I argue that self-actualization is achievable with the use of mind-manifesting substances known as psychedelics. These substances include singular drugs such as LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline (peyote), and to a lesser extent MDMA (ecstasy) and THC (cannabis). I will refer to use of psychedelics for the purpose of self-actualization as ‘psychedelic travel.’ Psychedelic travel may be as efficient and ethical a means of self-actualization as geographical travel. For example, for fewer costs, it may bring about similar positive environmental, cultural, and personal benefits, including greater empathy, creativity, and authenticity.
Ash Hibbert has been published in 'Wet Ink: the magazine of new writing' and 'Best of the Web 2009'. 'Better Traveling Through Chemistry: New Adventures in High-Fi' and 'An Existential Guide to Travel & The Forty-Seventh Ronin' are also available through Lambert Academic Publishing and scribd.com.