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Psychedelics in Techno
Psychoactive chemicals are present in practically every music scene in some way, but images of drug usage seem to cling to club culture with stubbornness. Whether you like it or not, techno and electronic music communities are now inextricably linked to the tangled politics of narcotics. The use of illegal drugs and psychedelics, particularly MDMA, LSD, and shrooms is really popular in the scene, contrary to the belief that techno goes well only with its pills, cocaine and other uppers.
Wanna go for a trip down the rabbit hole of psychedelics?
What are psychedelic substances?
The use of hallucinogens is profoundly ingrained in the fabric of ceremonial experiences. They have been present in religious ceremonies and rituals from ancient times. The origins of psychedelics in Western culture may be traced back to chemist Albert Hoffman's invention of the substance in 1938.
Psychedelics are drugs that affect one's perspective of reality by altering the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with one another. Psychedelics include, in addition to LSD and psilocybin, ketamine, 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine, popularly known as MDMA or ecstasy, and phytocannabinoids, the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana. They are categorised in hallucinogens including LSD, psilocybin, and MDMA. MDMA also has stimulant qualities, which means it can improve mood while also increasing alertness and activity. Then there is also Mescaline, and DMT, often consumed orally, smoked, or breathed.
Effects of psychedelics
The effects of psychedelics can last for several hours and vary widely depending on the type of psychedelic consumed. LSD, MDMA, and other hallucinogens create changed associations, perceptual distortion, and heightened emotional states. They can alter a person's thoughts, perception of time, and emotions through affecting all of their senses. They can also cause a person to hallucinate, which is the phenomenon of seeing or hearing things that do not exist or are distorted. Most users will attest to the beauty and intensity of their experience, that is often “not easily explained” and exceeds the normality of our understanding and current reality.
Following the recent demonstration that psychedelic substances can aid in the development of a higher level of awareness, a new study reveals that these substances make individuals less aggressive. According to researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, psychedelic substances such as magic mushrooms, LSD, peyote, and ayahuasca may make people less aggressive and less inclined to commit assault or theft.
Trips that go wrong
A “bad trip” or terrifying and unpleasant hallucinations, might occur from time to time. This might result in fear and erratic behavior, such as dashing across the street or attempting suicide. You are more likely to encounter bad psychedelic effects if you consume a large amount or have a powerful batch.
Chronic use of psychedelics, as well as high-dose acute exposure, can be neurotoxic, resulting in addiction, psychosis, panic attacks, elevated blood pressure, and, in severe cases, loss of consciousness and seizures. Both human and animal research show that toxic exposure to psychedelic substances can alter the structure and function of the brain, perhaps by generating excessive or overstimulation, oxidative stress, or a combination of the two.
Wait, what about Techno culture?
Techno culture arose as a means for modern subgroups to show their preference for a lifestyle that rejects traditional values and seeks transcendent meaning and spirituality via music, dancing, and community. It's the same purpose that indigenous tribes that participated in psychedelic rites had: to build a common awareness among tribe members and get access to an otherwise inaccessible spiritual world. In the same manner, psychedelics may be seen in techno culture of today.
However, it is not only spiritual. We are all aware of how perception of music changes when you are under the influence of any substance- from alcohol and tobacco to pills or cocaine to psychedelics.The potential of MDMA (ecstasy) to create repeated movement and sensations of pleasure via dancing is well documented. There are a lot of tracks that are almost built for someone with an excess reservoir of serotonin; Think of those little screaming samples you enjoy at six o'clock in the morning. It's difficult to get such a feeling unless your brain's serotonin receptors have been pushed into overdrive.
When we consider what makes music interesting, we desire both familiarity and novelty. So, for example, certain drugs will stimulate and amplify the portion of our brain that senses “novelty”, which means that part of the drug experience will be like “oh my gosh, I've never seen the world this way before.”
On the other hand, if the whole point is to be more contemplative, you're more likely to want to take more psychedelic substances like LSD, mushrooms, and cannabis. No matter what is your drug of choice, and in no way we suggest that you should have any, it is true that the techno scene has experienced an upsurge of use of psychedelics, as they are mainstream and introduced in the society via their positive effects. However, one should be mindful of their setbacks before engaging in their use.
Disclaimer: Techno 24/7 does not want to stimulate the use of drugs described in this format. If you’d happen to be addicted to any drugs described, please contact your local services for help.