Now Online: New Interview for Aidan McCullen/ The Innovation Show

The former Irish international and professional rugby player Aidan McCullen from theinnovationshow.io recently contacted me to ask for an interview. Aidan is recognised as a pioneer in digital media marketing solutions, products and business models with a 10-year career in that field. His Innovation Show is a weekly show interviewing leaders in their fields, authors, renowned professors, inventors, innovators, change-makers and mavericks to inspire, educate and inform the business world and the curious.

I highly recommend to browse his innovationshow.io site archive to also look out for great interviews of various other authors including Daniel Siegel, Alan Schwarz, and Anne Janzer.

Listen to my 45 min interview about the positive potential of cannabis and some other related topics here:

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How Did the Cannabis High Help to Transform our Society?

What is it like to be high on marijuana? Can a cannabis high help to remember long gone events, to fuel your imagination, to work creatively, to come to introspective and other insights, to empathically understand others, and to personally grow? How much did cannabis inspire outstanding thinkers, artists and musicians like Charles Baudelaire, Rudyard Kipling, Walter Benjamin, Billie Holiday, Diego Rivera, John Lennon, Carl Sagan, Hal Ashby, and so many others? And how much did the marijuana high positively transfom our society?

“What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin – Mind-Altering Essays on Cannabis” is a collection of 20 groundbreaking neurophilosophically inspired essays on the astounding positive potential of the cannabis high. The essays summarize more than ten years of Marincolos research and are written for a wide audience. This deep new exploration of the marijuana high as an altered state of consiousness addresses educated marijuana users and their relatives, medical cannabis professionals and patients, as well as neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers interested in the subject of altered states of consciousness.

“Sebastian Marincolo’s work is terrific and is going to make a big contribution to the field.”
Lester Grinspoon, medical marijuana expert and Harvard Associate Prof. Emer. for Psychiatry

Buy the book here

Happy Birthday, Lester Grinspoon!

My mentor and friend Lester Grinspoon just turned 89 yesterday! Happy birthday, Lester! You have been such an inspiration for all of us – a brilliant scientist tryly pursuing the truth agains all odds!

Lester and I have been in contact since 2008 and we had countless discussions about the potential of the marijuana high to enhance various human cognitive abilities. His book “Marijuana Reconsidered” (first published 1971 by Harvard University Press) is a milestone in the marijuana literature and I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. What an amazing work!

Lester later started two websites, rx-marijuana.com (a large collection of anecdotes on the medical uses of marijuana) as well as marijuana-uses.com, a brilliant collection of essays and reports on the marijuana high and its potential for various enhancements, including the enhancement for episodic memory retrieval, a better focus of attention, an enhanced pattern recognition, an intensified imagination, spontaneous insights, and the magnificent enhancement of empathic understanding.

My own research heavily draws on Lester’s work and I feel blessed to have had the ability to talk to Lester for many years and to work with him on a book project as a co-editor (sadly, we could never publish the manuscript). Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue our conversations for many years to come.

Lester wrote the forework to my German book “HIGH. Das positive Potential von Marijuana” (Klett-Cotta/Tropen, 2013) and helped me a lot with his endorsement and his advice.

A few years ago, I started to think about an artistic visual approach to make misinformed and frightened people look at cannabis again as what it is: a plant. And, as I wrote in my own preface to the book: a plant is a plant is a plant. I created a macro art series of cannabis to go with a collection of essays to illustrate my scientific perspectives. Since then, many collectors around the word have bought large prints of my art edition mounted on alucobond and I have consulted many organizations and companies about how to show cannabis from a new perspective to undermine the negative and false associations connected to typical negative cannbis imagery coming from past disinfomation campaigns.

I would now like to introduce a new art photo to you; I dedicated it to my dear friend Lester Grinspoon. It was created under the influence of my favourite cannabis strain, Dr. Grinspoon, a pure sativa which procuces an amazing, calm, chrystal clear and blissful high. The art edition of this image will be limited to 5 pieces. One is reserved to Lester. For those of you who are interested to obtain one of these pieces, please write me a mail. And here it is. For Lester, with much admiration:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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:

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

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

Indiegogo Campaign For My New Book Now Online!

To all my blog readers:

I have just started an Indiegogo crowdfunding project for my new book “What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin”. The book will contain 20 of my essays (some of which are already featured here on this blog). If you like the project, please support me on Indiegogo,  http://igg.me/at/what-hashish-did-to-walter-benjamin

You can also help me spread the word by sharing the following text on your facebook page:

Worldwide, people are beginning to acknowledge the positive potential of cannabis. Philosopher and writer Sebastian Marincolo has written a new book “What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin” in which he explains how a cannabis high can help to remember long gone events, to fuel your imagination, to work creatively, to come to insights, and to better empathically understand others. His book also sheds light on how cannabis has helped writers, philosophers, musicians, and artists like Walter Benjamin, Carl Sagan, or Billie Holiday in their work. Help him spread the word and support his Indiegogo campaign: http://igg.me/at/what-hashish-did-to-walter-benjamin

It is time that we make a difference and take this to the next level together! Thank you so much in advance for your support!

Yours, Sebastian Marincolo

Sebastian Marincolo

 

 

 

Marijuana and Creativity – A Love Story

The Irish Poet William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939

“O! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

In a good relationship, a loving partner can inspire you and help your creative output in many ways. She (or he) may simply inspire you day-by-day with a beautiful smile, encourage you to compose your music or help you to relax and refresh your energy. Your beloved partner could also help you to discipline yourself, to keep focussed on a writing a book, drag you to a movie she finds interesting for you to help collecting ideas for a movie project, or provide valuable feedback during the creation process of your new musical composition. There are many ways a lover can help you to be creative.

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Marijuana, Pattern Recognition, and What it Means to be ‘High’

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“To understand is to perceive patterns.”

Isaiah Berlin, philosopher, 1909-1997

“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.”

Henry van Dyke, short story writer and essayist, 1852-1933

 

The Importance of Pattern Recognition

When we talk about patterns or pattern recognition, we tend to think of simple visual patterns like a striped blanket. But our pattern recognition abilities are way more sophisticated than just recognizing basic designs like that. We can visually recognize and distinguish types of trees, cars, or the different painting styles of particular artists. And we perceive not only visual patterns in our environment, but also hear patterns in sounds or music; we perceive the tactile pattern of a wooden surface, the gustatory pattern of the taste of a mango and we can intellectually “recognize” patterns such as the pattern of a certain defensive tactic used by an opponent in a chess game.

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Vipers, Muggles, and The Evolution of Jazz

“I’m the king of everything
Got to get high before I sing
Sky is high, everybody’s high
If you’re a viper…”

‘Viper’s Drag’ (1934), by Fats Waller

 

Without doubt the history of early jazz and the use of marijuana are intimately intertwined. Thousands of Hindu immigrants from India had brought the use of cannabis to the West Indies in the 1870s; where black and Mexican sailors picked up the habit and introduced marijuana use to the harbor of Storyville, the red light district of New Orleans, the city usually considered the birthplace of jazz. At the beginning of the 20th century, countless black jazz musicians performing in the bordellos of Storyville and in other locations in New Orleans smoke what they call ‘gage’, ‘tea’, ‘muggles’, ‘muta’, ‘Mary Jane’. They will later call themselves ‘vipers’ – allegedly named after the hissing sound taking a quick draw at a ‘reefer’.

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