A Journey, Not An Escape, Ctd

by Chris Bodenner A reader writes: I'm happy to see the debut of the (yet-to-be-named?) "Mushrooms Closet." I was an avid reader of "The Cannabis Closet" and bought the book, mostly to show my support. This kind of reality-based dialogue is invaluable for the cause of sanity during this pivotal moment in the drug war. … Continue reading A Journey, Not An Escape, Ctd

A Journey, Not An Escape

by Chris Bodenner A reader writes: Long time reader, first time writer. Forgive the somewhat trite pseudonym, as I’m writing from a dead-drop e-mail account that’s not linked to my real identity. I’m sure you understand, given the somewhat more controversial nature of writing about psychedelic mushrooms than smoking the occasional joint. Like many who … Continue reading A Journey, Not An Escape

The Cannabis Closet: Reader Reviews


by Chris Bodenner

Dish readers are starting to react to their newly-arrived copies of the book, still selling at Blurb.com for only $5.95 (use promo-code DISH for $3 off shipping). One writes:

I'm published! Well, not really, but I just got my copy of The Cannabis Closet today and right there, on page 107, is the story I sent you eight months ago, the one about chronic joint pain. I am continually amazed by the diversity of people and experiences in this book. We really only have one thing in common: we all take pot.

I'm about to go back to the hospital tomorrow, so I need to get some sleep (I can sleep!). I think I'm going to settle in with some junk food (I actually have an appetite!), take my nightly dose of cannabis, and relax with this book (pain free!). There's only one problem: those brownies on the cover look reeeeally delicious …

Reviews of the book, good or bad, are welcome. Another writes:

I love the Cannabis Closet thread.  I just received my copy.  Now I think you should start a psilocybin thread. I'm sure it's not nearly as widely used as marijuana, but there's plenty of us recreational users out there. 

“The Bathtub Gin of Cannabis”


Erowid analyzed marijuana substitutes a few months ago: 

In the market now, it is difficult to tell good snake oil from bad snake oil, effective from ineffective, or dangerous from well-known. There are dozens of research chemicals currently available online or in head shops. They are sold as "legal highs", and often, whether implicitly or explicitly, positioned as replacements for a particular illegal drug like psilocybin mushrooms or cocaine. Some contain chemicals brand new to the recreational markets, while others are just caffeine.

A Mood To Fit The Problem

Jonah Lehrer on the power of mental states:

The moral is that emotions influence how we process and pay attention to information, and that different kinds of cognitive tasks benefit from different moods. When we're editing our prose, or playing chess, or working through a math problem, we probably benefit from a little melancholy, since that makes us more attentive to details and mistakes. In contrast, when we're trying to come up with an idea for a novel, or have a hit a dead end with our analytical approach to a problem, then maybe we should take a warm shower and relax. The answer is more likely to arrive when we stop thinking about our problem. (It should also be noted, of course, that the same mental states can be induced with drugs, which is why so many artists experiment with benzedrine, marijuana, etc. They self-medicate to achieve the ideal mental state.)

I was talking with a fine artist the other day and he was telling me how blocked he was on a piece, and how he then smoked some pot and everything came together.

Love Makes You Creative, Sex Not So Much

Scientific American:

In sum, the authors suggest that, because love activates a long-term perspective that elicits global processing, it should also promote creativity and impede analytic thinking. In contrast, inasmuch as sex activates a short-term perspective that elicits local processing, it should also promote analytic thinking and impede creative thinking.

I know this is tangential to this broader argument, but if fucking has made me more analytic, it seems to me to be defeating one of its core purposes.

I have had sex out of love and it's an amazing, wonderful, transformative thing. At its height, it is the most overwhelming thing I have ever experienced. I have also had sex in my life largely as a way to escape this fucking brain in my head, that won't stop constantly analyzing and thinking. I have had sex for these reasons as well – so I can gain a few blissful moments when I do not think at all. The relief of this is indescribable and, for me at least, an element of mental and psychological health.

God’s Medicine

The latest installment of the ground-breaking study on the effects of psilocybin, aka magic mushrooms, brings more interesting news: The experiment was funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The results were published online Tuesday by the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Fourteen months after taking the drug, 64 percent of the volunteers said … Continue reading God’s Medicine