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  • Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain

    10/13/2017 5:48:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | James Gallagher
    The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed psilocybin affected two key areas of the brain. The amygdala - which is heavily involved in how we process emotions such as fear and anxiety - became less active. The greater the reduction, the greater the improvement in reported symptoms. The default-mode network - a collaboration of different brain regions - became more stable after taking psilocybin. Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, said the depressed brain was being "clammed up" and the psychedelic experience "reset" it. He told the BBC News website: "Patients were very ready to...
  • California initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms

    08/30/2017 7:53:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/30/17 04:10 PM EDT | Reid Wilson
    California would become the first state in the nation to legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a long-shot ballot initiative passes muster with voters next year. The measure is backed by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin habit with the help of a mushroom trip in Death Valley. It would exempt Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin, the compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties. […] … California is one of eight states where voters have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and Saunders said legalizing psilocybin-bearing mushrooms is the logical...
  • 'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression

    11/30/2016 9:56:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2016 12:07 AM EST | Malcolm Ritter
    The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. And for Estalyn Walcoff, who says the drug experience led her to begin a comforting spiritual journey. The work released Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin. But the record so far shows “very impressive results,”...
  • Magic mushrooms lifts severe depression in trial

    05/17/2016 1:03:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | 17 May 2016 • 1:17pm | Henry Bodkin
    Psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms, was administered to depression patients in a pill Credit: TELEGRAPH =========================================================================================================================== A hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms has successfully lifted severe depression in previously untreatable patients. Scientists at Imperial College London induced intense psychedelic trips in 12 people using high doses of the banned substance psilocybin. A week after the experience all the volunteers were depression-free, and three months later five still had no symptoms of the condition. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, the study welcomes the results as “promising, but not completely compelling". Its authors are now seeking further...
  • Magic mushroom drugs could treat severe depression

    04/07/2013 10:47:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    DNA ^ | Sunday, April 7, 2013 | ANI
    Drugs made from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression, a new study suggests. Scientists believe that the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, can turn down parts of the brain that are overactive in severely depressive patients, the Guardian reported. The drug appears to stop patients dwelling on themselves and their own perceived inadequacies. However, a bid by British scientists to carry out trials of psilocybin on patients in order to assess its full medical potential has been blocked by red tape relating to Britain’s strict drugs laws. Professor David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at...
  • Romney Nomination in doubt – Brokered Convention likely

    04/24/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 42 replies
    Whiteout Press ^ | Richard Winger
    April 24, 2012. Des Moines. Two networks yesterday, CNBC and MSNBC, broadcast a little known fact – Ron Paul appears to be winning the Republican nomination for President. When the popular Texas Congressman repeatedly assured supporters that the race was about delegates, not beauty contests, he apparently knew what he was talking about. Now, after three more states locked in delegates to the GOP nominating convention – CO, MN and IA – indicators point to a brokered convention with a possible, even probable, Ron Paul victory.
  • Chemical Enlightment (Psilocybin)

    10/03/2006 3:39:59 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies · 1,381+ views
    Science News ^ | 9-30-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Chemical Enlightenment Line up for the scientific, psychedelic mystical tour Bruce Bower The comfortably furnished room in a corner of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore seems an unlikely setting for spiritual transcendence. Yet one after another, volunteers last year entered the living room–like space, reclined on the couch, swallowed a pill, and opened themselves to a profound mystical journey lasting several hours. For many of them, the mundane certainty of being a skin-bounded person with an individual existence melted away. In its place arose a sense of merging with an ultimate reality where all things exist...
  • "Magic" mushrooms mystical for many: study

    07/11/2006 4:36:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 540+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/11/06 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Magic mushrooms," used by Native Americans and hippies to alter consciousness, appear to have similar mystical effects on many people, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. At least one team of doctors is already testing whether using them can help terminal cancer patients come to terms with their fates. More than 60 percent of volunteers given capsules of psilocybin derived from mushrooms said they had a "full mystical experience." "Many of the volunteers in our study reported, in one way or another, a direct, personal experience of the 'beyond,'" said Roland Griffiths, a professor of neuroscience and psychiatry...
  • Psychedelic Drug Found in Valentine Candy

    02/09/2005 9:50:46 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 27 replies · 983+ views
    (02-09) 14:58 PST Amarillo, Texas (AP) -- Authorities doubt Cupid had any part in the 9 pounds of heart-shaped candies discovered during a traffic stop. The candies, found Monday by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, tested positive for psilocybin, a psychedelic drug extracted from a mushroom of the same name. The estimated value of the faux Valentine's Day chocolate was more than $408,000, DPS officials said in a news release. The troopers found the candy in a plastic bag after stopping a San Francisco man's 2005 Toyota Corolla on Interstate 40 about three miles west of Amarillo. Craig Allen...
  • Tripping De-Light Fantastic

    05/09/2003 8:43:46 PM PDT · by The FRugitive · 5 replies · 171+ views
    Slate ^ | May 7, 2003 | John Horgan
    A year ago, hoping to dispel the postpartum gloom that had gripped me after I finished writing a book, I hiked into a forest near my home and pitched a tent under some pine trees. I spent that day and evening listening to the forest, scribbling in my journal, and thinking—all while under the influence of a psychedelic drug. The next morning I returned to my wife and children feeling better than I had in months. What I did that day should not be illegal. Adults seeking solace or insight ought to be allowed to consume psychedelics such as LSD,...
  • Web Builders

    08/23/2002 7:16:25 PM PDT · by ramdalesh · 90 replies · 324+ views
    ramdalesh | Aug, 23, 2002 | Michael Welch
    Web Building is not a crime. But where do we draw the line. There are those unfortunate, misguided souls who have learned that technology is an opportunity to indulge. To splurge. This is where I take the liberty to ask. Where does one "get off" to purchase web cams, and invite others to come enjoy the party at their house? Come enjoy the party at my house. This is tea, this is coffee, and there's the door. Duoowhore. what is the dhoore doing in my cyberhouse? what is the door doing in my cyberhouse? If you are learned and literate....