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Our blog features monthly thought-provoking art and written psychedelic pieces from our members. The opinions of the authors do not represent those of IPN as an organization. If you are interested in submitting a blog post, please apply to be an IPN member (if you are not already), review the following, and send your submissions to media@intercollegiatepsychedelics.net.

Criteria and Considerations:

  • Provides a unique or undervalued perspective in the psychedelic space

  • Written pieces must be no more than ~2000 words

  • Opinion pieces should be evidence-based with references

  • Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis

  • Selected pieces will undergo ~2-3 rounds of peer review before publication.

Full disclosure: The blog coordinator and the ad-hoc review committee for each submission reserves the right to reject a submission outright after the first round of review. This is uncommon but can happen if claims are not well-founded and/or if the submission requires too much editorial work. This is done at the discretion of the review committee.

Interview of PsychedelX Co-Founder, Haley Dourron

Haley Dourron is a Ph.D. candidate in the Drug Use and Behavior Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on the neurophenomenological effects of psychedelics and their potential for inducing lasting behavioral changes. Haley pioneered the creation of IPN’s PsychedelX program in 2020 and 2021 along with the rest of IPN’s Research and Professional Development team (now called IPN Labs). Currently, she is working on a pioneering psilocybin-assisted therapy trial for cocaine dependence. Haley’s work also delves into the parallels between psychedelic-induced states and psychosis, contributing to innovative approaches in mental health treatment. Explore her research publications here: Haley Maria Dourron – Google Scholar.

Bridging the Gap Between the Past and Present in the Psychedelic Renaissance

“It was my destiny to join a great experience”- This quote by Herman Hesse welcomed attendees to the 2023 biannual Psychedelic Science Conference hosted by MAPS in Denver, Colorado. Like hundreds of others in the crowd, I was filled with excitement and awe at being present for the world’s largest gathering of psychedelic enthusiasts.

Integrating Psychedelics and Paralysis: Understanding Non-Obvious Risks Before Pursuing Likely Rewards

A setting sun paints the San Diegan marine clouds a pastel palette as onlookers atop a coastal bluff wait for the famous green flash. Down below on the beach two gentlemen anticipate a different flash. Both have exited their wheelchairs for seats on the sand, the beach a purposeful setting for a ritual they’ve practiced before. They’ve ingested psilocybin-containing mushrooms and, while the Pacific Southwest is surely a beautiful natural setting they might aim to reflect into the mindset they’re about to occupy, there is a more profane reason they’ve come to the beach.

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Roland Griffiths: Exploring the Mystical World of Psilocybin

Image Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education The world lost a true pioneer and visionary when Dr. Roland Griffiths, a renowned figure in the field of psychopharmacology, passed away from cancer. Dr. Griffiths dedicated his life to studying the profound effects of...

IPN Blog Halloween Special: The Dark Side of Psychedelic Use

In this spooky Halloween-themed blog post, we explore some of the most disturbing and shocking cases of psychedelic use gone wrong. From cults to MKUltra, these stories will make you think twice about psychedelic stereotypes!

The Story of My Psychedelic Book Collection

In the corner of the dark, cold storage room of my family’s basement, a collection of fascinating books awaits. Broadly about altered states of consciousness, but mostly about psychedelics, this collection covers the history, science, and cultural impact of psychedelics and altered states. Almost entirely non-fiction – with the exception of the semi-fictional narrative portions of PIHKAL and TIHKAL – the collection contains diverse formats, including hardcopies, paperbacks, digital copies, a signed copy, and limited-edition publications. Stacked precariously on top of a dresser, they await their next psychedelic-curious reader. This is their story.

What is IT?

Psychedelics allow us to move away from this three-dimensional world – a place where we usually only believe what our five senses can perceive, where time plays out in chronological order, where our logical minds usually lead us to answers, and where we usually rely on proof and data over intuition – to a place of logical fallacy, mystery, wonder, magic, dreams, oneness, fullness, and more fantastical ideas.

More Thyme part II

As I continued deeper into NIO-5, my direct experience became akin to watching the falling of leaves. Just as my gaze cannot dictate the spin of falling leaves, I could not dictate movements of my body – yet, I moved forward.

More Thyme part I

As the ship approached NIO-5, the engine was turned off, allowing the ship’s inertia to carry it to the destination on the surface. Despite my best efforts to cultivate psychological poise in the face of this journey, I was occupied with a nervous habit of clicking my teeth together in a repeating pattern: twice on the left, once on the right, and three times altogether.

Can We Heal Without Tripping?

By Evan Laughlin
We know psychedelics can be helpful, but do we need to trip to get the benefits?

Interview of PsychedelX Co-Founder, Haley Dourron

Interview of PsychedelX Co-Founder, Haley Dourron

Haley Dourron is a Ph.D. candidate in the Drug Use and Behavior Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on the neurophenomenological effects of psychedelics and their potential for inducing lasting behavioral changes. Haley pioneered the creation of IPN’s PsychedelX program in 2020 and 2021 along with the rest of IPN’s Research and Professional Development team (now called IPN Labs). Currently, she is working on a pioneering psilocybin-assisted therapy trial for cocaine dependence. Haley’s work also delves into the parallels between psychedelic-induced states and psychosis, contributing to innovative approaches in mental health treatment. Explore her research publications here: Haley Maria Dourron – Google Scholar.

Integrating Psychedelics and Paralysis: Understanding Non-Obvious Risks Before Pursuing Likely Rewards

Integrating Psychedelics and Paralysis: Understanding Non-Obvious Risks Before Pursuing Likely Rewards

A setting sun paints the San Diegan marine clouds a pastel palette as onlookers atop a coastal bluff wait for the famous green flash. Down below on the beach two gentlemen anticipate a different flash. Both have exited their wheelchairs for seats on the sand, the beach a purposeful setting for a ritual they’ve practiced before. They’ve ingested psilocybin-containing mushrooms and, while the Pacific Southwest is surely a beautiful natural setting they might aim to reflect into the mindset they’re about to occupy, there is a more profane reason they’ve come to the beach.

The Story of My Psychedelic Book Collection

The Story of My Psychedelic Book Collection

In the corner of the dark, cold storage room of my family’s basement, a collection of fascinating books awaits. Broadly about altered states of consciousness, but mostly about psychedelics, this collection covers the history, science, and cultural impact of psychedelics and altered states. Almost entirely non-fiction – with the exception of the semi-fictional narrative portions of PIHKAL and TIHKAL – the collection contains diverse formats, including hardcopies, paperbacks, digital copies, a signed copy, and limited-edition publications. Stacked precariously on top of a dresser, they await their next psychedelic-curious reader. This is their story.

What is IT?

What is IT?

Psychedelics allow us to move away from this three-dimensional world – a place where we usually only believe what our five senses can perceive, where time plays out in chronological order, where our logical minds usually lead us to answers, and where we usually rely on proof and data over intuition – to a place of logical fallacy, mystery, wonder, magic, dreams, oneness, fullness, and more fantastical ideas.

More Thyme part II

More Thyme part II

As I continued deeper into NIO-5, my direct experience became akin to watching the falling of leaves. Just as my gaze cannot dictate the spin of falling leaves, I could not dictate movements of my body – yet, I moved forward.

More Thyme part I

More Thyme part I

As the ship approached NIO-5, the engine was turned off, allowing the ship’s inertia to carry it to the destination on the surface. Despite my best efforts to cultivate psychological poise in the face of this journey, I was occupied with a nervous habit of clicking my teeth together in a repeating pattern: twice on the left, once on the right, and three times altogether.

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