Psychedelic use by facilitators

May 3, 2023
psychedelics, therapy, opinion

Abstract: The use of psychedelics in therapy may benefit both the client and the facilitator, and there is a debate about whether facilitators should have personal experience with the substance. While some traditions expect the facilitator to partake in the same dose as the participants, modern medicine expects the facilitator to remain sober. Facilitator sobriety is important to attend to the risks associated with psychedelic use, while communal use of the substance may increase empathy and compassion. ...

Psilomethoxin, My Case Report

February 16, 2023
psychedelics, science

At the end of 2022, a new psychedelic became available. Psilomethoxin (Pm) offers soothing comfort similar to MDMA, but without MDMA’s stimulant-like effects. <—> In 1965, Marc Julia’s group at the Pasteur Institute synthesized psilomethoxin (Pm) from ortho-vanillin extracted from the Mexican vanilla orchid. The molecule was never bioassayed nor preserved as a reference sample, and that is how things stood for decades. The synthesis of Pm is an intricate and time consuming process, with some chemists claiming that it would take a month. ...

Fiber is not necessarily fibrous

December 29, 2022
nutrition, semantics

In nutrition science, the word fiber refers to the type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. This definition of fiber is so different from the kind of fiber found in many plants that they might as well be completely different words. <—> Coconut coir fibers are obtained from the outermost layer of the husk. They are typically light brown in color, durable, and resistant to water. Credit: Midjourney Indeed, these are a kind of fiber that your body cannot digest. ...