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

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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!

Early Bird Registration Ends in Three Days!

You want to change your life? 

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.

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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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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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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

 

 

 

Carl Sagan, Cannabis, and The Right Brain Hemisphere

Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking lander that would land on mars

„What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.“

Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913-1994), neuropsychologist and neurobiologist, known for his revolutionary studies of split brain patients

 

In 1971, Harvard Prof. Lester Grinspoon published his milestone book „Marijuana Reconsidered“, in which he featured an essay “Mr. X” by his best friend, the famous astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan. [1] In his essay, Sagan reports that for him, the marijuana high led to various cognitive enhancements, including the enhancement of cognitive abilities like enhanced episodic memory, pattern recognition, creativity, and the ability to produce insights. More than forty years later, Sagan’s essay “Mr. X” is still one of the most illuminating accounts on the positive mind-altering potential of the marijuana high. Many other cannabis users before and after Sagan have described similar mind enhancements during a high. My own experiences with the marijuana high had been very similar, and my research aims to explain how good quality marijuana can induce insights and many other cognitive enhancements, given that it is used by skilled users.[2]

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Marijuana and The Power of Imagination

Would you jump out of a plane with a parachute? Your imagination is crucially important for decision making.

„Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.“

Albert Einstein

 

The Underestimated Value of Imagination

When we think about our capacity for imagination, we often think of it as a kind of visual daydreaming – a handy ability utilized mainly by artists and other creative people. We tend to underestimate how crucial our use of imagination is in our everyday lives. In fact, we rely on your imagination all of the time – not only when we think creatively, but also when we make decisions. You may decide not to go skiing next week because you heard the bad weather forecast and imagine it to be very cold and nasty in the mountains. Anticipating the cold wind up there in the mountains, you can literally feel a shiver going down your spine. As this example shows you do not only visually “picture” situations in your mind when you use your imagination; you also imagine sounds, tastes, smells, feelings or moods. In his seminal book Human. The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga reminds us how powerful a role imagination plays in our lives:

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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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