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    Trip : LSD makes the brain more ‘complete’, scientists say..

    LSD makes the brain more ‘complete’, scientists say as they claim to have unlocked secrets of hallucinogenic drugs
    By breaking down parts of the brain that are usually separate, drugs like LSD return us to a childlike state — and that effect on well-being could last long after the drugs’ effects have worn off.


    LSD tabs with a design on - each are roughly the size of a postage stamp

    LSD makes the brain more “complete”, scientists have claimed in a pioneering and controversial new study.

    The drug breaks down the parts of the brain that usually separate different functions, like vision and movement, creating a more “integrated or unified brain”, the researchers claim. They also found that people who are having drug-induced hallucinations “see” with various other parts of their brain, not just the visual cortex that is active in normal vision.

    Those effects might account for the religious feelings that people often report after having taken the drug, the researchers say — a claim that if true could answer some of the deepest questions of drug culture. And those same effects on a person’s well-being might carry on long after the effects of the drug has worn off.

    "Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialised functions, such as vision, movement and hearing - as well as more complex things like attention,” said Robin Carhart-Harris, who led the research and is the first scientist in 40 years to test LSD on humans, in a statement. “However, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.

    "Our results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience. It is also related to what people sometimes call 'ego-dissolution', which means the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world.

    “This experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way - and seems to be associated with improvements in well-being after the drug's effects have subsided."

    By breaking down the constraints that usually keep parts of the brain separate, psychedelic drugs return their users back to a state that is more like childhood, the researchers said in work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    "Our brains become more constrained and compartmentalised as we develop from infancy into adulthood, and we may become more focused and rigid in our thinking as we mature,” said Dr Carhart-Harris. “In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained.

    “This also makes sense when we consider the hyper-emotional and imaginative nature of an infant's mind."

    "We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself."
    Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation
    And those effects could be even further encouraged with the use of music, according to results from the same study, which was published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. Listening to music while under the influence of the drug led the visual cortex to receive information from the part of the brain that usually deals with mental images and memory — and the more it did so, the more people reported seeing complex visions including those from earlier in their lives.

    Those discoveries help answer questions that have been asked for decades about how exactly LSD works, and what it does to the brain, the researchers said.

    Former Government drugs adviser Professor David Nutt, director of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, one of the project's senior researchers, said: "Scientists have waited 50 years for this moment - the revealing of how LSD alters our brain biology.

    "For the first time we can really see what's happening in the brain during the psychedelic state, and can better understand why LSD had such a profound impact on self-awareness in users and on music and art. This could have great implications for psychiatry, and helping patients overcome conditions such as depression," he said.



    Professor Nutt was removed from his job as the chair of the Government’s drug advisory council in 2009, after he said that drugs including ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

    The new findings could prove similarly controversial, with some involved in the study suggesting that they could show how LSD could be used for healing and for finding new forms of knowledge. Eventually they might be used to treat psychiatric disorders and allow researchers to treat conditions such as depression and addiction, which tend to arise from entrenched thought patterns.

    "We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself,” said Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation, a charity that promotes evidence-based drugs policy and worked with the researchers on the study.

    The research looked at 20 volunteers, all of whom received both LSD and placebo and were deemed psychologically and physically healthy. Each of them had taken some kind of psychedelic drug before taking part in the study.

    LSD makes the brain more ?complete?, scientists say as they claim to have unlocked secrets of hallucinogenic drugs | Science | News | The Independent

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    and I thought it just got you fucked up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    and I thought it just got you fucked up
    You've never used it?

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    Apparently, it fcked him up...Heh...All part of the whole...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Eventually they might be used to treat psychiatric disorders and allow researchers to treat conditions such as depression and addiction, which tend to arise from entrenched thought patterns.
    Well, there's still hope for Hazz and Aunty then.

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    What dosage do you recommend, Dr Dapper?...Can it be bought down in Nana area?...Does one need a prescription?...Are the street vendors safe?...

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    I fear Dr Dapper has been prescribing too much medicine for himself, and cannot answer clearly.

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    Give him a chance...He may be on the phone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    What dosage do you recommend, Dr Dapper?...Can it be bought down in Nana area?...Does one need a prescription?...Are the street vendors safe?...
    If you think about it a little bit....

    you'll realise that LSD never made it to Thailand



    As for dosage - how much can you handle?

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    A sample size of 20 and 50% of those would have to be on placebos to validate the results. Not very credible then.
    The brain scans show hyperactivity, presumably due to the hallucinogenic nature of the chemicals used. The rest is supposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    and I thought it just got you fucked up
    You've never used it?
    many times about 30 years ago

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    Does it come in suppository form?...That might explain Butters...Seem to recall the cokers using this method decades ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper
    you'll realise that LSD never made it to Thailand
    There are mushrooms though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    I fear Dr Dapper has been prescribing too much medicine for himself, and cannot answer clearly.
    I doubt it.

    You ought to try some, it's not too late, you too may get clear light.

    You could eat 3 or 4 smallish Queensland gold tops instead, don't try the blue meanies though, they're a bit mean.

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    purple ohms, strawberries and micro dots were the best when I were a nipper

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    I much preferred ecstasy back in the day.

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    I was about 17 when E's showed up, had quite a long love affair with the fuckers too

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    You're about the same age as me then Kurgen. . were they called biscuits? Yep disco biscuits. They were huge, cost 20 pounds each back then and you were still flying at 3pm the next day.

    I went in a bookies and was sure I could see jockeys riding greyhounds.

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    Yep biscuits and burgers. 20 quid for my first one 17 for the next one a week later.

    Life's never quite been the same

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    I think lovehearts and Dennis the menace varieties were big in the late 80's

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    I was really enjoying this article and then they spoiled it by adding the word "moderate".


    Study: Drinking Champagne Can Improve Memory And Prevent Dementia.

    Champagne is not only delicious. It turns out that it can also have positive effects on memory.

    New research is showing that the bubbly drink contains phenols that counteract age-related memory problems, such as dementia.

    A study from the University of Reading in the UK examined champagne’s impact on memory, revealing that the drink contains phenols, which stimulate signals in the brain and ultimately may help us remember things better. Phenols can also counteract age-related memory impairment, such as dementia.

    Champagne contains higher amounts of phenol than in white wine. According to the researchers leading the study, one to three glasses of champagne a week is optimal.

    “These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory,” said professor Jeremy Spencer.
    Study: Drinking Champagne Can Improve Memory And Prevent Dementia. | Newsner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen
    purple ohms
    Double dipped no doubt

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    Trip : LSD makes the brain more ‘complete’, scientists say..

    There are a number of posters here who prove the opposite to be the case.

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    Trip : LSD makes the brain more ‘complete’, scientists say..
    Cool.


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