This new app allows users to enter a 'semi-psychedelic state' without consuming drugs

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Since launching last month, more than 100,000 people have downloaded Lumenate , an app designed to guide users on “a calming and immersive journey of self-discovery.” Utilizing your smartphone’s flashlight, the app induces a “meditative, semi-psychedelic state” via stroboscopic light and sound sequences. According to Lumenate, the effects are immediate and their “neural guiding method” allows users to effortlessly explore their subconscious. Professor develops app that measures the effects of cannabis on a user’s neurocognitive functions Canada’s cannabis startup ecosystem gets a boost Psychedelics show promise in treatment of depression, PTSD Lumenate was co-founded by Tom Galea and Jay Conlon, who met while studying engineering at the University of Liverpool. The duo went on to work at Jaguar Land Rover for several years, on concept vehicles, before leaving their jobs and embarking on a year of travel to better understand what “freedom and fulfillment” mean to different people around the world. The duo has attracted the investment of actress Rosamund Pike, who serves as the company’s Creative Director, and the Beckley Foundation, which has focused on global drug policy reform and scientific research on psychoactive substances for more than two decades. According to the company website, Lumenate’s design brief was informed by reviewing hundreds of scientific papers focused on subconscious exploration, from deep mediation and dreaming to psychedelics, shamanic trances and dance-induced altered states. The app also draws influence from the ‘Dreamachine,’ which was popular among the Beat Generation, and uses pulsating light sequences to produce visual effects that can lead users into a meditative state. In 2019, Galea and Conlon purchased an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine, a device that measures electrical activity in the brain, and began several months of self-experimentation. The app relies on “sensory entrainment” to induce its effects. The light and sound sequences lead to a neural…

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