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Health Canada approves permission for some doctors and therapists to use magic mushrooms!

The mass de-stigmatization has lots to do with companies that are advocating for access to education on psychedelics and their benefits – such as Delic (DELC). I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves for 2021, both in their stock prices and company developments. 

Delic is a community whose goal is to educate and prepare investors for the psychedelic revolution. Global drug policy is changing, and psilocybin mushrooms and psychedelic therapies are likely next in line for decriminalization, research, and sale.

The company is assembling a compelling drug development pipeline of innovative treatments based on psychedelic substances including Psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, DMT and an Ibogaine derivative. We need more companies to follow their lead! 

Consider investing in Delic – even if you don’t regularly invest, you can invest for very small amounts – it doesn’t need to be thousands of dollars. Why not put your hat in the ring! Delic is a cool business which has focused on educating the public about psychedelic treatments and psychedelic safety.

P.S. Delic not only has a Canadian ticker (CSE : DELC) but also a U.S. ticker for OTC exchange (OTCQB : DELCF). 

“Mass de-stigmatization has lots to do with companies that are advocating for access to education on psychedelics and their benefits.”

 

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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A psychedelic revolution is coming.

WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

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“Deep Breathing Strengthens Your Brain and Boosts Attention Span”, says new study.

It turns out the yoga masters were right — breathing properly can improve your attention span and help you focus better. A new study has found a direct neurophysiological link between the breath and the brain.

Breathwork is a practice that uses breathing exercises in conjunction with different elements to induce access to non-ordinary states of consciousness.

This scientific practice developed by Stanislav Grof gained this wisdom from ancient shamanic breathing techniques (or rituals) to create a non-ordinary state as a brain effect through the breath alone. Like pranayama, an ancient breathing ritual from India, Yogis hacked their physiology to a level where they could stay healthy and happy and secure for an extended period and live much longer. This practice shows an incredible display strength. This group of people was the first to create the primary schools of yoga and yantra and pranayama. 

Today, there is a growing body of scientific research suggesting that attentional distraction, mind-wandering, and chronic stress are all variables greatly influenced by how we breathe. Thus, Breathwork has become increasingly popular among those seeking to explore a unique self-healing process to attain a state of wholeness. This unconventional New Age practice was developed by psychiatrists Stanislav and Christina Grof in the 1970s to achieve altered states of consciousness (without using drugs) as a potential therapeutic tool (Holmes, 1996).

 

The Mental Benefits of Breathwork

Studies show, a regular Breathwork practice can:

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Reap the benefits of reaching non-ordinary states

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Experience Therapeutic Changes in Levels of Distress

Studies show a tremendous amount of benefits for reaching non-ordinary states of consciousness through a regular breathwork practice. They also show a correlation between therapeutic changes in levels of distress associated with self-identified problems, anxiety, self-esteem, and a sense of affiliation with others, and a weekly breathwork practice.

There is a positive side to human nature that we do not look at often, and that is the benefits of altered states in general, one of the reasons for this is because one of the leading most common ways for us to get into non-ordinary states of consciousness is through the use of psychedelic drugs. However, Breathwork provides a natural alternative to reap the benefits from altered-states of consciousness without the drugs. These states have since been proven incredibly beneficial for our brains (Holmes, 1996).

The instrument of our mind that we use to interrogate the nature of our minds is relatively constant across people. The notion that we can train our minds to, in some sense, polish the lens to create a more accurate ability to observe, is still something entirely foreign to most elite athletes, except, however, the Navy Seals. The US army deems Breathwork an essential part of their training programs

 

The Physical Benefits of Breathwork

Using Breathwork to keep the immune system healthy and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in optimal shape can result in:

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Increased productivity

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Increased Creativity

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Increased Endurance

Breathing practices come from ancient Yogis who used it to alter their state of consciousness, into deep meditative states. Navy SEALs use it under high-stress situations. CEOs of companies use it to increase their productivity and creativity. Breathwork is a practice that is quite common in the yogi circle. These ancient practices are still compelling today. During this time, it is essential to keep the immune system healthy, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system in optimal shape (Brody, 2019).

The breath will guide participants in specific techniques that will increase the amount of Co2 in the body. Breathwork will induce a state similar to what occurs in the body during high elevation training. For decades, exercise scientists have known that even if sitting or sleeping, the body responds to high altitudes by creating more red blood cells to boost oxygen levels. The increased oxygen can, in turn, enhance an athlete’s endurance during training and competition. The consensus is that high altitude stimulates the production of the red blood cells in the body. More red blood cells, it stimulates the body to make more red blood cells (Peterson, 2010)

Breathwork is not just a practice it is a community!

Arguably the most crucial part! Through Breathwork, you can build a support network of new friends who understand what you’re going through and can help you. We also share personal connections from our challenges as we are facing, and how relationship and love rise to overcome them. Through the awareness of this interconnection, we can access energy and information that can provide crucial insights, innovation, and solutions.

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After almost two decades of Breathwork, I am still starting fresh with each breath. There is always something more to discover with Breathwork.

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YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

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YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

Music is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain.

Recent research shows that music can help in many aspects of the mind, including pain reduction, stress relief, memory, and brain injuries.

In the book The Power of Music, Elena Mannes says, “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” (Naponen, 2018)

Music-induced states of altered consciousness take the benefits of music a step further. Historically human beings have been altering their states of consciousness to promote physical and mental healing, treat substance dependence, and in spiritual and palliative care. People who are in rehab use what’s called ‘binaural beats’ because some of the frequencies can give the brain the same sensation that a drug would. It doesn’t harm the brain; in fact, it does quite the opposite good for it (Napoten, 2018).

Our brains automatically create an imaginary tone when introduced to two different frequencies at the same time. When you listen to specific forms of music, it can put you in a meditative state, you can get a better night’s sleep, and you’re able to concentrate very effectively. It can even have healing capabilities, without taking a drug or medication, your body will calm your body down. (Albridge, 2016) 

OH BREATH playlists have combined the power of music with Breathwork is genuinely remarkable. She uses specific tones that can change your state of mind; she has it down to a science; her internationally curated perfectly blended playlists are a testament to that. The music guides participants by including polyrhythmic music, monotonous drumming, Western pop, and Arab musical schemata, complemented by theoretical and clinical approaches to music therapy applications (Napoten, 2018).

 

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.

–ELENA MANNES

 

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Music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.

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RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

There are so many layers to unpack here and so many interwoven issues at hand.

This feels uncomfortable to even speak about! I think it’s because, in a way, many of us have become single-issue thinkers. 

Most of us can’t manage to think of two problems at the same time, like Racism and the war on drugs, or like scarcity/uncertainty and the rise of hate crimes. 

Historically, people’s views have been skewed, controlled, manipulated by the media and opinions. 

What do you think determines the laws/policies that we have now, science or opinion?

Former President Obama told the CNN medical correspondent, Dr. Gupta, That the government health policy regarding drugs should be directed by science and not opinion.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force. 

Look, I realize my ability and audacity to speak openly about psychedelics may come from a place of privilege.

I also realize that now isn’t the time to create or promote any form of division between people… know, that THAT’S not my goal here. 

But there’s a lot of misplaced hate and Racism from people who need healing towards people who need healing. It’s a fucking mess! 

In a short series of posts, I’ll share the history underneath the legal ambiguity we still face today that denies us access to psychedelic medicine that WORKS.

I wouldn’t be doing this if psychedelics didn’t heal me or felt like my voice was being silenced in any way.

In 1939 secretary of the treasury Andrew Mellon of the Mellon banking company appointed his relative Harry J. Anslinger as commissioner of the federal bureau of narcotics.

Mr. Anslinger favoured religion and ideology over science. His ideology also included an obsessive hatred of people of colour.

Mr. Anslinger’s successful creation of laws that enforced his ideology while IGNORING science. Families shattered, cities damaged, and entire governments, such as Mexico’s, have been threatened. As a result, 87 years later, countless lives have been destroyed.

Along with his team he prosecuted:

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Chinese-Americans for the use of opium

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The Mexicans-Americans for marijuana

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And the African-Americans for Cocaine

Mr. Anslinger, spread propaganda minority POC were using the drugs to seduce white women and the public ROARED. 

Using the mass media, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment from state-level to national and international level.

By representing the US before the UN, Anslinger graphically depicted offences caused by different substances and made certain substances illegal worldwide. 

Alcohol prohibition in the US lasted 13 years.

In that time, two things became apparent:

First, the Americans weren’t going to accept prohibition. 

Second,  by making it illegal, he created the largest and most successful criminal enterprise, the mafia.

In summary, when he raged a war on alcohol, Nixon and Regan and a War on Drugs, they were declaring war on people of colour.

Eighty-seven years after his federal appointment, marijuana tax laws 1937, jails burdened with an ocean of POC. For minor drug charges.

While POC makes up about 30% of the US population, they account for 60% of those in prison.

Disproportionate incarceration. 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 106 white men. 

This war on PEOPLE happens when fucked-up racist ideology is at the foundation of laws instead of SCIENCE. 

Thank you for trusting me. 

Now, I’m curious, 

Would you rather have governed the laws in place: science or opinion?

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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The war on drugs is actually a war on people of colour.

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