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  1. Psilocybin Mushrooms Stimulate Growth Of New Brain Cells: http://reset.me/study/study-psilocybin-mushrooms-stimulate-growth-of-new-brain-cells/ "Researchers think that the psilocybin is binding to brain receptors that stimulate growth and healing, acting on the hippocampus, a small part of the brain that is essential to learning and forming memories."
  2. Here's an article on research on brains of Ayahuasca users: http://reset.me/study/study-long-term-use-of-ayahuasca-linked-to-changes-in-personality-and-brain-structure/ Key finding: "ayahuasca users also performed significantly better in neuropsychological tests (which assessed criteria such as memory, planning and set-shifting) than the controls, responding with a higher number of correct responses and lower number of errors. In fact, similar increases in cognitive performance were observed in ayahuasca users in a previous study". This is attributed to DMT. Long term Ayahuasca use had similar effects on the brain as meditation.
  3. @Faceless , thank you. @Prabhaker , my post is addressing the topic of this thread. The fact that you don't agree with the content of my post doesn't make it less relevant here.
  4. @Leo Gura , @WorknMan , @Joseph Maynor , I'm going to list some research relating to neurogenesis and brain enhancement with psychedelics. Here's a quote from wiki on cannabis, although not well referenced: "Some studies have shown that the stimulation of the cannabinoids results in the growth of new nerve cells in the hippocampus from both embryonic and adult stem cells. In 2005 a clinical study of rats at the University of Saskatchewan showed regeneration of nerve cells in the hippocampus.[99] Studies have shown that a synthetic drug resembling THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, provides some protection against brain inflammation, which might result in better memory at an older age. This is due to receptors in the system that can also influence the production of new neurons.[100] Nonetheless, a study directed at Rutgers University demonstrated how synchronization of action potentials in the hippocampus of rats was altered after THC administration. Lack of synchronization corresponded with impaired performance in a standard test of memory.[101] Recent studies indicate that a natural cannabinoid of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), increases adult neurogenesis while having no effect on learning. THC however impaired learning and had no effect on neurogenesis.[102] A greater CBD to THC ratio in hair analyses of cannabis users correlates with protection against gray matter reduction in the right hippocampus.[103] CBD has also been observed to attenuate the deficits in prose recall and visuo-spatial associative memory of those currently under the influence of cannabis,[104][105] implying neuroprotective effects against heavy THC exposure. Neurogenesis might play a role in its neuroprotective effects, but further research is required."
  5. Agreed. That is exactly it. I see that kind of advice scattered across this forum. Often when one asks questions about practical matters someone comes along to say that our concerns and queries have no validity because ultimately there is no thought/mind/duality. That advice is mega spiritual bypassing. It skirts the issues entirely. Incidentally, (Prabhakar will recognise this) the advice Lord Krishna gave to Arjun in the Bhagawad Gita, the key Hindu religious text, on duality and maya (world of illusion) is typical spiritual bypassing advice. When Arjun expressed doubts about going into battle with his cousins, Krishna reminded him that he would do them no harm as their souls would not die; that Arjun needed to do his duty as a warrior, and as the world was illusory, there really was no need to be overly concerned about murdering his cousins. That key message may indeed have been appropriate 2500 years ago to a warrior who was having a last minute anxiety attack on a battle field. When I, in my teen angst, sought guidance in Hindu religious texts, detachment was recommended - I needed to see the world and my desires as illusory instead of addressing my "painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs". It was a recipe for long term psychological damage and avoidance.
  6. @Quanty , you're a fount of knowledge. Bless you.
  7. @Quanty , do you speak from experience? Could you say more? @Joseph Maynor , I have seen reports of long term effects of a psychedelic keeping the brain young, similar to meditation. Will post if I find it. But you think weed can help. In comparison to other psychedelics?
  8. @lmfao . I'm from thereabouts too. Now even more curious. I'm from a city (only because it's got a cathedral) and the population is mostly young. Leaning more to the left. So 40% green I should think, 20% blue - which is unusual for UK.
  9. @lmfao , which city though?
  10. Don't start with the philosophers themselves. For the best birds eye view with examples of deeper analysis see John Hospers' "Introduction to Philisophical Analysis. My first degree was in Philosophy. Couldn't have managed it without this guide. It is quite brilliant.
  11. Thanks for the tip. I was thinking more about productivity after the effects have worn off. Which could happen if the psychedelic improved the brain. This is different from psychological factors as in people feeling upbeat and less stressed after a psychedelic experience which would, therefore, positively affect their thinking abilities.
  12. I nearly posted this topic in the "Meditation, Consciousness..." forum which would have invited much disbelief and comments like 'why enhance something that is an illusion, unreal or that needs to die'. Some reports on psychedelics speak of them rewiring the brain, or activating all parts in tandem. It would be great to hear more on this topic. Particularly from anyone who felt that their thinking abilities were enhanced so that they could be more creative or become better thinkers generally. Could psychedelics improve memory, for example, because that factor alone would enhance thinking?
  13. @Quanty , please elaborate. Are you saying that the coffee should be drunk before taking DMT? Or on its own. If the latter, how much coffee because drinking coffee alone does nothing?
  14. @Girzo , the dark net markets are onerous to navigate to say the least. For newbies trying to gain access to DMT etc, they are a complete nightmare.
  15. @How to be wise , I dislike this video - it is typical of Indian gurus trying to explain spiritual terms. They meander, make things complex, make the enquiring mind look stupid, are anti mind in fact , which defeats the purpose of clarifying anything. Sadhguru is not good at this either. While he may be an enlightened being, he makes a pig's ear of offering clear and concise explanations.