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…potent is that magic mushroom…

Can the [psychedelic, entheogenic,] hallucinogenic and medicinal components of mushrooms be analyzed and shared the same as cannabis? …potency tests have demonstrated that the active… compounds in magic mushrooms… vary widely across cultivars and species, and that measuring a dose by weight does not guarantee the same effect every time. Variations in growing and drying techniques, environment and…

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…a drinking problem

Americans tend to drink in more dysfunctional ways than people in other societies… again and again, an era of overindulgence begets an era of renunciation: Binge, abstain. Binge, abstain… as Michael Sayette, a leading alcohol researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, recently told me, if you packaged alcohol as an anti-anxiety serum and submitted it…

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…psychedelics boost brain growth factor levels?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) regulates neuronal development and survival and triggers adaptive neuroplasticity… animal studies have reported that acute and chronic administration of various psychedelic compounds, including LSD, psilocybin, DMT, and other ayahuasca-derived alkaloids, can increase BDNF production and neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons). Importantly, threats to our well-being such as stress, ageing and…

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Spontaneous and deliberate creative cognition during and after psilocybin exposure

Following a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group design, we demonstrated that psilocybin (0.17 mg/kg) induced a time- and construct-related differentiation of effects on creative thinking. Although usually opposing neural processes, the DMN and FPN have been found to interact during creative cognition, suggesting a dynamic shift between these networks facilitates the shift between idea generation and evaluation across…

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Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains

In the study [University of Copenhagen]… examined brain tissue from pigs, the researchers first conducted tests to establish the proper dose to produce psychoactive effects in the animals. Pigs were used because their brains are anatomically similar the brains of humans. Immune-related genes constituted the largest group of genes impacted one week after psilocybin administration,…

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Psychedelic use linked to 20% decreased hypertension risk, study finds

New research from the University of Oxford found a link between use of psychedelics and a decreased risk of hypertension. The findings are published in the recent issue of the journal Hypertension. “These findings may prove valuable for understanding the physical health outcomes of classic psychedelic use, with rigorous randomized controlled trials warranted to investigate…

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Why mental health researchers are studying psychedelics all wrong

Supposedly, we are living through a “psychedelic renaissance.” Psychedelic science portrays itself as a vanguard revolutionizing mental health care, while remaining firmly focused on developing treatments defined within these same antiquated models. As psychedelic advocates and practitioners with decades of experience, having worked with thousands of people, we believe we need a serious examination of…

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Modern Culture

The public’s perception of the harms of magic mushrooms is in line with science – but not with the law

The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin-containing mushrooms are considered less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. For their study, the researchers asked 151 participants to rank the dangerousness of ten different substances: alcohol, tobacco, prescription opiates, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, cannabis, LSD, and GHB… participants considered magic…

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An elusive pathogen is damaging cannabis crops…

Viroids are not viruses but, rather, a plant-specific pathogenic RNA. HpLVd was first publicly announced in cannabis in California in 2019… testing for HpLVd is still not common practice in the marijuana or hemp industries. The biggest challenge in controlling hop latent viroid is the “latent” nature of the viroid. It is possible for the…

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Is hempcrete the future of construction?

Hemp insulation is a special niche in the construction market that is yet to be fully maximized. A meager 0.5% of the whopping 3.3 million tons of insulation done each year pertains to hemp. For the future of hempcrete to grow in the industry, players in the construction industry must be educated on the material.…

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