Psychedelic Drugs Could Radically Improve Asia’s Mental Healthcare

From Forbes by Tim Chen on Jun 29, 2017 @ 11:01 PM Psychedelic drugs describe a class of substances which, when taken, can affect and alter the ways in which you think and how you perceive the world. For instance, psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” can induce vivid hallucinations and heightened self-awareness; MDMA, also known as…

Brugmansia | Angel’s trumpet

Angel’s trumpet is a woody tree or shrub, with pendulous flowers. The leaves and flowers are used to make medicines.  Despite serious safety concerns, people use angel’s trumpet as a recreational drug to induce hallucinations and euphoria. Brugmansia have traditionally been used in many South American indigenous cultures in medical preparations and as an entheogen…

Argyreia nervosa | Hawaiian baby woodrose

A. nervosa is a rare example of a plant whose hallucinogenic properties were not recognized until recent times. While several of its cousins in the Convolvulaceae family, such as Heavenly Blue Morning Glory were used in shamanic rituals, A. nervosa was not traditionally used for this purpose. Hawaiian baby woodrose is a perennial climbing vine…

LSD produces ‘higher’ level of consciousness

Originally published in Independent.co.uk First evidence found that LSD produces ‘higher’ level of consciousness, scientists claim However the increased brain activity detected is not actually ‘better’, according to the researchers Scientists claim to have found the first evidence that psychedelic drugs create a “higher level of consciousness”. LSD, the “date rape” drug ketamine and psilocybin, the active…

Microdosing helps create a “Delightful Focus”

Originally published in MedicalXpress ‘Microdosing’ trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics “Your mind moves swiftly but not erratically, with a kind of really delightful focus.” After a litany of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD. Feeling…

Theobroma cacao | Ceremonial Cacao

Ceremonial Cacao (Theobroma cacao) The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It originated in Central America as well as parts of Mexico. Originally over 5000 years ago, consumed by pre-Columbian cultures along the Yucatán including the Mayans, and as far back as Olmeca civilization in spiritual ceremonies. It can be found as well in…

Ephedra sinica | Ma Huang

Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) Ephedra is used for weight loss and obesity and to enhance athletic performance. It is also used for allergies and hay fever; nasal congestion; and respiratory tract conditions such as bronchospasm, asthma, and bronchitis. It is also used for colds, flu, swine flu, fever, chills, headache, inability to sweat, joint and…

Ilex paraguariensis | Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) Mate is used as a stimulant to relieve fatigue. It is also used for heart-related complaints including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure.  Some people use mate to improve mood and depression; to relieve headache and joint pains.  Mate contains caffeine and other chemicals which stimulate the brain, heart,…