PsychonautWiki (PW) is a community-driven online encyclopedia that is striving to formally document the field of psychonautics in a comprehensive and scientifically-grounded manner without overly depending on metaphors, analogies, or anecdotal reports.
Its documentation includes an extensive archive of organized content regarding the scientific information and harm reduction techniques behind various aspects of hallucinogenic substance usage as well as other established means of exploring consciousness, such as meditation, sensory deprivation, and lucid dreaming.
This is presented alongside an integrated descriptive subjective effects index which is designed to facilitate the breaking down of the consistent experiences induced by specific psychoactive substances and pharmacological classes into easily readable terminologies, descriptions, leveling systems and example images.
The project is far from complete and has been designed in such a way so as to continually be in progress. It currently has a total of 1,345 articles, most of which can be found within our list of articles.
Our primary motivations include:
- documenting all aspects of psychonautics (including practices like meditation, lucid dreaming, psychoactive substance use, yoga, sensory deprivation, ritual, etc.) from a reason-based, scientific perspective and separating the field from its traditional esotericism.
- providing accessible education, encouraging safe practices, and rectifying cultural taboos associated with the experimentation and usage of psychoactive substances by providing accurate, evidence-grounded information drawn from both expert and lay communities.
- seeding a culture that encourages the full actualization of the individual by providing the information needed to make free and informed choices.
We welcome contributors and encourage those who wish to further our cause to register an account and collaborate with us. This can be done through the following methods:
- creating new articles and completing the tasks listed within our to-do list by our community guidelines
- improving upon existing content by removing errors, grammar checking and adding additional information
- helping our project grow through donations
PsychonautWiki is a small operation staffed solely by volunteers. For those interested in getting involved or contacting us, please consult our contact information page.
Co-founders & Staff
|Josikins (Josie Kins, firstname.lastname@example.org) - This user is in charge of the formal documentation, description, and organization of PW's categorized subjective effects, general content production across the website and the overall development of psychonautics into an established field of science. She is the original creator of PsychonautWiki and DEIS.|
|Kaylee (Kaylee, email@example.com) - This user is in charge of system administration, providing factual/accurate scientific information regarding the chemistry and pharmacology of psychoactive drugs including (but not limited to) their molecular structure and the relevant extractions or preparations needed to produce them. Additionally, this user edits and produces the video content found on Youtube.|
|Kenan (Kenan Sulayman, firstname.lastname@example.org) - This user is in charge of PsychonautWiki system operations and public relations.|
|Clarity (Chris, email@example.com) - This user is in charge of PsychonautWiki community and content development.|
|BronzeManul (Benjamin) - This user is primarily responsible for contributing and maintaining chemistry and legal information across the site. In addition, they contribute to fact-checking and other administrative functions.|
|White - This user is our volunteer for contributing a variety of content and articles regarding botanical and mycological sources. They have a large amount of experience and knowledge within this field.|
Volunteer contributors (Scholars)
|Corticosteroid - This user is our volunteer for making procedural edits as well as contributing to articles of new psychoactive substances, focusing on pharmaceuticals. They have a considerable amount of knowledge in this field.|
|David Hedlund - This user is our volunteer for contributing a variety of content and articles regarding entheogens.|
Hall of Fame
|† Oskykins (Jenny Kins, firstname.lastname@example.org) - This user was in charge of editorial work for the wiki including overseeing all edits, quality control, proofreading, copy-editing, and fact checking. She was also in charge of writing harm reduction information (including the responsible drug use portal) as well as general content production, site moderation, and the direction/future of both PsychonautWiki and DEIS.|
PsychonautWiki was created to serve as a wider reaching, legitimate and community-driven version of the popular Tumblr blog known as Disregard Everything I Say. This blog was originally formed on August the 22nd of 2011 by the PW administrator known as Josikins. It was created with the intention of mapping out psychonautics and the hallucinogenic experience in a satisfactory level of formal description that remains seemingly non-existent within the current body of scientific literature.
As the blog expanded, it became increasingly concerning that Tumblr was not going to be a suitable host for a project of this size. Thus on May the 11th of 2013, PW was founded under the original name of "Encyclopedia Psychonautica." The format of an open community-driven wiki was chosen so that anybody could contribute and so that the project could progress as quickly as possible. This was done with the hopes that it would one day become entirely self-sufficient in its momentum.
The Wiki was not made fully public until August the 22nd of 2013 when it was launched as an unfinished project still in beta mode. The full release of Version 1.0 remains in progress to this day but is slowly approaching completion.
PW on September 3rd, 2016 with a new logo and the start of Josikins's official video series.
The images below show the original notes which devised the first plans for what has now become our extensive subjective effects index and the entire project as a whole. These writings were written in summer 2011 by Josikins during a time in which she was working for a company in central London at age 17. They can be considered as the start of this entire project in its earliest form.
Over the years, several notepads were filled up with preliminary articles and general musings. PsychonautWiki was then later based on this foundation. Two of these can be found in the Imgur galleries here and here.
The PW logo was originally drawn by site founder Josikins, but was later improved upon and animated by a user known as Shpongulate. It was later overhauled, redrawn and animated in a more professional style by Meredith Laxton. The original symbol, however, was created by the late theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler on page 209 of his 1983 paper Law Without Law. This symbol exists to serve as a visual representation of the most profound subjective effect component found within the entirety of the hallucinogenic experience, a state of unity and interconnectedness. The eye represents an observer and the line directly opposite represents that which it perceives within the "external" environment. The two sections are connected to each other via arrows to demonstrate that it is a singular and unified system in which the observer's identity is not separate from that which it perceives.
This new logo was created and designed by Meredith Laxton.