This article by Jennifer Walker-Journey was originally published on Psychedelic Spotlight, and appears here with permission.
Online psychedelic support groups have been around for two decades. Here’s how they’re evolving with the times.
It was 20 years ago and some of Mike’s friends had just come into a stash of some very special fungi. He hadn’t tripped on ‘shrooms before, and didn’t want to fly without doing some research into what the trip might be like. So, he went searching for “transparent information and firsthand accounts of what the magic mushroom experience might entail,” he says.
That’s when he stumbled upon the Shroomery, a public resource where people can learn about and share information about ‘shrooms.
The site was pretty young then, having launched in 1997 when the World Wide Web was just getting its footing as well. It was started by a 15-year-old named Ythan, something Mike calls “ironic” considering “we have a long-held policy prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from utilizing the site.” Ythan promoted the community by handing out business cards at the 1999 Telluride Mushroom Festival in College. “I kinda just started it by accident one day,” Ythan is quoted as saying.
Mike became an official member of the Shroomery community in 2001, and took over ownership duties in early 2003. He’s known there by the handle “geokills” and still works closely with Ythan as well as nearly …