The kindled brain

image edited by F. Kaskais If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life? Elizabeth Svoboda writes on topics from creationist biology classes in Galápagos schools to the connections between suffering and selflessness. She lives in San José, California, and is the author of What Makes a Hero? (2013). When I got depressed for the first time, at age 27, what surprised me most was the sheer physicality of it. My arms and legs, numb and pendulous as dumbbells, resisted my half-hearted attempts to animate them, and my perception was equally leaden. … Continue reading The kindled brain

WHY BRAIN HACKING WITH SMART DRUGS MAY NOT BE SO GENIUS

by Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times   When you talk to brain-hackers from Silicon Valley, they talk of creating the perfect stack – a combination of natural and pharmaceutical nootropics that can help make them into a super-powered genius that can go hours without sleep while maintaining massive focus. It sounds like a cool way to hack the brain, but this practice can come at a price. The problem is that many of the pharmaceutical versions (and sometimes even the natural ones) can be damaging. In the early days, people trying to crank out loads of computer code, write the next best-selling … Continue reading WHY BRAIN HACKING WITH SMART DRUGS MAY NOT BE SO GENIUS

WHY IS WEED GETTING MORE POTENT?

Posted  by Soren Dreier Author: Bucky Turco The feds began monitoring the potency of the nation’s pot supply in the ‘70s by drawing samples from stashes seized by law enforcement, and boy was it schwag. The percentage of THC—the main psychoactive component in cannabis—averaged from less than 1% in 1975 to just under 3% a decade later, according to the data. These notoriously low levels reflected the times, as the weed subculture in America was just starting to take root and could help explain why some of the most memorable old school brands have names like Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Afghani, … Continue reading WHY IS WEED GETTING MORE POTENT?

THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE LINK BETWEEN DRINKING AND CANCER

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The alcohol industry doesn’t want you to understand that alcohol consumption, even in moderate degrees, is strongly linked to the development of a number of cancers. Much like the resistance put up by the tobacco industry, the alcohol lobby and powerful in industry trade groups are attempting to persuade the public that the risks are insignificant, although evidence continues to mount. In a recent study undertaken by global British-led team of experts, the alcohol industry was examined for its efforts to obfuscate and downplay the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer, especially breast cancer. Looking at … Continue reading THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE LINK BETWEEN DRINKING AND CANCER

This Scientist Believes Brain Zapping May Be the Key to Curing Cocaine Addiction

Just a few brief sessions could eliminate cravings altogether by Ian Lecklitner Cocaine use in the U.S. is skyrocketing once again: The number of Americans aged 18 to 25 who admitted to trying cocaine for the first time increased by a whopping 61 percent from 2013 to 2015, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. We’re seeing serious repercussions as a result: The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving cocaine in 2015 was the highest since 2006, and the second-highest since 1999. But despite more … Continue reading This Scientist Believes Brain Zapping May Be the Key to Curing Cocaine Addiction

9 RULES FOR LIVING AS LEARNED FROM PROPER AYAHUASCA SHAMAN

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “All the authentic drinkers of yagé in the Amazon that I have met share a great love for nature and all humanity, and they are outspoken protectors of the rainforest and the good way of all that is right.” ~Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Rainforest Medicine By itself, ayahuasca as a transformational medicine offers us profound opportunities for spiritual awakening, physical renewal and reconnection to the most important aspects of life and nature. Journeying with the vine of souls is unlike anything else in this world, and while many have shared their personal stories of harrowing nights in ceremony, another chief aspect of this medicine … Continue reading 9 RULES FOR LIVING AS LEARNED FROM PROPER AYAHUASCA SHAMAN

Death by Muscle

Rich Piana is the latest in a long list of untimely deaths. What’s sending bodybuilders into early graves? by Oliver Lee Bateman Dallas McCarver and Rich Piana, two of the most muscular men on the planet, died last month. McCarver, who placed second at this year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding show and, at only 26, was likely the future face of the sport. He choked to death on food, building mass to the very last. Piana, a freakishly built 300-pound monster with a modest competition history but a huge following among fans who admired his size and charisma, died at 46 of complications related … Continue reading Death by Muscle