GQ:Are there political or social ills that that you think might benefit from the sort of entropy that psychedelics can introduce into our consciousness?31 posts and 9 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
Pollan:I do and I don't. I do in the sense that the experience addresses what I see as two of the biggest problems we face as a society. One is an environmental crisis, born of our sense of distance from nature: our willingness to objectify nature and see it merely as a resource. The other is tribalism: our inability to see the other as like us, and the egotistical zero-sum game with other people, whether it's other countries, other races, other religions.
Along comes these medicines that actually change consciousness in those two domains, very specifically, by making us feel really connected to nature, that we sense the subjectivity of other species. Which should lead to treating them with more respect and care, and feeling a deep implication that you're part of nature, not just a spectator. And then, on the tribalism side, [it] makes you feel deeply connected to all different kinds of other people. So you could argue that this is exactly the drug we need right now.
But then you need to stand back and say, “Wait, is it possible to prescribe a drug for an entire country?” How many people do you have to give this experience before you change the culture? And that was something Timothy Leary spent a lot of time on, he had these predictions of how many people he'd have to trip before the world changed. There's no model for prescribing treatment to a culture. That takes you into a really terra incognita of social change. I think, for that stuff, we still need politics.
Is he right? Will Psychedelics help with archieving the lower stages of communism, or are they to advanced, so that only in a well developed democratic dictatorship of the proletariat they can help transition further into full gay luxury psychedelic space communism?thinkThink
I was always told that tripping needs a plan, like a real life road trip or something, and I think that's totally accurate. I halved my dose for a week in advance, then went off completely for a week. Depending on the ssri you might have to be off it more or longer.
Also, depending on your dosage, you might not even need to be totally off your meds in the first place. >The active ingredient in Zoloft, sertraline, takes about six days to clear from the body. However, the body breaks down sertraline into metabolites, which can take up to two weeks to clear the body.https://druggenius.com/half-life/zoloft/
this guy didn't have a great time with the combo https://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=111001
also this. You need to be in a good state of mind before the trip or you're gonna have a bad time.
I would assume anything that doesn't mess with serotonin, but I would do more research
anyone had any experience with research chems? i can get them easily enough where i live. tryptamines seem really really interesting