Walking Down the Rabbit Hole

Hallucinations, psychoactive substances, emotions. Neurobiology of mind.
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Right in the middle of writing the introduction to my thesis and watching this. Funny, but I haven’t found anything competent enough on psychedelic research history in Britain other than that video.

Former government adviser David Nutt on the dangers of alcohol, the harm caused by criminalisation and why he’s not a ‘legaliser’.

This evidence shows that over half of the British population believes that the Government’s approach to drugs is ineffective and must be rethought. Drug reform is not a vote winning and politically popular subject currently. This therefore encourages politicians to avoid it as much as possible, thereby abdicating their policy responsibility.

(via Beckley Foundation)

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Polarised light micrographs of crystals are pretty popular right now. Above is a champagne micrograph made in a Florida State University chemistry lab, follow the link and check out another 10 pictures of booze. And then there’s a beautiful collection of beer micrographs. I think Heineken is particularly dramatic.

If you’re not fond of alcohol, there’s opium, amphetamine, heroin, and cocaine crystals for your visual pleasure. 

Psychedelics & MDMA as Potential Supplements to Treat High-Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome

A graduate student of clinical psychology and a research associate and co-facilitator for the Harbor-UCLA cancer anxiety trial with psilocybin, Alicia Danforth provided an overview of the research from the late 1950s through the early 1970s on the use of LSD and psilocybin in the treatment of severe autism in children. She also discussed the potential use of MDMA-assisted therapy as a supplement to treatment for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals can earn Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) credits by viewing these videos through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) at spiritualcompetency.com.

Your Doctor Wants You to Smoke

Vintage propaganda is always fun, but old cigarette ads may be the most cringeworthy. The New York Public Library just opened “Not a Cough in the Car,” an exhibition of tobacco ads that emphasized healthiness. Enjoy.

after one dose of ketamine, mice struggled longer to stay afloat in a beaker of water instead of giving up and sinking

The dimensions of human fantasy life revealed here should, we think, have a liberating effect upon many persons who may find a greater degree of self-acceptance once they have understood what a complicated being is man and how many and varied are his ideas, imaginings and tendencies, in health as well as in sickness. We hope that equally beneficial will be this first detailed presentation of a Western-oriented, non-mystical phenomenology and approach to the direction of the psychedelic session.

Have a read of this on Erowid Vaults. However, there’s a lot of words and pages, so in brief: this is an account of 206 first-hand experiences of drug sessions and interviews with 214 volunteer subjects, psychotherapy patients, or those who have obtained and taken the drugs on their own. People were mainly tripping on LSD-25 and peyote.

Author: R.E.L. Masters & Jean Houston, Ph.D.

Ketamine appears to be the first medication to produce a rapid, although short-lasting, antidepressant response.

Pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD) is not currently known, some suggest there’s something wrong with serotonin system, some that brain glutamate systems may be responsible. Ketamine, a noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptor antagonist, has potential in treating MDD and has indeed shown the capacity to do so.There’s also been a paper showing that “Small-Dose Ketamine Improves the Postoperative State of
Depressed Patients”. Plus, as patients with symptoms of depression have increased postoperative pain, ketamine may be used as both analgesic and antidepressant.

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