I realize that there is a whole section of BL devoted to Cannabis but rarely in any of those threads do I ever see Cannabis being discussed for its psychedelic qualities.
It also seems to be used mainly as an additive to other substances in "Trip Reports".
But on its own, used in the correct way especially with little or zero tolerance it can be as weird and out there as any other hallucinogen, I have been a user of cannabis for most of my adult life and have experimented a few times with long periods of complete abstinence followed by a massive THC dose achieved by a combo of smoked and ingested material. (eating a large block of really good hash is best).
Sure LSD, Tryptamines, Mescaline and other RCs are ass kickingly strong but most people either smoke pot every day and so have a long term tolerance thing happening or they are people who occasionally smoke a few tokes of a J at a party but never have a huge amount because those few tokes get just them stoned enough and that was what they were after.
I heard Mckenna talk about this and why in his opinion Cannabis should be in the list of easily available and safe plant based psychedelics and after one or two pretty far out experiences with just THC as the active chemical I would have to put it right up there on my list too.
The factors that seemed to set it off were the standard set and setting rules that I would apply to any serious high dose experience of any psychedelic. Zero tolerance, No distractions, A good half day fast before hand, AN EFFECTIVE DOSE (very important), Lying down alone in silent darkness and watching the back of your eyelids expecting to see something.
Done this way I experienced total sensory and psychic mind warping, complex and exquisite visual hallucinations (not just geometric patterns but objects, entities, vistas, galaxies), the whole hallucinogenic tool box was open so to speak.
The come on can be controlled slowly by just eating it, then it takes a while to kick in like an acid trip, but smoke a huge straight joint of it and then switch out the light and lie down and the come up is almost as intense as DMT, it just floods into your system and if you are really paying attention just to what the drug is doing (not listening to chill out music or watching a movie) just lie there in the dark and observe your own mind and body then a big THC trip is a very very impressive run of flushes, waves, shudders and gasps, mixed with a whole lot of paranoia, fear, wonder and amazement.
But it has to me a very feminine and uniquely green woodland goddess kind of feel to it, the impression of a spirit or intelligence or mind behind the plant was as convincing as mushrooms or salvia.
Just smoked in this way the peak is usually over in 20 to 30 minutes maybe an hour if you really stay with it, then its back to normal familiar stoned-ness for the run back to baseline, if you eat a huge amount the trip can go on for hours and hours, but I am stressing high doses if you eat or smoke it, and again ZERO TOLERANCE.
I'm just curious why Cannabis seems so under discussed in the psychedelic community and so few people approach it in this way and explore its "Trippy-er" side.