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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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, 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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