Prehistoric Psilocybin

Ethnobotanicals are the most antique forms of psychedelic consumption, but for how long have they been around? We have proof of human and animal ingestion around 3,000 years ago, but could species before have also presented the existence of such species?

A newly published study from the University of Utah and the Natural History Museum of Utah suggests that the Psilocybe genus could be around about 65 million years ago!

Join us to uncover a hypothesis of why the genus started developing psilocybin and the first appearance of the fungi during prehistory.

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Fungi art with Michael Campbell

Depictions of nature are possibly the most primal form of art in human history. From cave paintings to surrealistic paintings from modernism, our art has evolved over the years. Influenced by the psychedelic renaissance and the popularization of mycology by lecturers such as Terence Mckenna and Paul Stamets. Such themes brought new eyes to the scene, people with an artistic vein and interested in more than breeding their own fungi, people that saw the beauty in such specimens and began adapting fungi with their special touch birthing wonderful artworks.

Michael Campbell is one of these cases, after being a professor and a student in the field of art, he fell in love with the beauty of nature and started adapting his artworks to thematics such as religion, nature, and fungi.

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Origins of Ethnopharmacology

Aspirin, Digoxin, and Morphine aren’t the first thing that comes to our minds once we hear the word Plant Medicine. Regardless of their seemingly distant origin, all those compounds once had a plant origin. To this, we name ethnopharmacology. Using the word of Juerg Gertsch: “Ethnopharmacology tries to understand the pharmacological basis of culturally important plants.”

Today, ethnopharmacology has an equally important role, as we are using plants that have been used for centuries by natives. Plants such as Peyote, Ayahuasca, Iboga, Kava Kava, and Psilocybe aid us with the current mental illness epidemic. Thus, Indigenous communities are once again furnishing us and aiding us with their ancient knowledge, this being said it would only be unfair not to feature such communities in Psychedelic and Ethnobotanical conferences, giving them their due credit, and teaching us about how much these plants mean to their culture, and most importantly how we should respect and protect indigenous rights.

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The new religion of Psilomethoxin

The new internet-breaking tryptamine Psilomethoxin has generated various discussions on threads. Following breadcrumbs left by Alexander Shulgin, the owners of the Psilomethoxin church claimed to have successfully made the compound and report several experiences using it.

However, the discussion continues, from being a 4-hydroxylated orally active form of 5-MeO-DMT to a potential neurotoxin for its similarities to 4,5-dihydroxytryptamine it’s yet incognito whether the compound could have any neurotoxicity.

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