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How to Survive a Trip from Hell

By Suzannah Weiss
“Difficult is not the same as bad.” This is one of the tenets behind the Zendo Project, a group that helps people through difficult trips. “Bad trips” can actually be amazing learning experiences, says Zendo Project Director of Harm Reduction Sara Gael, even if it doesn’t feel...
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Voter Project Unites Political Parties for Legalization

By Suzannah Weiss
On July 2, HeadCount.org, an organization that registers voters at concerts and other events, launched the Cannabis Voter Project, which is specifically geared toward helping people use the power of their vote to impact cannabis legislation. Along with recruiting people to vote at...
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Amsterdam Chefs Set to Revolutionize High Cuisine with New Series

By Suzannah Weiss
Noah Tucker is a native New Yorker who launched his career as a chef in New York, San Francisco and Japan before moving to Amsterdam a decade ago. London native Tony Joseph came to the Netherlands a few years earlier after studying with famous chefs and cooking for restaurants in the U.S. and...
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The Goddess-Channeling Healer Making Ayahuasca Mainstream

By Suzannah Weiss
"I think the Goddess speaks through you," a man from Houston told Maria Johanna in her kitchen in Vinkeveen, The Netherlands this February. Behind us, others were crying and cuddling next to buckets of vomit. Earlier that night, Maria approached me during one of her ayahuasca...
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How People Are Using Kratom to Overcome Opioid Abuse

By Suzannah Weiss
After Sarah*, a 48-year-old admin professional in New York, got into a car accident in 1993, she suffered from chronic pain. To alleviate it, she was prescribed the muscle relaxant Soma and the combined opioid/non-opioid pain reliever Percocet. “Not only did the pills get rid of my pain,...
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Hearing Food and Tasting Color with Psychedelics

By Suzannah Weiss
The first time I dropped acid, my friend put on some techno music, telling me the drug would give it cool effects. It did indeed. With each note, it felt as if someone were tapping on my skin. I wondered if I was actually feeling the sound vibrations. More likely, though, this was happening...
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Is Ketamine Replacing Other Club Drugs?

By Suzannah Weiss
Daniel Saynt, who runs the New York nightclub NSFW and organizes the physician-led responsible drug use class “Just Say Know,” had gotten burnt out from traditional party drugs like cocaine when he discovered ketamine, a drug traditionally used to put people and animals under for...
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5 Controversial Conservatives Who Support Legalization

By Suzannah Weiss
As cannabis legalization becomes less and less controversial, it’s no longer just progressives who support it. Sure, Jeff Sessions still claims it's linked to violent crime and opioid addiction, but many members of his party want it legalized for both medical and recreational purposes. In...
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7 Prohibitionist Politicians We Need to Kick to the Curb This November

By Suzannah Weiss
It may be more than two years before we can get Trump out of the White House, but this November, we at least have the chance to oust some the country’s most prohibitionist politicians during the midterms. With more and more people all over the political spectrum supporting cannabis...
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Cold as ICE: Separating Families over Medical Cannabis

By Suzannah Weiss
Thanks to a recent Trump administration policy, families have been torn apart while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. And though Trump recently ended the policy of separating children from their parents when they’re detained, parents continue losing their children for another...
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The Neuroscientist Healing People with Nutrition and Frog Venom

By Suzannah Weiss
When you’re suffering from a chronic health problem, whether physical or mental, the most common solution in our culture is to go to a doctor and get a prescription. But when Caitlin Thompson began experiencing issues like bladder pain, depression, joint pain and chronic fatigue,...