Sunday, August 29, 2010

First Medical Marijuana, now Healthy Hallucinogens?

~from Lanny-Yap

Last week's article in Science looked at the effects of the anesthetic/dissociative drug ketamine ("vitamin K" or "Special K" on the street) in brain cell function in rats, concluding "that ketamine might be useful in treating depression because it increases brain activity instantly - so there is no need to wait weeks or months for the drug to take effect."

Another article from Nature Reviews Neuroscience reviewed the state of the art in psychedelic science and found that "countless studies show that hallucinogens promote healthy neural activity in the brain. The researchers also created a chart to show what test subjects' states of mind are, according to studies, when under the influence of various substances."

Go to Lanny-Yap (great site!) for links to the articles.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look, a Roy post. Write about "Spice"...
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-08-19/news/high-science-synthetic-marijuana-is-legal-and-it-might-get-you-high-but-is-it-safe/

--Dinah

Anonymous said...

Roy:

Let me know if you would like a copy of Dittrich's rating scale (5-DASC.)

And thanks for the shout-out --

tomB

Maggie said...

Well we know that catnip is good for cats, and it makes them hallucinate, so it doesn't seem *entirely* unrealistic that some hallucinogens would do something beneficial.
A great deal of American culture in the last 100 years has focused on demonizing any chemically-altered consciousness, but I remember learning in a drugs course that seeking out altered states of consciousness is one of the most natural things that humans doing, from five-year-olds spinning around until they get dizzy, to meditation and prayer, it's an essential part of the human experience.

Dinah, Clink wrote about spice while you were away. It was in the soapmaking post.

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