Herbs and Plant Based Medicine

Plants are our best friends. Nearly every substance with a potent medicinal function is made in plants and is often the inspiration for many drugs we see used in medicine today. The things plants do better than any drug out there. Complex, full spectrum doses of medicinal compounds allows for strong, lasting effects with minimal side effects. If you are looking for other natural ways to support your cognitive function and mental health, herbal medicine will be a vital tool in your so-called “health tool belt”. 

Nootropic and Brain Protective Supplements

Supplements are exactly what the name implies, a means to supplement a regular diet. Unfortunately, even most people who tried to eat a wholesome and nutritious diet may still be missing vital nutrients in their diet. This is simply due to the fact that many plants grow in nutrient deficient soils and the limited amount of foods we have access to in a typical grocery store. 

Benefits Of Microdosing

Larger, therapeutic doses, have been shown to promote functional and structural neuronal plasticity (i.e., the ability of the brain to form new neural connections) (3). Specifically, the active compound in magic mushrooms has been shown to cause neurogenesis (formation of new neurons) in the hippocampus, a part of the brain integral to learning and memory (4). Brain scans after ingestions showed that claustrum (the ego center) had marked decreased activity, meaning the area of the brain believed responsible for setting attention and switching tasks is turned down when on the drug. Researchers say that this central nervous system phenomenon is what is responsible for creating the perception of being interconnected to the world and energies surrounding an individual (6)

A Quick History on Psychedelic Compounds

Renowned psychonaut Terrance Mckenna, and his brother Denis, developers of the “Stoned Ape Theory” argue that our early human ancestors experienced a rapid jump in cognitive abilities and overall brain size due to eating psychedelic mushrooms that were privy to grow in dung piles, particularly those of elephants. Observing how the cradles of humanity were closely intertwined with the range of elephants at the time and the subsequent close bond between our species give the theory more legs to stand on. This should all be taken with a grain of salt though as there is no hard evidence to support the theory yet, making it more of a hypothesis. 

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