https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5q1bBVzDpc 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.
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.
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.
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, …
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