Bill Maher’s Halloween rant about LSD and psilocybin
“You can’t just decide to give a bunch of innocent, drug-free kids some sort of psychedelic. What if it interacts badly with their Wellbutrin, their Abilify, their Adderall, their Ritalin, and their Monster Energy Drink?”
We should drop together one day.
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished.
In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects.
“The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.
Giffiths’ study involved 18 healthy adults, average age 46, who participated in five eight-hour drug sessions with either psilocybin — at varying doses — or placebo. Nearly all the volunteers were college graduates and 78% participated regularly in religious activities; all were interested in spiritual experience.
Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.
The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology
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August 30, 2011—In a case that sparked debate about parental rights versus state involvement in the medical care of children, a Detroit woman won a major victory Monday when all the charges against her were dropped.
[…] Godboldo, 57, of Detroit was charged with discharge of a weapon, three counts of felonious assault, resisting and obstructing an officer and felony firearm.
She was accused of firing a gun at police who had accompanied a state Child Protective Services employee to Godboldo’s home on Blaine on March 24.
The employee had a Juvenile Court order to take Godboldo’s 13-year-old daughter after Godboldo had been accused of neglecting her by discontinuing a psychotropic drug. Godboldo has maintained she has the right to decide her daughter’s medical treatment.
Police said Godboldo barricaded herself in her home with her daughter and shot at them.After hearing testimony at Godboldo’s preliminary examination in 36th District Court on Monday in Detroit, Judge Ronald Giles ruled that the court order was not valid and that there was insufficient evidence that Godboldo fired at police officers. +
“The adverse impacts of cannabis use on cognitive functions either appear to be related to pre-existing factors or are reversible in this…
A few flat out said it was stupid and I was being an idiot, others were more respectful and simply said they were disappointed or that they disapproved.
I would like to assure everyone that I’m not one to be irresponsible, especially with drugs. I’ve done my research. I’m taking all of the suggested and/or necessary precautions. I can assure you all that this will not turn into a constant thing; I have control over my life and that will proceed. Drugs are simply a means of getting a different perspective on my own existence and the world around me. Temporarily altering my mental state to gain such insight is of no consequence to me as long as I will be able to continue living my life unhindered afterward. I would not try a substance that would impair me permanently.
In short: don’t trip, homies.