Groundbreaking Model Reveals New Insights about Psilocybin’s Effect on the Brain

In an effort to explore the effect of psilocybin on the healthy brain, an international team of scientists created a biophysically realistic whole-brain model, described by the researchers as a “technical tour de force.” The researchers reported on this model in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The groundbreaking model enabled them to observe how psilocybin impacts the activity of neurons and neurotransmitters. “Longer term, this could provide a better understanding of why psilocybin is showing considerable promise as a therapeutic intervention for neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, and addiction,” they wrote in the paper.

Psilocybin and other psychedelics are known to affect the neurotransmitter balance of serotonin receptors in the brain, but up to this point “little has been known of this process,” write two of the paper’s authors, Morten L. Kringelbach and Gustavo Deco, in an email to Lucid News. The model they created sheds new light on these dynamics. “Using this model will be crucial for truly understanding how psilocybin can rebalance neuropsychiatric disorders such as treatment-resistant depression and addiction,” the researchers added.

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Mainstream Americans Microdosing

 

Microdosing: the no-flowers-in-your-hair practice of taking minimal amounts (fractions of a gram) of hallucinogenic substances like psilocybin mushrooms or LSD, on a regular basis.

Individuals who microdose claim to experience an elevated mood, increased productivity, and a greater capacity for creativity – without suffering the hallucinogenic effects that many would consider debilitating.

Although it’s currently illegal in the U.S., early research into its effects is demonstrating positive results and millions of dollars are being poured into further research.

 

 

Three Women Who Launched a Movement

 

The birth of the modern American libertarian movement can arguably be traced to the work of three women.

The battle, history has since shown, is not yet lost, and this is due in no small part to Rand, Paterson, and Lane’s belief in the power of ideas. Unconstrained by conventional political categories, they savaged the collectivist economic nostrums of the left even while, in their lives and careers, they exploded the rigid gender roles seen as sacrosanct by so many on the right. In the process, they laid the foundations of the modern libertarian movement.

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A Royalty Of One. We Only Rule Ourselves

“Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are.” – Alan Watts

Philosopher Alan Watts delivers one of my favorite lectures of his; a deep and fascinating talk about the nature of Jesus Christ and his message for all humankind. I have received more spiritual fruit from this one lecture than all the years I attended organized religious services.

A Buddhist philosopher reveals a deeper understanding of Christ than the Church, which claims authority over interpretation of biblical teachings..

Indeed the letter kills as the Spirit gives Life…