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The Psychedelic Mushroom Behind Christmas

It may not be a coincidence that Santa Claus resembles the iconic red and white Amanita muscaria, a psychoactive mushroom widely used in pre-Christian winter solstice rituals.

Miley Cyrus Says Ayahuasca Changed Her Life

The now sober rock star recently discussed her experience with the vine, saying “Mama Ayahuasca” walked her through everything.

5-MeO-DMT Changed Mike Tyson’s Perspective on Life

The boxing legend says he looks at life differently ever since taking toad venom, and credits his return to fighting to the medicine.

Living an MDMA Love Letter

A “bright star in the constellation of the psychedelic family,” psychotherapist Charley Wininger and his wife Shelley connect people in the psychedelic space through their inclusive potlucks and MDMA gatherings.

DJs and Therapists Tune Into Altered States

DJs and therapists are evolving techniques to build music playlists that enhance psychedelic states of consciousness and the potential for healing.

Horizons Conference Shifts to Year-Round Films, Forums and Classes

Horizons founder Kevin Balktick believes that the film format is the best match for the present moment, and that virtual classes still fulfill their educational mission. Horizons kicks off its autumn season this week.

Magic Mushroom Cookbooks: How to Love the Taste of Tripping

From ginger lime chocolate truffle recipes to mushroom-infused rum, innovative chefs are making psilocybin mushrooms much more than just bearable.

COVID Bonding: Parties, Dating, & Human Connection in a Pandemic

People in psychedelic communities are balancing the need for human connection with pandemic safety using a range of strategies, including “distance-hangs,” “pods,” and controversial parties.

It’s 2020 and White Men Still Dominate Psychedelic Conferences

An analysis of the recent surge of psychedelics conferences finds that the speakers are overwhelmingly white, and in some cases almost exclusively male.

New Bay Area Resilience Fund Provides Safety Net for Local Medicine Healers

An innovative nonprofit provides financial aid to local integrative medicine healers whose work and livelihoods have been disrupted by Covid-19.