Magic Mushrooms Change Brain Connections. Tripping on magic mushrooms may actually free the mind, a new study says.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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?
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.
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.
" 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.
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. There are few drugs that would sell for more than $5-$10 a prescription in a free market. The government gives patent monopolies to provide an incentive for drug companies to carry through research. We can do better and Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed a way. This money would come from a tax on public and private insurers.
The country is projected to spend almost $300 billion on prescription drugs this year. 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.
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, in that paper, ranked fifth most dangerous overall. Alcohol Is Most Harmful Drug, Followed By Heroin And Crack.
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.
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.” So writes the iconoclastic psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. Almost 50 years ago Szasz published The Myth of Mental Illness. A new slate of drugs now addresses a wide range of so-called disorders, or dysfunctions, that former generations considered environmental problems or lifestyle choices: from obesity to attention deficit, from erectile dysfunction to social anxiety (shyness), from menopause to alcoholism. 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. " It's hard to believe that Americans have spent roughly a trillion dollars (give or take a few hundred million) on this forty-year war.