Re: Psychedelics

From: Ralph Lewis (
Date: Thu Nov 23 2000 - 10:40:22 MST

There is quite a bit of information in the "honest" academic literature (not
the propaganda the political-legal system puts out). Let me again recommend
PIHKAL and TIHKAL by Alexander and Ann Shulgin from Amazon. Also the EROWID
web pages:

The rational approach is harm avoidance. To bet a better view of risk
assessment look at the Dance Safe site page on risk assessment.

It is odd to hear such questions. I am old enough to have lived through the
50's,60's and 70's when not only were these substances legal and unregulated
but seen as one of the methods to improve the human race... extropian even
if that word did not exist then. They were featured in major magazines as a
major breakthrough in the human condition.

A general answer to your flashback question (and it is only a general rule),
given a reasonable stable mental state, water soluble substances pose little
problem of flashbacks although you may never see the world in quite the same
light. Oil soluble substances such as PCP, grass, etc can pose a problem if
they end up in the fat tissues and you at some point lose weight. But this
applies also to most oil soluble such as Phthalates, PCB's, etc. with a
vengeance. Let me highly recommend another book by Deborah Carbury "Altering

Best Ralph

At 08:53 PM 11/22/2000 -0800, you wrote:
>One of the reasons I've never gone for a second trip (besides the fact that
>I'm now a "responsible" husband and father) is I heard that use,
>particularly repeated use, can lead to "flashbacks." Granted my trip was
>thoroughly enjoyable, but I don't know that I'd want it kicking back in at
>unexpected times. Say, while on the job....
>Do you think that flashbacks are also widely overstated?
>Learn how your computer can earn you money while you sleep!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "mez" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 10:40 AM
>Subject: RE: Psychedelics
>> [Non-member submission]
>> I would make a couple comments on the "bad trip" phenomenon and the
>> utility of psychedelics.
>> 1) IMHO, the incidence of "bad trips" is widely overstated.
Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources
College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

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