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Psilocybin, the Drug in 'Magic Mushrooms,' Lifts Mood and Increases Compassion Over the Long Term

Psilocybin, the Drug in 'Magic Mushrooms,' Lifts Mood and Increases Compassion Over the Long Term
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished. In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects. (PHOTOS: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Industry) “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,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.

http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/16/magic-mushrooms-can-improve-psychological-health-long-term/

Heroic Teacher Fired for Saving Children From Fire The heat is on a Jacksonville, Florida daycare that fired a teacher for saving her kids from a fire. When Michelle Hammack walked into the kitchen and noticed some flames coming from the oven in the kitchen at Little Temples Childcare last week, she returned to her classroom, woke up her napping kids and then led them outside to safety. Not content, Hammack went back inside to make sure there were no children left and, realizing the blaze was small enough for her to handle, she put it out before firemen arrived on the scene. Hero, right? Nope. The next day, Hammack showed up at work to learn she had been given her walking papers.

Over 50 Studies Show Cannabis Is Medicine The quote below, from a news release, is a political statement that is based on incomplete and biased science. Remember, once science is politicized, it is no longer science. "No sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use." ​I would like to bring attention to the 50+ empirical studies (footnoted below) that may have been overlooked by the FDA in their "thoroughly analyzed search of all the relevant medical, scientific data" on medical cannabis. "In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration thoroughly analyzed the relevant medical, scientific, and abuse data and concluded that marijuana continues to meet the criteria for placement in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The Food and Drug Administration reiterated this determination in April 2006, stating in a news release:

Is there evidence of extraterrestrial life? Nope, says Obama administration The United States government has no evidence of alien life. That's the word from the Obama administration in response to two online petitions that asked for full disclosure on government knowledge of UFOs and extraterrestrials. "The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," writes Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

The World Factbook People from nearly every country share information with CIA, and new individuals contact us daily. If you have information you think might interest CIA due to our foreign intelligence collection mission, there are many ways to reach us. If you know of an imminent threat to a location inside the U.S., immediately contact your local law enforcement or FBI Field Office. Little free libraries inspire neighbours to share love of reading “When you share a book with a neighbour, you’re sharing a part of yourself.” Todd Bol Executive director, Little Free Library Association At Andreas Duess’s Parkdale home, a tiny birdhouse structure on the front lawn attracts attention. Instead of birdseed, this house is full of books. Duess operates a little free library, a project that began in Wisconsin in 2009 and has taken off in Toronto, across Canada and the globe.

Roll The Twister Joint The twister joint is an exquisite joint that only the most professional of joint roller should attempt. It’s difficult to roll, looks insane, but will be a great reward for those with the rolling skills and patience necessary to make it work. Materials Needed For Your Twister Joint Marijuana5 Rolling PapersRoach paper Rolling Your Twister Joint First, take your three rolling papers and roll three identical joints without roaches, and make sure they aren’t too tight.Line up your joints, one next to the other, and get ready to braid/plait them. Meet Asimo—The Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Weve Seen Yet Pointing out the (sometimes hilarious) flaws in robots is kind of a defensive mechanism for us humans. Most of us have come to terms, on some level, with a future where robots are increasingly integrated into society (see Spike Jonze‘s touching short film I’m Here for one variant of what that future might look like). In no time at all, they’ll be driving our busses, walking our dogs, working the fast food counter, and generally competing with us for jobs and then… you’ve heard of the prophesied robot takeover, right? Well, you know how the story goes. But for now, we can just enjoy watching all the prototypes on the rise and marvel at how life-like and magical they are, though still slightly awkward in their pre-programmed fumblings. Take for instance, the recent developments in Honda’s Asimo, a humanoid that was just unveiled in Tokyo earlier today.

Russian Man Who Got Bank to Sign Homemade Credit Card Contract Now Suing Them for Not Following Terms Tinkoff Credit Systems In 2008, Dmitry Agarkov received an unsolicited letter from Tinkoff Credit Systems (TCS) offering the 42-year-old Russian man a credit card with what he found to be unattractive rates. While most people would have just thrown away the letter, Agarkov decided to do something different. He scanned the contract in the letter into his computer and altered it in his favor, including, for example, a 0% interest rate, no fees, and no credit limit. Pharmacology Vaults : Neuropharmacology of Hallucinogens : a technical overview, by BilZ0r (v3.1 Aug 2005) Please note that this subject is extremely technical and this article requires a background in brain science to fully understand. Some definitions of some key terms are included in the Definitions section of this artice. What are hallucinogens?

A corny turn for biofuels from switchgrass Many experts believe that advanced biofuels made from cellulosic biomass are the most promising alternative to petroleum-based liquid fuels for a renewable, clean, green, domestic source of transportation energy. Nature, however, does not make it easy. Unlike the starch sugars in grains, the complex polysaccharides in the cellulose of plant cell walls are locked within a tough woody material called lignin. For advanced biofuels to be economically competitive, scientists must find inexpensive ways to release these polysaccharides from their bindings and reduce them to fermentable sugars that can be synthesized into fuels.

Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest SEATTLE (AP) — A few things will be different at this year's Hempfest, the 22-year-old summer "protestival" on Seattle's waterfront where tens of thousands of revelers gather to use dope openly, listen to music and gaze at the Olympic Mountains in the distance. The haze of pot smoke might smell a little more like victory, after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21. Having won at the state level, speakers will concentrate on the reform of federal marijuana laws. Oh, and the Seattle police — who have long turned a lenient eye on Hempfest tokers — don't plan to be writing tickets or making arrests. They'll be busy handing out Doritos. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun," said Sgt.

Review of Galantamine: the Lucid Dreaming Pill So you’re considering the red pill… Galantamine has emerged as THE lucid dreaming pill. This natural supplement has been used for centuries in China as a memory enhancer, and was even noted by the ancient Greeks for its powerful mind-inducing effects. Now we know that galantamine indirectly promotes dreaming sleep as well as lucid dreaming, which is the art of becoming self-aware in your dreams. There’s a lot of hype about galantamine, so I want to cover the basics about how it works on the brain, the studies that have proven its effectiveness, and my personal recommendations for experimentation with this safe and natural supplement. I also want to be brutally honest about some of the mild psychological and physical side effects as well. Physicists Offer Mundane Explanations for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Faster-than-light neutrinos mean Einstein is wrong! At least, that’s what some popular press articles have suggested since researchers with the OPERA experiment in Italy presented evidence of neutrinos arriving 60 nanoseconds earlier than thought possible. But scientists, quite intrigued by the anomalous results, have since been busy generating more measured responses. In the three weeks after the announcement, more than 80 explanations have been posted to the preprint server arxiv. While some suggest the possibility of new physics, such as neutrinos that are traveling through extra dimensions or neutrinos at particular energies traveling faster than light, many offer less revolutionary explanations for the OPERA experiment. One of the earliest objections to the faster-than-light interpretation came from an astrophysical observation.

Paralyzed US Swimmer Banned From Paralympics Victoria Arlen slipped into a three-year coma after experiencing flu-like symptoms at age 11. When she awoke, she was paralyzed from the waist down because of an autoimmune disorder that attacks the nerves in the spine. The wheelchair-bound 18-year-old from Exeter, N.H., went on to find strength in the swimming pool, where she won four medals, including gold and broke her own record in one event at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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