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The Underachievers Talk Shrooms and Getting Back to Reality

By Daniel Oberhaus
For a hip-hop duo known for getting high, AKTHESAVIOR and Issa Gold haven’t forgotten how to stay grounded. At least that’s how they described Renaissance, the third full-length release from The Underachievers in as many years. A significant departure from AK and Gold’s trippy and...
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The Race to Build a Weed Breathalyzer

By Daniel Oberhaus
Late last year, a few dozen California drivers suspected of driving under the influence of cannabis were treated to a surprise when the officer who pulled them over asked them an unexpected question: Would you care to submit to a breathalyzer test? None of the individuals who assented to...
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Sarah Jaffe Talks Legalization, Virtual Reality and Dining with Dre

By Daniel Oberhaus
Sarah Jaffe first started recording music at 22 years old and quickly gained recognition for her moody, indie minimalism. In the seven years since her Suburban Nature debut, Jaffe has gone from playing local shows in her hometown of Denton, Texas to making appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and...
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What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn From Alcohol Advertising

By Daniel Oberhaus
On July 20, 2015, Colorado was scheduled to make cannabis history—again. Only a few years earlier, the Centennial State had become one of the first in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana, and it was about to claim another first by airing a recreational cannabis television ad on...
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The Rise of Psychedelic Psychotherapy

By Daniel Oberhaus
November 22, 1963 is a date that most people remember for the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. Yet on that same day, Aldous Huxley was grappling with death a thousand miles away at his home in Hollywood, California. The acclaimed author of the dystopian novel Brave New...
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Chronixx Takes Reggae Back to Its Roots

By Daniel Oberhaus
When someone throws on some reggae tunes, it’s nearly impossible to keep yourself from moving to the beat. Although any variant of this Jamaican genre lends itself perfectly to dancing, its style and focus have changed considerably since its emergence in the 1960s. What began as a musical...
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Hemp Seeds Were Just Sent into Space for the First Time

By Daniel Oberhaus
On Monday morning, a SpaceX cargo capsule docked with the International Space Station after a two-day journey to orbit. On board the craft were supplies for the astronauts and a bevy of science experiments, including four “organs on a chip” designed to replicate human organs in miniature...
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Meet the Animals Who Love to Get High

By Daniel Oberhaus
One of the many joys of being a human is our ability to enjoy altered states of consciousness induced by psychotropic substances. However, as it turns out, humans are far from alone in our pursuit of elevated states of mind. In fact, the animal kingdom appears to be awash with species that...
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What If We're Aliens and Earth Is a Prison?

By Daniel Oberhaus
Humans spend a lot of time thinking about our species’ origins. The questions of "what are we?" and "where did we come from?" are common to most religions, and are some of the fundamental motivations of scientific inquiry. Of course, not all answers to these questions are equally valid, but...
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This Fish Is a Junkie by Nature

By Daniel Oberhaus
If the new Planet Earth series has taught us anything, it’s that nature is full of amazing animals—and that, despite all our knowledge, there are still crazier critters waiting to be discovered. Case in point is the fang blenny, a tropical fish which looks more like Dracula than Nemo and...
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CyHi Brings Conscious Trap to the Masses

By Daniel Oberhaus
Few hip-hop records have been as highly anticipated and as often delayed as No Dope on Sundays, the forthcoming debut from CyHi The Prynce. Cy has been collaborating with Kanye West since he signed to Yeezy’s GOOD Music label in 2010 and has been promising to add a full record to the nine...
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G Herbo on Going from Terror Town to Humble Beast

By Daniel Oberhaus
G Herbo is only 22-years old, but he’s already seen and accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. Formerly known as Lil Herb, the rap prodigy hails from a neighborhood in Chicago’s South Shore known as Terror Town, named for its high rate of violent crime. When he was only 17...
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What Happens when Scientists Give Psychedelics to Animals?

By Daniel Oberhaus
Art images by Anthony Ausgang. For all its downsides, animal testing has historically been a fundamental part of the scientific process. Although it is decried by animal rights groups for its cruelty, many scientists see it as the price to be paid for increasing our knowledge...
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Talking Shamanism and Black Magic with Ayahuasca Researcher Evgenia Fotiou

By Daniel Oberhaus
Ayahuasca is a potent psychedelic brew used ritualistically for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon. The bitter medicine takes its name from a vine native to the Amazon rainforest that also endows the drink with its psychoactive properties. When the ayahuasca vine is combined...
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Meet the Woman Behind the Largest Underground Microdosing Study Ever

By Daniel Oberhaus
In 2015, Rolling Stone published an article about the “hot new business trip” among technologists and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley: taking small amounts of LSD to boost creative thinking, a practice more commonly known as microdosing. The microdosing community takes such small...
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Druuuuuugs In Spaaaaaaaace: Will astronauts be able to catch a buzz on the Red Planet?

By Daniel Oberhaus
For the first time since the Apollo era, space travel is exciting again. Thanks to the rise of private space companies like SpaceX, crewed missions beyond low Earth orbit are back in vogue. Both NASA and SpaceX have plans to slingshot crews around the moon next year, the European, Russian and...
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Hempress Sativa Talks Rasta and Decriminalization

By Daniel Oberhaus
Jamaica has long been known for its rich and diverse musical traditions, but no style of Jamaican music has attracted as much attention as reggae. The genre has evolved significantly since Bob Marley began to slow his rhythms down in the ʼ60s, and at the cutting edge of today’s reggae...
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Warm Brew Keeps Hip-Hop Alive in West Los Angeles

By Daniel Oberhaus
Santa Monica is known for a lot of things—the once-seedy boardwalk, beautiful beaches, the Z-Boys, the Third Street Promenade—but hip-hop isn’t one of them. Warm Brew is quickly changing that. As the self-proclaimed Ghetto Beach Boyz,  Manu Li, Serk Spliff and Ray Wright are almost...
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Painter Jack Coulter Hears Color

By Daniel Oberhaus
For most of us, the only time we can hear colors is after a healthy psychedelic trip. But for Jack Coulter, a 24-year old artist based in Belfast, Ireland, this is just a fact of life. Coulter has synesthesia, a rare neurological disorder that causes people to mix up sensory modalities.
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That Time Scientists Blasted Peyote Prohibitionists

By Daniel Oberhaus
Sixty years ago, scientists defended the Native American Church’s right to use peyote in its religious rituals. Now scientists are renewing the call to protect the right of indigenous peoples around the world to use psychedelics. The world is in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance...
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1xRUN Turned LSD Blotter Paper Into Fine Art

By Daniel Oberhaus
It’s hard to believe, but LSD was totally legal in the United States only a few decades ago. For a quarter of a century after its hallucinogenic properties were discovered by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1943, you could “turn on, tune in and drop out” to your heart’s...