Psychology

Magic mushrooms… how do they work?

…has a low toxicity, and is considered to be relatively harmless when compared to the potential health effects of many other drugs… by affecting the way brain cells connect, it could be… long term benefits for treating mood disorders. …Psilocybe species… most commonly prized as a recreational drug. Also referred to as golden cap, this tiny, tan to…

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LSD vs. psilocybin microdosing for mental health and workplace productivity

[Case reports]: LSD… was better for more puzzle-like creativity – for solo pondering over a question or engaging in a writing task…. …[psilocybin] reminded me of what psychologists call the fundamental attribution error, or the tendency to attribute someone else’s poor performance to inherent defects in their personality but blame our own slip-ups on someone else.…

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Psychology

…tripping solo

A big pro of solo tripping concerns accessibility. When shrooming alone, there’s no need to coordinate schedules with fellow trippers, groups, or guides, and you can choose your own best day and time for the journey. If you’re a person who enjoys and seeks solitude… tripping solo might feel like a comfortable and supportive way…

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Ego death… from psychedelic therapy?

We can think of the ego as three components. Self-Image. The view an individual holds of themselves. Self-Esteem. How much value an individual places on themselves. Self-Identity. The many beliefs, opinions, ideologies, and affiliations that an individual holds… Researchers from Imperial College London have found that the mystical experience drives the efficacy of psychedelic therapy. Patients…

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Psychology

…salvinorin…

Published reports suggest potential benefits of Salvia divinorum in the treatment of TRD [treatment-resistant depression]. One doctor reported on 7 patients with TRD who described relief from depressive symptoms with triweekly oral consumption of salvia leaves. Several patients reported lasting benefits from their use of salvia, with significantly reduced scores on quantitative measures of depression. Patients…

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…case studies in cultural plasticity and political pluripotency

We suggest that the historical record supports the concept of psychedelics as “politically pluripotent,” non-specific amplifiers of the political set and setting. …we argue that any experience which undermines a person’s fundamental worldview—which we assert includes the psychedelic experience—can precipitate shifts in any direction of political beliefs post-psychedelic session.  Original Article (Frontiers):Right-wing psychedelia: case studies…

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…on Easthampton decrim…

The upcoming vote on the part of Easthampton, Mass. is expected to decriminalize possession of all drugs, while enabling adult residents to cultivate [entheogens]. Owen Zaret, Easthampton council member and sponsor of the decriminalization resolution. “It’s time that we recognize their different therapeutic uses as well as the lack of harm of recreational use,” he…

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Can psychedelic[s]… treat physical pain?

…he was pleasantly surprised to find that his physical pain seemed to decrease as well, even on the days he was not taking anything. …feeling anxious and depressed, Kevin (a pseudonym) decided to try… psychedelics, including psilocybin-containing “magic mushrooms.” Twice a week… takes about half a gram of the outlawed fungi. This amounts to too…

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