When Bob Dylan Turned the Beatles On To Marijuana – Martin A. Lee

After the Beatles got into grass, they began to think of themselves as artists, not just performers. The herb triggered a creative surge that altered their approach to writing and recording songs.

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Source: When Bob Dylan Turned the Beatles On To Marijuana – Reality Sandwich

Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Jack Owen

Almost all native cultures have integrated psychedelic healing into their way of life. However, since the War on Drugs began in 1971 in response to the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, Western civilization has turned its back on the idea that psychedelics could have any medical benefit.

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Source: Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Reality Sandwich

The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and 11 Other Philosophers Who Used Mind-Altering Drugs

Philosophy itself often arrives as a mind-altering experience, a new mode of perception unto our cosmos, at times so radical as to be hazardous. Thus can philosophy be seen as a psychoactive substance—yet the place of psychoactive substances in philosophy is not apparent. In this mildly chronological overview we shall shed light upon the history of the notable western philosophers who took psychedelic chemicals and how this may have influenced their thought—how psychedelics influenced philosophy.

Source: The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and 11 Other Philosophers Who Used Mind-Altering Drugs | High Existence

The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence

(Written by Seth Ferranti)

Convicted of making obscene amounts of LSD at a former nuclear missile silo, William Leonard Pickard—aka “The Acid King”—was sentenced to life without parole in the federal prison system in 2003.

Now 70 years old, Pickard is still steadfastly fighting this unjust and inhumane sentence, trying to regain his freedom. He’s doing so with the help of his exceptional intellectual arsenal. An alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, with degrees in chemistry and public policy, he was formerly a research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, a fellow of the Interfaculty Initiative on Drugs and Addictions at Harvard, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA.

In November 2000 the DEA raided the LSD lab inside Atlas E, the old nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Kansas, after a tip from an informant—the man who owned the silo, who was granted immunity by the prosecution in return for his testimony against Pickard.

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Source: The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence | TheInfluence

Alan Watts Articulates an LSD Trip

“One of my earliest experiences with LSD was also one of my most powerful and transformative. At the peak, I was unable to tell whether I had my eyes open or closed, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘If there is no difference between the inside and the outside, where am I?'” – Alan Watts