Here groups of researchers, faculty members, and trainees go through a paper and dissect every aspect from the rationale to the methodology and ultimately the data analysis and conclusions. Again this is very time-consuming work, even for experts. So how can an individual, who is not a trained scientist, possibly hope to truly digest the ramifications of a scientific study? This is particularly true when the popular science press, generally the source of the link to the paper, in an understandable attempt to abstract the work to create a fundamental take-home message useful and interesting to the reader, might not place the work in the appropriate context, or view it with sufficient skepticism. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
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Ayahuasca can be dangerous, as it might increase the risk of having a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder or a family history of the disorder. And, excessive use can lead to serotonin syndrome, especially when used in conjunction with SSRIs. A few deaths due to the consumption of Ayahuasca have also been reported. These deaths may have been due to unscreened pre-existing heart conditions; interactions with other drugs, such as antidepressants, recreational drugs, caffeine, or nicotine; or the result of improper use. … [Read more...] about Ayahuasca and Its Potential to Treat PTSD
The latest amazing data, announced, but not published: Particular strains of cannabis that are high in cannabidiol decrease cells' expression of the gene for the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor that SARS-CoV-2 (the scientific shorthand describing the virus that causes COVID-19) uses to enter cells. Cannabis sativa, especially one high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol, has been proposed to modulate gene expression and inflammation and have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. … [Read more...] about Gargling Marijuana?
Determining what are licit or illicit drugs in the United States and other countries is a matter of political policy, not policies based in therapeutic considerations or dangers to self or society. If this were not the case, nicotine and alcohol would be illegal, and cannabis and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) would not. Attitudes about drugs and psychoactive plants/mushrooms change with cultural and epochal mores and in all probability will continue to change. The role of culture and ethos in determining what plants or drugs may be used and what may not is highlighted by the suppression of the psychedelic/entheogens during the last 50 years. In the 1950’s the hallucinogens were called psychomimetics because they were believed to imitate psychosis. … [Read more...] about Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma
“I was riding my bicycle home from the swimming pool where I swam almost daily, and a car coming from the other direction turned left in front of me and cut me off. I do not remember what happened next, but I fell to the ground hitting my head on the curb of the sidewalk. I was not wearing a helmet, so the impact of my head on the cement must have been considerable. I was able to get up, but the paramedics noticed that one of my eyes had started blinking erratically, so they decided to take me to a local hospital. The MRI showed that a hematoma had developed in my brain; I underwent surgery to remove it, but a second MRI showed that I had another hematoma developing deeper in my brain, so I underwent another brain surgery. After that second surgery, I was in a coma for six weeks.” … [Read more...] about Living Purposefully After Trauma