Marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, magic mushrooms, peyote, LSD, MDMA, DMT–there’s no shortage of syllables or acronyms for the long list of drugs humans have been consuming since we discovered how to put things in our mouths. And when it comes to this subject of varying taboo levels around the world, the effects and firsthand experiences are as intriguing as the cultures that gave birth to their use.

In the content below you can find several roundups of different mind-altering substances, firsthand experiences, and discussions on non-policy related drug issues. So long as we continue to explore beyond the normal boundaries of existence, we’ll continue to dig beneath the surface of this ever-evolving subject.

Photo: Unai Mateo

Finding the start of Colorado’s Pot Trail

What you need to know about drug use in Southeast Asia

I consume marijuana while traveling, here is how it enhances the journey

How taking ayahuasca helped me be a better mother

I spent a season trimming weed in Humbolt County. This is what it was like.

The story ‘Narcos’ doesn’t tell: The most dangerous drug cartel city is now the most innovative

How tourism is helping small-scale Colombian farmers affected by the war rebuild their lives

My home state is trying to be the first to formally treat opiate addiction with medical marijuana. Here’s why that’s important

Some drug cartels now make more money from gold than cocaine

This man pledges to mail pot seeds to any Canadian who wants to grow. Here’s why

On blacking out in Peru

5 powerfully medicinal plants along the Inca Trail

This new drug has amazing side effects. Try it before it becomes illegal

Four American families are fighting back against Mexican drug cartels, and taking down this well-known British establishment in the process.

Why politicians everywhere should take a lesson from Vancouver’s drug treatment program

For me, ayahuasca was as good as therapy. Here’s what the science says

This infographic tells you everything you need to know about marijuana law in the US

Want to get high abroad? There’s a travel guide for you

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