Tech & Science Psychedelic Drugs Biology mental illness Psychedelic drugs are known to produce mind-altering effects, which can lead to profound changes in consciousness. But according to a study published in the journal Cell Reports, these compounds may alter the structure of the brain in a physical sense as well. Researchers from the University of California, Davis (UCD), found that psychedelic compounds such as LSD, DMT and MDMA, can increase the number of connections between brain cells, or neurons. These findings are promising because they suggest that psychedelics could be used to repair the malfunctioning brain circuits observed in people with mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We’ve known for a long time that psychedelics can profoundly impact brain function,” David Olson, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular … [Read more...] about Psychedelics May Physically Alter the Structure of the Brain
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The consciousness-altering drug LSD is best known for its bizarre visual effects: even a small dose of the drug can turn the flat walls of your living room into something out of Wonderland. Objects bend, colors blend and intricate patterns cast a shimmer on everything you see. But what would LSD feel like if you couldn't see? In an unusual case report published in the April issue of the journal Cognition and Consciousness, a blind 70-year-old former rock musician has some answers. The man, who is referred to as "Mr. Blue Pentagon" after his favorite kind of LSD, gave researchers a detailed account of what he experienced when taking the drug during his music career in the 1970s. Mr. Pentagon was born blind. He did not perceive vision, with or without LSD. Instead, under the influence of psychedelics, he had strong auditory and tactile hallucinations, including an overlap of the two in a form of synesthesia, according to the report. [Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens] "I … [Read more...] about What Do Blind People ‘See’ When They Take LSD?
Best movies on Amazon Prime Welcome to our constantly updated list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video UK. Here at TechRadar we don’t do things by half. Throughout this gallery you'll find 100 movies that are now available to stream on Amazon Video - the movies and TV streaming section of Amazon Prime. [Update: We've stocked up our top 100 list with some sci-fi classics that have returned to the streaming library, like Super 8. After something new? More recently-released picks to check out include The Big Sick and Borg vs McEnroe].If you're not careful, services like Netflix and Amazon Video can turn a movie-watching hobby into hours of flicking through films. And as many of us know, for every solid gold film on Amazon Video, there are a half-dozen dollops of B-movie trash. Of course, we love the odd B-feature, but in this list you'll only find brilliant, award-worthy picks. So let's dive straight in. Get your free 30-day Amazon Prime trialThere are a few … [Read more...] about Best movies on Amazon Prime (March 2018): 100 films to stream on Prime Video
Life is but a dream – if you're on LSD. Taking hallucinogenic drugs really does put people into dream-like states, according to new research that statistically compared the way people talk about dreams to the way people talk about the effects of drugs, including LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), "magic" mushrooms (psilocybin) or mescaline. LSD is the drug most likely to induce a lucid dream-like state, which is a type of dream in which the dreamer knows he or she is dreaming and can often control his or her actions, according to the study, published Jan. 22 in thejournal Frontiers in Neuroscience. Drugs such as scopolamine and atropine, which come from the tropical plants of the Datura genus, induce a state that is a lot like low-lucidity dreaming, making people delirious and giving them hallucinations they don't realize are hallucinations. [7 Mind-Bending Facts About Dreams] Dreams and drugs People often casually compare the effects of drugs like LSD to dreams, so it might … [Read more...] about Tripping on LSD Really Is Like Lucid Dreaming
Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March, also known as Lady Neidpath, sits cross-legged on a bench on a tiny island at the center of an artificial pond in her English country estate, a 15-minute drive outside of Oxford. At her feet is a tiny pure-white cloud of a dog, which traipses around chewing on the grass, only occasionally coughing it up. Feilding is 75 years old. She wears a black skirt and knee-high boots and grips a tan shawl around her shoulders, on account of this being a gray November morning. From her ears hang jewelry that looks like green rock candy. Her light brown hair is frizzy but not altogether unkempt. In the distance, peeking over a towering hedge, is her castle, built in the 1520s. “In the ’60s we called it Brainblood Hall,” she says in a posh accent that periodically turns sing-songy and high, à la Julia Child. “We always saw it as the masthead from where this change would happen.” This change being the de-villainization … [Read more...] about Inside the Mind of the Countess of Psychedelic Science