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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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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.

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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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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

Marijuana, Dopes, and Cognitive Enhancements

Norbert Wiener, American mathematician and philosopher (1894 –  1964)

When genius mathematician and originator of cybernetics Norbert Wiener moved with his family from Cambridge to Newton, his wife organized the move and let Wiener concentrate on his work as a professor at MIT. She knew her notoriously absent-minded husband would be of no help to her. She also knew he would forget they had moved so she gave him a piece of paper with the new address of their home. Later during his work, Wiener spontaneously came up with an insight, found the piece of paper in his pocket, scribbled down the idea, but then, finding an error in his workings, threw away the piece of paper. In the evening he drove home to his old address and soon realized that he did not live there anymore. The note in his pocket was gone. Wiener had no clue anymore where he lived, so he asked a little girl on the street: “Excuse me, perhaps you know me. I’m Norbert Wiener and we’ve just moved. Would you know where we’ve moved to?” The young girl replied, “Yes, Daddy. Mommy thought you would forget.”

The “absent-minded professor”-phenomenon has long become a stereotype and a popular character in countless comedies.

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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 and The Slowdown of Time Perception

Reggae Singer Peter Tosh with Robbie Shakespeare on the Bush Doctor tour, 1978

“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”

            Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, English novelist (1775 – 1817)

 

Charles Baudelaire, Hurled Away by a Stream of Ideas

The phenomenon of a slowed down perception of time during a high is one of the most well known effects of marijuana – infamous to some, highly valued by others. Of course, those “distortions of time perception” can be seen solely as a risk for users – and it is certainly true that those perceptual distortions during a high can become dangerous, for example, while driving a car. On the other hand, many users appreciate this change of perception in safe situations as one of the most valuable experiences during a marijuana high. We have detailed reports about the slowdown of time already coming from members of the “Club des Hashischins” (“Club of the Hasheesh Eaters). The members of this cannabis club ingested large doses of hash marmalade, so it comes as no surprise that many of them became familiar with this phenomenon that shows especially under stronger doses. Charles Baudelaire, one the founding members of the club, wrote:

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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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Nightmare Prohibition. Why the Prohibition Against Marijuana Has to End

The infamous mobster Al Capone profited immensely from the black market during the alcohol prohibition in the U.S.

Watanuga Lahele is radiating. His glassy eyes peep out under a large, conical straw hat, his movements slightly erratic. He has been chewing on a dark-greenish kalangi root and the drug tetralin it contains now clearly shows its euphoric and mind-altering effects. Lahele sits at a huge wooden table, as he does every in May, at the kalangi root festival in Bomaki, the capital of the Republic of West Africa. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come here again to get collectively intoxicated at the festival. Lahele does not quite manage to get up from the table, he stumbles and falls sideways onto some other visitors. Soon, several people get in a brawl. The kalangi root is not only highly addictive, but also makes many of its consumers more aggressive. In the Republic of West Africa tetralin is completely legal, despite its mind-altering effects and various dangerous side effects.

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Addiction and Marijuana

Fotolia_35097172They really make me nervous sometimes. And they seem to be everywhere. Frantically, they move around in circles, slaves to implemented passions – addicts, manipulated, betrayed, and in self-denial. At six in the morning, the first type of addicts run to get their daily fixes: the classic workaholics. They swarm out of their houses to go and work like maniacs. Some are craving for more power, suppressing the persistent feeling of having slowly turned into corporate marionettes. Others work excessively to satisfy their shopping addiction and buy whatever they have been told makes them better, more happy, or more valuable people.

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