can I get a degree at psychedelic u?

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THIS IS NOT A “REAL” AR­TICLE and I am not of­fering ad­vice from my decades of ex­pe­ri­ence with psy­che­delics. This ar­ticle is about Psy­che­delic U, which pur­ports to offer “a starting point for those new to psy­che­delics and for ex­pe­ri­enced psy­cho­nauts alike.” Psy­che­delic U is a project of the Lucid News website. 

Lucid News’ home page claims to be “your in­for­ma­tion portal for all things psy­che­delic” and states that “Knowl­edge Is Power.” There is also a warning of sorts: “Psy­che­delic use can be pro­found some­times, helpful other times, risky oc­ca­sion­ally, and in rare cases dan­gerous. Know your psychedelics.”

The Lucid News page con­tinues (with minor edits for this blog):

“We pub­lish clear, fact-checked ar­ti­cles re­viewed by top ex­perts, as well as Lucid News ed­i­tors. The ar­ti­cles in­clude links to rec­om­mended re­sources for more de­tailed, vetted in­for­ma­tion. This site is now in public beta. It’s a living doc­u­ment, re­spon­sive to your feed­back. Please send sug­ges­tions and cor­rec­tions. New con­tent mod­ules are coming soon. Sign up for our newsletter to re­ceive an­nounce­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties to be a part of this ef­fort to make re­li­able in­for­ma­tion about psy­che­delics widely available.

More people than ever are cu­rious about psy­che­delics, the substances—plants, fungi, and compounds—that create ex­panded states of con­scious­ness. New re­search shows these sub­stances could be promising med­i­cines, par­tic­u­larly in con­junc­tion with therapy. A cen­tral el­e­ment of In­dige­nous spir­i­tual prac­tices since an­cient times, psy­choac­tive sub­stances are now being em­braced by other cul­tures to sup­port per­sonal growth, cre­ativity, and a deeper con­nec­tion to the divine.”

To read the page in its en­tirety, click here.


Psychedelic U: image of six featured articles on the Lucid News website.
Above find sev­eral ar­ti­cles from Lucid News, none di­rectly about Psy­che­delic U. (Click on this image to en­large it and make it a bit more readable.)

Psychedelic U versus the media

On an­other page, Lucid News de­scribes Psy­che­delic U this way (edited for this blog):

“Most pur­ported jour­nalism oc­cu­pies a blurry space be­tween even­handed, in­de­pen­dent re­porting and pro­mo­tional con­tent mas­querading as real news or ed­u­ca­tion. This is par­tic­u­larly true when it comes to best prac­tices around psy­che­delic sub­stances. Sto­ries that speak to a spe­cific move­ment or trend are often col­ored by the writer or publication’s re­la­tion­ship to the sub­ject matter, while ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial might be fil­tered through the lens of a par­tic­ular lin­eage or methodology.

Often in psy­che­delic media, the com­plete pic­ture is not being pre­sented. To varying de­grees of trans­parency, too many ar­ti­cles are pay-to-play-sponsored con­tent that ap­pears ed­u­ca­tional and is not clearly la­beled, but the main goal of which is to pro­mote a com­pany or bi­ased per­spec­tive. The pic­ture that’s being pre­sented is not com­plete or well-rounded, but rather an­gled, ei­ther im­plic­itly or ex­plic­itly. Our goal for Psy­che­delic U is to pro­vide a thor­ough picture. 

[Psy­che­delic U is] in­tended to serve as a go-to re­source for every­thing you wanted to know about psychedelics—including sci­ence, ther­a­peutic ap­pli­ca­tions, policy, cul­ture, spir­i­tu­ality, and best prac­tices. Psy­che­delic U func­tions as a hub to shep­herd the au­di­ence to­ward a greater flu­ency in psy­che­delia.

To read the page in its en­tirety, click here.


Psychedelic U: image of psychedelic mushrooms featured on the Lucid News website.

FEA­TURED IMAGE: The image at the top of this page was cropped from the image that adorns the top of the Lucid News website.



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