traditional mediums. “Physical media is no longer the limit”, their website claims.  

“Digital technology has made it possible for artworks to expand physically. Art created using digital technology can easily expand. So, it provides us with a greater degree of autonomy within the space. We are now able to manipulate and use much larger spaces,” says teamLab, who spoke as a collective. “Here, we ask guests to wander, explore, and discover. Artworks also move out of the rooms freely. They form connections and relationships with people. The artworks communicate with, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other. They also have the same concept of time as the human body,” they added. 

teamLab is also working to combine art and wellness with their latest project, teamlab Reconnect, a permanent installation in Tokyo. Reconnect is an art and sauna exhibition where visitors experience the immersive artworks while alternating between hot saunas and cold baths. The goal is for users to enter what’s known as a “sauna trance” while enjoying the creative experience.  

THE LUME at Newfields – Indianapolis, USA 

I had to include this one, not only to have something representing the Midwest, but because I live in Indiana and it’s on my list of places to visit out there. That being said, THE LUME is part of the larger, Newfields art exhibit which is a 152-acre encyclopedic art museum. THE LUME takes place on 30,000 square feet of that acreage, and it can be best described as an hour-long digital art gallery extension.  

It’s not a movie, but rather a series of digital art experiences that play on a constant loop. The point of the exhibit is to see art “up close and all around you” by taking famous artworks and turning them into three dimensional, multi-sensory experiences. Despite the 60-minute play time, you can stay and enjoy the exhibition for as long as you want. Visitors are actually encouraged to take in the experiences from every angle – really get your money’s worth. You can enter at any time and jump straight into the loop.  

Featured artists include Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin, and after the show, you can visit the museum’s activity space to see some of the original paintings. There is also an attached restaurant, Café Terrace 1888, where you can take a break and refuel.  

Also worth noting, is that Newfields just announced they are looking for new artists to feature in THE LUME exhibit. Artists will need to create a three-minute, immersive, visual and audio digital media experience that will be displayed as featurettes or short digital art productions during THE LUME’s Monet experience. You can find more information about submitting your work here, and the deadline to apply is August 30th.  

Final Thoughts  

When looking for “psychedelic” art installations, what I was looking for specifically was the concept of experiencing art through all five senses. Because tripping is so sensory on its own, art exhibitions that was appeal to psychonauts – in my opinion – would find a way to incorporate different sensory experiences. Immersive art exhibitions like the ones above are perfect examples of that. If I missed any of your favorites, drop me a line in the comment section below so I can add it to the list! 

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Celebrities Who Smoke Cannabis Crossword Puzzle

This week’s crossword puzzle is all about celebrities who smoke cannabis. The questions are pretty simple; you fill in the blank. But, if you get stuck, you can plug the question into Google and the associated person will come up. Some of these pot loving celebrities are fairly obvious but others might surprise you. Blow […]

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How Popular Are Psychedelics In America? Survey Says ~30% Have Tried

The psychedelics industry is gearing up for a massive debut, and opinions on the compounds are changing for the better. How popular are psychedelics in America right now? New survey results show that these compounds are not unknown to the American public, and that close to 30% of respondents, have already tried them.

With the psychedelics boom underway, we now ask the question, just how popular are psychedelics in America? A recent survey has some interesting results on this matter. Welcome to out completely independent news publication focusing on cannabis and psychedelics reporting. We offer the Cannadelics Weekly Newsletter to provide regular updates for readers, along with some top notch deals on all kinds of products including smoking paraphernalia, edibles, and cannabinoid compounds like the uber popular Delta 8 THC, and HHC. Head to our ‘best of’ lists to check out offers, and make sure to only purchase the products you are fully comfortable using.


The psychedelics revolution

100 years ago psychedelics weren’t a thing yet, at least not in Western medicine. Though they’ve enjoyed a wide and long-ranging tenure in different cultural traditions, their use as a recreational or medicinal drug in today’s modern, Westernized world, was still far off 100 years ago. 50 Years ago, legislation to get rid of psychedelics from society in general, already went through. Yup, in just a 50 years period, drugs like LSD were discovered, found to have great therapeutic properties, and then were promptly illegalized, both by the US government, and the UN.

What started blossoming out as a beautiful answer to issues of mental health and addiction, was snuffed out in favor of the pharmaceutical antidepressant market, which was never effective, so long as you never listened to pharmaceutical reps, or paid-for research, which is a significantly bigger issue than most people realize. And it happened so fast, that most people never gained awareness of the benefits these compounds provide. In fact, psychedelics existed mainly as a black market for recreational purposes, and were roundly associated with hippies and the anti-war movement of the 1960’s.

So, it’s a major change in climate to go from scare-tactic videos showing people jumping out of windows (part of my DARE program in high school), to news articles blaring about how quickly drugs like magic mushrooms and ketamine help with treatment resistant depression. It’s even more eye-opening that Oregon passed legislation to legalize psilocybin mushrooms, and that Washington, California, Michigan, and Colorado are working toward legalizations as well. And lets certainly not forget that the US government actually did legalize a form of ketamine in 2019 (esketamine) for depression, though in a very quiet manner.

Beyond treatment resistant depression, psychedelics are being studied in earnest for their ability to help with addiction issues, pain management (particularly ketamine), obsessive-compulsive issues, and post-partum depression. In fact, ketamine is already being openly used for all of the above in a clinic system that allows its prescription, because of its place as an approved anesthetic.

With the line changing from ‘psychedelics are dangerous’ to ‘psychedelics are good for you’, it’s not that surprising that such compounds already have a relatively high use rate in a place like America. How high? Different surveys give different estimates, but one says that psychedelics are already so popular in America, that about 30% of the population has already tried them.

How popular are psychedelics in America Latest survey

How popular are psychedelics in America right now? It’s hard to get concrete answers to questions like this because its hard to survey the entire country. Surveys take representative measurements – where a small portion of the population is questioned to represent a greater population, and they come with a lot of issues, particularly when samples are small, or not collected to reflect a greater population. Having said that, since polling every individual for opinion is not possible in a country the size of the US, surveys are about the best we have to go on.

A recent survey conducted by YouGov, a British internet-based data analytics and market research company, found that almost 30% of Americans already tried psychedelics at least once. Now, this survey has massive limitations. For one, only 1000 people were questioned, and though they were picked to represent the US, they unlikely did in a comprehensive way. It should be expected that this particular group is not representative of the US at large. Even so, when it comes to this topic, there’s not much to go on, so this is what we’ve got.

According to the report, the sample was weighted “According to gender, age, race, and education based on the 2018 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as news interest and 2020 Presidential vote (or non-vote).”

The survey, conducted between July 22-25 of this year, showed that of the seven psychedelics asked about (LSD, magic mushrooms/psilocybin, MDMA/ecstasy, DMT, mescaline/peyote, ketamine, and salvia), 28% of respondents had already tried at least one. Of those drugs, LSD was the most popular psychedelic in America according to this sample, with 14% of respondents having tried it. Second was psilocybin, which 13% had tried. MDMA was third with 9%, ketamine was done by 6%, DMT also by 6%, and salvia by 5%.

Psychedelic mushrooms
Psychedelic mushrooms

Though the survey has plenty of holes, it does show something for sure; that psychedelics are accepted and popular enough for a good chunk of this sample to already be familiar with them. Psychedelics are Schedule I controlled substances, with the exception of ketamine which has Schedule III approval as an anesthetic, and its half-brother esketamine which is also Schedule III for depression. It says a lot about how people see them, and the lessening fear associated with them, that so many in the survey had already done them.

What does other research say?

Obviously, its cool to see the results of the survey mentioned above, because it shows how popular psychedelics are in America, despite years of smear campaigns against them. But, how much can these results be generalized to all of America? Let’s take a look at other research done in the last decade on psychedelic use in the US.

One interesting study, which came out in 2013, called Over 30 million psychedelic users in the United States, looked to establish an “estimated lifetime prevalence of psychedelic use” by using data from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which sampled 57,873, 12 years and older. The study specifically looked at LSD, magic mushrooms, and mescaline, and found that as of 2010, there were over 30 million people who had used psychedelics in their lives. The greatest use category was for 30–34-year-olds.

In a study like this, whether results are liked or not, it should be remembered that all data is taken from other data sets which were not collected for the specific purposes of this study, and that study investigators had no way to control for confounding factors (a confounding factor is anything that can influence the outcome outside of what is being investigated). In the study, the authors state, “This study was exempt from review by our Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics because all data are available in the public domain without any identification of personal information.”

Researchers were also specifically estimating, meaning they weren’t taking direct outcome numbers, but using direct outcome numbers to form estimate numbers via the online Survey Documentation Analysis, which comes from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Even with these limitations, being able to estimate that nearly 1/3 of Americans have tried psychedelics, certainly says a lot for their general prevalence.

Let’s look at just LSD now. According to a DrugPolicy report from 2017 using already collected 2014 survey data, in the age group of 12-17 year-olds, .3% of the collected 16,875 respondents were current LSD users. That percentage was also relevant to the group of 18-25 year-olds, for which there were 11,643 data points. In terms of actively using adults aged 26 and above, .1% of the total 33,750 sampled, were active users. Active use in this case means used within the last month. This is different from looking at surveys that establish whether someone has ever done a drug in their lifetime, which helps explain the lower numbers.

Psychedelics acid

Another study also looked at just LSD. This study from ScienceDirect, entitled Trends in LSD use among US adults: 2015–2018, used a secondary analysis of National Survey on Drug Use and Health data from 2015–2018. This involved the use of data from 168,562 adults ages 18 and up, which means this study also only took from previous data compiled for different research projects, in which the investigators could not control for anything.

According to results, use of LSD rose 56.4% between the years of 2015 and 2018. It showed that usage for the age group 26-34years of age increased to 31.1% from 19.6%, and that for the age group 35-49, there was an increase to 8.82% from 2.73%. The oldest age group of 50 years and up also saw an increase in use to 2.66% from 1.83%.

Conclusion

How popular are psychedelics in the US? Popular enough that nearly 30% of a US sample have already tried them. Popular enough for their use to come full circle from their initial rise to popularity in the 60’s and 70’s, and popular enough for individual states to begin to legalize them. With legalizations in place, or on the way, it should be expected that these numbers will only rise in the future.

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DIY Cannabis Skin Cream for the Ultimate in Skincare

We love that weed markets are opening everywhere, but we also love that weed’s increasing popularity has led to a massive DIY world. Sometimes consumers want to know that their product is specifically what they want it to be, especially when its going in, or on, their body. When it comes to looking great, check out this DIY cannabis skin cream recipe, for glowing skin, and no unnecessary chemicals.

Who wants a store bought product when you can make DIY cannabis skin cream in the comfort of your own home? Best way to know you’ve got a great product, is to make it yourself. This site focuses on independent reporting of the cannabis and psychedelic landscapes. You can follow along by subscribing to the THC Weekly Newsletter, which comes full of deals on products likes vapes and edibles, for those who’d rather just buy. Plus, we’ve got tons of offers for popular cannabinoid products including HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC. There are a lot of great products out there, so do your research, and make sure to make the best purchase possible.


Why DIY?

There are plenty of reasons why a person might want to make their own product, rather than buy from a store. Stores generally have standard and streamlined items, which are the same from store to store, state to state, and sometimes country to country as well. There’s not a lot of individualism in product marketing on a large scale, so when buying from a store, you’re getting the same basic product that everyone else gets.

This doesn’t leave a lot of room for variation. And though providers often do supply product listings that include alternative options (no-sugar options, gluten-free options, animal-friendly options, vegan options), it’s sometimes hard to get all your needs met in a regular store. Even a specialty store generally runs off specific recipes, so though it might provide different options to bigger marketplaces, it still can’t necessarily get you the exact product you want.

Besides the inability for personalization, standard product markets are oftentimes dirty. If you want a skin cream, you might prefer it without a bunch of toxic chemicals. Those chemicals are there because these products are made via mass production, whereby they’re expected to travel long distances, and sit on store shelves without going bad. Sometimes, you won’t have the benefit of knowing (or trusting) anything about a product you’re buying off a shelf. As more information comes out about the dicey ingredients in cosmetics, making your own products becomes that much more enticing.

DIY products come out exactly how you desire, since you’re choosing what goes in, and all cooking/processing techniques. When you do it yourself, you don’t have to question what added chemicals there might be, what processing techniques were used (and if they could have left behind residue), and what quality of ingredients went into making the product. When you make it yourself, you can control for all the mentioned factors. Plus, if you happen to like your product with just a little more of this, or just a little less of that, you can make it specific to your needs.

DIY cannabis skin cream can be used for different purposes. Cannabis creams are often used to strengthen the skin and remove blemishes, while other skin ailments like rashes or infections, are also treatable with the same creams. For some, the main purpose is simply to achieve glowing skin, and general beauty maintenance. When it comes to skincare, there are different terms to know, like salve, lotion, ointment, balm, and cream.

A salve can be defined as anything that goes on the skin, whether a lotion, ointment, cream, or balm, although there are more specific definitions. Often, the amount of water in the product will dictate what it’s called. Lotions and creams have more water, for example, while balms are made without water. According to the water definition, salves are in between, but are the starting point for making creams and lotions.

Tons of things can be made at home. Read on for DIY cannabis skin cream options, and also check out other DIY guides for cannabis tea, making your own hash, creating CBN at home, making cannabis tinctures, and infused oils, which are necessary for making salves and creams.

Before you start

The first part of making a cannabis salve, is to start with an infused oil. We already went over the process for making an infused oil, and it remains the same here. First, the cannabis must be decarboxylated if the user wants a THC or CBD cream (rather than THCA and CBDA). On the other hand, as a lot of creams are medicinal, this step is not necessary for many users. Either way, if its to be decarbed, this part comes first.

Different people have their own decarb methods, and the most important thing about getting it right, is matching up your temperature with the amount of time its left in the oven. The general range is 200-300º F (93.3-149º C). At the lower limit, a longer decarb is usually done of between 45 minutes-1 hour, while at the higher limit, its more like 15-20 minutes.

It’s possible to go as high as 325º F (162º C) and only leave it in for about 5 minutes. Before sticking it in an oven, the weed should be broken up to just above a powder, and spread out evenly on a baking sheet, pan, or tin foil. Some opt to cover with a baking sheet or tin foil to catch (and re-condense) vaporized cannabinoids, but how much this helps, is hard to say.

Another option here is to use an already-made infused oil. In this case, you might actually find it best to pick something up from your local dispensary, if that’s an option, or use something you already have lying around. Your third option is to do the raw-cannabis-directly-in-the-oil method, which will decarboxylate the weed, but maybe not as completely as with an oven.

On the plus side, for this last option, an oven isn’t necessary, so if you don’t have one, you don’t need one. Interested salve-makers can decide what works best for their specific situation. The instructions for in-oil decarbing, and making a cannabis infused oil, are here. The following ingredients are necessary once you have your oil.

  1. 1.5 cups of infused cannabis oil
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1/3 cup beeswax (vegan options: organic soy wax, candelilla wax, or carnauba wax – in the same amounts)
  4. A double-boiler, or standard pot
  5. Container for the salve, glass is best.
  6. Your choice – want to smell nice? Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender or peppermint
  7. Your choice – want it to help your skin more? Add in 1 tablespoon of Shea butter, or 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil

DIY cannabis skin cream instructions

Now that you’ve got your infused cannabis oil, the next part is to turn it into a salve. Always remember, that more heat equals more ruined cannabinoids, so in all parts where heat is necessary, never go above the intended limit, or for longer than a safe amount of time. If you’re using a pre-made oil, and its solidified, you’ll need to melt it first, for which a double boiler works best. Once its liquified, or if you just made some oil, the next step is to mix stuff together.

  • Put 1/3 cup beeswax in a pot or double boiler, and heat until melted. You can have the heat up for this, but turn it down to low upon melting.
  • Stir in 1.5 cups of cannabis-infused oil, along with 1/3 cup olive oil. If you’re adding in vitamin E or a few drops of an essential oil, now is the time.
  • Stir until everything is evenly mixed together.
  • Once mixed completely, immediately remove from heat and put in storage containers.
  • It will harden in the containers as it cools. And is ready for use once its stiff and at a resting temperature.
  • Best to store in a cool dark location, and if possible, use storage containers that don’t allow in the sun (tinted glass, for example).

That’s actually about it. The process is pretty quick, and nets you an oil you can use all over your body. Sometimes, the salve will crack as it cools down, and though this has no bearing on the product, for those who prefer a cleaner aesthetic, the salve-maker can put the salve in a mixing bowl when its still hot, allow it to partially cool down, and then whip it with the mixer, before putting in storage.

If you want a more cream-like or lotion-like product, you can create this from your salve. You’ll always need your salve first, as making a lotion is the last step. To do this, take your salve, along with 1 cup Aloe vera, 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, and 2 tablespoons of shea or cocoa butter. And then mix it all together. Voila, your salve is now a lotion.

Conclusion

There you have it. If you’re in the market for some skin care products and don’t want the standard off-the-shelf offering, get in there with some DIY cannabis skin scream, from your very own kitchen. Luckily, cannabis products are some of the easiest to make, and when done properly, create healthy options, for which you as the maker, know exactly what went down to create them. As always, remember there are multiple recipes for everything, so if you’re not quite happy with what’s in this article, do a little research to find your perfect recipe.

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Mescaline and San Pedro Cactus, The Sacred Plant of Peru

When most people think of mescaline, peyote cactus is what generally comes to mind. Peyote, which was somewhat popularized in the 1970s (think Jim Morrison tripping in the desert), is illegal to cultivate, possess, or consume in the United States, unless you’re a member of the Native American Church.  

Luckily, many other plants contain mescaline, and one of the more popular alternatives to peyote is yet another species of cactus from Peru that also has thousands of years of cultural and historical use under its belt: the San Pedro cactus.   

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What is San Pedro Cactus? 

San Pedro (Trichocereus/Echinopsis pachanoi) is a tall, thin flowering columnar cactus that hails from the Andes Mountain region of South America. It is also referred to as aguacolla, cardo, cuchuma, gigantón, hermoso, huando, and Peruvian torch. It grows well in the Southwestern US, as far north as Colorado, although it truly thrives in California and Arizona, where it can be seen with regularity in residential areas and shopping centers.  

San Pedro contains mescaline, but unlike peyote, it’s not very strictly regulated – in the United States or globally. Additionally, it’s one of the longest-studied psychedelics, as well as the first cactus to be labeled with the term (psychedelic). San Pedro has a long history of use in various indigenous cultures – for both spiritual and medicinal aims. Traditionally, San Pedro can be consumed either on its own or mixed with other plants in a psychedelic, ceremonial brew called cimora.  

Today, San Pedro can be obtained with relative ease, regardless of where you are in the world. You can buy it online from websites that ship to numerous countries (including the United States). In South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador from where the plant originates, San Pedro can be found at “witches’ markets”, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas and La Hechiceria.  

More About Mescaline  

Mescaline is a naturally occurring, plant-based psychedelic protoalkaloid belonging to the phenethylmine class. It’s known for its powerful hallucinogenic properties, comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin. In addition to Peyote, mescaline can be synthesized from a few other cactus species as well such as the San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi), the Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana), and others. 

A common dose for mescaline is roughly 200 to 400 mg, depending on the person’s size, level of experience with the compound, and other factors. Traditionally, San Pedro dosing is calculated at roughly 3.75 mg/kg of weight. However, potency can vary wildly from cactus to cactus, so it can be quite difficult to get consistency in dosing. For example, 50 grams of powdered cactus can have anywhere from 150 mg to 1,150 mg of mescaline. Factors such as where and how the cactus grew (the plant’s terroir) and access to water and sunlight can influence the plant’s potency. 

Mescaline binds to virtually all serotonin receptors in the brain but has a stronger affinity for the 1A and 2A/B/C receptors. It’s structurally similar to LSD and often used as a benchmark when comparing psychedelics. Proper brain function is dependent on accurate signaling between these receptors. 

Some History About San Pedro 

San Pedro cactus has a long history of use that can be traced back to the pre-Columbian Chavin culture that developed in Peru between 1300 to 200 BCE. This is evidenced by numerous stone carvings depicting mythical beings holding San Pedro cacti, the oldest of which was discovered in an old temple at Chavin de Huantar in the northern highlands of Peru. Numerous other artifacts from the region bore San Pedro symbolism as well, and perhaps the most concrete proof of its use are the 3,000-year-old cactus cigars found in the same cave as the carvings.  

San Pedro has been used therapeutically and ceremoniously throughout South America for over 3,000 years and can be obtained at stores, farmers markets, and “witches’ markets” in the region. Originally, it was known as Huachuma, but European settlers renamed it San Pedro, after Saint Peter who is believed to guard the entry to heaven.  

Chavin De Huantar archaeological site

What’s interesting about this, is that the name implies that even the European missionaries knew the plant had healing and spiritual properties, despite their over-regulation of indigenous San Pedro use. But because of their strong contempt for native culture, they were very negative in their reporting of plant therapies and ceremonial traditions, and thus, very harsh laws developed against the cultivation and possession of psychedelic plants – San Pedro included.  

Regardless, while knowledge and documented information on other plants like peyote and mushrooms was nearly wiped out in many regions, San Pedro managed to stay relatively lowkey and was able to fly under the radar for centuries. A handful of shamans and other spiritual healers continued conducting ceremonies with Huachuma, and in recent years, it has gained popularity in Europe and US as the psychedelic renaissance flourishes in the west.  

How to Prepare San Pedro 

The standard native preparation of San Pedro consists of boiling slices of the stem for a few hours, then simply drinking the cooled liquid. It was sometimes mixed with other psychoactive plants such as coca, tobacco, Brugmansia, Datura, and Anadenanthera; but more often it was used on its own. 

The basic technique has remained comparatively the same over the years, meaning the most effective and common way to prepare San Pedro for consumption is by making a tea. Below is one of the most common methods: 

Step 1: Estimate your dose – As previously mentioned, this isn’t always easy to do with entheogens, but based on the somewhat standard measurement of 3.75 mg/kg of weight, you can get a rough estimate of how much cactus you’ll need. A recommended beginner dose is around 200-300 grams of fresh San Pedro.  

Step 2: Prepare the cactus – First you will need to remove the spine, but make sure to leave as much flesh intact as possible. Then peel the waxy, translucent outer layer off the cactus, again, leaving as much flesh as you can. Once you do that, you can continue to remove the lighter colored flesh, leaving only the dark green part of the cactus. This isn’t a requirement, but some people believe it helps to prevent nausea. The final step is to break the cactus down into small chunks, either by chopping or using a food processor.  

Step 3: Make your tea – Place the cactus bits into a saucepan or slower-cooker. Fill will three times as much water as there is cactus, and cook on low heat for a few hours (6ish). Some people like to add lemon juice to the boil, claiming that it helps with the mescaline extraction. Although this is somewhat common practice, I couldn’t find any solid sources to back up this theory.  

Step 4: Remove the bulk and reduce volume – After simmering for some hours, use a strainer or cheesecloth to remove any excess plant material. Then continue simmering for a few more hours to boil out some of the extra water, this will leave you with a more potent final product so you don’t have to drink a ridiculous amount of tea to feel the high.  

Step 5: Enjoy or store your tea – Whatever you don’t use right away, you can store in the fridge for up to one week. After that, you can separate it into doses and put it in the freezer, but make sure to split it up first so you’re not defrosting more than you need at one time. You don’t want to defrost and refreeze your San Pedro brew too many times.  

How it Feels  

Let me start by mentioning that I have not had the opportunity to try it myself (but plan to in the very near future, now knowing how easy it is to obtain San Pedro). That said, it’s described as a powerful empathogen (or entactogen) which can increase feelings of empathy benevolence, overall connectedness with others. 

The effects take roughly 15 to 40 minutes to kick in, and usually peak in about 3 hours. San Pedro highs are very long – anywhere from 10 to 16 hours – so make sure to prepare mentally and physically. You can do this by getting in the right set and setting (you don’t want to enter an all-day or all-night psychedelic high being in the wrong state of mind), and making sure to eat a light, healthy meal at some point before your trip (a few hours preferably). Additionally, San Pedro leaves a “lasting afterglow”, similar to psilocybin, so it might be difficult to sleep after you come down – something to prepare for as well.  

In higher doses, San Pedro will produce visual distortions that can include flashes of light and color, auras and ghostly outlines around people, and the infamous kaleidoscope effect that is almost standard with these types of substances. One common thread I noticed in the way people describe mescaline, is that many were surprised at how different it felt from other psychedelics that they were familiar with.  

Something unique about San Pedro, it that despite a potent high, users till feel very “in control”. Take this person who described their high on Reddit: “It was like all the best effects from all the drugs all put into one… the great body feeling and incredible empathy and understanding of ecstasy… the focus and energy and drive of acid… the journey effect that I always enjoyed from shrooms… It was the soberest we had ever felt in our life.” 

All of this often culminates what is most commonly described as “a clear and connected thought, self-realization, empathy, and euphoria.” However, “bad trips” and dysphoric symptoms may still occur, and are more likely to happen in people who have a history of mental illness and those who don’t pay attention to set and setting.

Final Thoughts 

If you’ve been wanting to try mescaline, but finding peyote has been a challenge (as it typically is) then consider San Pedro as an easy to access and legal alternative. It’s potent and easy to prepare, and you’ll be able to stock up on it much more easily than you could peyote and other sacred plants.

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Elvis Presley: The Dark Truth of Addiction

Elvis Presley is considered to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. His beautiful voice, shaking hips, and stylish aesthetic will forever be remembered by the entire world. Whilst his career was fruitful, it only lasted until the youthful age of 42 when he sadly died. However, In recent news, Baz Luhrman has just released his new film: an Elvis Presley biopic.

This movie – starring Austin Butler as a very believable Elvis – does a great job at bringing the star back to life and allowing his fans to relive some of his greatest moments. But with each great moment, comes an equally distressing one, as Elvis struggles with addiction. It’s important to remember that with stardom, there are both highs and lows. Let’s take a look at the dark truth of Elvis Presley. 

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Elvis Presley 

To understand the dark side of his fame, first we need to understand how Elvis Presley became who he was. Elvis was born in Mississippi in 1935 and had a modest upbringing. Elvis lived in a poor neighbourhood, which meant he was surrounded with a diverse collection of cultures – including many African American families. Whilst slavery was abolished in 1865, it took a long time before racial equality existed in America. In fact, like with much of the world, no one can say with all honesty that it yet does in 2022. Nonetheless, in 1935, when Elvis was born, racial mixing was frowned upon. In his book in 1935, Du Bois writes:

“What are American children taught today about Reconstruction?… He would in all probability complete his education without any idea of the part which the black race has played in America; of the tremendous moral problem of abolition; of the cause and meaning of the Civil War and the relation which Reconstruction had to democratic government and the labor movement today.”

As you can see, the US establishment did not want to accept the guilt of human slavery, or give credit to the work that black communities had done to make America what it was. This was much the same with music. Rock n Roll, blues, jazz – all of these genres of music were born from black culture. Like many other musicians – including Johnny Cash – Elvis Presley was inspired by this sound from a young age and made it his own. Graceland writes:

“Elvis grows up within a close-knit, working class family, consisting of his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, who all live near one another in Tupelo. There is little money, but Vernon and Gladys do their best to provide for their son… Elvis attends the Assembly of God Church with his family, and the music and preaching register deeply with Elvis Presley. Childhood influences include black blues-men in the neighborhood and country music radio programs enjoyed by his family.”

It’s a difficult debate. Elvis Presley was hugely inspired by this kind of music and the dancing around it, but he was allowed to perform and become famous due to the colour of his skin. However, those he was inspired by, had to sit idly by and do the best they could in a world that did not accept them. Many of his hit songs – including Hound Dog, Mystery Train, Money Honey and Milkcow Blues Boogie – were first sung by black artists. So, the question is, did Elvis steal music from black communities? Or did he shine a light on the greatness of that music? The answer to this is definitely up for debate. Nonetheless, Elvis Presley had a charisma, a moving style and a sound that was unlike anything that the mainstream media had heard before. 

His Career

Elvis Presley was bought a guitar by his mother when he was only 11 years old, and from there, he went on to win a talent show at his school in Memphis. He continued to sing and play, until he was signed by a record label. His first single was That’s All Right, which was released in 1954. In 1955, his career started to heat up, with his number 1 hit: Heartbreak Hotel. People loved his goodlocks, sound and promiscuous hips. In response, he signed with RCA Records – thanks to his manager: Tom Parker. Elvis Presley’s manager was an infamous figure:

“Colonel Tom is credited as being the man who made Elvis Presley a star. He received more than half of the income from Elvis’s early success, which at the time was an unprecedented figure for a music manager. The manager negotiated Elvis’s expensive merchandising deals, TV appearances, and acting roles, but turned down offers to allow Elvis to tour overseas, potentially due to his status as an illegal immigrant, which would have been exposed.”

The role of Tom Parker in Elvis’ death has been much debated. Nonetheless, From the 50s to 60s, Elvis’s career went from strength to strength. He became a Hollywood star, a TV host and continued to release some of his greatest ever music: Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962). He also married Priscilla, the mother of his children and true love. Presley went on to win three grammy awards, the lifetime achievement award and had 18 number 1 hits. He is considered by many as the best solo artist that ever lived. 

The King’s Fall

Every bright star will inevitably one day go out. Elvis Presley, at age 42, was found dead in his Memphis mansion. It was 16th August, 1977. At first, it was released to the press that he had died from a natural heart attack, not triggered or involving drugs. However, it was soon revealed that drugs had played a major part and, in fact, Elvis Presley had been suffering from a prescription drug addiction for many years. PBS writes:

“When the toxicology report came back several weeks later, however, Elvis’ blood was found to contain very high levels of the opiates Dilaudid, Percodan, Demerol, and codeine — as well as Quaaludes.”

Elvis Presley, like many others, had an opioid addiction. A drug that is highly addictive due to its pain relief. It can be very hard to wean yourself off it once you get used to it. Elvis was given an illegal amount of prescribed drugs by his personal physician, “Dr Nick”. Dr Nick went on to give Elvis Presley thousands of opioids and amphetamine drugs to help him through arduous tours and performances. This became an addiction. Dr Nick, when being trialled for his irresponsible dealings with Presley, said that Elvis… 

“felt that by getting drugs from a doctor, he wasn’t the common everyday junkie getting something off the street.”

Unfortunately, Elvis, like many others, was struck by the power and hollowness of fame. What began as a passion, became work. Elvis Presley was made to perform like a puppet, and was fed whatever drugs would keep him from cancelling a show. His manager, Tom Parker, is highly responsible for this. He was an avid gambler, and had a deal with the Las Vegas Hilton that Elvis played a great deal of his shows at. He owed the casino around 30 million dollars. The deal was that they would eradicate all of Parker’s debts, if Elvis Presley continued to play. Elvis played there for months without the knowledge of this deal. By the end of Elvis’ life, his addiction and long tours meant he really didn’t have that many people  around him left that he could trust. Priscilla had divorced him after Elvis rejected her plea for him to get medical help. Elvis History writes:

“In 1976, at the age of 41, he worked tirelessly on the road—122 concerts in 74 cities. In the first six months of 1977, he kept up the tempo with 54 shows in 49 cities. That frenetic pace fueled his drug habit and certainly contributed to his early death.”

In his last ever performance on June 26th, 1977 in Indianapolis, there were 18,000 people present. From watching the video, you can see that Elvis still had the same natural ability and charm. It is, however, obvious to see how the drug addiction had changed him. It became more usual to see him slur his words and mumble his crowd interactions out. He was a different person to who he had been, but he still had the undoubtable talent within him. 

Conclusion

Elvis Presley is one of the most adored and successful solo musicians ever. The music he played will forever be listened to for centuries to come. The sad truth is that his death, unlike his career, was not extraordinary. In the history of fame, it was a very usual demise. He, like many other musicians, was swallowed by the world of music business and fame, packaged, used, and thrown back up again. The young boy from Mississippi that loved to play and sing was never lost. But as time went on, the drug use – brought about by deep unhappiness – made that version of him harder to find.

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Pushkar: The Hippie’s Paradise

Deep in the midst of the Indian mountains, next to a forgotten lake, with the peaceful sounds of silence, is the small spiritual town of Pushkar. Within the northern state of Rajasthan, in the Ajmer district, this paradise will leave you speechless. The temples, the locals and the hashish – these are all beautiful ingredients that make Pushkar a hippies dream. But what really makes this place what it is? A few years ago I stumbled across this ideal location with a few friends and I honestly have never been anywhere better. Chillems, cookable ketamine, special lassis, were all available and were the icing on the already spectacular cake. This is Pushkar. 

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The Word ‘Hippy’

The word hippy has been misused on many occasions, and it can sometimes leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. So I’d like to define what I mean first before I continue. The 60s was the real defining moment for hippy culture, when people used the name to stand for anti-establishment movements. These included civil rights, women’s rights and anti-war protests. It was a name that people wore with pride. Hippies were all about acceptance and a love for all cultures on the planet. This is what eventually led to the hippie trail; a car voyage around the entire world. However, then came the inevitable re-possession of the word by the media and the government, which tried to re-define it. For them, ‘hippy’ meant: lazy, dangerous, drug-obsessed. Nixon’s war on drugs would do anything to demonize those who had any opposing thoughts to the establishment. John Ehrlichman, former domestic policy chief for Nixon, said in a CNN article:

“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities… We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

This is literal proof of how and why the term hippy went from being about love, free-spirit and togetherness, to becoming associated with negativity. The power of the media is undoubtable. 

What Is A Hippy Paradise?

Everyone has their own version of paradise. For some, they want partying and late nights. For others, they want tranquil sounds and early morning wake ups. And some people like hiking up steep mountains and riding bikes down dirt tracks. For me, it’s somewhere in between. A hippy paradise is a place that accepts, loves and welcomes diversity and difference. In addition, this often comes with an acceptance for various recreational substances, rather than an instant and narrow-minded dismissal.

Ultimately, a hippy paradise welcomes everything that the hippy culture did and does stand for. That is why Pushkar is one of those places. Perhaps also it has something to do with the fact that India was actually one of the last stops on the hippie trail – a journey that started in London. At the beginning of airplane travel, when the cost of flights were excessive, groups of young people would buy a VW van and set out to travel the world by car. It was journeys like this that led to the creation of the Lonely Planet travel guides. Open Skies Magazine writes:

“They would traverse Europe, the Middle East and Asia, spending months travelling across 11,000 miles of terrain in order to find whatever it was they sought. Some yearned to escape the drudgery of their dead-end jobs in Luton or Liverpool or London, heading to Varanasi in India”

So why does Pushkar deserve to be described as a hippy paradise? Let’s look deep into this beautiful place, and find out. 

Pushkar 

Pushkar is in the northern part of India, in the state of Rajasthan. It is about 150km away from Japiur, which is one of the key stops in the golden triangle travel route. It is in fact one of the oldest cities in India, supposedly around 2000 years old. It is one of the five sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindu devotees. Usually the population of Pushkar sits at around 15,000 people but, during its world famous camel fair, it can bump up to 500,000. Although I never experienced it myself, the camel fair was spoken about a lot. 

“The Pushkar Camel Fair starts with buying and selling of camels & horses and by day 5 the mood starts to change towards celebration… one can enjoy the Camel Race, tribal dance to gypsy music, moustache competition and my favourite, the tug of war competition. The last day of the fair is pretty calm as all the local farmers and performers gather on the Pushkar Lake for a holy bath which is an ancient ritual which has been continued for around 2000 years.”

The essence of this celebration is community, and that is what is prioritised in Pushkar. It is a place that will trigger a culture shock in you, simply because of the peace and tranquillity. The lake that the entire village surrounds is incredibly holy, and was supposedly made by Lord Brahma – the creator of the universe. He dropped a lotus from his hand and onto the earth and the lake was formed. As you can see, Pushkar is full of history and spirituality. But what’s it like to visit as a tourist? 

Visiting 

The reason why I would label this place as a hippy paradise is because it hits the perfect balance between peace, minimalism and fun. The hostels we stayed at were full of hammocks, interesting people from all over the world, and easily accessible drugs. We enjoyed hashish, we cooked some ketamine and we enjoyed special lassis. My favourite hostel was appropriately called ‘Pineapple Express’ and it had some incredibly charming and kind people working there.

Each night they would pass around a bong and hang a bed sheet from a clothing line and project a film onto it. I remember watching Titanic stoned out of my mind. I also remember watching Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas after a special lassi and really tripping out. To be honest, the special lassis they served were very potent and could knock me out for 12 hours sometimes. Still, what better place to be high? Another evening my friend found a bottle of ketamax at the local pharmacy, which was easily bought, and decided to cook it on a spoon. We then sniffed it and was happy to realise that it felt just like usual ketamine. 

The Aloo Baba

In Pushkar, there is also a very special man called the Aloo Baba, or some called him the potato man. This was a highly spiritual, wise-looking guy who would sit in his temple home and do nothing but meditate and eat potatoes. We were told, early on, to go and make him  a visit. Also – we were told it was custom to bring hashish with us. So we bought some from the hostel and brought it along. Elephant Pushkar writes: 

“Aloo Baba is an elderly Indian man with a long grey beard and wise looking eyes. He is quite popular in the town being a local expert on simplicity, control, and healthy living. But what intrigues people the most is the fact that for 45 years, Baba has only eaten potatoes. Few of the curious souls have asked him the reason for this, to which he replied that he wanted to take back the ownership of his own life. Whenever he falls ill, he only uses plants and natural medicines to treat himself and drinks only chai and water.”

He was an incredibly inspiring person to sit and share hash with. He told me many things. One was to stop eating meat, which worked until the monotonous and relentless life of London somehow brought me back to eating meat soon after I returned. But he was and is someone I will never forget. I remember looking into his bedroom and seeing nothing but his bed, some religious books, and a pile of potatoes. That was all his life needed to be. 

Final Thoughts

I could go on and on about why Pushkar deserves to be described as a hippy paradise but, really, you need to go and try it out for yourself. The world has many hidden corners and delightful passages that allow you to experience peace and acceptance, it’s just about finding those places. Pushkar is definitely one of these locations.

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Cannabis & Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Canada (and the West) is undergoing a cultural revolution. But not the good kind. This cultural revolution is akin to Mao’s great leap forward. The scourge is called critical race theory (CRT). And the cannabis industry is not immune to it. What is CRT? You can trace Critical Race Theory back to the Frankfurt School […]

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Drugs and Intelligence: Famous Geniuses and Their Substances of Choice  

Recreational drug use is not generally regarded as a benchmark of intelligence; but maybe it should be. In addition to your everyday intellectuals, many notable, brilliant minds in science and technology have experimented with all sorts of illicit drugs – from marijuana to psychedelics, and even amphetamines. But what is the reason behind this? Do drugs breed intelligence, or are already intelligent people more likely to use drugs? Let’s dive deeper into this phenomenon, as well as explore a short list of famous geniuses who were very open about their love of psychoactive substances.  

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Drugs and the mind  

According to a 1970 British Cohort Study that reviewed data on nearly 8,000 people, there is a link (however indirect) between intelligence and recreational drug use. Verbatim, the results of their research stated that: “High childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood”. To reach this conclusion, the sample population had their intelligence quotient (IQ) tested at ages 5 and 10, then again at ages 16, and once more at 30. 

As per the results, the individuals with the highest IQ scores were more likely to use cannabis, cocaine and other stimulants, alcohol, psychedelics, ecstasy, or a combination of some or all of the above. This was especially true for female participants. When it came to women, those with IQ scores in the top 33% were more than twice as likely to have tried various drugs than those in the bottom 33%. Other studies over the years echoed these results, like this one from 2009.  

In addition to an obvious correlation between intelligence and drug experimentation, other studies have found that drugs and creativity are also connected. Creativity is often thought of as artistic only, but inventive and scientific innovation also falls under the umbrella of creativity; and one of the bedrocks of creativity is divergent thinking.  

Divergent thinking is a key factor in the ability to take creative thoughts and apply them practically, outside the mind. A handful of studies (although each of them small), paired with decades of anecdotal evidence, suggest that numerous different drugs can improve divergent thinking such as cannabis, LSD, ayahuasca, psilocybin, and cocaine.  

The next logical question, is whether there is a connection between intelligence and creativity, since both have a link to higher risk of drug use. The answer: yes, but only to a certain degree. Psychologist J.P. Guilford mentions that, “A high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence.” 

The general consensus is that IQ and creativity correlate positively up to a score of around 120, after which point that seems to level out. Meaning, a person with an IQ of 110 might be more creative than someone with an IQ of 90, whereas a person with an IQ of 130 or above would likely exhibit similar levels of creativity to someone with a slightly lower IQ, in the 110-120 range. As a hypothesis, I would suggest that those with higher IQs tend to see more possibilities, therefore increasing their odds of producing something original and useful (i.e., creative). But people with extremely high and genius level IQs are often thinking more analytically (convergent thinking).  

The Savanna-IQ Interaction Hypothesis 

There aren’t too many theories as to why this is, but the one that makes the most sense to me is the Savanna-IQ interaction hypothesis. Savanah-IQ was introduced by psychologist and writer, Satoshi Kanazawa. His ideas are based on natural evolutionary adaptations. All life evolves to become better adapted to certain environments, this is true in humans and animals and it’s what has helped us not only survive, but thrive, for thousands of years.  

The Savanna hypothesis maintains that intelligence evolved as an adaptation to solve new and unfamiliar issues related to survival. While this is still incredibly beneficial to us, we don’t need to use our problem-solving skills in the same way our ancestors did. This leaves the people with higher intelligence and creativity with a need to generate their own novel intellectual and sensory experiences, and one of the easiest ways to do this is with drugs.  

According to Kanazawa, “Humans who leave their ‘savanna’ – or their natural environment, would be both intelligent and inclined to try new things, like alcohol and drugs. This link and hypothesis would be the reason why intelligent people do drugs; the mere fact that drugs are unhealthy would be less relevant than the fact that drugs are a more novel scenario for which we have a hard-wired response to want to try.” 

LSD and Francis Crick’s discovery of the double-helix DNA structure  

Francis Crick (along with James Watson) was responsible for discovering the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953; and he claims to have made this discovery while under the influence of LSD. He told numerous friends and colleagues about his experimentation with psychedelics, and said that during one trip he spent hours working to “determine the molecular structure that houses all of life’s information.” 

During a 2004 Daily Mail interview between Gerrod Harker and Dick Kemp, a close friend of Crick’s, Kemp mentioned that many of Cambridge University’s researchers at the time were using “small doses” of LSD as a “thinking tool”. He also stated that he is one of the friends Crick confided in about his double-helix discovery while using the drug.  

Thomas Edison and his cocaine elixirs  

Edison is best known for his inventions in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. Less known is the fact that he enjoyed nightly cocaine elixirs to help him unwind. Now, let’s backtrack a little bit. In 1863, French chemist Angelo Mariani invented a drink that he aptly named “Vin Mariani”. The drink consisted of a Bordeaux wine infused with coca leaves. The ethanol from the wine would extract cocaine from the leaves in concentrations of roughly 7 mg per fluid ounce.  

Edison, who, aside from being a prolific inventor, was also a notorious insomniac – claiming to sleep no more than 4 hours per night. Knowing that he consumed Vin Mariani on a regular basis, it’s not hard to see why he suffered from lack of sleep. Edison claims the cocaine wine gave him energy and helped him focus.  

Therapeutics and cocaine, Sigmund Freud 

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for evaluating and treating pathologies in the psyche through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud used cocaine regularly, and not just for recreational aims – he believed it was a legitimate miracle drug that could be used for many things.  

In a letter he wrote to his then-fiancee Martha, Freud stated: “If all goes well, I will write an essay [on cocaine] and I expect it will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine and superior to it … I take very small doses of it regularly against depression and against indigestion and with the most brilliant of success.” 

And he went on to do just that. In 1884, he published a review titled “Uber Coca”, which suggested the used of cocaine as a drug substitute in therapeutic treatment for morphine addicts. While now know that methodology can be problematic, his ideas of drug substitution therapies are still used to this day. 

Paul Erdös: Mathematics and amphetamines 

Erdös, who was born in Hungary, was perhaps one of the most well-known mathematicians who ever lived. He had a reputation for being a hyperactive insomniac who worked 19-hour days and would show up unannounced at his friends’ and colleagues’ doorsteps telling them to “open their minds” to mathematical concepts.  

According to him, the secret to his success was amphetamines, which he claims to have used on a regular basis. Nothing really explains his relationship with drugs better than the following excerpt from a book published in 1998 by Erdös’ biographer, science writer Paul Hoffman, titled “The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth” 

“Like all of Erdös’s friends, [fellow mathematician Ronald Graham] was concerned about his drug-taking. In 1979, Graham bet Erdös $500 that he couldn’t stop taking amphetamines for a month. Erdös accepted the challenge, and went cold turkey for thirty days. After Graham paid up — and wrote the $500 off as a business expense — Erdös said, ‘You’ve showed me I’m not an addict. But I didn’t get any work done. I’d get up in the morning and stare at a blank piece of paper. I’d have no ideas, just like an ordinary person. You’ve set mathematics back a month.’ He promptly resumed taking pills, and mathematics was the better for it.” 

Carl Sagan on cannabis, creativity, and space  

Carl Sagan – astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator – was also a somewhat well-known proponent of cannabis use. He claimed that he smoked it regularly and that it helped substantially in his intellectual endeavors. He even contributed to an essay that was published in the 1971 book “Marijuana Reconsidered” in which he highlighted some of cannabis’ many attributes under the pseudonym, Mr. X.  

In his essay, Sagan wrote: “[T]he illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” 

LSD was a “big deal” for Steve Jobs 

On numerous different occasions, Steve Jobs has mentioned how significant LSD was to him. As a matter of fact, he claims that experimenting with LSD in the 1960s was one of the “two or three most important things he has done in his life”. Interestingly, he added that he often kept these experiences to himself because he feared that many of his friends, who weren’t experienced with psychedelics, simply would not understand.  

This sentiment is highlighted in his recent biography, in which Jobs even claims that Bill Gates’ lack of imagination is likely due to not having experimented with psychedelics. “Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs says about Gates. “He’d be a broader guy, if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” 

Final thoughts 

The connection between drugs and intelligence is still poorly understand, but one thing is proving relatively consistent: intelligent people are more likely to experiment with recreational drugs than those with below average intelligence. In addition to the people on this list, plenty of other well-known thinkers are reported to have used drugs throughout their lives and careers including Kary Mullis, Richard Feynman, and Albert Einstein (although I could not find any solid sources to back up the latter).  

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason for this, and there could be many, but overall it seems related to the fact that intelligent individuals tend to get restless with mundane, day-to-day situations. The yearning for new and unorthodox experiences is very human, and one of the most convenient (and honestly, one of the safest, if done correctly… big “if” there) ways to do this is by experimenting with drugs.  

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