Science

Baeocystin: an ignored magic mushroom compound

Baeocystin was first isolated by Leung and Paul in 1968 from the mushroom Psilocybe baeocystis (hence the name). Other researchers later isolated it from Psilocybe semilanceata, Panaeolus renenosus, Panaeolus subbalteatus, and Copelandia chlorocystis. Jochen Gartz refers to a report that “10 mg of baeocystin were found to be about as psychoactive as a similar amount of psilocybin.” Although the presence…

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The ensemble/entourage effect in magic mushrooms

In a 1989 paper, the German scientist, researcher, and author Jochen Gartz used keen insight to analyze the data from 24 cases of accidental ingestion of the magic mushroom Inocybe aeruginascens. He also examined data on the effects of ingesting species with high psilocybin and psilocin content. From his analysis, he proposed an entourage effect in magic…

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Phenylethylamine: an… active compound in magic mushrooms

Consider these facts about phenethylamine … [Love-related chemical. Carbon = black hydrogen = white nitrogen = blue] … [The brain’s best known love chemical is phenylethylamine, or PEA. It is a naturally occurring amphetamine. “Love is a drug,” says Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University and author of Anatomy of Love.] It acts as…

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Ketamine: can it really be an antidepressant?

Experts warn that it isn’t necessarily a “miracle cure” – it can come with side-effects and nothing is known about the risks of using it long term. [Afterall], the [patient outcome] results were decidedly mixed and some scientists have pointed out that the FDA relaxed its usual rules for accepting drugs, in order to let…

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Psychology

A survey of American psychiatrists’ attitudes toward classic hallucinogens

A large minority of American psychiatrists expressed optimism about the potential use of hallucinogens for psychiatric treatment. Recent years have seen renewed interest and research about the use of hallucinogens as possible agents in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Original Article (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease):A survey of American psychiatrists’ attitudes toward classic…

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Psychology

Psychedelics, extinction & social change

Could psychedelics help us to come into right relationship with nature? The Earth is in the grip of a sixth mass extinction, with 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles wiped out since 1970. Some have suggested that the root of the problem lies in the ‘story of separation’: the widespread idea that humans are…

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Biography/Memoir

Justice under AG Barr began vast surveillance program without legal review – in 1992, inspector general finds

The secret program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, ultimately gathered billions of records of nearly all phone calls from the United States to 116 countries, with little oversight from Congress or the courts. The DEA program… records – which numbers were dialed and when – allowed agents to map suspects’ communications and link them…

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