ketamine – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Tue, 22 May 2018 11:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 48719013 Video: Can Ketamine Help You Reduce Problem Drinking? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/video-can-ketamine-help-reduce-problem-drinking/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/video-can-ketamine-help-reduce-problem-drinking/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:08 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=4149 Video: Can Ketamine Help You Reduce Problem Drinking?

In this episode of Vice Video’s High Society series, a young man embarks on a full-blown ketamine trip in the hopes of reducing his compulsive drinking habit. It’s part of a controlled study led by Dr. Ravi Das, a psychopharmacologist at University College London, to examine whether ketamine can weaken certain memory connections — and thereby loosen the grip of addictive substances over people’s minds.

From the Vice Video description:

Timmy Davis is not an alcoholic. But like many twenty-something students, he’s worried he may be drinking too much.

Timmy has volunteered for Dr. Das’ latest experiment, in which 90 volunteers will receive a ketamine infusion in a controlled setting. Timmy is no stranger to psychedelics. But could a drug he has previously encountered recreationally really help him cut down his drinking?

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New Study: Psychedelics Really Do Produce a Higher State of Consciousness http://psychedelicfrontier.com/new-study-higher-state-consciousness/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/new-study-higher-state-consciousness/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:00:07 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=3904 New Study: Psychedelics Really Do Produce a Higher State of Consciousness

Trippers, researchers, and abstainers alike have casually referred to the psychedelic experience as an “expanded” state of mind for many years. Even the terminology of being “high” implies a somehow raised form of consciousness.

Now, for the first time ever, researchers have found neurological evidence to support that view. In a study conducted at the University of Sussex and Imperial College, London, scientists discovered that psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, and even the dissociative ketamine all produce a “higher” state of consciousness.

But what does that mean? Previous research has shown that measures of “neural signal diversity” in the brain change depending on the “level” of consciousness. Put simply, the firing of neurons becomes more unpredictable and more random as a person becomes more conscious. For instance, someone who is awake and alert will exhibit more unpredictable neural patterns than someone who is asleep. A sleeping brain, in turn, shows greater complexity and randomness than a more unconscious brain, such as that of someone who has been knocked out with a general anesthetic.

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Ketamine shows promise in treating “Fear of Harm” http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ketamine-shows-promise-in-treating-fear-of-harm/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/ketamine-shows-promise-in-treating-fear-of-harm/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:03:03 +0000 http://www.psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=175 Ketamine shows promise in treating “Fear of Harm”

There has been a huge resurgence of research on psychedelic and dissociative drugs recently. This is very promising because for 40 years, the study of these very promising medical compounds was shelved in the name of prohibition. Finally, after decades of hiatus, we are able to shed light on some of these compounds in controlled clinical settings. The studies may be small and few in number right now, but their positive results should help open the door to larger and ever more diverse studies. If early studies are any indication, the medical potential of psychedelics is absolutely vast.

What a relief to see these long-outcast compounds invited back to the fold of mainstream science. New and pioneering studies of psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, ketamine, and others are playing a huge role in renewing the good name of all these compounds in the public eye. Substances like these have offered powerful benefits to humanity for centuries, so it’s about time modern society starting taking them seriously instead of treating them like toxic poisons. 

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