If you’ve found your way to Blue Goba, you’re probably at least curious about psychedelics. We have plenty of articles on psychedelics from an academic point of view. But if you want some first-hand details on the effects of psychedelics and what the experience feels like, keep reading. Here are 50 psychedelic quotes from musicians, writers, doctors, professors, actors, poets, and other human beings who have taken a dip into the pool of consciousness.

Short Psychedelic Quotes

“I don’t think psychedelics are the answer to the world’s problems, but they could be a start.”

Sting, Have a Good Trip

“Shrooms giveth and taketh away.”
― A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“Whether you experience heaven or hell, remember that it is your mind which creates them.”
― Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

“Shrooms are a very insightful drug — very introspective. I did shrooms recently and then quit a job the next day. So yeah, I’ve made some real-life decisions as a result.”

Seth Rogen

Related: Integrating a Psychedelic Experience

“as a guide and protection. Trust your divinity, trust your brain,”
― Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

“All deities and demons, all heavens and hells are internal.”
― Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

“Ayahuasca was definitely one of my favorite drugs I’ve ever done. When I did it, I asked everyone else in the room, ‘Did your entire life just change? Are you a new person?”

Miley Cyrus

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“LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.”
― Timothy Leary

“Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.”
― Terence McKenna

Related: What is Ego Death?

“LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.”
― Timothy Leary

“It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this experience.”
― Aldous Huxley, Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience

“…we were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as ‘being in one’s right mind.”
― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.”
― Harry Nilsson

“For me, the meaning of the universe cracked open.” [Helping a cow give birth while on peyote] — Sting, Have a Good Trip

“Lao Tzu once said, ‘Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.’
A single seed planted, eventually becomes a garden in time – when things get tough, tend to the garden in your mind.”
― Jennifer Sodini

“This is dedicated to you, my friend, and to ALL the Brave Souls who have entered the door in the wall, only to find themselves on the other side.”
― Psil Silva, The Psychedelic Trip Journal

“You live in a limitless reality. Whatever boundary you construct is a lingering self-created thought. There is a paradise beyond.”
― Vladimir Hlocky, Journeys Beyond Earth

“Shrooms are full of shit. That’s the whole story. Grown in shit, it’s their essence: they try to humble you in these ways that bring you down to their level.”
― A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“Consciousness is a tricky thing.”
― A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“I am everything – information, a noun.”
― A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“You, being nothing but awareness, are the stage—the only stage—on which, not to whom, life is happening.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Your role is to be a reader, while mine is to construct these words. Inseparably we are one consciousness; one life experiencing itself; one twisted staircase to heaven.”
― Vladimir Hlocky, Journeys Beyond Earth

“I have been to the Center of the Earth. I have ventured below charcoal maps of great explorers – records superficially hollow in comparison to my voyage.”
― Vladimir Hlocky, Journeys Beyond Earth

“Shrooms giveth and taketh away.”
― A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Related: The Effects of Shrooms

“You do not choose your thoughts. In fact, they are not yours. What’s more, you, too, are a thought.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“One of the side effects of good psychedelics is you can’t remember how much you took.”
― Tim Dorsey, The Pope of Palm Beach

“Who was this ‘I’ that was able to take in the scene of its own dissolution? Good question. It wasn’t me, exactly.”

Michael Pollan

“And the hot chocolate came, and the foam or the whipped cream was, like, breathing, and it was too alive to drink.”

Sarah Silverman, Have a Good Trip

Long Quotes About Psychedelics

“What the experience does is it presents you with the idea of mortality right there. It’s your own mortality, the mortality of the planet…that is the central issue of consciousness.”

Sting, Have a Good Trip

“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
― Terence McKenna

“People have been willing to alter their perceptions of reality for as long as there have been people, and now, the newest and oldest tools to explore ways for self-transcendence are coming together: Biohacking is on the rise and psychedelics are now oftentimes used to enhance experience in virtual reality.”
― Alex M. Vikoulov, The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence

“We floated to Washington Square Park with a gaggle of people we had never met before. Semi-homeless, maybe-ish people. We found ourselves feeling each other’s faces and laughing and crying and realizing huge things.”

Sarah Silverman

“I remember at one point excusing myself to go to the bathroom and looking in the mirror and seeing an Indian chief in full war-paint in the mirror looking up.” [On a mixture of LSD, cannabis, hash, quaaludes and cocaine.]

Anthony Bourdain, Have a Good Trip

“The only spirit that ever gave me a name was St. Tammany whom reassured me of my future success early on and kept saying the name Matthew Edward Hall whom i predict will be a prophet or future savior of some sort. I’ve confirmed St. Tammany to be Tamanend, the only Native American Saint.”
― Terence McKenna

“Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not, so I’d never do drugs if I was taking care of my kids. I like doing it in the Grand Canyon or in the woods. You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe—your place in the universe—and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences.”

Susan Sarandon

“LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

Steve Jobs

“The walls turned to gold, the bedcover was gold, my whole body was becoming gold, liquid gold, scintillating, warm gold. I was gold. It was the most pleasurable sensation I had ever known, like an orgasm. It was the secret of life, the alchemist’s secret of life.”

Anaïs Nin

“We are sneaking psychedelics back into our society through research like the MDMA research that’s going on, through the research for the use of marijuana for pain, through research with the dying [with psilocybin], and ultimately we will do the same kind of stuff about alcoholism, about prison rehabilitation, so on. I mean, its obvious that psychedelics, properly used, have a behavior-change psychotherapeutic value. But from my point of view, that is all underusing the vehicle. The potential of the vehicle is sacramentally to take you out of the cultural constructs which you are part of a conspiracy in maintaining. And giving you a chance to experience once again your innocence.”
― Ram Dass

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“Through psychedelics we are learning that God is not an idea, God is a lost continent in the human mind. That continent has been rediscovered in a time of great peril for ourselves and our world. Is this coincidence, synchronicity, or a cruelly meaningless juxtaposition of hope and ruin?”
― Terrence McKenna

“I see my buddies, and they are starting to gather a bunch of sea kelp. I see this and I’m like, ‘I understand what’s going to happen now. They’re emerging with 40 to 50 pounds [of sea kelp] and I just see them lift it, and just put all of this sea kelp on my body. [Which he loved.] I couldn’t even fathom wanting to remove this f—–g detritus from the sea. The next day I woke up covered in red welts.”

Nick Kroll

“Strange, isn’t it? Unsentients want to become sentients. Whereas sentients want to become like stones; like Buddha. Why do we want to numb down our consciousness? Why do people even take psychedelics for that purpose? If consciousness is such a curse, why is it considered the acme of evolution?”
― Abhaidev, The World’s Most Frustrated Man

“The fact of the matter is that all apparent forms of matter and body are momentary clusters of energy. We are little more than flickers on a multidimensional television screen. This realization directly experienced can be delightful. You suddenly wake up from the delusion of separate form and hook up to the cosmic dance. Consciousness slides along the wave matrices, silently at the speed of light”
― Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

“The necessity of the experimental method in scientific investigation of the third-person properties of matter and energy has been recognised since Galileo. The intellectual achievements of physical science, as traditionally conceived, are widely celebrated. By contrast, experimental investigation of the great majority of intrinsic, first-person properties of matter and energy is stigmatised and even criminalised. States of sentience as different as waking from dreaming consciousness are outlawed. Instead of Nobel laureates, research grants and lavish institutional funding, an empirically-driven exploration of the first-person properties of matter and energy plays out mainly within the scientific counterculture.”
― David Pearce, Non-Materialist Physicalism: An experimentally testable conjecture

“…the free consciousness has only to hear and remember the teachings in order to be liberated. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is ostensibly a book describing the experiences to be expected at the moment of death, during an intermediate phase lasting forty-nine (seven times seven) days, and during rebirth into another bodily frame.”
― Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

“In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information to the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous parts of man’s potential experience without his even knowing it. We’re shut off from our own world. Primitive man once experienced the rich and sparkling flood of the senses fully. Children experience it for a few months-until “normal” training, conditioning, close the doors on this other world, usually for good. Somehow, the drugs opened these ancient doors. And through them modern man may at last go, and rediscover his divine birthright…”
― Tom Wolfe

“Objects and their functions no longer had any significance. All I perceived was perception itself, the hell of forms and figures devoid of human emotion and detached from the reality of my unreal environment. I was an instrument in a virtual world that constantly renewed its own meaningless image in a living world that was itself perceived outside of nature. And since the appearance of things was no longer definitive but limitless, this paradisiacal awareness freed me from the reality external to myself. The fire and the rose, as it were, became one.”
― Federico Fellini

“Psychedelic experience seems to temporarily crack open a kind of new critical window; a window of opportunity with with great neuroplastic potential, with an enriched interpretation of the world in terms of personal relevance, amplified analogical thinking, and a wider web of semantic association; one that not only reveals the elemental foundations of thought and perception to the conscious mind, but invites it to participate, orient toward significance, integrate a variety of personally relevant information, and produce insightful experiences and emotional breakthroughs that can mark the beginning of a process of re-orienting priorities, attention, attitudes, and behavior. A change in the mobilization, distribution, and utilization of limited energetic resources by the serotonin system, in other words; an opportunity for the master homeostatic regulator to integrate all the various pertinent variables, re-orient and re-align the self, body, and outside world.”
― Eric M Fortier

“I will add a cautionary note. I always feel odd telling people to verify my observations since the sine qua non is the hallucinogenic plant. Experimenters should be very careful. One must build up to the experience. These are bizarre dimensions of extraordinary power and beauty. There is no set rule to avoid being overwhelmed, but move carefully, reflect a great deal, and always try to map experiences back onto the history of the race and the philosophical and religious accomplishments of the species. All the compounds are potentially dangerous, and all compounds, at sufficient doses or repeated over time, involve risks. The library is the first place to go when looking into taking a new compound.”
― Terence McKenna

“As shortcuts to spiritual and transcendent experiences, psychedelics played an important role in human evolution and galvanized pre-historic ritualistic cultures. In modern times, banning psychedelic drugs has proven to be counterproductive. Just as banning sexual activity does not stop sexual desire, outlawing psychedelic drugs does nothing to suppress the innate human urge for transcendental experiences. Besides, prohibition rarely works as we saw with alcohol or marijuana. Despite their classification and the legal hurdles around working with Schedule I substances in the U.S., psychedelics have undergone something of a renaissance among researchers, and for good reason.”
― Alex M. Vikoulov, The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence

Related: Psilocybin Law in Canada

“What I’ve done here this evening is just create a string of metaphors to try and pique your interest. Not once did I do justice to the truth of the situation or the depth of the psychedelic experience, because it cannot be told. It cannot be told. My technique is to tell the wildest, strangest story I can think of, claim that’s the psychedelic experience, and leave it at that. But you should all know that the journey begins where the words stop.”
― Terence McKenna

There you go, 50… or so psychedelic quotes to help you see things from a new perspective. Do you have a favourite? Have we missed a laconic masterpiece that should be added?

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Penis Envy (PE) mushrooms aren’t just a cheekily named strain; they also happen to be one of the strongest and most sought-after cubensis strains in the world. Lauded as some of the most potent mushrooms out there, PE mushrooms are mostly recommended for experienced trippers as they “produce up to 50% more psilocybin than most other Psilocybe cubensis strains.”

Penis Envy magic mushrooms have a much slower growth cycle than other mushrooms, and it’s suggested that this extra production time is the reason for the excess psilocybin. Imbibers of PE report deeply profound trips and an overwhelming feeling of calm and contentment. Today, Penis Envy shrooms are one of the most prevalent strains in the mushroom world, but if it wasn’t for a couple of mycologists in the 1970s, this popular strain might have remained lost in the Amazonian rainforest.

The History of Penis Envy Mushrooms

Amazon rainforest

It is said that PE mushrooms were first found in the rainforest of the Amazon by Terence McKenna, an ethnobotanist. He took some microscopic slide samples, brought them back to the US, prepared to cultivate them from their spore state as he had done previously, and shared his findings with other interested colleagues. 

Stephen Pollock, another mycologist, studied psilocybin mushrooms’ potential to treat illness and otherwise heal people. He also happened to be a trusted colleague of McKenna. Pollock received the spores from the mushrooms McKenna had found in the Amazon and cultivated them, refining the process each time, taking a sample from the largest fruiting mushrooms. After several years of this, an oddly large mushroom appeared. Described as “distinctly identifiable by an exceptionally thick and dense stem, and pale underdeveloped cap” that had a lack of separation between the cap and stem—which was a difference that separated this strain from “all other known cubensis varieties.” And so, the first-ever recorded Penis Envy mushroom strain was recorded.

The Effects of Penis Envy Mushrooms

Because of their increased levels of psilocybin, the effects of PE mushrooms usually occur quicker than other strains. They are more pronounced, with users reporting feelings of lightness and joy afterwards. 

Cultivating Penis Envy Mushrooms

PE mushrooms can be tough to grow as they have particular needs for every stage of their life cycle – from light times and sources, to substrate materials the spores are produced in, to how they are harvested. They take nearly 25% longer than other spores to pin, and their pin rate is less than half of other mushrooms’ rates. Unlike other mushrooms, when PE mushroom caps pop, they should be harvested in about three days’ time or when their gills turn blue, not immediately. They can then be freeze dried to maintain their quality, size and shape.

PE Mushroom Dosage

multiple freexe-dried penis envy magic mushrooms

As with all mushrooms, the dosage you’ll want to take depends on many factors, such as your tolerance level, method of ingestion, and the amount you’ve eaten. If you’re familiar with your regular mushroom dose, it’s advised to reduce by about 30% for PE mushrooms due to their potency. 

PE mushrooms are the celebrated superstars of the mushroom world, and it’s all thanks to the dedication of two scientists and a microscopy slide smuggled home from the Amazon. Who knows what other medical advancements have been discovered or lost on such a fine chance.


I recently read about Canadian biomed firm Numinus Wellness conducting legal extractions of psilocybe mushrooms [i.e. “cubensis”], an exciting project if you consider the current “microdosing” trend associated with hallucinogens like the workhorse psilocybin cubensis, commonly known as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms.” (more…)