2/17…..Mushroom Healing Insights (Found in Psilocybin Mushrooms)
—–I started to examine a tree that shimmered due to the rain that had just passed. I talked about how I felt like most people (including myself) were just trying to work through the muck of daily routine for the few blissful and beautiful moments that seemed too few and far between. I didn’t want life to be like this! I wanted beauty, I wanted transformation, I wanted growth! I didn’t want to continue to be stifled the way I felt I was, but could see no other way around it due to having to make money, having to work and having to go to college so I could wrap myself up into debt so that I could just get a career. How was I supposed to find what I wanted out of life when I had to put so much energy into things that didn’t seem like they mattered?
—-One of the blatant inconsistencies of our countries drug policies is how fearful we have become of illegal drugs that rarely harm us and lead to deaths vs the legal prescription drugs that cause immeasurable daily suffering. Hundreds of thousands of people die a year from ordered and directed use of prescribed pharmaceuticals and hundreds of thousands more suffer immensely from other ailments from the same drugs. Homeopathic drugs don’t cater to these atrociously negative statistics. The trust and reliance our culture at large has for big pharma is appalling as we take for granted that we are a culture addicted to prescription drugs, somehow being different than being addicted to the much lower and less harmful substances of illegal drugs. We are vastly over medicated. 70% of the world’s psychotropic drugs and 80% of the world’s OxyContin is consumed in the U.S. These are outrageously horrible numbers and will make our culture one day remembered for casually having a serious epidemic addiction problem that we simply went along with.
—-The main region of the brain that creates new neurons and a positive environment for adult neurogenesis to flourish is the hippocampus. Newly published studies are claiming that psilocybin/magic mushrooms, cannabis, lsd, dmt, and mescaline boost adult neurogenesis while heroine, morphine, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, nicotine all reduce it. Specifically, for this talk, the ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, was shown to lead to growth in brain cells. Mice and rats were experimented on and brain functioning and processing and growth was compared with mice and rats with those who were not given psilocybin. For all levels of doses being micro, low, medium, and high the brain capacity of mice improved more with mice who were giving psilocybin. They learned tasks quicker, they didn’t succumb to fear or harmful situations as easily, and they displayed more energy. And what’s even more striking is that the mice and rats who were given micro to low doses had the most brain growth and positive effects than even the mice given medium to high doses.
Psilocybin creates adult neurogenesis by acting on serotonin receptors in the brain. Magic mushrooms also have endocannabinoids in them but no receptor for them (specifically the truffles which are basically the mycelium roots of mushrooms). Their intention is for them to be eaten by animals that spread their spores. Animals that have endocannabinoid receptors (humans) eat them and melanin is produced which has a calming, relaxing affect. We have a natural symbiotic relationship to eat magic mushrooms as we spread their spores and consequently help our brains grow more neurons and feel more relaxed. Win win much?
8/15…..Psychedelic Healing Interview–http://twovinapod.podbean.com/e/episode-59-psychedelics/
—-The world of psychedelics is a complicated world. Over the past hundreds of years they have been demonized by the western world in a power play to remove the gods of the natives in favor of the power structure hierarchy of Christianity. Over the last 60 years their prohibition has been the rallying cry of various conservative ideological campaigns in the narrative of the “war on drugs” and imprisoning as many people as possible who use drugs outside the legal drugs. In that same time period, food and pharmaceutical industries have flourished spreading the American Standard Diet and also the American Prescription Drug Diet that has largely been responsible for making people sick and then addicted and dependent with keeping them sick. Meanwhile, these corporations have seen profits in the billions and created addictions to their food and medicine. Why would we expect them to switch over to the more holistic and alternative, non-addictive, non-reliant based approaches of psychedelics where healing could be much cheaper, less about taking a pill everyday, and more about gaining freedom with one’s health? Nope, those approaches are still deemed illegal with no medicinal value; very convenient for the powers that be I’d say. The fear and negative propaganda that’s been spread about these psychoactive substances represents very little of the story and actually has more to do with keeping politicians and corporations in power vs anything that’s been supported through science and research. There is a generational and paradigm shift occurring regarding the proper placement of psychedelics as a healing agent and medicine relating to matters of stress, anxiety, trauma, addiction, problems with connecting and feeling empathy, thinking outside the box, stimulating your brain, feeling one with the world, being happy, etc. This interview is a more accurate and great summation of what the psychedelic healing world entails and where it is heading.