Psilocybin and PTSD
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Psilocybin and PTSD

Extreme trauma especially repeated trauma, causes major brain damage, leading to neurological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Healing the brain of these conditions is incredibly difficult. New research at the University of South Florida suggests that psychedelic mushrooms may actually be able to heal the brain damage and help people move forward.

Move past your fears
This finding corroborates the results found by scientists at Imperial College London. They conducted a study, where they trained the mice to fear a certain sound by administering a shock each time they played it. After a period of time, the mice were paralyzed hearing the noise even without any shock. However, they had given psilocybin (an ingredient in “magic” mushrooms) to some of the mice beforehand. Those ones overcame their fear response much more quickly than the control group.

These results are incredibly promising, especially given the prevalence of PTSD. The PTSD Alliance estimates that five percent of U.S. citizens suffer from PTSD. That’s more than 13 million people. PTSD is very common in veterans, who maintain the reactions they developed in combat even once they’re back in a safe situation. It’s also very common for women, especially those who experience rape or domestic violence.

Not just mental
For a long time, people thought PTSD was entirely psychological and could be treated through therapy. However, this new research indicates that it might be the result of actual physical mutations in the brain, especially in the hippocampus.

In the study of mice with fear responses to noise, the fearful mice had overactive prefrontal cortexes, so they were too vigilant and could be overwhelmed too easily. Those mice who were treated with psilocybin had their prefrontal cortexes return to normal activity, plus their brain cells rejuvenated more quickly.

Did they trip out?
Of course, because they used mice, it’s impossible for the scientists to know whether or not they also experienced the hallucinations that are associated with mushrooms. However, other research suggests that the doses were probably too low to be psychedelic, which indicates that low doses could also be used in people with PTSD without causing hallucinations.

Further research is going to be difficult to carry out since mushrooms are still a Schedule I drug – which means the government doesn’t believe they have any medical benefits and researchers need special permission to administer them to volunteers.

The potential in mushrooms
PTSD is an extremely harmful disease, with an average of 18 veterans committing suicide every day, mostly due to its symptoms and/or depression. While some treatments, like herbal remedies and meditation, have been shown to reduce symptoms, the pharmaceuticals that are typically used have not been proven. With further research, it’s possible that mushrooms could be a hugely beneficial treatment for PTSD.

There is still room for future research, and results so far indicate that psilocybin could be a uniquely powerful medicine. Hopefully, scientists will continue to have the opportunity to learn about all of its benefits.

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2nd. Edition MGAGOP

We are very proud to have been a part of this project, there are many pictures in this edition that come from our grow. I had a great time working with my good friend and author Daniel Boughen to bring you more information on growing marijuana yourself. 50% more content and more beautiful pictures than ever before!

Stoner Bacon & Cheese Waffles
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What’s better than waking and baking? Adding bacon and cheese waffles to the mix. Now throw some BHO into it, and you’ve got a breakfast of champions. Invite some friends over and warm up the waffle iron. When you add some syrup and great company you have the beginnings of a magnificent day.

What You’ll Need:
◾BHO Shatter, ½ gram
◾coconut oil, 2 Tbl
◾Bacon, ½ lb
◾Eggs, 2
◾Cheese, grated, ½ cup
◾pancake waffle mix (you chose), 1 cup
◾Milk, ¾ cup

Gather these things as well:
◾Double boiler
◾Whisk
◾Measuring spoon and cups
◾Frying pan
◾Mixing bowl
◾Waffle iron
◾Spoon

Cooking Instructions:

Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler by boiling water in the bottom half. Make sure the oil is completely melted, then add your BHO concentrate until it is mixed well with the oil. This is an important step because it makes sure the marijuana is bycarboxylated, and it helps it taste better. (Perfectly blended BHO and coconut oil is what makes it stoner waffles.) Once done, remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Next, fry your bacon until crispy and chop it into bits. Place it where you won’t eat it – you’ll need it later. Meanwhile, mix your eggs with the BHO coconut oil. Whisk it lightly- no need to overbeat. Pour the milk in and whisk it some more. Add in your pancake mix, whisk, then add your cheese. The last ingredient to add is your bacon. Mix this in with your whisk as well.

Prepare your waffle iron by heating it on medium-high. Pour in your mixture in half-cup increments. Close the cover and let your iron work its magic. Remove when golden brown. (You should see steam coming out of the sides, and cheese trickling out.)

It is important to cook these waffles thoroughly so that you get all of the BHO goodness.

Yield: Four cheesy, savory waffles filled with weed. As a reminder, do not eat the entire recipe in one sitting. Invite some friends, or freeze the rest and heat up more later.

by Robert Bergman, founder of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com. Robert has been growing cannabis passionately for over 20 years and shares the insights of how to grow weed to help educate growers to avoid mistakes and to fully capitalize on a bud’s potential.

5 Quicks Tips for Growing Superior Weed

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Growing marijuana is a great hobby, but growing superior weed is an art. If you want to create amazing harvests, you’ll need to learn and practice some techniques that put your cannabis above the rest.

None of these tips are terribly difficult to master, but if you don’t know about them, you may not be doing them. We’ve put together five of the best tips from master growers that will help you get the most yield, highest quality bud, and the best high.

  • All things in moderation

 

This tip applies to growing marijuana.

You can overdo it by doing thigs such as over-watering and over-feeding it. That’s why every master grower will tell you – it’s much better to have too little rather than the other way around. This is because too little is way easier to fix than too much.

This is especially true if you are growing a strain that you haven’t worked with before. Not all marijuana strains are the same, and many have unique growing needs.

  • pH should not be ignored

 

Many hobby growers underestimate the importance of pH.

This is bad because pH affects how well your plant absorbs nutrients. It also helps create a nurturing environment for helpful micro-organisms that make it easier for your plant. When you ignore a bad pH level, you make it harder for your plant to do its job.

Thankfully, monitoring the pH level of your plant’s soil is easy. Simply invest in a pH monitor and check it regularly. Marijuana plants do best in soil that has a pH of around 6.

  • Genetics Matter

 

You can’t expect to grow great weed if you don’t start with good seeds.

Sure, marijuana is one of the easiest things to grow, but you are not trying to grow just any marijuana, you are trying to grow the best. That’s why it is so important to start with great seeds that have been carefully tended to so that they will grow into the best plants.

Finding the right seeds used to be difficult. Nowadays it’s as easy as going over to I Love Growing Marijuana. We select the best seeds for growing superior weed.

  • Prune like a pro

 

Pruning isn’t just for hedges, my friend.

Pruning is what separates the newbies from the pros. It is a technique that removes weaker branches so that your plant can focus on its buds. The best marijuana has been carefully pruned to grow the densest buds and deliver the highest potency.

While pruning is an advanced technique, it is something worth learning because it makes a huge difference in the quality of your weed.

  • Study Up

 

Growing marijuana may come naturally to some, but being an expert takes education.

Years ago, it was much harder to grow high-quality weed. To do it, you needed to know someone who knew what they were doing, or you needed to know where to look to find the information. Now, thanks to the Internet, there is a wealth of growing information online. Don’t be afraid to use it!

If you want to grow the best weed, you should spend as much time as possible learning everything you can about it. One great place to start is on the I Love Growing Marijuana forum, where expert growers share some of their tips and tricks. Even if you don’t agree with what everyone else is saying, you’re sure to learn something that will help you get better at it.

by Robert Bergman, founder of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com. Robert has been growing cannabis passionately for over 20 years and shares the insights of how to grow weed to help educate growers to avoid mistakes and to fully capitalize on a bud’s potential.