Release of my New Book “Elevated. Cannabis as a Tool for Mind Enhancement”

Hilaritas Press, Grand Junction, Colorado, just announced the publication of my new book „Elevated. Cannabis as a Tool for Mind Enhancement.“ Hilaritas is the publishing house of Christina Pearson, daughter of legendary author Robert Anton Wilson, and his friend Richard Rasa. I am proud they chose me as one of the few other “courageous thinkers” to be featured alongside Robert Anton Wilson’s brilliant work.

It has been quite a journey.

Elevated is the revised and amended translation of my German book „High. Das positive Potential von Marihuana“ published by Klett-Cotta Tropen almost exactly a decade ago in 2013. I’ve written three new chapters for this new edition and strongly edited, updated, and prolonged all other chapters. The German edition included a foreword by my dear friend the late Lester Grinspoon and was a huge success. Many of the major national and international news media featured positive reviews or interviews with me, despite the contentious claims concerning this taboo subject.

The new English edition has grown up from the original coffee table book format. I hope that it will find the attention of many more scientists working in this field and all others interested in the nature of the human mind and altered states of consciousness.
The new chapters are on cannabis and creativity, about the endocannabinoid system and its possible role in controlling mental functions, and about cannabis, tantra, and love.
After all those years of cannabis research, I am still fascinated by the subject and marvel at how much we can learn from a closer look at the high as an altered state of consciousness. My research has profoundly changed my perspective on human nature. It allowed me to come to a deeper understanding of our mind and its ability to focus, create, retrieve distant memories, perceive patterns, introspect, empathically understand others, and generate profound and spontaneous insights. I hope that my book takes its readers on a similar journey.
Here is more information on the book:

Praise for Elevated:

“In Elevated author Sebastián Marincolo takes a deep dive into the many and various ways that cannabis can enhance conscious experience, stimulating greater creativity, insight, and awareness. Drawing on history, psychology, popular culture, and dozens of sources, he makes the case that cannabis is an ally, and a good one. Marincolo urges readers to go past long-held fear-based and risk-based notions of cannabis to appreciate what it truly is, a marvel of health-imbuing and inspirational value.”

Chris Kilham, medicine hunter and author of “The Lotus and the Bud”

“With the same masterful precision captured in his photography, Marincolo urges us to turn the lens inward. Elegantly, he maps his journey, reasoning, and the process in allowing cannabis to take us to new heights in the exploration of consciousness. Elevated is a joy to read and will shine a light for the novice and the experienced user toward a pathway to the inner journey.”

Valerie Corral, co-founder of the first medicinal cannabis collective in the USA, Executive director of WAMM Phytotherapies

“For many, Elevated will be taking the understanding of cannabis to a new level. It’s well-reasoned, well-researched, and well-written for both cannabis consumers and professionals in fields such as research and healthcare. While clearly touting the many benefits of cannabis, the book takes a grounded and balanced approach that avoids facile claims about the risk-free wonder of the plant.”

Stephen Gray, teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines, author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality, and Cannabis and Spirituality


Elevated. Cannabis as a Tool for Mind Enhancement.

Published 2023 by Hilaritas Press, Publishing House of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust.

Foreword by R. Michael Johnson.

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