Nair! atnt, check my response to Si on his “should I kill the forum” thread, I use Facebook (from a distance) and I hate it for all of the reasons you mentioned. But if they closed the forum for example, I’d need to know about what’s going down… I’m very pseudonostalgic for times past when people would actually go downtown to hang out and catch up with people in real life.
This one’s for Gromit (these are personal opinions and are not necessarily shared by anyone associated with this forum):
Psilocybic mushrooms. These are NOT muscaria mushrooms which are famous for their use in Siberian shamanism (whereby the shaman eats the mushroom, metabolizes the active ingredients, and the initiates then drink the shaman’s urine. Good times in a dark, oil lit Siberian yurt). There are other types of mushrooms which are purported to have entheogenic effects, notably certain gymnosperms and cordyceps, but like muscarias they are extremely rare, and cordyceps in particular might be growing out of the carcass of various insects, so there’s a yuck factor there. But the psilocybes are awesome and abundant (Liberty Caps and psilocybe cubensis are both very common). If you’re thinking about trying something psychedelic, it might be wise to start with natural, inexpensive and highly effective shrooms instead of LSD or DMT. Expect them to taste kinda bad (hold your nose, mix them with chocolate or brew them with strong tea [boil them in the water for a few minutes]), they may make you queazy a tiny little bit, it’s highly doubtful they’ll do much worse, and you can expect your trip to last for five or six hours (except on your first go it’ll seem like it lasts for the whole day, it’s just that rad). You WON’T have any giant freak-out where you never come down (unless you have a latent mental illness like Schizophrenia, in which case then you’ll know), but you will be giddy and somewhat incomprehensible, so make sure you are in a nice comfy place with dim lighting, nice music (Shpongle or Ott are recommended), maybe a few beer in the fridge. Fruit is also good. Do not answer the phone- unplug it. Do not answer the doorbell under any circumstances, try to make your presence as discreet as possible. Do not do them in your folks’ place unless they are on vacation. Resist the urge to go outside unless you’re in a remote unpopulated area. At least wait until you’re coming down- when you can carry on a semi-coherant conversation, you’re not gibbering and you don’t look like a crazed baboon. ‘Exploring’ is highly dangerous when high. Do enjoy these things with one or two good friends. You’ll quickly realize that psychedelics are very personal, nobody’s experience is alike, and it just can’t be imagined beforehand. But after you come through it you’ll realize they’re NOT scary, it’s just scare-tactics that are used to keep them oppressed. If you already like herbs, you’ll dig mushrooms, and if you dig mushrooms you’ll probably also dig LSD and DMT. And the come-down on shrooms is very gentle.