Psychedelics are illegal in most nations around the world. However, we might be losing out on some amazing benefits that they may offer.
For thousands of years, cultures worldwide have been using hallucinogens. There are even cave paintings in the Sahara that date back to 7000 BC, depicting the use of magic mushrooms.
Just a little over a decade ago, in 2005, the government of the United Kingdom named magic mushrooms as a Class A drug. That means that possessing them means seven years of jail time, and selling the drugs could mean a life sentence.
Most other countries, including the United States and [...]
Ask any biologist and he’ll tell you lichens are an intriguing bunch. They exist only because of a symbiotic relationship between algae (or cyanobacteria) and fungi. The fungus creates a network that sustains, hydrates and protects the alga, which in turn provides sugars through photosynthesis. So, while they exhibit plant-like characteristics, they are not plants. They are composite organisms. This makes the case of the psychedelic lichen even more [...]
It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is the appeal of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that produce altered states of consciousness. After all, there’s no obvious reason why unusual patterns of thought and perception – typically, the symptoms of poisoning or illness – should be attractive. And yet, people not only pay money for these experiences, they even run the risk of being imprisoned or worse for doing so. Why is this?
One answer is that these drugs provide short cuts to religious and transcendental [...]
New research out of London suggests psychedelics, specifically psilocybin the active component of magic mushrooms, can have similar effects on the brain to meditation. More importantly, the two states of mind each generates may one day be used to help those suffering from depression or anxiety.
When Ram Dass, American spiritualist, writer and associate of Timothy Leary, gave his Indian guru and master meditator, Maharaji, a massive dose of LSD, Dass expected the worse you could imagine from giving an old man a hallucinogenic drug. To much his surprise, Maharaji felt absolutely nothing except for a giggle or two. Skeptical that the man had even swallowed the capsules, Dass made [...]
DMT, the “spirit molecule” as it is known, is actually called Dimethyltryptamine and is one of the most common psychedelic chemicals in the world.
Found in plants and animals throughout Earth, it is accredited with the dream state that people feel, even while they are awake. It lends to human creativity and a large enough dose will send you into a short (10-15 minute) psychedelic trip that many people have attributed as a cleansing awakening.
In humans, the DMT is produced in the pineal gland, found in the middle of our brains. In some plants, the chemical is so prevalent that we can extract it for use. The methods of extraction are meticulous and often [...]
Psychological insight, spiritual healing, life-changing revelations. Such are the promises that lure the curious to a medicinal mix of plants called Ayahuasca.
The potion is made from vines in the Amazon and indigenous groups have used it for guidance and insight for centuries. In recent years, tourists have been flooding the jungle to try it, creating a cottage industry.
For some the journey is getting shorter. The Ayahuasca itself is leaving the jungle, bringing its powers to Europe.
Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports from Spain on the controversial concoction called Ayahuasca.
Our collaborator Dr Jordi Riba presented these ground-breaking results at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research last week in Amsterdam. The results are, as yet, unpublished but you can have a sneak peak at the slides from Jordi Riba’s presentation here.
The study was conducted within the framework of the Beckley/Sant Pau Research Programme and in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council. In the study participated the following researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): Jose Morales-García, María Isabel Rodriguez-Franco, Ana Pérez-Castillo and Mario de la Fuente Revenga. They found that harmine and tetrahydroharmine, [...]
DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical compound produced naturally in the pineal gland inside your brain that belongs to the tryptamine family.
This naturally occurring substance is produced and excreted by the pineal gland during sleep and is structurally similar to serotonin. It is found in both animals and plants and is pretty much connected with everything alive on this earth.
The reason this chemical compound gets so much attention is because it is the active component in psychedelic substances such as ayahuasca. Though scientists are still very unsure of its function in the body it is believed to influence our ability to dream visually.How DMT [...]
They’ve come to see a man and to drink his tea.
Julian Palmer is an ayahuasca facilitator. For more than a decade he has been hosting small ceremonies all over the country and making his homemade brew.
“These are plants that are on this earth for us to use,” he says.
“We humans find value in this all over the world. Why should it be criminalised? Why should it be criminal? It shouldn’t … I call myself a chai peddler. You know being a facilitator of ayahuasca is very different to selling someone a pill, cause you’re responsible for them and they expect a certain duty of care towards them so it’s cute different.”
Ayahuasca brews have been used by [...]
LA PINE, Ore. (AP) – A sheriff’s officer says four central Oregon residents were rushed to a hospital after they used a phone app to identify wild mushrooms but ended up consuming mushrooms that were poisonous.
A local television station reports that Deschutes County sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Sullivan says deputies and medics responded Thursday afternoon to a report of poisoning on private property south of Sunriver.
He says two boys, ages 4 and 14, and a 34-year-old woman were showing symptoms of mushroom poisoning. A 15-year-old boy who also ate the mushrooms wasn’t showing symptoms but was taken to the hospital as a [...]
For years, many caregivers and patients have been using cannabis extracts to directly treat cancer and dramatically reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Despite the steady increase in remarkable success stories, the mainstream media has generally been reluctant to discuss this. Some rare exceptions exist, such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussing Landon Riddle, a pediatric leukemia patient, on CNN.
A popular Huffington Post article about Dr. William Courtney’s success treating a pediatric brain cancer patient. Articles in The Washington Post and Boston Globe have also alluded to the anti-cancer potential of cannabis.
ASKING THE RIGHT [...]