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What links shamanic parties, straight guys, breast feeding and outsider art?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a molecular component found in the cannabis plant that is virtually identical to the endocannabinoids found in human breast milk. Allan Badiner writes about CBD and its impact in the medical community, saying that "if just 10% of what research doctors are now saying about CBD is true, then this is a discovery with significance similar in medical impact to the discovery of antibiotics."

How does one define the work of shamans? "Shamanism," Michael Harner says, "is characterized by an intentional change in consciousness to interact with spirits." In this excerpt from his book "Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality," Harner provides a clear understanding of shamanic practices and philosophies that stem from a long history of global indigenous practices.

What if the regime of security and control is itself integral to the conditions that breed terrorism? This is the question posed by Charles Eisenstein as he dissects the psychological ramifications of terrorism in light of the Boston Marathon bombing. Does our nation's way of responding to terrorism keep us trapped in a "cycle of terror"?

David Jay Brown's career as an interviewer, science writer, scientific researcher, and sci-fi author has been inseparably linked with his 33 years of experimentation with psychedelic drugs and hallucinogenic plants. This excerpt from his book, "The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality," serves as an introduction to Brown's journey into the world of psychedelics.

Straight guys, as defined by Dani Katz in her upcoming book "Love in the Time of Chemtrails", are "men who don't believe in astrology, archangels or crop circles; who watch television, eat process mind control food," and have other such mainstream sensibilities. What happens when you're caught with twenty-five tabs of acid by police at a festival while your "straight" boyfriend sobs in terror? You know you want to know.

Thijme is a self-taught artist who lives in a very small, rural town in Northern Holland. His amazing three-minute video, I Paint, was constructed using simple, stop-motion and time-lapse techniques and no digital effects. Once it hit YouTube, it received over one million hits. In this interview, Jonathan Zap and Thijme discuss the artist's creative process and his incredible body of work.