D.A.R.E. CANNABIS EDITION
[DRUGS ARE RESPONSIBLY ENTERTAINING]
(a.k.a. 420, bud, chronic, Dutchie, dope, grass, ganja, herb, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, sticky icky)
Some benefits of passing that dutchie to the left hand side...
Treats Glaucoma. Seeing is cool.
Reverses the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improves lung health.
I’ve got a seizure and the only remedy is more reefer.
Helps control epileptic seizures.
It slows growth of certain cancers.
Don’t stress; it decreases anxiety.
Slows progression of Alzheimer's.
Eases pain of multiple sclerosis.
Lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C.
Treats inflammatory bowel diseases.
Relieves arthritis discomfort.
Keeps you thin as fuck and helps your metabolism.
Improves the symptoms of Lupus.
Spurs creativity in the brain.
Help with Crohn's disease.
Soothes Parkinson's disease tremors.
Helps those suffering from PTSD.
Protects the brain after a stroke.
Protects the brain from concussions and trauma.
Helps eliminate nightmares.
Increases sexual desire.
Helps treat insomnia.
Reduces pain and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite.
Helps people trying to cut back on drinking.
HOLY FUCK. THAT'S SOME KILLER WEED.
There are two main strains of marijuana: indicas and sativas. These are mixed to create hybrids which have different breakdowns of indica and sativa strains.
Potency and effects are impacted by levels of CBD versus THC.
Indicas get you stoned.
Sativas get you high.
A BIT ABOUT INDICAS
Great to smoke before sleepy time.
They produce a body high.
It’s considered a sedative.
High Cannabidiol level.
A BIT ABOUT SATIVAS
Enjoy during the daytime.
Perfect outdoor festival smoke.
Gets you thinking.
You’ll feel energetic...and get the munchies.
Higher THC level.
STRAINS TO KNOW
Sativas: Purple Haze, Sour Diesel, Jack Herer
Indicas: Kush, Northern Lights, White Widow
(a.k.a. shrooms, caps, mushies, fungi, boomers, psillies, pizza toppings)
Things to Know About Magic Mushrooms
Mushrooms hyperconnect the brain
You might feel your mind is melting but in reality the effects you're experiencing is actually a boost in brain connectivity connecting parts of your brain that aren't normally synchronized.
IT BREAKS DOWN GATEWAYS IN YOUR BRAIN
Brain imaging of those who took shrooms revealed decreased activity in information-transfer areas of your brain.
Slowing down the activity may allow information to travel more freely throughout the brain, because that region is a gatekeeper that usually limits connections.
Magic mushrooms go WAY back
Rock art in the Sahara dating back 9,000 years depicts hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Also, shrooms may have created Santa...
According to Sierra College anthropologist John Rush, magic mushrooms explain why kids wait for a flying elf to bring them presents on Dec. 25. Rush said that Siberian shamans used to bring gifts of hallucinogenic mushrooms to households each winter. Reindeer were the "spirit animals" of these shaman, and ingesting mushrooms might just convince a hallucinating tribe member that those animals could fly.
'Shrooms may change people for good
Psychologists say that few things can truly alter someone's personality in adulthood, but magic mushrooms may be one of those things. One dose of psilocybin can make people open up to new experiences for at least 14 months.
IT WILL MAKE YOU MORE CREATIVE
People with open personalities are more creative and more appreciative of art, and they value novelty and emotion.
Mushrooms kill fear
Another strange side effect of magic mushrooms: They destroy fear. A 2013 study in mice found that when dosed with psilocybin, the animals became less likely to freeze up when they heard a noise they had learned to associate with a painful electric shock.
There’s a Shit Load of Mushrooms to trip on:
144 species contain the magic
Prescribed shrooms may be on the way
but not for a while
Recently, researchers have begun to experiment with psilocybin as a potential treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. This line of research was frozen for decades and is still difficult to pursue, given psilocybin's status as a Schedule I substance.
What to Know About Timothy Leary
Harvard psychologist who was a leader in shooming
Ashes spread at Black Rock City by Susan Sarandon in 2015
Tested effects of shrooms through the Harvard Psilocybin Project in the 60's
Among the most famous was the Marsh Chapel Experiment, in which volunteers were given either psilocybin or a placebo before a church service in the chapel. Those who got psilocybin were more likely to report a mystical spiritual experience. A 25-year follow-up in 1991 found that participants who got the psilocybin remembered feeling even more unity and sacredness than they said they'd felt six months after the fact. Many described the experience as life altering.
Goats Trip, Too
In 2010, the British tabloids were abuzz with reports that three pygmy goats at an animal sanctuary run by 1960s TV actress Alexandra Bastedo had gotten into some wild magic mushrooms. The goats reportedly acted lethargic, vomited and staggered around, taking two days to fully recover.
Some people trip on reindeer piss
Siberian reindeer also have a taste for magic mushrooms, according to a 2009 BBC nature documentary. It's unclear whether the reindeer feel the effects, but Siberian mystics would sometimes drink the urine from deer that had ingested mushrooms in order to get a hallucinogenic experience for religious rituals.
(a.k.a. N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, Dimitri, deemster, deems, dream team, dynamite)
DMT is an illegal, psychedelic tryptamine compound found in the human body and at least 60 species of plants worldwide.
Considered “the most powerful hallucinogen known to man and science” and “the most common hallucinogen in all of nature”
Smells vaguely of mothballs.
Smokes similarly to weed but requires deep inhales.
Once the body produces or takes in DMT, certain enzymes break it down within seconds. These enzymes, called monoamine oxidases (MAO), occur in high concentrations in the blood, liver, stomach, brain, and intestines. The widespread presence of MAO is why DMT effects are so short-lived. Whenever and wherever it appears, the body makes sure it is used up quickly.
...so what happens when you're on DMT?
First toke. Colors brighten, edges sharpen, distant things gain clarity—”there is a sense as though all the air in the room has been sucked out.”
Second toke. You close your eyes and “colors begin racing together, and it forms this mandalic, floral, slowly rotating thing”—”usually yellow-orange'. Then “you either break through it, or you require one more toke.”
Third toke. The chrysanthemum parts. There’s a sound of “a plastic bread wrapper, or the crackling of flame,” and “an impression of transition.” Then ”it’s as though there were a series of tunnels or chambers that you are tumbling down.”
You burst into this “place.”
Once in the place colors become crystalized and metallic and you're greeted by elf like creatures who welcome you to their home. They’re “singing, chanting, speaking in some kind of language that is very bizarre to hear, but what is far more important is that you can see it [which is] completely confounding!”
Each “elf-machine creature” “elbows others aside, says, 'Look at this, look at this, take this, choose me!’” They “come toward you, and then—and you have to understand they don’t have arms, so we’re kind of downloading this into a lower dimension to even describe it, but—what they do is they offer things to you.”
You realize what you’re being shown—this “proliferation of elf gifts,” or “celestial toys,” which “seem somehow alive”—is “impossible.” This “state of incredible frenzy” continues for about three minutes, during which the elves are saying:
Don't give way to wonder. Do not abandon yourself to amazement. Pay attention. Pay attention. Look at what we're doing. Look at what we're doing, and then do it. Do it!
You come out of the experience slowly after about 30-40 minutes of interacting with your new friends and feeling like you just visited a completely different place.
Theories on what you're seeing on DMT:
(a.k.a. yage, chacruna, daime, sante daime, caapi)
It'll Make You Cry, Vomit and Feel Amazing.
Research indicates ayahuasca has antidepressant qualities.
Blood tests of long-term ayahuasca users have shown an increased density of serotonin receptors compared to those who do not use ayahuasca.
Antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil actually reduce the density of serotonin receptors in users over time, which can lead to chronic depression.
Ayahuasca is non-addictive and is not neurotoxic, or poisonous to nerve tissue such as the brain or spinal cord, in any way.
Out of nearly 40,000 plant species in the Amazon, the Indians somehow knew to mix two very specific plants to make the medicine
The ayahuasca vine contains chemicals known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) that allow the body to absorb the DMT from the leaves. Without the MAOI, the DMT would be destroyed by monoamine oxidase in the gut and no effects from the DMT would be felt.
Natives, who’ve been using the brew for hundreds of years, say the plants showed them how to make ayahuasca.
Ayahuasca tourism is growing.
In Central and South America, ayahuasca is legal and there are many retreat centers and eco-lodges dedicated to ayahuasca tourism and healing.
More and more veterans are trying ayahuasca and its healing PTSD.
Ayahuasca is known for sending users into a dream-like state where traumatic memories trapped in the subconscious are unlocked. The memories are reprocessed, detaching the fear and negative emotion, making ayahuasca a viable treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
Two major religions use ayahuasca on a regular basis as a sacrament they say connects them with God:
the Santo Daime and Uniao De Vegetal.
Both religious groups won court cases in the U.S. giving them the right to consume ayahuasca on U.S. soil.
(a.k.a. kava-kava, dirty water, 'awa, 'ava, malok, malogu)
Kava is a beverage made from a plant native to the western Pacific islands where it is a popular social drink, similar to alcohol.
Biggest negative: many cases of liver damage and even some deaths have been traced to kava use.
As a result, kava has been banned from the market in Europe and Canada.
This ban has hurt the economies of Pacific Island countries that export kava.
Despite health concerns, kava has not been taken off the U.S. market.
Some people take kava by mouth to calm anxiety, stress, and restlessness, and to treat sleeping problems (insomnia).
It's also been used to treat ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, the common cold, migraines and headaches.
Some people also take kava by mouth for urinary tract infections (UTIs), venereal disease, mensies and to increase sexual desire.
Kava is applied to the skin for skin diseases including leprosy, to promote wound healing, and as a painkiller.
How does it work?
Kava affects the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. The kava-lactones in kava are believed to be responsible for its effects.
(a.k.a. mitragyna speciosa, ketum)
Native to the Southeast Asia, kratom is a powerful medicinal plant used for pain relief, opiate addiction treatment, mood lifting, ADHD, Libido booster, energy and immune system stimulation.
One shot will give you some energy.
Described more as a brain upper rather than a heart racer.
2-3 shots will produce a euphoric body high effect.
You can find many cases of people using kratom for opiate withdrawal and addiction to both help transition to sobriety, and to combat cravings and post acute withdrawals as a maintenance substance.
You will not likely run into serious adverse effects unless taking a dosage 10-20x higher than the recommended amount.
(Yes, chocolate gets you high)
Health officials say people in Berlin and other European cities have started snorting lines of cocoa powder in place of traditional stimulants like coke and ecstasy.
Raw cocoa can be taken as a pill, powder or drink.
Users say it gives you a rush of endorphins, providing a more natural high.
But it's not as harmless as one might think. A 2012 study showed chocolate could have the same addictive power as opium.
Be wary, you chocoholics....