Why try and re-create the wheel? There are so many psychedelic substances there really should to be a special encyclopedia for them – oh, there is: Psychonautwiki. User-created and constantly updated, it’s a living repository of our State-of-the-Art understanding and the perfect place to begin any research. Learn to distinguish dissociatives from deleriants from nootropics, the visual & cognitive effects of dozens of natural and artificial substances, and learn tips for safe practice.
There are more resources and psychedelic content online than you will ever manage to consume in one lifetime. Here’s a brief selection of some of our favourite YouTube channels, podcasters and news sources:
Drugslab – fresh-faced young Dutch adults take drugs and describe their effects. Silly, fun, informative.
Controlled Substances – fellow Dutchman Thijs Roes takes a more gonzo approach to taking drugs, describing their effects, etc.
Erowid – very US-centric, but still the biggest, oldest home for street-level psychedelic knowledge.
Reset.me – founded by a former CNN journalist who saw the error of her ways on ayahuasca, quit and established this site a couple of years ago. Good, sensible news and opinions on the use of (mainly herbal) drugs for health and happiness.
Psymposia – at the higher-brow end of the psychedelic spectrum, this elegantly designed site looks at issues like psychedelics & identity, cognitive liberty and psychedelic therapy.
Reality Sandwich – mystical, pagan, Burner Chic, West Coast witchery, drugs & consciousness evolution; that kind of thing. Great offbeat topics from some of the best psy-writers around.
http://entheonation.com – popular webcasts and info source on shamanism and conscious culture (sex, more Burning Man, etc).
For those of us who still value the expressiveness and world-creating possibilities of books, here’s is a terrific database of 500 of the world’s best, broadly looking at psychedelics.
Mostly in English, the list ranges from scholarly classics to psychedelic-inspired post-war science fiction, Gonzo first-hand accounts, underground classics and How-to’s, all reviewed and rated by a global public.
Don’t forget the classic ‘drugs Bible’ Uit Je Bol by local heroes Hans Plomp and Gerben Hellinga (there’s an online version here), nor the more recent Ayahuasca: Rituals, Potions and Visionary Art from the Amazon by Arno Adelaars.
Organizations in NL
APRA – an interdisciplinary, academic research association based in Amsterdam
The Transnational Institute – Amsterdam-based UN-lobbying organization looking at drug use and production as parts of a wider developmental/political context
The Trimbos Institute is the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, a non-profit research and knowledge center. Focus on mental health and addiction in support of policymakers, educators, and providers of mental health and addiction services
Stichting OPEN – stimulates research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience, organizes lectures, conferences and other informative meetings aimed at universities to draw the attention of researchers towards this promising scientific subject.
Unity – harm reduction organization