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Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Psilocybin Mushrooms. One hundred and eighty species of mushrooms around the world contain the psychoactive chemicals psilocybin or psilocin.

Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Psilocybin Mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms, better known as “magic mushrooms”, are one of the most popular psychedelics in use today and have a long history of use in Mexico. These mushrooms are less harmful on the body than caffeine and are not neurotoxic or addictive. Check out these five mind-blowing facts about psilocybin: 1. Research indicates that psilocybin can lead to neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. After giving mice low doses of psilocybin, researchers found that it helps repair damaged brain cells. 2. Researchers have discovered that psilocybin helps to balance the amygdala, thereby weakening the processing of negative stimuli. 3. A Harbor UCLA Medical Center study found that psilocybin reduced anxiety in patients diagnosed with terminal cancer. 4. Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law. We Experimented With Powdered Alcohol So You Don't Have To. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed

Sanjay Gupta says we have been "systematically misled" on marijuanaDEA lists marijuana as a schedule 1 substance with "high potential for abuse"Most recent research on marijuana has been on its negative effects, Gupta saysStudies on marijuana require approval from National Institute on Drug Abuse (CNN) -- Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed. " The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not. I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients.

I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Well, I am here to apologize. I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer. There’s still a lot of confusion across the nation about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients.

34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

Odds are you’ve heard something about it but weren’t sure whether the information was reliable or definitive. So, in order to help clear things up, here is a list of 34 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. As you sort through the articles, note that the consistent theme between them is that cannabis shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells. How scientists rank drugs from most to least dangerous — and why the rankings are flawed.

There's a very common drug-policy talking point that's meant to convey the absurdity of the war on drugs: alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, even though alcohol is legal and marijuana is not.

How scientists rank drugs from most to least dangerous — and why the rankings are flawed

Perhaps the biggest supporting evidence for this point is a 2010 study published in The Lancet that ranked alcohol as the most dangerous drug in the United Kingdom, surpassing heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana. That study has drawn widespread media attention, appearing in outlets like the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New Republic, and here at Vox. Although drug policy experts generally don't dispute the assertion that alcohol is more dangerous than pot, the study, led by British researcher David Nutt, is quite controversial. Experts see the rankings as deeply flawed, largely because they present the harms that come from drugs in a rather crude, one-dimensional manner.

Drug researchers hide thousands of negative studies. A new campaign is trying to change that. Magic Mushrooms Change Brain Connections. Tripping on magic mushrooms may actually free the mind, a new study says.

Magic Mushrooms Change Brain Connections

The compounds in the (illegal) mushrooms change the way the brain works. New research suggests that psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain's entire organizational framework. These new connections are likely what allow users to experience things like seeing sounds or hearing colors. How Brain Changes On Mushrooms. A new study finds that tripping on (illegal) magic mushrooms may change the mind by quieting traditional brain activity and jumpstarting new connections between areas of the brain that previously didn't communicate with one another.

How Brain Changes On Mushrooms

Psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, the study found, temporarily altering the brain's entire organizational framework. The data visualization below (b) shows how these new connections among separate regions of the brain in people dosed with psilocybin; the one on the left (a) represents the conventional connections in the brains of people not on the drug. You can see how much more connected the trippers brains are: Journal of the Royal Society InterfaceVisualization of the brain connections in the brain of a person on psilocybin (right) and the brain of a person not given the drug. As with any drug, psilocybin doesn't come without health risks. Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - 09/29/2011. A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.

Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - 09/29/2011

Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits, measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say. Researchers in the field say that after the age of 30, personality doesn’t usually change significantly. “Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older,” says study leader Roland R. Watch A Metaphor So Obvious That You'd Have To Be A Politician Not To Get It. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC. Study also found those who died from drinking-related causes lost roughly 30 years of life Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save?

1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. WebMD News from HealthDay By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is linked to excessive alcohol consumption, federal officials reported Thursday. While people often link drinking with deaths from motor vehicle accidents and chronic liver disease, many other conditions that can cause death are tied to alcohol, said lead researcher Mandy Stahre. "Excessive drinking is associated with a lot more causes of death than what we tend to focus on.

Among them: acute pancreatitis, psychosis, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, falling injuries, suicide and drowning. Fugitive Susan LeFevre. New drug could treat Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and brain injury. A new class of drug developed at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows early promise of being a one-size-fits-all therapy for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury by reducing inflammation in the brain.

New drug could treat Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and brain injury

Northwestern has recently been issued patents to cover this new drug class and has licensed the commercial development to a biotech company that has recently completed the first human Phase 1 clinical trial for the drug. The drugs in this class target a particular type of brain inflammation, which is a common denominator in these neurological diseases and in traumatic brain injury and stroke. This brain inflammation, also called neuroinflammation, is increasingly believed to play a major role in the progressive damage characteristic of these chronic diseases and brain injuries.

Opium Made Easy - Michael Pollan. We may not hear as much now about the war on drugs as we did in the days of Nancy Reagan, William Bennett, and "Just Say No.

Opium Made Easy - Michael Pollan

" But in fact the drug war continues unabated; if anything, the Clinton Administration is waging it even more intensely than its predecessors, having spent a record $15 billion on drug enforcement last year and added federal death penalties for so-called drug kingpins - a category defined to include large-scale growers of marijuana. Every autumn, police helicopters equipped with infrared sensors trace regular flight paths over the farm fields in my comer of New England; just the other day they spotted thirty marijuana plants tucked into a cornfield up the road from me, less than a hundred yards, as the crow flies, from my garden.

Overflights and other such measures have certainly proved an effective deterrent with me. Cuba Announces Release of the World's First Lung Cancer Vaccine. From the island nation known for the quality of its cigars comes some pretty big news today: Xinhua reports that Cuban medical authorities have released the first therapeutic vaccine for lung cancer. CimaVax-EGF is the result of a 25-year research project at Havana's Center for Molecular Immunology, and it could make a life or death difference for those facing late-stage lung cancers, researchers there say. CimaVax-EGF isn't a vaccine in the preventative sense--that is, it doesn't prevent lung cancer from taking hold in new patients. It's based on a protein related to uncontrolled cell proliferation--that is, it doesn't prevent cancer from existing in the first place but attacks the mechanism by which it does harm.

As such it can turn aggressive later-stage lung cancer into a manageable chronic disease by creating antibodies that do battle with the proteins that cause uncontrolled cell proliferation, researchers say. The Drug Market Scam: Why You Pay Way Too Much for Bad Medicine (And Bernie Sanders' Solution) June 2, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Drugs are cheap. Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin or crack' Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in the UK by a considerable margin, beating heroin and crack cocaine into second and third place, according to an authoritative study published today which will reopen calls for the drugs classification system to be scrapped and a concerted campaign launched against drink. Alcohol Is Most Harmful Drug, Followed By Heroin And Crack.

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Ask Not For Whom the Drug Tolls. DECEMBER 22, 2010 by WENDY MCELROY. The Disastrous War on Drugs Turns 40: 5 Ways to Stop the Madness. February 11, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Some anniversaries provide an occasion for celebration, others a time for reflection, still others a time for action. This June will mark forty years since President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," identifying drug abuse as "public enemy No. 1.

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