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Scientists have figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms “open your mind,” but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in Human Brain Mapping.

In the experiment, researchers injected a dose of psilocybin — the chemical that gives “shrooms” their kick — into a group of 15 participants, reports The Washington Post. Another group, the control, didn’t receive the drug. Then, using brain imaging technology, the researchers looked at the areas of the brain that were activated in both groups. This allowed them to determine that psilocybin increased the volume of activity in regions of the brain that are usually activated when we dream, during sleep. It also increased brain function in regions that are associated with emotion and memory. According to the researchers, these effects are akin to what we experience when we dream.

Read more http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/3/5869465/scientists-figured-out-how-shrooms-open-your-mind

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How Psychedelics Can Cure Our Collective Insanity

How Psychedelics Can Cure Our Collective Insanity

Amber Lyon, 3-time Emmy award winning journalist, describes how her work as a journalist covering social justice issues lead to her suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and how experience with Ayahuasca cured her of the disorder and led to a radical spiritual and career shift.

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Dirty Pictures – Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin – The scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA

Dirty Pictures – Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin – The scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA

Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Esctasy. Considered to be one of the the greatest chemists of the twentieth century, Sasha’s vast array of discoveries have had a profound impact in the field of psychedelic research. ‘Dirty Pictures’ delves into the lifework of Dr. Shulgin and scientists alike, explores the world of these scientists; their findings and motivations, their ideas, and their beliefs as to how research in this particular field can aid in unlocking the complexities of the mind.

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Amber Lyon Trips All Over the World to Discover the Power of Hallucinogens

Amber Lyon Trips All Over the World to Discover the Power of Hallucinogens

Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with former CNN journalist and investigative reporter, Amber Lyon, who has travelled the world experimenting with psychedelic substances to cure her PTSD and is now touting their benefits while highlighting the dangers of many prescription medications.

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Guy records himself working while he’s high on Cocaine, Acid and Ketamine

Guy records himself working while he’s high on Cocaine, Acid and Ketamine

It’s generally not the best idea to go to work while you’re high on anything, it can be a health and safety hazard especially if you are working around heavy machinery. But this guy (Sam Briggs’) get’s some pretty good footage of himself wrapping Christmas presents while high on Coke, LSD and Ketamine.

Being Christmas, Briggs was manning a Christmas gift wrapping stall during the course of his “experiment,” with his bosses being none the wiser:

The people renting out the stall and the public obviously have no clue that Sam is buzzing off his tits the whole time, but they’ll both be glad to know that all money raised went to charity.

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Scientists have studied exactly what Psychedelics do to the brain, and it’s not what we’ve been told

It turns out that psychedelics aren’t just good for turning into an elf and jousting a car. Psychiatrists, psychologists and specialists in addiction and recovery from traumatic experiences have been investigating the use of hallucinogens in treatment programs, and the results indicate that psychedelics actually have practical therapeutic uses. And one drug has proven particularly useful. Repeated studies have found the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can help people move past major life issues — like beating alcoholism and becoming more empathetic.

The research: One study concluded that controlled exposure to psilocybin could have long-lasting medical and spiritual benefits. In 2011, Johns Hopkins researchers found that by giving volunteer test subjects just the right dose (not enough to give them a terrifying bad trip), they were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers. This provoked long-lasting psychological growth and helped the volunteers to find peace in their lives, all without side effects. Nearly all of the 18 test subjects, average age 46, were college graduates. Seventy-eight percent were religious and all were interested in finding a scientific experience.

Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking.

Lead author Roland Griffiths told TIME’s Healthland that “The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive.”

What’s more, the researchers say that those changes in personality are highly atypical, because personalities tend to be pretty set in stone after the age of 25-30. According to postdoctoral researcher Katherine MacLean, who contributed to the study, “This is one of the first studies to show that you actually can change adult personality.”

“Many years later, people are saying it was one of the most profound experiences of their life,” she continued. “If you think about it in that context, it’s not that surprising that it might be permanent.”

Watch video and keep reading: http://www.policymic.com/articles/89829/scientists-studied-what-psychedelics-do-to-the-brain-and-it-s-not-what-you-ve-been-told?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

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We thought trees and fungi were socialist, but they’re actually capitalist

Scientists thought trees and fungi were socialist, but they’re actually capitalist

The coexistence between trees and fungi is supposed to be very peaceful. Fungi grow on the roots of a plant, providing nitrogen to it in exchange for carbon, in a nearly perfect symbiotic exchange. Each individual fungus, traditional wisdom holds, works in tune with the root it grows in tandem with. But a new study presents a different model: The supposed buddies are actually acting like buyers and sellers in a capitalist market.

Led by IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management researcher Oskar Franklin, the Swedish study (paywall) started with a surprising observation. Root fungi were actually working to maintain nitrogen scarcity in the forest. When less nitrogen was available in the soil, fungi gave up less nitrogen to the trees. But when nitrogen was abundant, they built up their stores like speculators cornering the market in a commodity, effectively forcing the trees to get their nitrogen from the fungi no matter what.

“The new theory pictures a more business-like relationship among multiple buyers and sellers connected in a network,” Franklin said in a press release. Instead of being a cooperative trade of carbon and nitrogen between organisms, trees are forced to export large amounts of carbon in order to unlock nitrogen stores from the fungi.

What’s more, fungi can play clients off against one another. When different plants get their nitrogen from one fungal partner, the study states, the allocation of nitrogen to each of those plants isn’t dictated by need or fairness. Instead, the fungus seeks the best possible return on investment. “Having multiple symbiotic trading-partners generates competition among both the fungi and the plants,” Franklin said, “where each individual trades carbon for nutrients or vice versa to maximize profits, not unlike a capitalistic market economy.”

Keep reading: qz.com/213046/we-thought-trees-and-fungi-were-socialist-but-theyre-actually-capitalist/

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Kratom Tea Is the Beverage of Recovering Heroin Addicts

Someone told me about a place in Wilmington, North Carolina, that sells tea brewed from “some weird drug called kratom that’s illegal in Thailand.” The place—a tiki bar called Kat 5 Kava that doesn’t serve alcohol—is like some sort of toned-down methadone clinic or legal opium den, I heard. I was intrigued.

Even though it’s been around for some time, the media is calling kratom a “new legal drug.” A tree native to Thailand, kratom leaves are harvested and dried to create the drug, which was banned there in 1943, after people had started to use it as an opium alternative and the government realized it wasn’t being taxed.

Last week, I was out drinking at a bar down the street from Kat 5 Kava, so I stopped in to try a cup of kratom tea. Inside the establishment, a group of people sat sluggishly at a table near a bar that was surrounded by multiple screens playing nature videos of whales swimming in the ocean and deer frolicking in the woods. I looked at the menu on the wall. Half of it was full of beverages made with kava, a plant root used for sedative and anesthetic effects. The other half of the menu consisted of kratom drinks and powders, which were supposed to give an “opiate-mixed-with-caffeine kind of buzz,” according to the server.

There are three different kratom powders sold at this bar: White Borneo, Red Mystic, and Green Peace, each of which costs $2 a gram. The United States has a variety of kratom powders, such as Thai, Indo, Bali, Malay, and Sumatra. I stood there perplexed when I noticed the “brew” for $10 on the menu. A friendly patron with bags under his eyes added, “It won’t make you sleepy too much… that one won’t.”

Continue reading: http://munchies.vice.com/articles/kratom-tea-is-the-beverage-of-recovering-heroin-addicts/?utm_source=vicefbanz

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Is Ayahuasca a legitimate Spiritual Path?

How do “mindful” Western, spiritual folk relate to a magic tea from the Amazon that can cure illness and accelerate burning through your karma?

The medicine is ayahuasca, a traditional South American tea brewed up of two different plants then ingested for shamanic, healing, and spiritual purposes.

It ain’t for fun, nor is it a way to avoid your issues or psychology. Far from it.

However, some spiritual circles and communities might frown upon its use, arguing it’s trying to take an easy way out.  The lack of education around ayahuasca has people thinking it’s simply another hallucinogenic, new age, feel good, hipsterific experience.

From my own experience, it’s work—plain and simple. And, used in conjunction with your meditation, yoga, or other mindfulness-based practice, ayahuasca can change your life for the better.

When used properly and under the guidance of trained shamans, the experience is extraordinary and deeply healing. People say that one strong medicine ceremony is akin to years of therapy.

Continue reading: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/01/is-ayahuasca-a-legitimate-spiritual-path/

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