Understanding Supernatural Powers

Sempai Knowledge, Life, Spiritual, The Mind

There’s much to the world that is a mystery. We don’t know the fundamentals of what stuff is made of yet, we don’t have a single theory to explain everything, we don’t understand the Genesis of the universe, understand consciousness empirically in any fashion – there are great chasms in our understanding. Some of these are the limits of empiricism – we cannot know what we cannot measure. Perhaps we will never understand these things. In ancient mythology, across the globe, there has been talk of humans with extraordinary or seemingly magical powers. These stories persist today. Sun Gazing Yogis A recent one is the yogi, Ratan Manek who claims to live on sungazing, a practice of looking at the sun for long periods of time. Worse, the claim is that NASA have confirmed this, and that it gives him supernatural powers, the ability to survive without food. Absolute falsehood, there are no such studies in existence. There is plenty of suggestion this man and others just hide eating food, in every such study so far. There’s supposed video of …

Addiction Research – A Battle to Win

Sempai Blog, Drugs, Knowledge

I wanted to talk about addiction. I have a background in psychology. I am actually quitting smoking tomorrow, and cutting down today. I’ve been around the drug scene. Some of my friends are in various health services as well. So, it’s not just dry science to me. Old school mentalities toward addiction include the likes of the disease model. Basically that’s like being branded in a way. You’re stuck with it. But there are many other models of recovery and addiction itself. Rational Recovery for example pits the higher mind against the animal brain – in a manner perhaps comparable to cognitive behavioural therapy. Which leads me nicely along to the piece of research I’d like to talk about. [i] Coked up Marsupials Basically they got some cocaine addicted rats. Rats that would endure pain to get cocaine. Okay, so they aren’t in PETA. They targeted an area of the brain associated in humans with inhibition and decision making. By targeting this region, in the addicted rats, they reduced compulsive drug taking behaviour. Pretty cool, right? The region targeted in …

Terpenes – the perfume of cannabis

Sempai Cannabis, Knowledge, Natural

I’m sure many of the more discerning pot smokers have noticed how the fragrant smells of cannabis hint at what the high might be like. Perhaps looking for promising fruity notes as well as that visual trichrome crystalline pop. What you may not know is how those smells, which come from chemicals known as terpenes do actually effect the recreational and medical properties of your cannabis. Terpenes make the odorous and also psychoactive component of a wide variety of plants. It’s a terpene that makes lavender relaxing, and a terpene that makes saffron tea a mood lifter. Terpenes drive aromatherapy. And unsurprisingly some of those fruity terpenes are found also in fruit. When combined with THC, many of these have a direct effect on the subjective high. The terpenes in cannabis, like THC are made in the trichromes of the flowering female parts (buds). Terpenes are responsible for the complex aromas of various strains of cannabis. Simply put, they are what make cannabis have its particular intense and intoxicating smells. While terpenes have been studied for medical effects, they are …

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Top Five Moments in Psychedelic History – Part 1

Sempai Knowledge, LSD, Natural, Psychedelics, Psychoactive Substances, Spiritual, Trippy

I’m taking a break this week from my still ongoing plant high series, to have a little look at a few of the movers and shakers in the modern psychedelic movement. This will be a new series, looking at different time periods in drug history in various cultures. “When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don’t turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist” – Hoffman Accidental LSD Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD for the first time in 1938, looking for something else. It wasn’t until 1943 when he accidentally consumed some, that he realized it was hallucinogenic. Hoffman was a proponent of the new and modern practice of micro-dosing, seeing LSD primarily as a low dose tonic that improves the mind, and mental health. He also became quite mystical, like many who explore these drugs. He is still held as the symbol of increased research and legal acceptance for psychedelic drugs as therapeutics and mind expansion tools. “I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres …

NATURES HIGHS PART 2: CHASING THE LEGAL DRAGON

Sempai Drugs, Knowledge, Legal Highs, Natural, Psychedelics, Psychoactive Substances, Spiritual

Nature is pretty abundant with relaxing chemicals. And we are familiar with many of them without knowing it, like lavenders powerful “linalool”, or the theanine in tea that gives you a chill feeling. When it comes to relaxing legal plants in nature, there is a lot of options here in NZ. They presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Ancient painkillers First used by the Egyptians, and introduced to medicine before opium as a painkiller; Myrrh is culturally protected as a staple of Christian ritual and religion. It was given to Jesus on the cross, in wine, to relieve his pain, and of course, it’s in the nativity story too. It’s of course mainly used in aromatherapy and church incense. Recreationally, it produces a stony dreamy space, via similar mechanisms to opium, which some have compared to Kratom in feeling. There are a variety of ways to ingest plant oils, with transdermal (rubbed onto the skin) and via steam probably being the healthiest. We don’t know a lot about overuse, and the health effects so don’t smoke oils, …