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LSD is good for you, say Norway researchers. Tales of debilitating acid flash-backs and permanently frazzled synapses are exaggerated, according to a new scientific report which concludes LSD use may even be beneficial.

LSD is good for you, say Norway researchers

"There were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, or use of LSD in the past year, and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes," Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Krebs from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim concluded in their study published in the PLOS One journal on Tuesday.

"Rather, in several cases psychedelic use was associated with a lower rate of mental health problems. " For the study, the researchers analyzed data on the more than 130,000 Americans who took drug use surveys between 2001 and 2004, of which 22,000 had used a psychedelic drug at least once. Autonomous sensory meridian response. A video intended to trigger ASMR Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation.

Autonomous sensory meridian response

Overview[edit] Definition[edit] Origins of the name[edit] Agrostis: Tryptamines in the Crucible of Civilization - The Nexian. By Morris Crowley on Friday, 04 April 2014, hits: 6805 The ancient Greek world was familiar with a wide variety of drugs... but is it possible that they used DMT and related tryptamines as well?

Agrostis: Tryptamines in the Crucible of Civilization - The Nexian

This article looks at the mythology around an obscure Greek grass known as “agrostis” and considers how the ancient Greeks could have utilized Phalaris grass for its psychoactive effects. Manufacturing Madness: The Pseudoscience of Modern Psychiatry. LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images. The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a trip in the name of science, have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the neural basis for effects produced by one of the most powerful drugs ever created. A dose of the psychedelic substance – injected rather than dropped – unleashed a wave of changes that altered activity and connectivity across the brain. This has led scientists to new theories of visual hallucinations and the sense of oneness with the universe some users report. The brain scans revealed that trippers experienced images through information drawn from many parts of their brains, and not just the visual cortex at the back of the head that normally processes visual information. Evidence Builds for Medicinal Use of Psychedelic Drugs. A single traumatic experience is enough to rattle people hard, but it rarely takes them down.

Evidence Builds for Medicinal Use of Psychedelic Drugs

In the face of subsequent ordeals, however, we become more vulnerable: a new study suggests that a second trauma has a critical role in leading to posttraumatic stress disorder, a condition that can include flashbacks, nightmares and intense anxiety, enough to disrupt a person's life. When scientists gave rats one painful electric shock, the rodents' memories and stress response temporarily became blunted but returned to normal as expected. But after a second unpredictable harrowing experience, the animals began to show fear and anxiety similar to what is seen in people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"Having repeated traumatic experiences is likely a critical factor for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder," said coauthor Cristina Alberini, a neuroscientist at New York University. The stress curve. How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip. Let's call him "Ken.

How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip

" Ken is 25, has a master's degree from Stanford and works for a tech startup in San Francisco, doing a little bit of everything: hardware and software design, sales and business development. Recently, he has discovered a new way to enhance his productivity and creativity, and it's not Five Hour Energy or meditation. Ken is one of a growing number of professionals who enjoy taking "microdoses" of psychedelics – in his free time and, occasionally, at the office.

DMT – A Tool to Extend Survival in Clinical Death? Via Indiegogo.

DMT – A Tool to Extend Survival in Clinical Death?

Nothing Medicinal About Marijuana (Unless it is 100% Organic) This post originally appeared on Cannibad.

Nothing Medicinal About Marijuana (Unless it is 100% Organic)

Marijuana is getting more and more of a good rap these days. With its legalization in states like Colorado and Washington, economies are booming as demand for the plant increases. Aldous Huxley’s wife wrote this letter about injecting him with LSD right before he died. On the same day President Kennedy was assassinated, the world lost a second giant in time.

Aldous Huxley’s wife wrote this letter about injecting him with LSD right before he died

Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World and other stunning works of literature died after a 3-year battle with cancer. It was 1963, and on his deathbed Huxley asked to be injected with multiple doses of uncut LSD. An emotionally heavy letter written by his second wife, Laura, documents the final hours of his life. The 4 Archetypes Of Psilocybin [Clip] Sea DMT. Illustration by Santtu Mustonen.


Background photo courtesy of the NOAA. Writing almost exclusively about psychoactives, it is not unusual for me to be contacted by strangers who wish to report on the effects of various drugs. Take ecstasy, save your relationship. This post has been corrected since it was originally published. The divorce rate is high. Cannabis makes inmates behave. Some inmates are allowed to smoke weed because they’re addicted to the active substance that helps them calm down. (Photo: Colourbox) Smoking weed is as illegal inside a prison cell as it is outside, but prison guards tend to let inmates get away with it. Danish prison guards need to bend the strict cannabis regulations to simplify their working days, according to a new study.

Major UK study examines the long-term effects of Ecstasy use. February 13, 2009 Ecstasy use is widespread across the globe, and has been for more than 20 years now. Coming Out of the Dark Ages, Psychedelic Science, and Freedom Over Consciousness: Introduction to the Benefits of Cannabis, Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, LSD, DMT, and Ibogaine. British Guy Takes Mescaline, Polite and Measured Reflection Ensues. Graham Hancock Tries Changa. Cannabis: The Healing Herb - The Nexian. By Bancopuma on Monday, 17 March 2014, hits: 4176 Cannabis…just say ‘know’ Cannabis is the most popular illicit substance in the world, and prior to aspirin was used in as the primary pain reliever in the Western World. It is non toxic, and is near impossible to overdose on, and deaths are extremely rare (and linked to pre-existing conditions). Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the key psychoactive compound of cannabis, has been found to be non toxic even following chronic use over the long term.

The plant has many potential medical applications and an ever expanding base of research to support its use in medicine. Cannabis Chemistry. Magic Mushrooms and Natural Intelligence. In a time when Artificial Intelligence is getting all the headlines, English author and film-maker Simon G. Powell is making the case for Natural Intelligence – the idea that life itself is intelligent and nature has solutions to problems we have yet to even understand. Ibogaine For Sale. Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told. The Ketamine Key. Depression, a persistent sad mood and lack of ability to experience pleasure, is a symptom of many psychiatric disorders. Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain.

Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain. The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London. What We Really Know About Psychedelic Mushrooms. Ayahuasca Can Help You Communicate with Plant Spirits, and Heal Your Body and Mind. Psychedelic Researcher: How Drugs Like LSD Can Change Your Life. We are currently experiencing a “renaissance” in psychedelic research, as Michael Pollan writes in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Hallucinogenic drugs like psilocybin can be used to treat a range of mental health disorders, from anxiety and addiction to depression, and researchers at the nation’s leading medical schools are intent on discovering their full therapeutic potential.

Your Brain on Shrooms. Ecstasy and Acid in Your Medicine Cabinet? Doctors Explore Psychedelics. Could Psilocybin Be the Next Caffeine? A Microdosing Report. Is LSD about to return to polite society? Clinical Trial Approved for MDMA Psychotherapy. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved the first clinical trial using MDMA along with psychotherapy to treat anxiety among people with life-threatening illnesses, researchers told Al Jazeera on Tuesday, adding that public support for the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs is rapidly growing.