Liberty Cap: The Surprising Tale Of How Europe's Magic Mushroom Got Its Name

Liberty Cap: The Surprising Tale Of How Europe's Magic Mushroom Got Its Name

It’s autumn, the best season for mushroom pickers. And mushrooms – specifically magic ones – are in the spotlight. A growing body of research is showing that psilocybin, the main psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, has potential in treating psychological disorders like...

How The Stuff In Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Major Depression

How The Stuff In Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Major Depression

Two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin, given with supportive psychotherapy, produced rapid and large reductions in depressive symptoms in a small study of adults with major depression, researchers report.

Benefits of Psychedelics in Times of Division, Crisis, and Collapse

Benefits of Psychedelics in Times of Division, Crisis, and Collapse

The other night I was sitting around a fire with a friend, discussing the influence of psychedelics on our lives, when she uttered this statement, “after three years of working with these mushrooms, I love life. I just want to be and do the best I can. All the time. Now. Urgently. For myself, for others, for Earth.”

The Spooky and Dangerous Side of Black Licorice

The Spooky and Dangerous Side of Black Licorice

Black licorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side. On Sept. 23, 2020, it was reported that black licorice was the culprit in the death of a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts.

10 Pros and Cons of Legalizing Cannabis

10 Pros and Cons of Legalizing Cannabis

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the United States. In one year, cannabis retailers netted the state of Massachusetts US$393 million in gross sales. Two years after launching a legal cannabis market, California has surpassed US$1 billion in tax revenue.

You Can Reverse Aging Now with the Antioxidant Glutathione

You Can Reverse Aging Now with the Antioxidant Glutathione

Aging is the result of oxidative stress in which the production of free radicals is out of balance with the more protective antioxidants. And the more oxidative stress we have the quicker we age. It damages our cells and...

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

If you’ve ever taken a course of antibiotics, then you’re probably familiar with some of the side effects of these drugs, including gastrointestinal distress, overgrowth of harmful bac­teria in the intestines, and the resulting diarrhea. For many people the aftermath of taking antibiotics is...

6 Things You Need To Know About Your Vitamin D Levels

Six Things You Need To Know About Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D has emerged as “the vitamin of the decade”, with a long and growing list of maladies supposedly caused through its absence or prevented through its bountiful supply.

How to Use Essential Oils for Healing

How to Use Essential Oils as a Healing Modality

Knowledge has been handed down through the ages regarding the contributions that essential oils can make in our lives. Some of the stories originated in our grandmothers' tales, some were told by wise sages, while others were revealed by those deeply in touch with the plants. Essential oils are established and revered as a reliable and resourceful healing modality.

Essential Oils as Aromatics, in Healing, and for Pleasure

Essential Oils as Aromatics, in Healing, and for Pleasure

Our ancestors were extremely awe-inspiring in the ways they incorporated essential oils into not just healing and saving lives, but in every aspect of their daily routines and healing methods. Herbs, plants, and the oils derived from them, were the main components of healing in every culture on earth for hundreds of thousands of years.

The Science Behind Probiotics And Choosing One That Works

The Science Behind Probiotics And Choosing One That Works

We have trillions of bacteria living on or in us – and over 80% of these live in our gut. Over thousands of years of co-evolution, we have developed a way of working together with our bacteria, which play a hugely important role in our bodies.

5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Microbiome Healthier

5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Microbiome Healthier
It’s common for people to focus on their health at the start of the year. But few consider the well being of the microbes that live inside the human gut – the microbiome – which are vital to an individual’s good health.

Healing Essential Oil Recipes to Cope With and Eradicate Anxiety and Anger

Healing Essential Oil Recipes to Cope With and Eradicate Anxiety and Anger
Coming from a family of high-strung, addictive, compulsive, and emotionally wounded members, I have thought, studied, and researched mood-enhancing and emotional healing methods all of my life. Learning how to cope with and eradicate cer­tain negative influences and to promote positivity has been at the forefront of my brain since I was a young girl.

Cannabis Shows Potential For Treating PTSD

Cannabis Shows Potential For Treating PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric condition linked to surviving or witnessing a traumatic life event, will affect around one in 10 Canadians at some point in their lives.

Is It OK To Chew Or Crush Your Medicine?

Is It Ok To Chew Or Crush Your Medicine?
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical reasons, such as surgery or gastric reflux, while others struggle for psychological reasons.

How Folk Medicines For Blood Pressure Work

How Folk Medicines For Blood Pressure Work
Common herbs, including lavender, fennel, and chamomile, have a long history as folk medicines used to lower blood pressure. New research explains the molecular mechanisms at work.

France Forgot Its Own Golden Age Of Medical Marijuana?

France Forgets Own Golden Age Of Medical Marijuana
This past summer the French food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, greenlighted limited medical cannabis trials inside France, something that’s been illegal since 1953.

4 Plants That Are Great for Humans

A quarter of all prescription drugs in the U.S. come from substances that are found only in plants. In this episode of SciShow, we take a look at four of these talented plants who make our lives better.

Adaptogens for Improved Health and Brain Function

Adaptogens for Improved Health and Brain Function
Adaptogens can greatly increase the effectiveness of some modern drugs, including antibiotics, anxiolytics (anxiety relief), antidepressants, and hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) agents. They also can reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the side effects of some drugs. They have a proven record of being safe, efficacious, and quite versatile in their treatment of many conditions.

Prescription Omega 3s Keep Triglycerides In Check

Prescription Omega 3s Keep Triglycerides In Check

Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications are a safe and effective option for reducing high triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

4 Myths About Vitamin Supplements

4 Myths About Vitamin Supplements
People take vitamin supplements for all kinds of reasons, from maintaining general health to preventing cancer. But there’s no convincing evidence that vitamin supplementation benefits people who don’t actually have a vitamin deficiency.

Do Vitamin Drips Really Work?

Do Vitamin Drips Really Work?
Want to boost your immune system, reduce your physical signs of ageing, or cleanse your blood to get rid of toxins?

How Misinformation About CBD Can Be Life-Threatening

How Misinformation About CBD Can Be Life-Threatening
Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared: “CBD is effective in treating heroin addiction.” Another proclaimed: “New study finds CBD could curb heroin addiction.” These stories were referring to a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found a short-term course of cannabidiol (CBD) reduced cue-induced cravings and anxiety..

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports suggesting caffeine increases brown fat. This caught people’s attention because brown fat activity burns energy, which may help with weight loss. Headlines claimed drinking coffee can help you lose weight, and that coffee is possibly even the “secret to fighting obesity”.

Why Iron Is Such An Important Part Of Your Diet

According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”.

These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes On Cancer Growth

These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes On Cancer Growth

The leaves of a variety of medicinal plants can stop the growth of breast, cervical, colon, leukemia, liver, ovarian, and uterine cancer, a new study shows.

Using Essential Oils To Open Lines Of Communication

Using Essential Oils To Open Lines Of CommunicationThese oils and recipes are sure to assist us with opening lines of communication between our loved ones and us. Communi­cation is the key to a successful relationship between you and humanity. Communica­tion, feelings, desires, and repressed anger come from the throat chakra.

The Hard Facts On Viagra

The Hard Facts On Viagra

Viagra is one brand name of a drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence): the inability to get, and maintain, an erection.

The New Truth About Aspirin

The New Truth About Aspirin

For decades, millions of patients have been taking a daily Aspirin in an attempt to prevent hearts attacks and strokes.

How Marijuana Is A Lot More Than Just Getting High


Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing...

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Soybean oil may be better than fish oil for reducing cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors, according to a new study.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

Winter Blues and Broken Bones: How To Get Enough Vitamin D3

winter blues and broken bones: how to get enough vitamin d3Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”. It is produced in your skin in response to sunlight and is a vital organic compound supporting the absorption of calcium and protecting bone strength, supporting immune function, and regulating mood. Deficiencies in Vitamin D can lead to...

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea
Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?
There are suggestions that fish oil is good for a range of health conditions including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, mental health and heart disease. It’s even been suggested that fish oil might make people smarter, so should we all be taking supplements?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria that cause disease. But they also cause collateral damage to the microbiome, the complex community of bacteria that live in our gut. This results in a profound, though usually temporary, depletion of the beneficial bacteria.

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High
In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria that THC produces.

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?
The number of adults currently using e-cigarettes in the UK is close to 2.9m, many of whom will have turned to the devices to quit smoking. While certainly they may help people kick the habit, there is a big problem with e-cigarettes: we don’t actually know for certain whether they are safe or not.

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron Deficiency

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron DeficiencyNew research finds an association between some popular heartburn treatments and iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the throat causes. This condition affects more than two million Australians. Many people take medications that suppress acid secretion to treat it.

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