Spiritual leader? Take shrooms for science!


#1

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#2

Do Pastafarians count?


#3

So is the the Pope going to do it?


#4

I am a Ronald Reagan, Carl Sagan, San Diegan pagan…


#5

That GIF looks like some poisonous-ass shrooms.


#6

That’s what I was thinking. I wouldn’t eat those.


#7

Leucocoprinus species. Probably mildly poisonous, but not likely to give you any worse than a serious stomach ache.


#8

Religious and spiritual leaders, is it? Are they trying to find out if psilocybin is a cure for pedophilia?

In my experience any self-identified spiritual leader isn’t.

Anybody who’s really working on the spiritual level isn’t going to touch this with a ten foot pole.


#9

Expertise in what, exactly?


#10

Hurrah, I was ordained by the Universal Life Church back in the 80s! Sign me up!


#11

Back when it meant something! …unlike all those hipster Johnny-come-latelies that filled out some random form on a website in the 90’s.

I still haven’t performed a marriage ceremony, though I once threatened to wed two people at a bar if they didn’t stop fighting.


#12

Yeah, seriously, I had to work for it, darn it. You know, find a stamp and an envelope, and send it through the snail mail… Those were rough times, I tell you. Rough!


#13

I married three people once.


#14

I figure ULC ordination is as close as I’ll ever come to having superpowers.


#15

Doubt I qualify anyway but this sounds like a pretty terrifying way to take shrooms.

At least I’m assuming—because I have not taken shrooms—that like everything else (see coffee, tea, booze, and any other legal mood alterers) your mindset and environment have an effect on your experience. Living room indeed.


#16

Do that in my living room for a guaranteed bad trip. How about a lovely gazebo at the edge of a forest? Being indoors would just make me claustrophobic.


#17

Watching the mushrooms stand up and open in gif I heard the music for the mushroom dance from Fantasia.


#18

The line between “psychedelic” and “poisonous” is a rather grey area. Basically, pretty much anything that can kill you will send you tripping at an appropriate dosage and vice-versa. The dose makes the poison.

The psychedelic experience is essentially the consequence of mild neurological poisoning. The defining factor of good psychedelics are lack-of-permanent-injury and a high therapeutic index (i.e. “how much to kill me?” divided by “how much to have fun?”).

A bit of serotonergic impact doesn’t hurt, either; that tends to make the difference between “fun and giggly” vs “intense but traumatic”.


#19

Yes, very much so. Set and setting are key.

(my general rule? Never go tripping with people you’d be embarrassed to see in the morning if you all end up in a naked mudfight during the evening)


#20

Outdoor psychedelics are problematic in Australia. You never know when it’s going to seem like a sensible idea to try and pet the pretty snake.