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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. And they could also be responsible for giving magic mushrooms some of their antidepressant qualities.

When researchers compared the brains of people who had received IV injections of psilocybin with those of people given a placebo, they found that the drug changed how information was carried across the brain. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Cuba Announces Release of the World's First Lung Cancer Vaccine

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?

The Drug Market Scam: Why You Pay Way Too Much for Bad Medicine (And Bernie Sanders' Solution)

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 'more harmful than heroin or crack'

Led by the sacked government drugs adviser David Nutt with colleagues from the breakaway Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, the study says that if drugs were classified on the basis of the harm they do, alcohol would be class A, alongside heroin and crack cocaine. Today's paper, published by the respected Lancet medical journal, will be seen as a challenge to the government to take on the fraught issue of the relative harms of legal and illegal drugs, which proved politically damaging to Labour. 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 “Fifty years ago, it made sense to assert that mental illnesses are not diseases, but it makes no sense to say so today.

Ask Not For Whom the Drug Tolls

Debate about what counts as mental illness has been replaced by legislation about the medicalization and demedicalization of behavior. Old diseases such as homosexuality and hysteria disappear. New diseases such as gambling and smoking appear.” 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.