During Saturday night's show, author Daniel Pinchbeck(1) shared stories of his personal explorations with psychedelic drugs, ranging from transcendent to terrifying. Pinchbeck claims that experimenting with "psychic medicines" can lead people to different concepts of society and psyche.
One particular experience Pinchbeck recounted involved smoking DMT (diemethyltryptamin). In his vision, he entered a new reality filled with weird geometric patterns and strange symbols. According to Pinchbeck, this is a common experience among users -- they participate in a similar alternate reality when on DMT. Art suggested that DMT users visited a real place (another dimension), to which Pinchbeck concluded, "I felt it was as real as this reality."
Pinchbeck also spoke about Ibogaine, a drug that could potentially help addicts kick their drug habits, and suggested visiting Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies(2) for more info.
Religious Use of Peyote
Last month the Utah Supreme Court ruled that the controlled substance peyote can be used by non-Native Americans for religious purposes. The ruling comes after the arrest of James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney and his wife, Linda, founders of the Oklevueha Earth Walks Native American Church.
In 2000, the Mooneys were charged with distributing peyote in church ceremonies. According to U.S. drug laws, possession of peyote illegal; however, Native Americans are exempt because the drug is sacred to them.
The recent ruling by the Utah Supreme Court extends the exemption to non-Native Americans church members. About his decision, Justice Jill Parrish wrote, "The bona fide religious use of peyote cannot serve as the basis for prosecuting members of the Native American Church under state law."
Read more at Deseret Morning News(1).