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News / Re: LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard to be Released From Prison
« Last post by callejularbo on September 04, 2020, 01:24:18 PM »
I also doubt it was an accident.
Was it not known that ergot fungi was psychoactive at this time?
Albert was chemically modifying ergotamine so he had good reason to assume that some of the compounds he made could very well be psychoactive.

My theory is that the tasted them one by one just like shulgin, and got lucky with LSD. The claim it was an accidental exposure was probably an excuse to avoid being deemed unprofessional by his peers.
News / Re: LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard to be Released From Prison
« Last post by vanillaice on September 04, 2020, 11:34:46 AM »
From dosing tabs with crystal it is very easy for a little draft to pick a piece of xtal up and land on you doesn't take much to trip to be honest and like you're guys are saying I don't think lab safety was even existent back then :,) especially him with no gloves no masks or anything I remember some xtal landing on me with some would say interesting results nothing like the bear 2000ug experience but enough to be more careful the next time
News / Re: LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard to be Released From Prison
« Last post by loft on August 21, 2020, 09:47:29 AM »
Looks fairly open to me  :D

News / Re: LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard to be Released From Prison
« Last post by swoner on August 21, 2020, 06:23:41 AM »
It also could’ve been because of mouth pipetting
News / Re: LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard to be Released From Prison
« Last post by NeonCortex on August 21, 2020, 03:34:03 AM »
I also am very skeptical to the idea that Hofmann accidentally absorbed LSD through his skin. However, it seems to me that chemistry laboratories were quite different back in the early 40's. It might be an erronous notion of mine, but weren't labs a lot more open back then? Apparatus standing on desks openly with few laminar flow hoods? If you think of today's labs where pretty much everything is carried out in a flow hood and safety is a general priority, you still need to tell staff and students to not drink coffe/tea or consume anything in the lab, and they still do it. I don't know what Hofmann's lab looked like back then, but is it a far fetched idea that the risk of accidentally dosing yourself was a bit higher back then? I can imagine a milligram or two ending up on a hand and then entering the body through your coffee mug, scratching your moustasche or similar.
News / Survey of entity encounter experiences occasioned by inhaled N,N-dimethyltrypta
« Last post by java on August 19, 2020, 02:34:29 PM »
Survey of entity encounter experiences occasioned by inhaled N,N-dimethyltryptamine: Phenomenology, interpretation, and enduring effects
Alan K Davis
Journal of Psychopharmacology
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Background: Experiences of having an encounter with seemingly autonomous entities are sometimes reported after inhaling N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Aim: The study characterized the subjective phenomena, interpretation, and persisting changes that people attribute to N,N-dimethyltryptamineoccasioned entity encounter experiences.

Methods: Two thousand, five hundred and sixty-one individuals (mean age 32 years; 77% male) completed an online survey about their single most memorable entity encounter after taking N,N-dimethyltryptamine.

Results: Respondents reported the primary senses involved in the encounter were visual and extrasensory (e.g. telepathic). The most common descriptive labels for the entity were being, guide, spirit, alien, and helper. Although 41% of respondents reported fear during the encounter, the most prominent emotions both in the respondent and attributed to the entity were love, kindness, and joy. Most respondents endorsed that the entity had the attributes of being conscious, intelligent, and benevolent, existed in some real but different dimension of reality, and continued to exist after the encounter. Respondents endorsed receiving a message (69%) or a prediction about the future (19%) from the experience. More than half of those who identified as atheist before the experience no longer identified as atheist afterwards. The experiences were rated as among the most meaningful, spiritual, and psychologically insightful lifetime experiences, with persisting positive changes in life satisfaction, purpose, and meaning attributed to the experiences.

Conclusion: N,N-dimethyltryptamine-occasioned entity encounter experiences have many similarities to non-drug entity encounter experiences such as those described in religious, alien abduction, and near-death contexts. Aspects of the experience and its interpretation produced profound and enduring ontological changes in worldview.


Psychedelic, N,N-dimethyltryptamine, survey, entity encounter, subjective effects

News / Re: FDA Trials Of MDMA
« Last post by TryItYoullLikeIt on August 12, 2020, 04:01:01 PM »
I just wrote a research paper on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD treatment the other day. The research is sound but there are many out there they are blaming MAPS for misrepresenting the data and doing harm to future research. The Heffter Institute is doing interesting stuff with psilocybin for addiction therapy that I hope makes some progress.
News / Re: FDA Trials Of MDMA
« Last post by java on August 12, 2020, 05:19:37 AM »
From LSD to Ecstasy, How Psychedelics Are Altering Therapy, with Prof. Harriet de Wit (Ep. 51)


The latest research shows that there may be more uses for drugs like MDMA and LSD than sending people on mind-altering trips. In fact, they could radically change how some people engage with therapy. De Wit also examines microdosing, why it is so popular, and whether it does what people suggest.
News / Detecting RNA virus in saliva samples using Raman Spectroscopy
« Last post by java on August 11, 2020, 12:16:33 AM »
Detecting RNA virus in saliva samples using Raman Spectroscopy

“This whole process of data acquisition and analysis can be performed within a minute. Since no additional reagent is needed there is no recurring cost. A portable (benchtop or handheld) Raman spectrophotometer installed at the port of entry such as airports or at any point of care (in the Eeld) can quickly screen passengers within minutes,”
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