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the bones roll...

i'm the grizzled veteran of one hundred and ten psychedelic lessons... captain of the fade rangers and general zonespace artifex

once a heady head, always a heady head, dude.

"There are no good or bad drugs; there are only good or bad
relationships with drugs."
--Dr. Andrew Weil

"Much virtue in herbs, little in men."
-Benjamin Franklin

"I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of
joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think
of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice
and grapefruits - and millions of Americans agree with me."
-Hunter Thompson

"cannabis, well, it's our bread and butter"
-Terence Mckenna

"You see, what the psychedelic is going to do is it's going to destroy your whole world, your whole conception of your world, and to some people that's tremendously liberating, they say 'wonderful, at last I'm free of it', other people say 'My God, now I'm hopelessly mad, I have nothing left to cling to, I've really done it this time', and so that's almost an
aesthetic judgment, whether you like watching your world shredded before your eyes and made into nonsense -if that makes you feel liberated and secure then you can sign up for that carnival. If that alarms you then I think best to
stick to the tried and true. "
-Terence McKenna

"I say that we must be visionaries, make ourselves visionaries. The poet makes
himself visionary by a long and boundless disorganization of all the senses.
All the forms of love and suffering and madness; he seeks himself and exhausts
in himself all the poisons, keeping only the quitessences. Unspeakable torture,
in which he needs all the faith, all the superhuman strength, by which be
becomes the great Invalid, the great Criminal, the great Pariah, above all
others - and the Supreme Scientist! - For he attains the unknown! Since he has
cultivated his soul, which was rich to start with, more than anyone else! He
reaches the unknown, and if, finally overwhelmed, he turns out to lose the
meaning of his visions, at least he has seen them! Let him die in his surge
through things unheard of and unnameable: surely other horrible workers will
come after him and begin at the horizons where he has fallen!"
~Arthur Rimbaud

". . . .Let it be well understood then, by worldly and
ignorant folk, curious of acquaintance with exceptional
joys, that they will find in hashish nothing miraculous,
absolutely nothing but the natural in a superabundant
degree. The brain and the organism upon which hashish
operates will only give their ordinary and individual
phenomena, magnified, it is true, both in quantity and
quality, but always faithful to their origin."
-Charles Baudelaire
The Poem of Hashish
"Laws that threaten do not persuade."

"One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"May 12-13: Sowed Hemp at Muddy hole by Swamp.
August 7: Began to separate the Male from the
Female at Do - rather too late."
-Diary of George Washington

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson: his motto
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof.."

"I cannot help feeling that what we are now
doing in the name of the drug problem is the drug problem."
-Andrew Weil

erik davis quote
"It doesn't really matter what Groucho said. Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale, and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

But I take great satisfaction in the fact that many people acquainted with either my writing or my person assume I'm a total stoner. For when I began to pull away from regular drug use, I realized that I didn't want to do drugs as much as to think drugs, to simulate their hyper-connections, magical causality, and semiotic drift as much as possible within my own mind. The French post-structuralists (and Castaneda fans) Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, whose works produce the immanent patterning of psychedelic cognition, write that drugs can be understood at the level where "desire directly invests perception...and the imperceptible is perceived"—a liberatory goal indeed. But Deleuze and Guattari are fairly down on drugs themselves. To quote them quoting Henry Miller, the point is to get drunk on a glass of water."
-Erik Davis