PsychonautWiki (PW) is a community-driven online encyclopedia that aims to document the field of psychonautics (i.e. exploration of altered states) in a comprehensive and scientifically-grounded manner.
Our documentation includes an extensive collection of content relating to the scientific research and harm reduction practices relevant to hallucinogen experimentation and other methods of exploring consciousness such as meditation, lucid dreaming, and sensory deprivation.
This information is presented alongside an integrated descriptive subjective effects index which is designed to facilitate analysis of non-ordinary states of consciousness via easily readable terminologies, descriptions, levelling systems and example images (replications).
Our content is broadly divided into catalogs of information called "indexes", which includes the following:
- Psychoactive substance index
- Subjective effect index
- Replication index
- Experience index
- Tutorial index
- documenting all aspects of psychonautic theory and practice (including meditation, lucid dreaming, psychoactive substance use, sensory deprivation, ritual, etc.) from an evidence-based, academic perspective,
- providing accessible education, encouraging safe practices, and reforming cultural taboos around the responsible use of psychoactive substances, using both expert and crowd-sourcing methods,
- promoting a culture of free thought and personal autonomy by safeguarding the information needed to make informed decisions over altering one's body and consciousness.
PsychonautWiki is an open content platform whose quality and accuracy directly depends on the engagement of our users. Contributions of any kind are always appreciated and we encourage you to get involved (ask the team for help getting started)!
Our primary methods of collaboration include:
- creating new articles and helping with tasks listed on our to-do list, in accordance with the community guidelines,
- improving upon existing articles by adding content, removing errors, checking grammar and spelling, and finding missing citations from reliable sources (please see our style guide),
- engaging in constructive discussion with community members and staff by contacting us through our Telegram support channel, user profiles, or by emailing us directly,
- 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.
|Kenan (Kenan Sulayman, firstname.lastname@example.org) is in charge of the management, public relations, infrastructure and system operations of PsychonautWiki. He is also responsible for risk assessment, dealing with litigation and strategy development. Generally the highest instance for content, human resources and financial decisions.|
|Unity (Chris Choi, email@example.com) is in charge of directing all non-subjective-effect content development (including the psychoactive substance index and harm reduction portal) of PsychonautWiki. He is the lead editor, writer, proofreader, and fact-checker of articles. He is the highest instance for all content decisions that do not enter legally-blurry territory and align with our long-term goals.|
|BronzeManul (Benjamin, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (Nami, email@example.com) 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 in this field.|
Volunteer contributors (Scholars)
|Graham is our volunteer for contributing scientific documentation to the subjective effect index. They have more than half a decade in various scientific research positions.|
|Josikins (Josie Kins) 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.|
|† Oskykins (Jenny Kins) - 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.|
|Kaylee (Kaylee) is in charge of 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.|
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 was judged to be lacking 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 the subjective effect index and the 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.