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Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Logic on September 23, 2003, 03:29:40
Weed stimulates unused parts of the brain, and induces stronger, faster thinking which is also much more vivid and clear than normal. Weed does NOT kill braincells, pretty much most of the rumors behind marijuana being harmful are fake.

LSD directly stimulates the pineal gland, artificially 'openning' the third eye. LSD is considered non-toxic because what you would need to kill you, would be somewhere between 4000-40,000 times the dosage that you need to get high. Users of LSD and other strong psychadelics and hallucinagens have developed schitzophrenia, however, this is only found in patients who have a history of family mental illness, or a personal mental illness. Drugs cannot create mental illness, but only 'release' dormant future illnesses, such as scitzophrenia. Anyone who develops such an illness would have had developed it later along in their lives.

DMT is probably among the strongest of all hallucinagens, users claim to experience waking astral projection, as they are pulled from their bodies into an alternate reality, intensivly more vivid than anything imaginable. Some members of the forum already know of DMT and its role in human existance, as it is the spirit molecule in which life enters and exits this third dimension.

Religion and authority have used propaganda to convince the general public of how drugs are 'evil' and 'dangerous', which is certainly not the case if things like weed, lsd, etc.. are used responsibly. If you choose to use drugs, do so responsibly, for your saftey and the saftey of others.

I myself have had quite some fantastic philisophical experiences with weed, as well as salvia divinorium, a spiritual drug which used by shamans grows around central america.
In recent cases, I was able to slightly open my third eye and apparenyly see my large crown chakra, or someting like that.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: WalkerInTheWoods on September 23, 2003, 10:22:21
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Originally posted by warlockyoshi

How many of you have tried marajauna?  How many of you have successfully travelled on the asral plane using marajauna? For those of you who haven't I recomend that you do.



Yeah all I need is to loose my job because I have an illegal substance in my system that I used to reach a state that I can reach without this substance.

I will give you that most of the propaganda is not entirely true and that some drugs do have benefits. But the truth is that not everyone is responsible with drugs which can be dangerous to themself and others depending on the drug. This also does not change the fact that there are laws about drugs, and reguardless of how beneficial they may be for you, you will still have to face the law if caught breaking it. You don't need drugs to have these experiences, just practice. It is all inside you.

It should also be noted that in Astral Dynamics Robert Bruce says that of those people that had really bad experiences, they were using some kind of drugs during the experiences. Now this does not mean that just because you use drugs that you will have bad experiences, but it does seem to increase the chances.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: beavis on September 23, 2003, 11:16:16
fallnangel "Yeah all I need is to loose my job because I have an illegal substance in my system that I used to reach a state that I can reach without this substance."

You can reach the state of california without using the drug 'car', but you wont get there as fast.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: WalkerInTheWoods on September 23, 2003, 13:15:01
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Originally posted by beavis

fallnangel "Yeah all I need is to loose my job because I have an illegal substance in my system that I used to reach a state that I can reach without this substance."

You can reach the state of california without using the drug 'car', but you wont get there as fast.



So which is the goal, the speed or reaching your destination? Atleast by not using the car drug I don't have to worry about getting a speeding ticket. lol It is also not illegal to be in possession of a car. By going on foot it is a lot more likely that I will see, experience, and learn a lot more along the way.

At my workplace they do random drug tests and I seem to get picked atleast once every few months. So for me, using illegal drugs is not really an option.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: beavis on September 24, 2003, 16:09:38
"So which is the goal, the speed or reaching your destination?"

It is best to take the most efficient path to your goal, so you can accomplish more goals.

"It is also not illegal to be in possession of a car."
"At my workplace they do random drug tests and I seem to get picked atleast once every few months. So for me, using illegal drugs is not really an option."

Being bullied does not make the bullying right. I wouldn't argue that somebody shouldn't do something because the bully doesn't like it. I would tell them to avoid the bully.

"By going on foot it is a lot more likely that I will see, experience, and learn a lot more along the way."

Drugs let you see, experience, and learn a lot more than if you had used that time to be sober because after being sober most of our lives we get diminishing returns for our time.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: warlockyoshi on September 26, 2003, 01:41:26
Drugs are bad don't do them.  Okay now that my cover is established lets get down to the basics.  Marajauna is proven to be a safe drug by the state of nevada, it is proven not to kill brain cells and it is very relaxing.[:P]  There are experiences that can only be had using drugs, as with any other theme. Marajuana is completly harmless by itself, but coupled with someone who cannot control there own body and mind.  Besides sooner than later they will have to make it legal because they will have so many teenagers on probation or in juve.  If you smoke weed every day and drink a gallon of water every day there is no way they can detect marajuana in your sytem.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: WalkerInTheWoods on September 26, 2003, 10:25:00
I hear from several sources that marajauna has more tar in it that cigarettes. If true then marajauna is far from safe if you smoke it alot. They also say that marajauna stays in your system for around 30 days. If you get caught with it in your system here at work you get a 30 day unpaid vacation, if they don't fire you. It happen to a guy here who had not smoked any for several weeks, but still it showed up. Just telling you so if it should come up it is probably not a good idea to rely on drinking a lot of water.

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There are experiences that can only be had using drugs


This is probably true. If one wishes to follow that path then go for it. There are many paths, we must all follow our own.

 
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Besides sooner than later they will have to make it legal because they will have so many teenagers on probation or in juve


People have been saying this for decades. Maybe one day it will become legal, and personally I hope so. Not really so much so for the drug side of the plant, but because the plant has SO many uses that I find it foolish not to explore its potential, even the drug side. The main reason it is illegal is because of a smear campaign from the industrial side, mostly from the paper industry. A process that would vastly improve hemp paper was in development which would push it ahead of the tree paper. Needless to say the big tree paper industry did not like this and pushed the negative drug image to try to make it illegal. They owned the newspapers, and newpapers were the main source of information at that time, so it was pretty easy to do. Image the forests and ecosystems that could be saved by using hemp paper instead of tree paper. If you wish to push to make it legal, you may have better luck including all the things it can do for society and not just the drug side.

I find it kind of ironic that in the early days of the USA, hemp and tobacco were a big part of the economy. Who knows where we would be today without them.


Beavis, interesting way to look at it.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Avalon on September 28, 2003, 14:11:45
I smoked weed in my late teens.  All it ever did was make me high.  Never experienced anything different than being drunk.  Afterward, I felt bad for having smoked it at all.  

I don't know if it's as bad for you as tobacco.  I smoke cigarette's and know it's bad for my body. I don't need research or statistics to tell me that.  Hacking up a lung after rolling out of bed in the mornings certainly can't be a good thing.

As far as AP goes, I've never consciously had one, high or sober.  The one spontaneous AP I have had, I had sober.  

My experiences tell me that it's not necessary to smoke weed to AP.  But like Beavis pointed out, his experience showed him drugs (illegal or not) allows him to get there quicker.  I cannot really condone the behavior because it's illegal.  But I'm certainly not going to preach about not doing it.  That would make me a hypocrite.  



Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: beavis on September 28, 2003, 14:54:02
My experiences tell me that it's not necessary to smoke weed to AP. But like Beavis pointed out, his experience showed him drugs (illegal or not) allows him to get there quicker. I cannot really condone the behavior because it's illegal. But I'm certainly not going to preach about not doing it. That would make me a hypocrite.

I'm not going to list what substances were used, but for any drug one should maintain a balance between OBE with and OBE without that results in the most OBEs if one is using it for the purpose of OBEs. The balance will usually be somewhere in the middle.

Avalon maybe you should try the legal drug, salvia (smokable kind), if you want to see if drugs can help.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Avalon on September 28, 2003, 15:42:59
Beavis- I saw your entry about salvia on another post .  Sounds interesting.  I'll think about it.  

Thanks.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: LA FORET MAUVE on September 29, 2003, 08:11:23
the problem with salvia is that it is one of the most unpredictable trip ! (wink)


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: phobe on October 02, 2003, 01:37:35
In addition to my more "genuine" spiritual practice, I have spent a fair bit of time studying marijuana from the inside out, so to speak. There seems to be a lot of physiological studies (to test how safe it is, i suppose) but few psychological studies involving cannabis. Most of those use more powerful hallucinogens like LSD.

From experience I can say the "drug" path and spiritual path are two very different things. To keep things short, I'll say I do not believe it is possible to achieve any long-term spiritual/consciousness-elevation from the drug path. That might be obvious, or maybe not [:)] lol.

However, I have also found very intriguing connections between the marijuana experience and the kundalini experience, which is intersesting although inconclusive. I don't think the cannabis affects the user's true 'spirit' so much as creating a form of pseudo-enlightenment. Its focus is internal tho, introspective and psychological, as opposed to an external, phenomenological cessation-of-thought/knowledge of god. It provides knowledge of one's self which in itself is still valuable.

All in all, two different experiences.
 
- phobe


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Nagual on October 02, 2003, 05:14:54
Personaly, I don't like to have to rely on external factors (machines, drugs, etc...) to achieve something...  I want to be able to only rely on myself.  A bit like cheating at school.  I never did cheat at school.  Of course, I did not do as good as the cheaters, but...  I feel more free...


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Adkha on October 30, 2003, 13:36:13
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Originally posted by Nagual

Personaly, I don't like to have to rely on external factors (machines, drugs, etc...) to achieve something...  I want to be able to only rely on myself.  A bit like cheating at school.  I never did cheat at school.  Of course, I did not do as good as the cheaters, but...  I feel more free...



what do you mean witt cheating?  you ain't cheating when you take drugs to achieve something more easy....its just easier than without taken the drugs. And don't forget, drugs like marhuana, magic mushrooms, are pure nature, they are put on this planet for a reason! If it's cheating to rely on external factors....stop eating! stop drinking! stop going to the circus to entertain yourself! Rely on yourself...right? I don't know man

Let me hear from u! :-)


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: carolineneedham on October 30, 2003, 13:48:51
As I've mentioned on other topics, I'm interested in taking certain 'drugs' - at some point.  I also use a Nova Dreamer on occasion.

However, I still think it is tremendously important to be able to do these things 'naturally'.  

Why?  Simply put, I think much of this, astral projection, lucidity, etc, is preparation for when we leave this world.  And if we intend to be conscious when we do so then I think we need to be able to maintain this level for ourselves.  Admittedly, we may get a rush of DMT to help us on our way, but still, I think the more natural ability we have/can learn, the better.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: TheSeeker on October 30, 2003, 14:11:20
I agree with LSD and shrooms, but I was a pothead for a long time and .. what a waste of life.  I thought 'slower' most of the time I was plain dumb.. I can count the number of times I felt smarter and philisophical on one hand, and I've smoked well over 1000 times.  But, that is just me.

But, I'm sure you've read my opinions on shrooms/LSD, good stuff, I'm going to grow some morning glory flowers now and try those seeds out with the method from www.erowid.org  but I'm not sure if I can find the petroleum ether need to extract the harmful elements :(.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: JoWo on October 31, 2003, 19:17:03
You guys who think that you can take a chemical shortcut to Enlightenment better read Jane Roberts' The Nature of Personal Reality, specifically Chapter 10, The Nature of Spontaneous Illumination, and the Nature of Enforced Illumination.  The Soul in Chemical Clothes. Jane Roberts channeled the book from an advanced entity who calls himself Seth.

Jo.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: TheSeeker on October 31, 2003, 19:46:25
Ever shroomed JoWo?  yeah it's not a permanent solution, but an awesome experience, whether its terrible or beautiful.

Besides that, reading is only hearing someone else's thoughts or knowledge, experience is the true teacher, you can't learn what it's like to trip from reading a book.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Logic on October 31, 2003, 23:02:41
who said anything about a chemical shortcut?


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Ceriel N on November 07, 2003, 19:57:56
A friend of mine that I have known through most of school asked me one day about a year ago if I wasn't high all the time. - I grinned at him.

Spirituality and philosophy are to me two different genres, the second one I have almost completed and the first one something that I have recently embareked upon. Both are important. I could tell you how to be proficient in philosophy, but hen I'd have to account for 6, 7 years of thought for you. Philosophy, in the end, is logic.

---

The only purpose alcohol serves in this area is to test your self-control.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Arie on November 11, 2003, 15:26:03
I remember i smoked up with my boy ramone at the mall back in the day....this was like 6 years ago...anyways this was some crazy excrement...and i smoke much more than ramon...we did it all ghetto and excrement...like we put it in a cigarette and blazed it outside the mall....it was so hot...i knew the excrement was strong but i puffed and puffed and puffed...and so we went into the mall...and some crazy excrement started happening...my head started bouncing....it really felt like i was bouncing...i was like Ramone!....i'm bouncing man!

And then i think i began to get all paranoid and excrement...about cops and security guards and excrement...i mean i was so gone....see...when fear gets a hold of ya....it holds on tight. i think the key to peace of mind and to God...is to be sincere..to be honest...despite the consequences...true with yourself...other people...and with God...but to also embrace wisdom with your sincerity...there's a teaching in the bible and the UB...that says don't give your pearls of truth to swine so that they trample them on foot and turn to rend you"

thoughts?


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: The AlphaOmega on November 26, 2003, 22:44:57
I smoke weed on occasion, use to do it all the time.  I know that it can change ones perception of what is really true.  When you are stoned often little actions people do or things people say that are trivial are turned into something meaningful in the brain.  It makes it true only in your head, not in reality.  The reason that you have so many philosophical ideas so to speak is because, like mushrooms, it causes the brain neurons to fire randomly.  Neurons are what allow our brain to process thought and ideas, and when they fire randomly it pulls ideas from your subconcious with no real order or justification.  This isn't bad or harmful to you, but it does make one think some things are true that really aren't.  Don't think that because you are stoned you are suddenly more open to logic and understanding of all things... it just the opposite.  Being stoned is fine, getting high is fun, and to date haven't found anything harmful about it other then laziness from time to time.  But to think that drugs will open you up to a more true reality isn't the case.


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Logic on November 26, 2003, 23:31:10
You have to know yourself before you can know the world around you.

Be it may that they could all be just random subconciouss thoughts gettting through to you, but thats still the reality of your ecosystem. These things are happening in your body never the less, not necisarilly in that direct way, but its the body's way of communicating with the mind. Thats also how most dreams are supposed to work, where most of what you see is some visual message from your subconciouss.

But on the other hand, consider the alternative. What if its the exact opposite? What if its more than just neurons firing, and your acctually connecting with something, or phasing, projecting, etc.

You cant REALLY prove something metaphysical to someone who necisarilly does not believe in it, something like string theory or whatever. Its completly possible, but not acctually provable. How would you go about proving something to someone one who isnt high or dosent share your same beliefs?


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: The AlphaOmega on November 27, 2003, 19:13:55
Beliefs are not knowledge.  True knowledge is truth, not what one believes.  And since truth is all that exists, only it can be learned.  Any other belief can be shaped.  Belief comes from perception... knowledge comes from truth.  However, simply because I know the truth doesn't mean it's my place to convince others of it.  That right is reserved for a higher power.  I can only give my input.  But hey, what fun would this world be if people didn't have different ideas?


Title: philosophy and drugs
Post by: warlockyoshi on September 23, 2003, 03:11:03
How many of you have tried marajauna?  How many of you have successfully travelled on the asral plane using marajauna? For those of you who haven't I recomend that you do. I had a lot of philosophical experiences this summer and I got so wrapped up in them that I had no time for astral pulse.  Plus I was working but know I am back so all is well.  Weed momentarily alters the chemicals of your brain and opens you to more philosphical methods of thinking.  I think that used in the propper fashion weed can be a great tool.


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: psychonaut on August 18, 2006, 07:08:11
If I had a drug of choice it would be DMT, even though I've never done it.

shrooms are shrooms...just ate 10 grams of amanitas combined with 4.5 grms psilo at the Great Sand Dunes National Park last weekened. nothing to say about that.

My opinion on drugs is to explore what they do to you if you're at all curious...but remember that your trip is temporary...and KEEP IT NATURAL!  All in all I think drugs are stupid, and you are what you eat.

I've quit all that stupid excrement for months now...with the exception of the elusive mushie trip last weekend. I'm better off without drugs. It's also kind of sad to see how some of my friends have changed over the years...especially the ones who identify themselves as being "druggies."

But yeah, DMT...there you go. That's what I want.

(man i just wasted some sleep time typing this, hope somebody learned something, anything. Why did I type this post? This was in no way philosophical. Ok...I think, therefore, I'm going to bed.)
 :lol:


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: jilola on August 25, 2006, 00:01:06
A drug can do a couple of things of value:

It can show you the goal yet not take you there.
It can show who you are with respect to the goal yet not change you to attain that goal.
It can show you the side that you'd wish you didnšt have yet it cannot take that side away.

Taking any drug is a choice that needs to be made with your full attention and all of the wisdom you can muster. The taking of a drug is like walking a narrow path; on one side is trouble, on the other hints of solutions. You make the difference.

There's no need for any mind altering substance. If you decide to use one then make sure you:

Know yourself
Know the substance
Know where you're going


2cents & L&L
Jouni


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: Mydral on September 07, 2006, 13:20:08
Look drugs are bad because of the life you live once you take them, a life of crime.
Adding to this you get into this spiral where you take heavier and heavier drugs. I know that some of you will now say: No I am taking it responsibly. Well good for you, lots of others aren't.

Drugs destroy society.

Secondly, what makes you guys so sure that your acctually going on an astral travel etc. with them? Your hallucinating..... and thoughts controll hallucinations to some extend. So if you believe it will happen strongly, you will hallucinate about it.

Look stay away from drugs, then you won't become addicted physically or mentally. If you want to AP or anything like that do it the natural way.



Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: MisterJingo on September 07, 2006, 15:03:07
Drugs are something which has been with mankind from its earliest origins. Drug use is found in the animal kingdom. Drug use might have been the genesis of our mystical experiences and religions and the foundation stones of society (certain theories link early mushroom experiences with language construction). Drugs do not destroy society; current drug education and enforcement create the problems. Countries which have responsible drug policies which donít treat users like criminals have little of the problems the countries have who actively enforce zero tolerance drug policies.
 I am very much of the opinion people should be free to experience any mind state they want as long as they do so responsibly. This means education not enforcement.
 Regarding AP and OBEs, their cause is chemical (drug) based in the brain. Iím not saying this means such experiences are confined to the brain, but they might be a physical trigger to induce such experiences. Many of the drugs which can cause hallucinations are actually clear of the brain once those hallucinations start (they act as triggers for natural processes, not the cause).
 The drug issue is not a simple one and it wonít ever go away. Problems arise from misuse Ė which in no small part is the fault of bad and lying drug enforcement propaganda. Many lives could be saved with education.
 Perhaps this place isnít the best forum for drug discussions because most people either know very little about them, or are very biased against them from a lifetime of negative reinforcement. Add to this the hazards of allowing drug based discussion and the moderations problems of that.
 Either way, it seems nothing productive comes of it on the whole Ė just arguments.


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: jilola on September 08, 2006, 02:28:14
Quote from: Mydral
Look drugs are bad because of the life you live once you take them, a life of crime.
ONly because the substances have been deemed illegal. Nothing in them inherently causes one to commit crime.
Excepting alcohol which has a nasty history oif causing violence.

Quote from: Mydral
Adding to this you get into this spiral where you take heavier and heavier drugs.
The gateway theory has been disproved several time and no credible study supports it.

Quote from: Mydral
I know that some of you will now say: No I am taking it responsibly. Well good for you, lots of others aren't.
Correct. There are always people who go overboard. Putting everybody in jail won't change that.

Quote from: Mydral
Drugs destroy society.
Incorrect. Drug laws destroy society.

Quote from: Mydral
Secondly, what makes you guys so sure that your acctually going on an astral travel etc. with them?
Nothing. Some people apparently think they will. In reality they won't.
What they may get out of it is a different perspective to their consciousness and personality which may in turn help in the AP business. Definitely it is likely to help them see the suppressed parts of their personality.

Quote from: Mydral
Your hallucinating..... and thoughts controll hallucinations to some extend. So if you believe it will happen strongly, you will hallucinate about it.
This is possible. But this also is applicable to meditation.

Quote from: Mydral
Look stay away from drugs, then you won't become addicted physically or mentally.
Agreed. Though if anyone is determined to use a drug then let that person first have a handle on their normal state person and secondly have a  thorough knowledge pof the drug they are about to use.
AFter that thge only requirement is that the person takes full responsibility of any F!#§ up they cause while under the influence.

Quote from: Mydral
If you want to AP or anything like that do it the natural way.
That would be the best way.


2cents & L&L
Jouni


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: EqualThoughts on October 18, 2006, 18:20:37
I'd just like to say that there is no way of being self reliant, because we are all reliant on our environment in order to sustain ourselves with life. we are a part of the earth, a part of one organism that is complex beyond comrehension. we rely on the food and water of the earth to keep us alive, if u think of it this way, anything you eat or consume in some way can be considered a drug, certain plant or animal material when consumed will have an affect on you in some way, including keeping you alive. they all have different effects, it is biased to say that some are bad and some are good. this is just another good and evil scenario, which results from a survival drive, what some people believe is the best way to survive, they will enforce with their beliefs because they believe that it is the best way. there is no real way of saying which is the best way to survive until you have explored all the options, and even then it is impossible. we are just organisms part of a bigger organism, what does it matter that a few of us will consume certain elements in our total environsment. they are there for those who choose to. biases have their place only in the mind of the individual.

-Thoughts


Title: Re: philosophy and drugs
Post by: DrQuickbeam on October 22, 2006, 18:49:07
OK, this thread started off on an uninformed foot. While there is not a lot of research out there on the effects of entheogenic medicine (due to prohibition), there is enough to know a bit about how it works.

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Weed stimulates unused parts of the brain, and induces stronger, faster thinking which is also much more vivid and clear than normal. Weed does NOT kill braincells, pretty much most of the rumors behind marijuana being harmful are fake.

Cannabis does not necessarily stimulate unused parts of the brain. The most neuro-active chemical in Cannabis is THC.  THC docks on the neuron receptor site for naturally occurring chemical called anandamine (literally "bliss molecule").  So the brain thinks that THC is anandamine, and lets it bind to neurons in its place.  Chocolate also has chemicals which bind to the anandamine site.

The effects of this are widely varied from one persons psychology and biology to the next. There is a shift in state of consciousness, which is more or less overwhelming depending on the strength of the dose and the persons ability to mindfully observe shifts in consciousness.  You can then count on the medicine to have a sensitizing effect.  If you are comfortable and relaxed, you will feel VERY comfortable and relaxed.  If you are nervous or paranoid you will feel VERY nervous or paranoid.  If you are doing energy work, you will be delighted to feel the textures and movements of your energy in amazing new ways.

It may cause you to use your brain/mind in ways that are not typical (aka teach you things), but that all depends on what the state reminds you of and what associations are triggered. If it makes you feel stupid or slow, then you're not interfacing with the state efficiently and should probably avoid it.  In my experience, cannabis can be mind expanding, and show me certain limitations and abilities I would not have otherwise noticed.  However, once you have learned all you can from the state, yet you still keep accessing it out of comfort and familiarity, it can then become simply a habitual vice.

You must use these substances with respect. I cannot stress this enough. It is wise to interface with them using an animistic/shamanistic mentality, where each of these medicines has a spirit that can teach you or torture you, depending on how humble and respectful you are in your interactions.

As for the health implications, THC has shown to reduce tumors, reduce pain, increase appetite, help glaucoma, treat depression, and reduce and prevent Alzheimer's (that one was just published last month http://www.nerdshit.com/wordpress/?p=2233).  Ganja does NOT kill brain cells. There has strangely never been a case of lung cancer or emphysema related to the smoking of cannabis, it has even been shown to help lung cancer, however I can tell you from personal experience that it may reduce lung capacity.

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LSD directly stimulates the pineal gland, artificially 'oppening' the third eye.

LSD DOES NOT ACT ON THE PINEAL ORGAN! LSD is a serotonin agonist, which, similar to THC, means that the brain thinks that the LSD molecule is serotonin and allows it to dock on serotonin receptor sites on individual neurons.  Serotonin's role in the brain is very complex and not completely understood, but has been linked with: mood, sleep, anxiety, sexuality, and perception.  So basically, if you take LSD, you are experiencing reality through the filter of LSD rather than the 'natural' filter of serotonin. The same goes for mushrooms (psilocybin) and DMT.

Serotonin, psilocybin, LSD and DMT are all part of the tryptamine chemical family.  The other chemical family for entheogens is the phenthylamines, which includes dopamine, mescaline (from peyote), and MDMA (ecstasy).

By the way, 'entheogen' is the newly accepted word for 'psychedelics' aka 'hallucinogens'.  Entheogen is Latin for... "en" = inside "theo" = divinity "gen" = substance ... so "substance which evokes inner divinity".

All of these chemicals (outlined and tested by Alexander Shulgin) are powerful mind-altering agents.  What you get out of the experience is highly dependant on Set and Setting.  Your Set is your psychology, biology, past experiences, and the why you are tripping etc. Your Setting is whom your with and where you are.

On the rare occasion that I imbibe one of these medicines I tend to fast for a day, to allow for contemplation and sanctification.  I then ask the spirit of the medicine to help me answer the questions I come with (or to teach me something new, or to help me work through a blockage or help me integrate something into my personality) and take care of me and safely guide me through the experience.  Then I dose. And try and stay as mindful and grounded as possible. After the experience I thank the medicine.

These experiences can help show you techniques or knock down inhibitions/blockages which may be hindering your energy/dreaming/projecting practice.  However, they are not good to induce projection per say.  Not to say that it won't happen, just that it is harder to control and more something you witness for educational purposes.  If you are building your experience for any of these practices, medicine is no short cut.

Logic was right in that if you have a genetic predisposition towards psychosis in your family, an entheogenic experience can trigger it. I highly recommend that you are emotionally stable and well grounded mentally before even attempting to trip.  These experiences can range from mild euphoria to an entirely out of body vision quest where you are put against your deepest fears and may even be asked to let go of your ego, which can be extremely painful for most people.

What Logic means when he says that DMT is "the spirit molecule in which life enters and exits this third dimension." Is that DMT has been shown to secrete from the Pineal organ which is an endocrine gland located in the center of the brain.  DMT induces intense visionary experiences, and some think that since the Pineal gland releases DMT into the brain fluid during such events as birth and death, that it is involved when the 'spirit' enters and leaves the body. I have no opinion on this personally, for me these are subjective experiences that we must be prepared to deal with when they arrive.  If there is a chemical process behind the experience, it doesn't really matter when its happening.

This is a very, very limited introduction and many details have been omitted for the sake of brevity.  However, in conclusion, these chemicals are not bad or good. It is all in how the subject uses them.  They are tools or allies by which we can learn a bit about the inner dimensions of the Kosmos. The experiences are highly subjective, so even if you have a negative disposition to the word 'drug' you might go into the experience with your defenses up, aka with fear. That is why I call them medicine. You must interface with them with a steady, open mind and a strong, open heart and be very critical as to what is helpful enough to take back and integrate into your waking life and what is simply 'noise'.

If you are educated (www.erowid.com), and safe, medicine can be very helpful.