Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
Did you know that many popular Christmas traditions likely originated from psychedelic mushroom rituals? Be sure to check out the Video of the Week to learn more!
If you need something to discuss over Christmas dinner, keep reading to learn how psychedelics allegedly ended the Cold War 😮
Here’s what’s in store for you in today’s issue:
🍄 Why psychedelics could be the key to world peace 🔑
🍄 The common flower that can make you trip?!
🍄 Fixing brain damage at home
🍄 Another city decriminalizes psychedelics 🎉
🍄 And more.
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available.
In this very special episode, our host Brett, recounts his first hand experience of a recent psilocybin assisted psychotherapy session. His guest Adrian ,was his guide through the whole process !
Adrian Oberg started the organization VAPS ( Victoria Association of Psychedelic Study ) He has a background working in harm reduction and has been guiding people through psychedelic therapy sessions for the last 5 years.
Evidence suggests that microdosing improves cognitive function and memory. This kit could take the benefits up a notch.👇🏽
Ixtlan Bioscience, a private Israeli company, filed a US patent for a microdosing kit that can be used at home to treat Alzheimer’s, brain damage, and neuronal disorders.
The kit includes:
Who knows, maybe this time next year, it’ll be the trending gift to put under the tree. 🎄
HaluGen Life Sciences expanded its psychedelic DNA test – it can now assess how your body metabolizes LSD, MDMA and ayahuasca.
The kit tests for a CYP2D6 gene mutation, which can cause metabolism of the drugs to take up to twice as long. This could lead to longer, more intense trips and adverse reactions.
Thankfully, the mutation is only present in 5-10% of people!
COMPASS Pathways’ (CMPS) announced that patients taking SSRI antidepressants in conjunction with psilocybin therapy had similar outcomes and fewer side effects compared to those who withdrew from SSRIs before the study.
Five patients who withdrew from SSRIs had serious adverse effects, such as suicidal ideation, when given the largest dose. None of the patients on SSRIs had this experience.
This scientist claims she helped end the Cold War with MDMA.
Carol Rosin—a space and missile defense consultant for the US—said she gave MDMA to Soviet scientists and military personnel prior to nuclear negotiations in 1985 (before the drug was illegal).
The plan was created with help from Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS.
“The thought was that if they can work through their fears and traumas and feel their connection to humanity, then that might be helpful,” Doblin explains.
While some are skeptical if this actually happened, MDMA releases oxytocin (aka the hormone of love and empathy), which could certainly help the opposing sides see eye to eye!
A recent survey revealed how psychedelic therapy is viewed by medical professionals in the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Of the 145 respondents:
Interest is growing among patients too – the vast majority of specialist said they had discussed psychedelic experiences with at least one patient.
This common flower can make you trip?!
The seeds of Morning Glory flowers contain a hallucinogenic compound that’s similar to LSD. It’s said to induce a dreamlike state and was even used in Mayan rituals to communicate with spirits.
(However, it can also cause nausea, vomiting, and cramping, so do with that information what you will 😉)
Research on the plant is gaining traction, so we may see it in clinical trials in the near future.
Maya Health raised $4.3M to decentralize psychedelic research. The company is developing a blockchain-based platform that allows the psychedelic community to collaborate, share best practices, and gather real-world data to accelerate pre-clinical research.
Novamind (NM) is planning to acquire two Arizona-based ketamine clinics from Foundations for Change. The founder of Foundations for Change, who specializes in treating veterans and first responders, will be the Medical Director of both clinics.
Millions of liters of oil are spilled into the ocean every year. Mushrooms (once again) come to the rescue!
Mats made of human hair have been used to effectively clean up oil spills – they soak up over 15 times their weight in oil.
Oyster mushrooms thrive in oily environments and can easily be grown on the mats. In just 12 weeks, they can transform the black gunk into nontoxic soil!