Today, April 19th, we celebrate international bicycle day. On this day in 1943, Albert Hofmann ingested a high dose (thinking it was a small one) of LSD, the molecule he had shortly therefore extracted from a fungi.

It marked the beginning of a period in which psychedelics were regarded the most promising drugs in mental healthcare, successfully treating diseases such as depression and addiction.

Since then, psychedelic research has been on a wild ride, with some of the researchers (such as Tim Leary at Harvard) making efforts to help ‘turn on, tune in and drop out’ the entire USA nation, leading to political and societal concerns, a media frenzy and finally the legal ban of psychedelics and slow near-death of psychedelic research.

But this fire can not be stopped. The impact of consciousness expanding compounds is so profound that those who have experienced it often come back highly inspired, at the same time a whole lot wiser and deeply humbled.

Psychedelic experiences hold the possibility of an introduction (be it subtle or full-blown) to the mystical realm, the unity that precedes all forms, even for those who are not spiritually enclined beforehand and would call themselves sceptical of any such reality.

Many come back stating that what they encountered would have been imperceivable before their ‘trip’ but now seems more real than anything they have seen before, often ranking the experience in the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives, comparable to the birth of a child or the loss of a parent.

Having lived underground for several decades, psychedelics are now re-entering the public domain and scientific world. The results are extremely promising and the field is re-emerging as hot and happening instead of taboo.

I believe this work has the potential to bring about the shifts in thinking and acting we need to heal this world.

Let’s celebrate bicycle day today knowing we are part of a new wave and we are being offered a new chance to learn and grow and transform. Let’s honor the pioneers (Hofmann, Grof & others) and cheer on their successors (Griffiths, Carhart-Harriss & others) and the organisations (MAPS, Stichting OPEN & others), universities (Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UMC Groningen and Utrecht & more), legislators, opinion leaders  and journalists (Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, De Correspondent & more) etc who enable them to do their work, wisely.

Some suggestions:

– Read How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan or find his interview with Tim Ferris (which is also an excellent way of introducing your family to what the heck you are doing 😉)
– Watch this TED-talk by Roland Griffiths on psilocybin research and its applications: https://youtu.be/81-v8ePXPd4
– If you read Dutch, read and share this: https://decorrespondent.nl/8763/waarom-we-met-psychedelica-onze-geest-kunnen-begrijpen-en-verruimen
– Conscientiously apply your realizations in your daily life. Find ways to live your insights and pay it forward.
– Donate to MAPS.org (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)