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06/19/2019

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Taylor Turman

Having only ever heard stories of LSD trips, I'll admit the idea of becoming more connected with nature via LSD is still not something I can completely comprehend. However, I do recall a part in one of my favorite novels, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, where a portion of the main characters host a bacchanal. One of the characters goes on to describe how after taking LSD, they all felt as if where were literal aspects of nature, claiming one of the others turned into a deer. At the time, I had not given the idea much thought, but after reading this it puts a new perspective on that scene. Perhaps by allowing the mind to enter such a state, we are able to access on a new perspective of the world. Truly a shame no further research could be done on the effects of LSD on the mind

Bonny Nicole Evans

The psychedelic movement as with most cultural movements was a socially engineered construct. The US government created LSD and used in experiments such as mk ultra. They popularized the drug they created.
You don't need drugs to be connected to nature. You need a relationship with Yah to feel the see and connection with His Creation.

Emily Adkins

In the article “How LSD May Facilitate Communing with Nature” by author Tessa Love, she discusses the effects of LSD and how people after. Taking it appear to have a deeper and furthered connection to nature. She also argues that this is a case that has been studied for decades and that the effects are all the same for previous users all over the world. Her purpose for this article is to bring up the conversation that using LSD can be beneficial in not only saving the environment but enhancing oneself. She brings up multiple studies done by psychologists which have supported the ideas of her article and have found its usage as a way to help counter depression by finding the beauty in other things. She does bring up points that the research supporting this has been limited due to the illegalization of psychedelics but that the research conducted has proven that LSD allows you to feel empathy for nature and all things. And Love believes that through this level of empathy it drives out feelings of uselessness or depression by feeling a connection to the world. Love appeals to the audience through an environmental viewpoint and a mental health status to support the furthering of research on the relationship between LSD and nature.
I disagree with Love’s argument that there is a correlation between LSD and feeling a connection with nature. Although I understand the feeling of wholesomeness, I do not believe that people after tripping will feel empathetic to nature indefinitely. I personally know people who have tripped LSD and had bad trips which has caused a permanent disconnect, even an innate fear of random objects or situations. It has disrupted their lifestyle of where they once enjoyed simple things and now fear things like electronics and trees. I also disagree because LSD is a chemically engineered drug that contains very harmful chemicals in today’s doses. It can be so severe that it causes people to remain in a permanent trip or even randomly trip after visiting a chiropractor. There is nothing natural about taking LSD, however I would agree with the article had it been about psilocybin mushrooms. Since they are produced naturally and are not as potent it would be more of a realistic topic for discussion. I believe that research should be focused more so on the effects on psilocybin if there is an aim to legalize it for the benefit of the environment.

Holly H.

Tessa Love’s article argues that scientists and researchers are finding that people who experiment with psychedelic drugs such as LSD, are more likely to have a sense of connectedness to nature. In writing the article, she presents evidence from chemist Albert Hofmann, who was the first person to “drop LSD” in 1943 as he claims the experience of his bike ride gave him increased sensitivity to the world around him. The author highlights a study done by a postdoctoral fellow at Yale, Mathhias Forstmann, who conducted a study on how psychedelic drugs can offer a solution for mental illnesses such as depression, which do not respond to traditional treatments in some patients. She expands and explains that the drug helped patients feel a sense of connectedness to everything, not just nature, and that worked to help battle their depression. The research, however, is limited due to the drugs being highly illegal since the 1960’s. Love’s main argument is that psychedelic drugs are likely capable of great things, but would need much more research in order to have maximum benefits.
I agree with Love’s argument that drugs traditionally viewed as negative can harbor great possibilities for people who consume them either recreationally, or medicinally. Similar to strides made in recent years with medical marijuana, psychedelic drugs could prove that drugs once seen as taboo and negative may be beneficial in feeling a sense of connectedness to nature and the world around them, and in turn possibly coping better with mental illness. I believe some of this research is already underway, with states such as Colorado decriminalizing mushrooms and experimenting with microdosing, and that if researchers are finding evidence that the drug may be beneficial, more research should be done, despite assumptions from decades prior.

William E.

In this article, Love argues that research has found that people who use psychedelic drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline, feel more connected to nature. Love brings up the Swiss chemist, Albert Hofmann, who in 1943 was the first man to ever experience an acid trip. While under the effects of the drug, Hofmann felt somewhat of a oneness with nature which was said to have lasted long after the drug wore off. Love also mentions the hypotheses of many researchers who suggest that the consumption of psychedelics causes people to have more concern for the environment. However, Love mentions how further research has been hindered, as LSD has been illegal since the 1960s. Love also brings up the research of Matthias Forstmann, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale, who conducted a study which examined the relationship between people who have used psychedelics and their connection to nature. Forstmann’s study found that those who have a history of using psychedelics tend to feel more connected to nature. Love’s main argument is that psychedelic drugs might have many benefits, but further research is necessary before any conclusions can be reached.
I agree with Love’s argument that psychedelic drugs might have potential benefits, especially regarding he environment. I believe that further research should be conducted because if there is in fact a correlation between drug use and environmental concern, maybe these drugs should become legalized again. Recently, the effects of marijuana on certain illnesses have been studied and is gradually becoming legalized, as these studies have proved the benefits of the drug. If similar studies are done with psychedelics, then these drugs might be legalized as well. If there is potentially an increase in environmentalism as a result in legalizing psychedelics, then I believe research should be conducted. Just as with marijuana, LSD might be a drug that is beneficial after all, despite years of alternate opinions.

Kathleen Mitchell

In the article “How LSD May Facilitate Communing With Nature,” the author Tessa Love discusses research that has been done to prove that psychedelic drugs can make a user feel more connected to nature. She discusses the inventor and first user of LSD, Albert Hofmann. He was a chemist, who after using the drug, described that his experience allowed him to feel more connected with nature and who later on became an environmentalist. Love brings up how this first account of LSD use lead to the movies and TV shows depicting psychedelic drugs as connecting a user with nature. She also mentions studies that have proven psychedelic drug users care more about the environment and are more likely to show pro-environmental behavior. Love also uses the example of hippies of the 1960’s to tie in the belief that psychedelics can not only make one feel closer to nature but that the connection felt is strong enough to make the users want to help protect their nature. Love’s main argument is that psychedelics can change a person's perception of nature and the environment but that there is not enough evidence to say every user is changed in the same way.
I agree with Love’s argument that psychedelics can change a user's perception but I disagree with her belief that it is mainly the perception of nature. I believe psychedelics can make the user feel and believe whatever they want to and whatever their life needs to balance itself at the time. Whether that is feeling closer to nature or becoming more confident in their skin after dosing. While it might be common for psychedelics to open the user's mind to nature and allow them to feel more connected it is not always the case. Users who experience this new feeling of connection need to, while others who already feel that bond between themselves and their environment, need to experience something else.

Reed Massaro

Reed Massaro

Throughout my lifetime I can say I've only heard about stories of people on LSD or just heard of the effects that it could have on people. Most of the stories I've heard or read usually end up with the idea of it being a life changer in the way you think. In 1943 Albert Hoffmann became the first human known to drop LSD. He originally described it as a nervous system stimulant, but soon came to realize its powerful effects when going on a bike ride. He was the first person to describe it as a oneness that lasts long after the drug has worn off. He stated “Through my LSD experience and my new picture of reality, I became aware of the wonder of creation, the magnificence of nature, and of the animal and plant kingdom”. Also, he later described how he became very sensitive to what will happen “with all of us and this”. Today, researchers are reconsidering these drugs potential to have therapeutic benefits. A researcher in this study states “ its likely not the feeling of connection to nature that is specifically driving away depression, but the sense of connection to everything”. Researchers explain that this drug can act as a treatment for depression by changing the individual from moving from a sense of disconnection from themselves, others, and the world to a sense of connection. However, before there can be conclusions around any of this, both Forstmann and Tagliazucchi say more research is needed. They believe there should be experiments conducted outside the lab and with people without a history of mental illness. But in the meantime, Hofmann’s experience lives on, and as a new generation of psychedelic enthusiasts becomes one with nature, we may see the benefits echo throughout culture within the next few decades. From my understanding of the effects of this drug stays constant with different types of people it could significantly help an individual and their perspective on the world as a whole, as well as the environment because more and more people will have an open mind to protecting the environment. On the other hand, based on the stories I heard I personally believe doing this drug is a gamble. You can either have a good trip or a bad one and this will inevitably control you perspective on life. If you were to have a bad trip, I think these effects would be reversed and the person would feel disconnected, and bring a sense of fear in their life and disrupt their daily life routines. I think the author brings up some interesting viewpoints and some true statements but I would need to have a lot more research before I could even consider this to be a solution to some people's lives. Personally weed is the only drug that I can relate to this. When I first started smoking it was great and all the little things in life stood out and began to open your mind while you were under the influence. However the difference is that it doesn't really stick with you once it wears off and in order to get that feeling of “connectedness” you would have to smoke again. Therefore, all in all, it isn't a good habit to continue with because of the negative effects as well.

David Burgess

I've read Tessa Love's "How LSD May Facilitate Communing With Nature". Love describes a connection between psychedelics and a oneness with nature. Love depicts how those who take psychedelics feel as though nature is of more importance due to their experience.

1. Love describes how a psychedelic experience causes those who partake to become environmentally connected and are less depressed than others. I don't believe that it is connected but both of these aspects are good for anybody.

2. love uses other people's ideas to get to her conclusion, not full-on describing her side so not to make it seem as though the main point could not be true and that the research is false. Love puts the research out there but does not treat it as fact.

3. Love adequately presents each quote through her essay. Though short Love's summaries are capable of getting her point across and allow for her to present sources.

4. Sadly or happily, I have never taken part in psychedelics but I have felt somewhat of a oneness with nature. I once had camped in the woods with my brother and got stuck in a storm, we couldn't make it home so we lived off the land as people say. I feel a new appreciation for what nature offers and do what love describes as a oneness with nature. I may be a little more thoughtful when it comes to nature yet I don't do anything major.

Anichka Kelly

1. The benefits of being able to commune with nature are potentially helping ecosystems by recycling and reducing waste, but also help people with depression over come it with sense of connection to themselves and others. These are very important in today's society. Helping the ecosystem can help with trash being placed in the oceans which are destroying them. Many people have depression and simple prescribed medicine cannot help you overcome it. With the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs coming to a sense of self and others can help you overcome depression that normal therapy and prescribed medicines cannot.
2. Love frequently uses caution words throughout her article but she also puts in caution with sentences and even paragraphs. "People who already have a deeper connection to nature are more likely to take psychedelics," putting these in makes the audience question weather or not the author even believes what she is writing about.
3. Love introduces the work of these academics very well by giving background information about these researches to make them credible. She uses them to support her argument but also to contradict what she is writing. When she uses their research in her work she still uses caution words as if she's not sure if she should trust these sources.
4. In June of 2019 I experienced the contentedness with nature on my trip to Utah. I felt this constructiveness with nature when I walked outside of my boyfriends house and I was surrounded with mountains. I felt a huge weight lift off of my shoulders as I starred at these massive mountains. As we went to different places around Utah the mountains never seem to leave your side. Everywhere you went you could see them everywhere. I began to realize I felt happier and I connected it to the mountains. Love wrote in her article, "It's likely not the feeling of connection to nature specifically that is driving away depression, but the sense of connection to everything." It was true, although I didn't feel connected to nature and want to help it I felt connected to myself and the people around me. This carries on throughout my life because once I returned to South Carolina I began to feel unhappy again but thinking of the mountains made me happy. I since then have decided that going to a university in Utah could help me battle my depression and create a happier life for me.

Emily Whitaker

1) In the article “How LSD May Facilitate Communing with Nature” by Tessa Love, she discusses how LSD benefits people by forming a greater ecological sense and a connectedness with the world that may decrease depression. I agree that these are important because they make a person feel good therefore improving their well-being. These can also help calm/relax a person and let them feel more connected which is important when trying to find placement in the world, which can be growing harder in the modern world as technology increases.
2) Love demonstrates caution in order to not push her positive view of psychedelics on people excessively. She does this by using studies and other people’s conclusions to form her argument. She is also open to the idea that results may vary among people.
3) Love sufficiently introduces her sources by giving background information and/or a short summary to form a point.
4) I have experienced a connectedness with nature similar to that of what Love described. I was on a mostly empty beach during sunset and everything around had a beautiful golden tint. The waves crashed calmly and it wasn’t too hot or cold. Being there boosted my mood and made me feel as if I could understand a lot more. I remember this feeling and look back at pictures and videos of it when I need encouragement or motivation.

Andrew Davis

1. Love bounces all around in her essay on how psychedelics can help people and many different ways, with some being subjective to who you are as a person. Mainly, she focuses how LSD can help people feel more enviornmentally connected and less depressed about their lives and surroundings; it brings life to your life. Anyones happiness is priceless and valued highly no matter what, so if that's the goal when using psychedelics, then by all means, do what you need to do.
2. Although there are studies done to help prove Love's purpose, her use of "may" allows for her idea to be accepted in many ways. She uses the studies as supporting evidence on how psychedelics COULD be useful in these certain situations. Love is acknolodging that it's 100% true 100% of the time, and throws a little chance to the wind.
3. Troughout the whole essay, sorces, quotes, and little bits of information are scattered all around. Although in pieces, Love is able to explain and summarize to satisfaction, and that propels her argument futher.
4. Luckily, I have been a person who has been able to have that deep connection with the Earth, and though various methods. It can only be described that you don't feel like the apex, you're just another living thing. The feeling of “ego dissolution” is completely true and I can back that up with personal experience. In the long run, it just changed the way I look and think about the world around me and it affects me as a person and what effects it has on my character.

ashlen burcham

In the article “How LSD May Facilitate Communing with Nature”, author Tessa Love, discusses the effects of LSD. She denotes it to having a deeper and furthered connection to nature. I myself have never tried LSD, or any psychedelic for that matter, but I know a few people who have. I agree in the idea that it makes sense that these drugs would help create feelings of happiness and peace. My friends also agree to have the same feeling of "connectedness" with nature, but also advise that drugs shouldn't be taken lightly. If you were to have a bad trip, these effects could be reversed and the person would feel disconnected, and bring a sense of fear in their life and disrupt their daily life routines. All in all, I believe doing what makes you happy is something we should all practice a little more, but we should also be smart about it.

Kessalyn Kelly

In the article, "How LSD May Facilitate Communing With Nature", author Tessa Love discusses the first known time a human dropped LSD. The purpose of this article was to assert that "hippies may have been onto something" when utilizing psychedelics like LSD. It took less than 20 years for the drug to become illegal; therefore there has been no advances in the potential benefits. Yet the research that has been done shows that "people who has previous experiences with psychedelics were more likely to feel like a part of nature rather than separate from it." However, it is not only the greater connection to the outside world, but also how this connection creates a sense of connection to everything. This idea has shown to drive away depression and could be very beneficial in modern medicine.

Deborah Smith

Magic mushrooms or the psychedelic mushrooms are mushrooms that are magical. It gives you a hallucinogenic effects and connectivity to nature. For some, they used magic mushrooms for medical purposes although until today the implementation and legalization of magic mushrooms are still on process because of the fact that improper usage of magic mushrooms might be harmful. Maybe, this might be the reason why does it take so long to legalize magic mushrooms and produce it to the market.

Tahjzhane Dixon

I personally agree that psychedelics can be helpful in aiding and alleviating depressive symptoms while giving users a feeling of connection and oneness with nature and everything else around them. Tessa Love argues that the research that has been done to explore what psychedelics do to the human consciousness have found that there is in fact a correlation between psychedelics and a connection to nature. What I found to be the most interesting and appealing aspect of this alternative medicine is how research has found that it could also be helpful for those who have ineffective treatments or are even resistant to any treatment for their depression. Love states that, “… it’s likely not the feeling of connection to nature specifically that is driving away depression, but the sense of connection to everything” (Love). The sense of connection that Love refers to could be a breakthrough in the treatment of depression and even depression-related illnesses. I deal with my own experiences with depression, and I would appreciate some better methods to alleviate symptoms. I hope this research will continue because it could radically change some individual’s lives. However, the article does not even mention any of the negative side effects that can occur with psychedelic use. She could have made her argument much stronger if she would have simply included an opposing view that she could then provide an argument against. This makes her article come off as a bit one-sided in terms of information; I am not able to discern if I truly agree or disagree with her because she does not provide me with the other side of the argument, therefore, I feel it weakens her article and her credibility. While the topic of becoming one with nature through “tripping” is good, I feel she could have broadened her argument to simply argue for all the benefits that psychedelics can provide. I feel it was a weak thesis to use for this article, but overall, it was written well.

Zion Jackson

I agree that Hippies may have been onto something and think that everybody should experience the effects of psychedelics. I have never done psychedelics but from what I've heard they sound amazing. Not only do they enhance creativity, but they promote good vibes and happiness. I would not be surprised if a new wave of hippies return in the future.

Nathaly Hernandez

In this article it discusses the usages of the psychedelic drug LSD and the factors it provides for those who use it. Love’s argument is that LSD actually makes the user feel much more connected to nature, and promotes much more eco friendly behavior. Although I have never experienced an LSD trip, or have tried any psychedelic type of drug, the idea of feeling connected to nature in that sense where the barrier between humans and other things is broken is a very fascinating concept. I do agree with Love’s argument despite the negative aspects that may be seen in a drug such as LSD. I can relate this to the same stigma with marijuana, as that is also a stereotyped drug even though it has proven health benefits such as calming the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Despite the negative connotations of LSD it is very impressive how it affects depression in the brain, and rather than decreasing the feeling of depression, it is able to convert the feeling of disconnection to having a full sense of connection to the world. Research on LSD and its effects on the human mind should be reconsidered and done properly as it has already been proven to be beneficial towards connection with nature. With newfound research, scientists may even be able to unlock different perspectives and changes the brain may see and go through that would give them more insight on the chemical functioning. This psychedelic not only has demonstrated to be an enhancement on the human mind, but as well as actively being eco conscious about our planet, by recycling and buying reusable bags. I find it ironic because even as a normal functioning society, we actively avoid taking environmentally friendly actions that would help reverse global warming. Rather than focusing on stereotypes about LSD made in the past, current technology would be able to provide solid proof of its health benefits and aid people who may be in need of that connective feeling.

Nick Sherman


-Love’s article establishes two benefits to a person who is able to commune with nature. While she expresses that some have achieved the possibility to experience those benefits through non-psychedelic treatment, she primarily expresses that those benefits themselves can be achieved through remedial use of psychedelic drugs. The benefits Love mentions in the article are that psychedelics might be remedies for treatment-resistant depressions, as well as acquiring an enhanced behavior involving environmental activities. Given the statements mentioned previously, Love is careful not to overstate her claim involving the use of psychedelics. For example, the use of “may'' in the title allows for other possibilities. When Love expresses the use of the word “may” regarding psychedelics, she is insinuating that psychedelics are not an “end all, be all” to feeling better or for connecting yourself to nature. She is in fact, expressing that psychedelics are just one possibility out of many that have yet to be discovered, and with more time and research, these possibilities will come to light. In response to Love, given all that she has presented to the reader regarding the benefits of psychedelics, the idea, once more thoroughly researched and tested, of using LSD to connect and better oneself to everything seems very intriguing and possible if given more time. As a result I then believe that the research should be conducted, and should continue to be conducted, regardless of certain laws set in place.

gabby.M

In the article “How LSD may facilitate commuting with nature,” Tessa Love argues that researchers are finding that people who experiment with psychedelic drugs such as LSD, are “most likely to feel like a part of nature rather than feel separated from it.” She discusses about Albert Hofmann, the first known human to drop LSD and how his experience with psychedelics made him become very sensitive to the world around him.
Not only does Love explain how psychedelics can cause people to become connected with nature but also, discusses that psychedelics may offer a solution for mental health illnesses, such as depression. Enzo Tagliazucchi, a researcher at Goethe University displayed how different studies responded well to psychedelics as a depression treatment. Some describe that the feeling they get goes from “feeling a sense of disconnectedness from self, from others and from the world” to “a sense of connection to everything.” I was surprised when I read this because I’ve seen it first-hand. I watched a friend go from not being depressed and lost in life, to finding their purpose and finding their true passion.

victoria p


In this article, Tessa Love argues that using psychedelic can make us feel connected to nature. She introduces her argument by discussing the experience of the first user of LSD, Albert Hofmann. After using the drug, he described that his experience allowed him to feel “aware of nature along with the plant and animal kingdoms” which caused him to later become a fervent environmentalist. She also emphasizes the studies that claim that the use of psychedelics helps alleviate the symptoms of depression.
This article builds up the question, Are psychedelics strong enough to make users want to help protect nature? Personally, I do not take psychedelics, but I believe that it is critical to protect the environment. Air and water pollution, global warming, smog, acid rain, deforestation, wildfires are just a few of the environmental problems that we are facing right now. However, there are still many people that don’t care that destroying our ecosystems will fatally devastate our earth and humans. A researcher in this study states “it’s likely not the feeling of connection to nature that is specifically driving away depression, but the sense of connection to everything”. I believe that encouraging the use of psychedelics will not help the environment. I also believe that it won’t cure depression for some of its users. I have known people that used psychedelics and later become disassociated and traumatized from its use. As a result, it ended up worsening their depression from a bad trip. At the end of the day, LSD is a manmade substance with harmful chemicals in it. The legalization of psychedelics will not mean that everyone will take them to feel sympathy for nature.
While I do believe that the idea that psychedelics will help nature is interesting, I also believe that it is not efficient. It would be amazing to say that they would help the environment, but it is still a drug with different effects for everyone.

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