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Here’s what magic mushrooms do to your body and brain

There’s evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two promising recent clinical trials, suggest that psilocybin – shrooms’ psychoactive ingredient – may hold the potential to help relieve severe anxiety and depression. Still, because they’re classified as Schedule 1 – meaning they have “no accepted medical use” and are illegal – it’s been pretty tough for scientists to tease out exactly what they can and can’t do. Here are a few of the ways we know shrooms can affect your brain and body: Shrooms can make you feel good. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, magic mushrooms can lead to feelings of relaxation that are similar to the effects of low doses of marijuana. Like other hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD or peyote, shrooms are thought to produce… Read More

Study Single Session Of Ayahuasca Can Defeat Depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 250 million people of all ages suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability around the world and a significant contributor to the worldwide disease burden. More people are on antidepressant medication now than ever before, and the numbers keep rising. Ayahuasca, the most powerful psychotropic known to man, is a brew of two different Amazonian plants, Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. This pairing has been used for centuries in healing ceremonies in the Amazon, but over the past decade or so, it has gained worldwide prominence, with thousands of people travelling across the globe to participate in indigenous healing ceremonies, typically in South America and most notably in Peru. The growing popularity of ayahuasca is directly related to the surge in spiritual and personal development seekers in… Read More

Jordi Riba looks back on more than fifteen years of ayahuasca research

The research conducted by Jordi Riba, a Spanish pharmacologist working at Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona, revolves mostly around ayahuasca. He has a background in botany, chemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience. In an interview with the OPEN Foundation, he summarises the main findings of his work on the Amazonian psychedelic brew. In the second part, he refutes some of the controversy stirred up by a recent article about cannabis he co-authored. Jordi Riba will be among the speakers at our ICPR 2016 conference on psychedelics research. How did you wind up in the psychedelic field? I was always interested in the biochemistry of the brain, so any substances that interacted with the central nervous system had an interest for me. I did a lot of research into alkaloids, and one day while I… Read More

Why (and How) We Should Legalize Psychedelics

Psychedelics hold enormous potential for understanding the human mind. One reason for psychedelics to be legalized is to open the gates of consciousness to wider scientific and general investigation, and to get beyond the restrictive brain. The brain is not our ally in spiritual perception. In fact it is believed by some psychologists to block full access to mind. The brain’s relation to mind seems to be like that of a slightly porous membrane, letting in a little from inside and a little from outside, but blocking a lot of it. Psychedelics seem to assist and enhance meditation on the realities of mind, including even questions of post-mortem survival. The problem is, we could get arrested. We live in an era of government interference, as everyone knows. We must end that. We… Read More

San Pedro: One Of Mother Nature’s Most Powerful Psychedelics

Alanna Ketler, Collective-Evolution Trichocereus Pachanoi, aka San Pedro, is a columnar cactus native to the Andean mountains of Peru, and Ecuador. Some of the indigenous names for San Pedro are: huachuma, chuma, and wachuma. It is one of the four most sacred plants of Peru, along with Tobacco, Ayahuasca and Coca. San Pedro has hallucinogenic properties and is often compared to the more popular cactus known as Peyote; both are members of the mescaline family. Mescaline is a psychoactive alkali that occurs naturally in the aforementioned cacti and also other species of Cacti. Shamans and natives have used San Pedro for at least 3000 years. The earliest known depiction of the cactus that dates back to 1300 BC is a carving of a mythological creature holding the cactus. San Pedro got its name because… Read More

Did LSD & Meditation Make Steve Jobs A Tech Visionary?

When you think about Steve Jobs, meditation and LSD are probably two things that don’t come to your mind. Although I myself do not use LSD and/or other psychedelic substances, I am aware of the negative and unnecessary stigma that’s been attached to them for decades. It’s another example where the quote “condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance” holds true. Many are quick to judge and speak out against these types of substances without looking deeper, without examining the science, or really anything about them at all. A lot of research and information has surfaced, especially within the past decade,  showing that these types of substances that nature has provided for us could actually be good for your health (if used correctly), and can play a part in shifting your… Read More

Ayahuasca and its Effect on the Brain

The Jungle Prescription: Ayahuasca: —————————————-­————- The Jungle Prescription is the tale of two doctors treating their addicted patients with a mysterious Amazonian medicine rumored to reveal one’s deepest self. Dr. Gabor Maté has a revolutionary idea: to treat addicts with compassion. His work as the resident doctor in Vancouver’s Portland Hotel – a last-chance destination for lifelong drug abusers – has been courageous, but incredibly frustrating. Maté hears of an ancient medicine beyond his imaginings: one that could provide his patients with a solution. Related articles 2014: Unknown lights over Vancouver, Washington 1963: The Chessmen 1962: Terry Jacks 2004: Flying triangle over Vancouver 2002: 25 witnesses observed a black object Something Is Killing Life All Over The Pacific Ocean – Could It Be Fukushima? 1974: Couple see disc over Surrey, British Columbia

A Controversial Alternative Therapy Helped Her Attain Peace In The Final Days Before Her Death

Mara Howell was in pain, the type of pain so severe it found her bedridden in a hospital at 33 years old. Cancer was killing her. Conventional pain killers weren’t providing any relief. She tried them all, opioids, methadone, IV ethanol, and more, but to no avail. On top of the physical pain, Mara was also battling severe depression and anxiety. Mara’s mother, Marilyn Howell, recalls her daughter’s struggles in a memoir published for MAPS: “However much courage Mara had, the waves of illness that washed over her were unrelenting. Diligent exercise didn’t make her stronger, an antidepressant didn’t make her happier.” Cannabis had provided temporary ease for Mara, but nothing substantial enough to make her situation bearable. Being a mind-body educator, Mara’s mother suspected that her daughter’s pain was perhaps connected to… Read More

2014: ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Long Term Psychological Well Being

According to John Hopkins of the school of medicine, psychedelic mushrooms or what are commonly known as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms” may have long lasting spiritual and medicinal benefits. The active ingredient in these mushrooms is called psilocybin. If you have experienced it yourself or have heard stories from those that have then you probably already know that it has the ability to trigger intense spiritual states, cause you to hallucinate, laugh uncontrollably, see things in a new light, see energy and patterns amongst everyday things. Yes, these magical mushrooms do have the potentiality to give you a “bad trip,” but part of this study showed that a bad trip pretty much only occurred if given too high of a dose, and even then it was short lived. In the following study,… Read More

Albert Hofmann’s Psychedelic Discovery

In November of 1938, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann was studying the medicinal plant squill and the ergot fungus to create a respiratory and circulatory stimulant, and first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD. Hofmann shelved LSD for 5 years before he returned to look at the chemical once again. While in the midst of resynthesizing LSD, Hofmann accidentally absorbed a small amount of the chemical into his fingertips, and reported strange feelings and fantastic visions later that evening. Curious of his discovery, he later took what he thought was a threshold dose of LSD (0.25 Milligrams) to observe its peculiar effects. Little did Hofmann know that LSD’s true threshold dose is 20 micrograms, and he was sent on an extraordinary psychedelic journey into his own psyche. In what has become… Read More