I linked to this research a while back (Psilocybin: Help with Depression, Decreased Connectivity) but I thought I'd post another look at it from the Happiness Beyond Thought blog posting "magic mushrooms work like meditation? the latest science." A bit more of a discussion than my brief intro.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
With Demi Moore in the news for going to rehab for Nitrous Oxide, or whippets, we begin to see a bit of a horror story spin, emphasizing a couple of deaths out of 12 million users. I certainly don't want to overly discount any danger, but I think it is irresponsible to use scare tactics while providing zero information about harm reduction, given that people are going to use it.
- Take B12 beforehand, no exceptions, sublingual preferred
- Take methionine, this may be as important as B12
- Take B6 and folic acid as well
- Take neuroprotectant substances such as curcumin, carnosine, various polyphenols, and cannabis.
- Always breathe in more air than nitrous oxide. Don't use a tank or any method that could lead to asphyxiation.
- Limit it your use of it. Frankly, in a balanced life, I'm not sure recreational drugs of any kind are justifiable for everyday use.
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 11:01 AM
Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Mindfulness based cognitive therapy improves frontal control in bipolar disorder: a pilot EEG study. From the conclusion, "these data are the first that show, MBCT in BD improved attentional readiness, and attenuated activation of non-relevant information processing during attentional processes."
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 9:17 AM
Psilocybin and Personality Change -- What Do Increases in Openness Tell Us About Potential Mechanisms of Action and Therapeutic Applications? seems to be a further exploration of the study Mystical Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness.
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 9:14 AM
Meditation Wall video EEG biofeedback installation based on software developed by the Global Mind Project. Reminds me of Bill Scott's BrainPaint software that translates neurofeedback into fractal imagery. Here's the pitch for BrainPaint.
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 9:02 AM
Saturday, March 3, 2012
My personal simple recommendation would be to lie down and trip with your eyes closed ("lay down and stay down"), and let everything be as it is. And although it is not commonly mentioned in these guides, having a regular meditation practice prior to tripping can be really helpful.
Lying down and tripping with your eyes closed while listening to appropriate music can be very powerful. It greatly helps to internalize the experience and makes visuals more apparent. I first came across this recommendation by way of Stan Grof's book LSD Psychotherapy. While many will trip exclusively in other contexts, I would strongly suggest you try this some time, or particularly if it is your first time.
Listing of Trip Guides:
- EntheoGuide (archive.org, mostly James Fadiman)
- The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide (James Fadiman via Amazon)
- Psychedelic Experience FAQ (erowid)
- Psychedelic Crisis FAQ (erowid)
- Using LSD to Imprint the Tibetan-Buddhist Experience (Timothy Leary)
- NeuroSoup (not a specific guide, but related info, Krystle Cole)
- Using Psychedelics Wisely (Myron Stolaroff)
- Flight Instructions - Navigation within Consciousness (William Richards)
- Are Psychedelics Useful in Buddhism? (Myron Stolaroff)
- How to Prevent a Bad Trip (Jonathon Twiz - youtube)
- A Guide To Psychedelics (LSD and Shrooms) (reddit)
- How to Use Psychedelics for Personal Development (Actualized.org - youtube)
- Session Games People Play (1967 classic, Lisa Bieberman)
- The Essential Psychedelic Guide (D. M. Turner)
- Handbook for the Therapeutic Use of LSD (1959 classic, erowid)
- Mostly LSD Psychotherapy, from the Primal Psychotherapy site
- The Secret Chief Revealed (Myron Stolaroff)
- LSD Psychotherapy (Stan Grof via Amazon)
- LSD Psychotherapy (W.V. Caldwell via Amazon)
- Manual for MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD (MAPS)
- Human Hallucinogen Research: Guidelines For Safety
- The Manual of Psychedelic Support, a practical guide to establishing and facilitating care services at music festivals and other events.
- Psychedelic Harm Reduction Training Manual (Zendo Project at MAPS)
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 11:49 AM