New Live Class on the Cannabis High, Empathy, & Relationships Coming Soon!

How Cannabis Can Improve The Quality Of Your Relationships

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Thursday December 22nd,
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Most people crave deeper relationships, better social skills, and a more genuine understanding of self/others. Did you know that the right dose and strain of cannabis can help you achieve these intentions and more?

In this exciting new live-class, renowned cannabis philosopher and researcher Sebastian Marincolo will help you understand:

  • How cannabis can enhance your empathic understanding to connect more deeply with others
  • How to use cannabis to resolve conflicts or differences in your relationships
  • How to set up a favorable environment for cannabis and connection
  • How to make sure you’re using the right dose and strains for improving your relationships
  • How to interact with others who might not approve of your cannabis use to help them see the benefits you receive
  • Ask your questions LIVE and get real answers from the expert

Many users of cannabis have reported that a high significally helped them to empathically understand others better, to get deep personal insights about their partners, children, friends, or family members. Is it true that a cannabis high can help to enhance our empathic understanding of others? How could it be explained that cannabis can positively affect this ability? And how can we use cannabis to experience this amazing effect? Can people on the Autistic Spectrum profit from these effects?

Pre-register for the online course to attend for free here: http://greenflowermedia.ontraport.net/t?orid=10018&opid=87

Meeting Lester Grinspoon in Auburndale

A few days ago, I flew from my production in L.A. to Boston to finally meet for the first time with my friend and hero Lester Grinspoon, Carl Sagan’s best friend. We had known each other for more than eight years now, but never met in person before. And what a lovely meeting it was with him and his wife Betsy! Betsy had just read my new book and loved it.

Lester and I talked for hours and he wdscf3113-b2-square-smallas delighted to hear about my recent experiences and meetings with cannabis patients and so many others from the cannabis world in Colorado and L.A., especially about the parents of an autistic child who are treating their son very successfully with medical cannabis. Lester had been the first doctor to recommend medical marijuana to parents of autistic children several years ago. I also told Lester about my new online class on how to use a cannabis high for creativity (https://www.learngreenflower.com/courses/30/HOW-TO-USE-CANNABIS-TO-UNLOCK-YOUR-CREATIVITY). We then moved on and used his Volcano, and then Lester and Betsy invited me to a lovely dinner.

Lester told me this time how he was called as an expert witness to help John Lennon. The U.S. government wanted to kick Lennon out of the country back then because they had found (or planted?) a joint on him. The judge asked Lester whether marijuana and hashish were the same thing; Lester denied that (hashish comes from the same plant, but is of course an extract). What then happened came as a surprise to Lester, too: they had to let Lennon go because they had only laws for „marijuana“, but not for hashish 😉 This was incredible important, said Lester, because Yoko Ono’s son back then lived in the States and she would not have seen him again in case she would have had to follow John Lennon to England.

Thanks for the amazing day and the wonderful dinner, Betsy and Lester! I hope we can meet again soon!

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Come and learn about how to use a marijuana high to enhance your creativity,  to see new patterns in life, to come to empathic and introspective insights, and to personally grow.

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Summit Recreational Retreat and Conscious Cannabis Culture presents two workshops with Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo:

Cannabis, Consciousness, and Personal Growth

October 1-2, 2016

Cannabis, Creativity, and Living Outside the Box

October 8-9, 2016

Come join dynamic, internationally respected cannabis researcher and author, Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo, as he shares his insights into the creative, cognitive, and many wellness-enhancing effects of cannabis. Dr. Marincolo has published articles and books on neuro-philosophy, altered states, and the positive potential of the cannabis high. His unique lens — of scientific acumen and personal observations — will expand your understanding of the full spectrum of what cannabis can offer through teaching sessions, guided cannabis journeys and stimulating discussions. Attend one, or both, of these illuminating and potentially life-changing workshops.

Each workshop: $299
Early Bird discount: Register by September 16 and save $50 off each workshop: $249/each

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Cannabis, Consciousness, and Personal GrowthSebas-pistil
October 1-2, 2016

“A marijuana high can enhance core human mental abilities. It can help you to focus, to remember, to see new patterns, to imagine, to be creative, to introspect, to empathically understand others, and to come
to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing, you have lost your sense of awe and wonder. Which, by the way, is something a high can bring back, too.“  ~Dr. Sebastian Marincolo

Cannabis users don’t often access the full potential of this plant’s positive effects. High quality cannabis strains can offer cognitive, creative, and spiritual benefits ranging from increased memory and empathy to faster pattern recognition and enhanced creativity.

In this workshop, come learn how cannabis can help you imagine — and take action on — new possibilities; understand, and avoid, sabotaging behaviors; and discover insights into your purpose; who you can be at your finest, and how to use cannabis as a tool to further your personal growth.

Dr. Sebastián Marincolo is your host for this entertaining and highly-interactive workshop! He’ll share his experience and insights, facilitate discussions and take you on cannabis-activated journeys. You’ll increase your understanding through first-hand experience of how to boost personal development with cannabis.

So whether your relationship with cannabis is new or seasoned, come register today for an amazing journey with this internationally respected expert. It’ll expand your mind, enhance your creativity, and unlock new parts of yourself.

For more information and registration, see www.summitrecreationalretreat.com/special-events

 

Cannabis, Creativity, and Living Outside the BoxSebas-leaf trichs
October 8-9, 2016

In this workshop, come explore the dynamic relationship between creativity and cannabis. We’ll focus on using cannabis to specifically stimulate peak creative experiences.

When you need to continually think outside the box — and design creative solutions or approaches — cannabis can offer unique support. From writers and graphic designers to programmers and folks who simply enjoy being creative, come discover new ways that cannabis can supercharge your creative process.

Throughout history, highly-creative industry leaders have used cannabis to enhance their work. Some were musicians, like Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley. Paul McCartney once said that marijuana caused a U-turn in the way the Beatles approached music and life… which profoundly changed what they brought into the world. Others leaders have been writers like Charles Baudelaire, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac; or painters like Diego Rivera and Amedo Modigliani. Even scientists and innovators —  like cosmologist and astronomer, Carl Sagan — used cannabis to think more creatively inside their linear industries.

“Cannabis helps produce the serenity, insight, sensitivity & fellowship
so desperately needed in this world.” — Carl Sagan
A cannabis high can hyper-focus attention; intensify imagination; accelerate pattern-recognition; deepen introspection; and expand empathic understanding. Cannabis is an amazing tool that delivers profound insights, novel solutions, and uplifting, energizing experiences, AND there are specific ways to use it to achieve such results. It’s even possible to fine-tune the timing and type of creative support you receive from cannabis; however, cannabis of low quality — combined with a lack of knowledge of how to fine tune your experience — can actually interfere with and diminish your creative output.Dr. Sebastián Marincolo is your host for this entertaining and highly-interactive workshop! He’ll facilitate cannabis-activated journeys that will show you, first-hand, how cannabis can supercharge your creative output and problem-solving skills while steering your creativity enhancement in EXACTLY the directions you desire.
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Henri Michaux and The Flying Carpet: Cannabis Explorations of an Unique Mind

„Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.“

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

He was admired by many of his contemporaries both for his poetry and writing as well as for his unique paintings. The French writer Andre Gide was so fascinated by his work that he wrote a book to promote him entitled Let’s Discover Henri Michaux. The eminent German Poet Paul Celan, who translated Michaux into German, thought that Michaux’s work was just as enigmatic and hard to decipher as Kafka’s writings. The art critic Peter Schjedahl wrote about him in the New York Times:

„He strikes me as being one of the most palpably authentic of post-war European artists. Influenced by Ernst and Klee, he created an art of energized ideograms and meandering calligraphy, of figures evolving haphazardly out of weltering chaos, or of the chaos asserting itself to wipe out anything recognizable.“[1]

 

Untitled Chinese Ink Drawing 1961 Henri Michaux 1899-1984 Purchased 1963 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00577

Untitled Chinese Ink Drawing 1961 Henri Michaux 1899-1984 Purchased 1963 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00577

 

Michaux was born in 1899 in the small Belgian town of Namur, the very town where the French writer and poet Charles Baudelaire died. Like Baudelaire and the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, Michaux experimented with several psychoactive substances including hashish to explore what he would call the “space inside.” Baudelaire, Benjamin, and Michaux certainly belong to the most vigorous, proficient, and brilliant psychonauts ever.[2]All three of them were prodigious literates and explicitly set out to self-experiment with hashish determined to express their journeys into the inner realm of consciousness.

Like Baudelaire and Benjamin, Michaux left us with incredibly perceptive, poetic and sometimes cryptic descriptions of the effects of cannabis on the human mind. Michaux is much better know for his writing on his mescaline experiments – he also created many of his more famous paintings under the influence of this substance – yet his writing on hashish is just as profound and insightsful. Like the writing of Baudelaire, and Benjamin’s protocols written under the influence of the hashish high, Michaux’s writing needs decoding and interpretation. But from all we know about the cannabis high today we can say that he beautifully and accurately described many of the most amazing effects of the cannabis high in meticulous detail.

The three dedicated psychonauts often experimented with very large ingested doses of hashish, which led to much more pronounced effects on their mind and body than those experienced by most modern recreational users after having a few tokes from a vaporizer or smoking a few joints. This allowed them to make observations on some extreme effects, which help to understand the nature of the marijuana high. It is especially interesting to see in how much vivid detail Michaux described many interesting cognitive and perceptual enhancements of the hashish high.[3]

 

A Sense of Wonder, Hyperfocus, and Stereovision

In his book “Miserable Miracle”, Michaux notes:

“Anyone who takes hashish as an experiment witness after taking mescaline leaves a racing automobile or a long distance electric locomotive for a pony.”

He adds in a footnote: “A pony, however, is capable of surprises not to be looked from a locomotive.”[4]

During a high, Michaux finds many surprises – and he follows their trail.

Myriads of cannabis users have reported that a cannabis high makes them feel as if they would perceive something for the first time; whatever comes to their attention often comes with a strong feeling of awe and curiosity. This is certainly one of the great enhancements a high can bring. For the philosophers Aristotle and Plato, the feeling of awe and amazement towards something perceived or contemplated is the very beginning of all philosophy. If we feel this, we do not take something as given anymore and we wonder about it, we start our investigation. Many cannabis user had this feeling of awe seeing an landscape, hearing music, or experiencing a kiss as if it was for the first time.

In his book Miserable Miracle, Michaux writes:

“(…) whatever Hashish displays interests me. I follow it all the way. I want to know the end. I want to know where it is taking me.”[5]

Looking at a photograph, he writes: “And I so devoured this colored landscape with a new eagerness. How wonderful looking it is! A new youth came back to me, one of the subtlest, the youth of the eye.”[6]

Michaux also observes that the hashish high focuses his attention (I have often called this the “hyperfocus”-effect of attention during a high):

“With Hashish in me I am a falcon. If I give a circular glance it will be only once, as one makes a general survey, not to be repeated. I am against dispersion. I look for an object in order to follow its trail. (…) Nothing can distract me.”

When looking at a photography during a high, Michaux notes a that he can see with ‘marvelous optical dexterity’. He describes and names ‘stereovision’ of a photograph – which makes him see the photo better ‘in depth’– and also describes ‘stereoaudition’ of sounds.

An enhanced ability for stereovision has also been reported by other cannabis users, such as an anonymous planetary geologist to Lester Grinspoon’s collection of anecdotal reports of marijuana-users. This scientist reports that planetary geologists rely on two stereo image photos of planetary landscapes taken from two slightly different angles by satellites and that usually, one needs a mechanical device like a stereo-opticon to judge depth perception from those paired photos:

stereo-photography, vision

“An early stereo image photo which can create the illusion of depth with a mechanica aid. The illusion can also be created with an animated gif using a rapid succession of such stereo images: See for instance: http://stereo.nypl.org/view/21724”

„But one evening we smoked some especially potent marihuana, purely for pleasure. I amused myself by looking at a pair of stereo photographs that had been left in the room. Suddenly the two pictures merged into a single three-dimensional view. It was like a gift from God.“[7]

 

Altered Body Image Perception and The Flying Carpet

Interestingly, Michaux also notes a drastic change in his perception of his own body. Many users have times again reported that they have intensified body sensations during a high. Under very strong dosages, users report body image distortions (such as feeling that one’s foot must be 3 meters away) as well as ‘loosing their body’ completely. Likewise, Michaux writes:

“At the time I did not know that the sensation of floating in the air, of being weightless, was one of the characteristics of hashish. The flying carpet is not just a legend, but an old reality in Persia and Arabia where for centuries Indian hemp made people float on the air and travel through the skies.” [8]

 

Flying Carpet

Enhanced Episodic Memory, Imagination, and Transforming Imagery

Apart from those perceptual changes, Michaux describes the enhancement of his episodic memory retrieval during his high:

“Later on at home I begin vaguely going over in my mind a scene of a motion picture seen a few days before, when suddenly the noises and the voices from the episode – “burst out” and violently throw themselves at me. A memory revived, but stronger than the original expression.”

His experience with an intensified imagery during a high supposedly comes from ingesting a large dosages of hashish which can cause visual ‘trips’:

“These images were distinct, stayed quietly in place. I had enough time (just enough) to see them clearly. It was like a series of very short scenes in color, very well composed (…).”[9]

Interestingly, Michaux also notes how these images went through associative transformations, a process which can easily be seen to be a rich source of creative exploration for an artist:

“A rope I was watching, coiling there, suddenly ended in the red muzzle of a little feline, (a sort of ocelot, it looked to me, (…) its neck being made of rope, although its muzzle was very life-like and menacing). (…) Another time a complicated assemblage of metal pieces I am examining suddenly turns into a machine gun pointing at me.”[10]

 

Enhanced Empathic Understanding

We have countless reports from inspirational users of marijuana about how a high helped them to empathically understand others, to better imaginative to be in the situation of somebody else and to feel this person’s feelings. For a few years now, adults as well as children with various forms of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) have been reported to profit immensely from consumed cannabis. Under the influence of a high, they seem to be better able to understand the emotions and needs of others around them.[11]

Reading a text during a high, Michaux finds that hashish can help to understand and “feel” the author’s personality:

“You can hear the authors in person (….) Words no longer play any part. The man who is behind them comes out in front. (…) The text, at whatever point you pick it up, becomes a voice, (…) and the man speaks behind this voice. The man who wrote it is there. Hashish opens the inner space of sentences (…). The author thus unmasked never altogether recovered his mantle or his former retreat ”[12]

In another passage, Michaux indicates that during a high his thinking is what other users have described as “almost telepathic.” Michaux writes he is

“(w)ith a look that thinks, thinks and goes through the other person’s head”. [13]

One another day, Michaux is walking on the street and his attention is arrested by voice of a girl passing by. Again, he feels as if he could “read” the girl’s mind, only through that short, fleeting experience of listening to her talking:

“I continued to dwell in it amorously – a voice, hardly mature, and genuinely shy, that made you forget everything else, a voice that implored protection, so wary of the phenomenon of speech, advancing so cautiously like a foot at the edge of a precipice, or fingers held out towards the fire. (…) I really should have turned back, caught up with her, (…) got to know this girl, so elegant in her apprehensions, so touching and distinguished in her tiny boldness, which must have seemed enormous to her, so delicately adventurous in her loss of reserve as she took her first tentative step.”[14]

Is it really plausible that Michaux can read all this from the mere sound of a voice of a girl he did not even see? In my book High. Insights on Marijuana I have argued that a cannabis high can indeed lead to various cognitive enhancements such as a hyperfocus of attention and an enhanced ability for pattern recognition, which could explain why Michaux could read that much from her voice in just a few moments. He focuses strongly on the voice and recognizes patterns he has heard before in other voices; typical sound patterns similar to those of other people he experienced as expressing insecurity, boldness, and shyness.

Modern ‘simulation’-theories of empathic understanding stress that it is absolutely vital for us to imaginatively put ourselves in the place of others in order to understand them better; it is as if we would simulate another person in his situation, feeling the feeling he is going through and thereby understanding him. [15] Michaux describes clearly how he feels that during a high his enhanced ability to empathize with others in this way. He looks at a photography during a high and observes:

“I was looking through a magazine at some photographs of those amazing divers of the New Hebrides who, held back by long lianas, leap head-first from a rustic tower fifty feet or so high, landing on the ground slowed down … I was conscious of the distances, I estimated as though I were up there o the top of the tower, myself the man, (…), even having the sensation of dizziness, and even after turing the page, still feel myself on top of the tower, still at that terrifying heigh.“[16]

Landdiving, Indonesia

Image “’The Tower’, Pentecost Island Vanatu”, by Paul Stein”

 

Poets, Psychonauts, and the Value of Anecdotal Evidence

The majority of past scientific studies designed to research the cognitive and perceptual changes during a cannabis high were seriously flawed. Usually, the participants of those experiments had no previous experience with the substance, came with negative convictions and did not know what to expect. Most of the resulting anxious reactions were caused by a sterile clinical set and setting in which observing scientists would control the set-up and their dosages. Usually, the participants of those studies had no special abilities to observe and report their own mental states.

More than forty-five years ago, the Harvard psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon and the Harvard psychologist Charles Tart came to the conclusion that therefore, they could better study the effects of marijuana on the mind by collecting and analyzing anecdotal reports of habitual marijuana users. In his seminal book Marijuana Reconsidered (1971), Lester Grinspoon was bold enough to include and evaluate many reports from writers and artists like Fitz Hugh Lludlow, Baudelaire, and Michaux. Another great compilation which included a selection of literary and imaginative papers on cannabis was the book The Marijuana Papers edited David Solomon already in 1966.

Lester Grinspoon reminded us that we have to carefully evaluate these reports. Poets like Baudelaire would for instance sometimes use opiates or other substances along with their hashish, so some of the effects reported could not really be attributed to the ingestion of cannabis alone.

Many of the writers featured by Grinspoon and Solomon left us an incredible treasure with their poetic and yet oft highly detailed and precise descriptions of the cannabis high, which some of them had set out to explore.

Michaux, like other writers and fellow psychonauts, left us beautiful and rich descriptions of many of the perceptual and cognitive enhancements that the cannabis high can bring, including stereovision, stereoaudition, a hyperfocus of attention, an enhanced episodic memory, an enhanced imagination, and an enhanced ability to empathically understand others.

Many of his observations have been supported by countless detailed anecdotal reports of other inspirational users and, also, by experiences of innumerable medical patients like those with autistic spectrum syndrome who profited from the use of cannabis. It is time that scientists of various fields now start to take another look at these reports to better understand how consumed cannabis can effect our mind and bodies – and, connectedly, to understand which role the endocannabinoid system might play in those highly developed cognitive processes.

 

This article first apeared on my expert blog for Sensi Seeds here:

https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/henri-michaux-cannabis-flying-carpet-part/

https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/henri-michaux-cannabis-flying-carpet-part-ii/

 

[1] Quoted from Douglas McGill, „Henri Michaux, Poet and Artist“, http://www.nytimes.com/1984/10/23/obituaries/henri-michaux-poet-and-artist.html

[2] In his book “Approaches to Drugs and Intoxication” (1970), the German author Ernst Jünger coined the term “psychonaut” for someone who explores the inner realms of his consciousness by means of consciousness-altering substances.

[3] For an overview on some possible cognitive enhancements during a high see my Essay “The Ten Most Useful Mind-Enhancements During a High”, http://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/the-10-most-useful-mind-enhancements-of-a-cannabis-high/

[4] Henri Michaux, „Miserable Miracle“, Chapter 4, Indian Hemp http://www.lycaeum.org/books/books/miserablemiracle/chap4.html

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Anonymous, „Cannabis and Planetary Surfaces“, in: Lester Grinspoon (ed.), „marijuana-uses.com) 2016, http://marijuana-uses.com/cannabis-and-planetary-surfaces-by-anonymous/

[8] Henri Michaux, „Miserable Miracle“, Chapter 4, Indian Hemp http://www.lycaeum.org/books/books/miserablemiracle/chap4.html

[9] Ibid.

[10] Henri Michaux, „Miserable Miracle“, Chapter 4, Indian Hemp http://www.lycaeum.org/books/books/miserablemiracle/chap4.html

[11] Compare my essay „Marijuana, Empathy, and Severe Cases of Autism“, http://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/marijuana-empathy-severe-cases-autism-part/

[12] Henri Michaux (1961), Light Through Darkness, Orion Press, New York pp.124-127.

[13] Henri Michaux, „Miserable Miracle“, Chapter 4, Indian Hemp http://www.lycaeum.org/books/books/miserablemiracle/chap4.html

[14] Ibid, p.7.

[15] Compare for instance Alvin Goldmann (2006) Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience of Mindreading, Oxford University Press, USA.

[16] Ibid.

Join My Cannabis High Workshops, Colorado, Oct. 1/2 & 8/9, 2016

Denver, Colorado
Summit Recreational Retreat and Conscious Cannabis Culture in Denver, Colorado, present
two workshops with Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo:

Cannabis, Consciousness, and Personal Growth October 1-2, 2016

Cannabis, Creativity, and Living Outside the Box October 8-9, 2016

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How to Use Cannabis for Mind-Enhancments – New Online Course Now Online

new online course about how to use cannabis for mind-enhancments

These 10 cannabis-activated tools can make you smarter, more creative, and more connected to who you truly are.

Did you know that the psychoactive properties of cannabis can be used as a very powerful tool for developing parts of you that you might not access otherwise? In fact, when used with the right guidance and intention, cannabis can help you imagine new possibilities for your life that you couldn’t see before, clear patterns of behavior that aren’t serving you anymore, and experience deep insights about who you truly are and why you’re here on earth.

During this very exciting new course, Dr. Sebastián Marincolo Ph.D will guide you on a wonderful cannabis-activated journey to utilize the psychoactive properties for your own personal and spiritual development. With the help of cannabis, he’ll show you how to enhance your memory, increase attention and focus, intensify imagination, feel better about yourself, stimulate more creativity, and much more.

Obviously, this may not be what you’ve been told cannabis will do to you. But if you love this plant, you intuitively know that these outcomes and benefits are possible. So go on an amazing journey with this world renowned expert to expand your mind, enhance your creativity, and unlock new parts of yourself today.

Find the online course here:

http://greenflowermedia.ontraport.net/t?orid=10018&opid=48

You’ll benefit by understanding:

  • How to choose specific strains, dosage, setting and activities that will:
    • Enhance your memory
    • Increase your attention and focus
    • Develop your imagination
    • Feel better about yourself & your body
    • Enjoy more creativity
  • The science behind how cannabis can be used as a cognitive enhancement tool
  • How to successfully integrate what you learned during the cannabis high into your daily life
  • What type of cannabis you should avoid that will block your personal development
  • How to use cannabis to break free from psychological conditions like fear, doubt, and insecurity
  • How to unlock the full mind-enhancing potential of this incredible plant

This course is for you if…

  • You enjoy cannabis and love learning new things about yourself
  • You are a person who likes to explore other dimensions
  • You are drawn to cannabis for the psychoactivity
  • You’d love to have an expert guide to facilitate this cannabis journey
  • You are interested in connecting more deeply with yourself and others

This course is also perfect for professionals…

  • Medical professionals, patients and their relatives will better understand how marijuana acts on the human mind in general and in how many ways it can help patients like autistic children and others.
  • The course is also interesting for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who consider working with cannabis.
  • Researchers interested in the nature of the psychoactive properties of cannabis, including physiologists and neuroscientists working in the field of endocannabinoid research.
  • Specialized cannabis growers/breeders who want to create specific strains to enhance creativity or which can help with autism spectrum disorders

Your Course Includes:

  • Over 2 hours of hands-on video training for how to better use certain strains of cannabis with specific delivery and dosage recommendations for self exploration & development
  • A private Q&A group call with Sebastián (July 6th at 1pm PST)
  • Experiential guidance including recommended setting, activity & applications
  • Handouts like the most important cannabinoid and terpene activation points & suggested reading
  • A protocol to help establish a baseline and consciously approach your experimentation
  • Anytime access to enjoy this online course (for life)
  • 30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Find the online course here:

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Instructor

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Dr. Sebastián Marincolo, PhD

Dr. Sebastián Marincolo holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Tübingen, Germany, with a thesis in the field of the philosophy of mind. His research has received several academic fellowships and awards by exploring the philosophy of mind, neurocognition, and on altered states of mind, with a special focus on the cannabis high. Marincolo has published dozens of essays on the cannabis high, published three books on the cannabis high, and has worked with marijuana expert Harvard Associate Prof. Emeritus Lester Grinspoon.

Personally. Marincolo has used cannabis himself for various purposes and financed much of his research with his creative work. For more than five years he was a creative director and consultant for one of the biggest foundations in Germany and has more than 25 years of experience as a freelance photographer. His art photography from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bali and other places has been shown in various exhibitions and art galleries in Germany and the U.S.

Find the online course here:

http://greenflowermedia.ontraport.net/t?orid=10018&opid=48

My Cannabis Odyssey: To Vaporize or Not To Vaporize Dr. Grinspoon

Marijuana Expert Lester Grinspoon

A few years ago, Lester asked me in one of our many Skype conversations about the cannabis high if I ever had the chance to try the cannabis strain Dr. Grinspoon, which the Dutch seed bank Barney’s Farm had created and named after him. I was surprised and a bit sad to hear that he had never used it himself. Obviously, he was curious to know more about its psychoactive and medical potential.

Since then, I have been to Amsterdam several times and tried to buy either some seeds or some Dr. Grinspoon marijuana to try it myself and to vaporize it – but it was always out of stock, not even available at the original Barney’s Farm store. I had heard from various users and professionals in the cannabis business that the strain would generate a magnificent high.

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Marijuana, Escapism, and Mind Traveling

„Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.“

Thomas Wolfe

 
We all need to escape from our daily routines once in a while. We go on vacations, play tennis, or relax sipping on a glass of whine. Many marijuana users focus on the here-and-now to forget about their daily routines and worries during a high. There is nothing wrong with those little escapes – as long as they help to lead a happy life.

 

From Little Escapes to Escapism

For many, however, marijuana has become a means to repeatedly escape from stressful situations and to hide from challenges in their lives. They have moved from their little escapes to an unhealthy pattern of escapism. Of course, the use of marijuana is only one of the many means which can be abused for an escapist stance towards life. Alcohol or activities such as playing a computer game or watching television can be likewise abused for the same purpose.

Marijuana certainly has a great potential to relieve stress, both physiologically as well as psychologically speaking.

 “THC degrades to cannabinol (CBN), which has a medical value for various indications, but is also said to have a more sedative and confusing effect on consciousness”

THC degrades to cannabinol (CBN), which has a medical value for various indications, but is also said to have a more sedative and confusing effect on consciousness.

As to the latter, many who are mainly seeking the stress relief effect of marijuana settle for being “dazed and confused”. To achieve this state of mind, they tend to consume cheap low-quality marijuana which has been harvested too late and stored in the wrong way – exposed to light, oxygen and warm temperatures. A bigger proportion of the THC has then degraded to CBN (cannabinol), which generates a more sedative and confusing state of mind.

Those users want to get more “stoned” than being “high”. This bad quality and the resulting effects are all that many consumers can afford on the black market anyway. The resulting altered state of mind delivers the desired relaxation and the mental escape; on the other hand, however, these users do not fully experience the wide range of cognitive enhancements which good marijuana can potentially generate under favorable conditions.

 

Prohibition and Escapism

669657149_oWe need to understand that decades of prohibition have actually led to this widespread abuse of marijuana solely for the “dazed-and-confused” effect described above – in various ways. About 40 years ago growers started to use an Afghani indica strain (or, “broad leaf” – cannabis variety) to generate hybrid cannabis strains with a more compact shape, high THC-content and short harvest cycles. They created cannabis plants for growers who wanted a bigger yield, smaller plants to be grown indoors, and a high ration of THC for a better “punch”. As a result, cannabis plants – even the landraces growing in the wild – have changed worldwide and most strains today contain significant levels of the sedative terpene myrcene – a genetic heritage of the Afghan genetics mentioned above.[1]

Also, the prohibition has hindered a free flow of information between users, producers, and scientists. The market is not transparent and users are often completely uneducated about what they consume, so many of them end up getting bad quality and often even laced marijuana. Many users have never experienced the full range of the mind-altering potential of marijuana.

And, of course, the prohibition has generated a widespread desire for more escapism. During a prohibition, those who develop a problematic relationship with marijuana are not only left alone by society, but are also criminalized. Many users then react to more trouble with more escapism, using more bad marijuana – they go in a downward spiral.

To conclude, then, prohibition has obviously played and still plays a decisive role in influencing an unhealthy dynamic system of growers and users, a system leading to an impoverished use and often a misuse of bad quality marijuana to simply sedate and to daze and confuse users seeking to escape from their every-day worries.

 

Mind-Travelling Instead of Escaping

In a legalized and regulated market as we can see it now in some parts of the U.S., in the Netherlands, or in Uruguay, we can observe that many users know much more about their strains. They have access to a better quality of marijuana and they can afford a much better quality for their money. Many users do not only get to know countless medical uses of marijuana, but also rediscover and explore the many dimensions of a marijuana high for inspirational and other uses.

I have argued in several places places that if used with skills and knowledge, the marijuana high can bring a whole bouquet of perceptual and cognitive enhancements: a hyperfocus of attention, intensified sensory experiences, as well as the enhancement of episodic memory, imagination, pattern recognition, creativity, introspection, empathic understanding, and insights.[2]

What Hashish Did To Walter BenjaminInstead of using marijuana solely for the purpose of relaxation, to stimulate appetite, or to enjoy the euphoria of a high, users start to mind-travel on marijuana and to use these enhancements to compose music, to get creative in the kitchen, to come to a better understanding of their friends, to generate scientific or personal insights, or to make love. They are not going around in circles anymore like many escapists, but instead use marijuana productively to mind-travel and to personally grow. These users describe marijuana as a huge enhancement in their lives.

The stereotype of the lazy, dysfunctional stoner, then, is not misleading and wrong in the sense that this type of users would not exist. They do exist, and there are way too many consumers who abuse marijuana for escapism. However, it is not an intrinsic property of marijuana to automatically produce this dysfunctional state. The problem is generated to a large degree by the prohibition leading to various conditions leading to this widespread abuse and to the consumption of bad marijuana. Also, the problem is generated by a socially cold, materialist neo-liberal society in which many constantly experience too much negative stress, causing them to look for tools to escape.

 

Legalization, Education, Use and Abuse

Do more people use more marijuana when it is legal to do so? We know from many comparative studies about this subject that this is not necessarily the case.[3] However, I believe that it is time to ask a more relevant question: if we legalize marijuana and educate the public better, will we manage to get less people to abuse marijuana like many do so for escapism? We have every reason to believe so. As we can clearly see now in some parts of the U.S., medical marijuana users with a whole range of indications profit immensely from various cannabis strains developed for their special needs. All consumers now have a transparent market, they know what they buy and they get a much better quality of marijuana for their money. They have a better access to knowledge about how to best use marijuana, about the real risks and its potential. They can more freely experiment with marijuana to find out how they can use it for their own purposes. These are necessary conditions for users to become cannasseurs; and only skills and knowledge will lead them to a more meaningful relation with marijuana.

Maybe we should not worry that much about the total number of marijuana consumers and worry more about the number of unhappy people.

 

This article first apeared on my expert blog for Sensi Seeds here:

https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/marijuana-escapism-and-mind-traveling/

 

[1] See Michael Backes (2014), Cannabis Pharmacy. The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York.

[2] See Sebastian Marincolo (2015), What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin – Mind-Altering Essays on Marijuana, Khargala Press, Stuttgart.

[3] For a good overview of some studies on that subject matter see http://norml.org/aboutmarijuana/item/marijuana-decriminalization-its-impact-on-use-2.