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Culture

Get Advice from an Expert on Foraging for Mushrooms

In popular foraging spots in Europe, mushroom hunters will find paid experts on hand to look over their finds with them and approve their harvest as safe to eat. In some areas of France and Spain, mycophiles can bring their

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Medical

The Science of Treating Brain Injuries With Psilocybin

Dementia is not a specific disease, but instead the term collectively describes a range of symptoms caused by a variety of brain injuries and disorders. While Alzhiemer’s causes around 60-70% of dementia cases, other causes include strokes, alcohol abuse or

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Medical

When Substances Conflict With Existing Medication

“What have I done?” thought Michael Gomez, rifling through his medicine cabinet in the full throes of a hallucinatory mind-scramble on psilocybin mushrooms. “Absolutely nothing felt right,” he says. He had gone Mach speed into a psychedelic trip after he

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Healing Plants

The “Indian Ginseng” Ashwagandha

The Indian system of holistic healthcare known as Ayurveda, which roughly translates to “knowledge of life”, is believed to be 5,000 years old. The use of ashwagandha, a traditional Indian herb whose roots are used to treat a wide variety

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Psychedelics

The Need to Destigmatize Enhanced Therapy

In 2018, a combination of bad luck and idiocy landed me in the hospital with a spinal and sciatic nerve injury leaving me unable to walk for the next three months. In addition to having to temporarily move to my

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Medical

Is there a Magic Mushroom ‘Entourage Effect’?

When Mayan and Aztec people spoke of Teonanácatl – “flesh of the gods” – they referred to a variety of magic mushrooms which supposedly helped them identify the causes of diseases and give hints about how they could be treated,

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Healing Plants

Microbiomes & Mushrooms: The Gut-Brain Interaction

In his 2020 mycological tour-de-force Entangled Life, the biologist Merlin Sheldrake describes microbiomes and the diverse lifestyles of the many trillions of microscopic lifeforms hitching a ride on the human organism: “Some prefer the temperate forest of your scalp, some the

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Innovation

How Psilocybin Is Helping Athletes with CTE

In 2007, a neuropathologist named Bennett Omalu performed an autopsy on the body of former Pittsburgh Steelers center “Iron” Mike Webster, an NFL Hall of Famer whose reputation as an inhumanly tough lineman was marred by a retirement filled with

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Medical

TRIP Protocol: A New Standard for Psychedelic Therapy

Psychedelic research has always been a decentralized field, and not entirely by choice. Advancements (like the TRIP Protocol) on how psychedelics can help patients suffering from conditions like depression, PTSD, and traumatic disorders (even where conventional medication has failed) have

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Psychedelics

Is Psychedelic Therapy safe?

Kendra Broward recalls vividly how she was utterly captivated by a carved wooden bowl in her hands during a session of psychedelic therapy. She was in awe of it, inspecting the tiny lines and shapes intersecting at odd angles. “I

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