Posts by zstorz18

  1. Using psilocybin to treat mental illness in cancer patients

    [ By on January 05, 2017 ]

    Recent studies have shown that psilocybin, the drug found in psilocybin mushrooms, could be used to treat depression in cancer patients. In one study, conducted by N.Y.U., researchers administered synthetic psilocybin or a placebo to 29 cancer patients suffering from depression or anxiety. Patients were thoroughly educated about the drug. Then, two people would monitor the patients for the duration of the hallucinogen's effects. A specific playlist was put together for the patients, and the songs were chosen by pace to match the projected intensity of the high at the time at which they would be played. Psychotherapists encouraged participants in the study to write down their visions in a journal in order to help them remember the experience. Once the effects of the psilocybin wore off, the ...

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  2. Central Park Horse Carriage Rides: Animal Abuse or Beloved Tradition?

    [ By on December 14, 2016 ]

    There has recently been a spike in horse carriage protesters in Central Park, presumably due to the increased popularity of the rides at this time of year. This outburst of anti-horse carriage sentiment raises the question: are horse carriage rides ethical? The most commonly used arguments in favor of allowing horse drawn carriages in and around Central Park are that the horse carriages are part of New York City tradition, the horse carriage industry provide jobs for human beings, and the horses would receive worse treatment elsewhere. However, animal rights activists argue that horse carriages are inhumane, for the loud and crowded city streets place too much stress on the horses. Also, recent protesters have claimed that the horses are not being fed or hydrated properly. Following ...

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