psychedelic drugs affects on the brain

[ By on December 17, 2014 ]

In this interesting article Giovanni Petri, a mathematician at Italy’s Institute for Scientific Interchange explains to us the true affects on the brain when taking “Shrooms”. In recent years prior to this study he references the questions brought up through recent neurological advances such as how cells and regions interact, with consciousness shaped not by any given set of brain regions, but by their interplay. Petri proposes the idea that true “consciousness” can be found with in the discrete meta-networks within the brain. Using psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, and compared them to scans of their brain activity after receiving a placebo. Although the purpose for the experiment wasn’t to have the patients trip. Psilocybin, alters the activity in the brain enough for scientists to analyze these networks.

Ultimately this study raises the point as to whether or not in the future psychedelic drugs can offer brain altering activity that can further help patients that are suffering from a lack of consciousness due to a TBI, and if they can then is it still right for federal government to consider the possession and use of these drugs a federal crime?

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2 Comments on “psychedelic drugs affects on the brain”

  1. huntergoodin

    In response to the questions you posed at the end I have a couple of things to say…
    Firstly, I do think that if this drug offers the ability to help patients suffering from TBI, then why wouldn’t doctors use it? I think that the connotations associated with it being a “psychedelic” should not be a factor in deciding whether or not scientist should continue analyzing this.
    That being said, I don’t know if I would be as quick to say that the federal government shouldn’t consider the possession of “Shrooms” a crime. As someone who thinks that marijuana should be legal for the sake of making sure that it is regulated by the government, safer, etc, I do think that something like “Shrooms” is a different story. It could be used as a type of medicine/research tool, but I think there is a huge difference between legalizing a drug entirely and legalizing it for medical purposes only.

  2. huntergoodin

    The history of the use of psychotropic substances by human beings is a long and storied one, with contemporary laws on the books restricting some of them with what can be considered ‘draconian’ severity stemming from authoritarian political and cultural biases, not from science or pharmacology.

    The placement of psychedelic drugs on the DEA’s Schedule 1 list is viewed by some as a reaction to the turmoil of the 1960’s when the counter-culture embraced psychedelics and other drugs. The history of the as found on Wikipedia is a good guide to the legal framework established by the UN in 1971 concerning these substances.

    In addition to Giovanni’s Petri’s research, there has been previous work on using psychedelic substances to treat substance abuse, (,) and .

    Personally, I feel there is great promise in the use of these substances to aid humankind, especially those which are derived from natural sources and not synthesized in laboratories. The phrase ‘better living through pharmacology’ has become an increasingly economic reality, as ‘remedies’ for everything from depression to erectile dysfunction have become a multi billion-dollar industry.

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