Month: May 2021

How micro-dosing of magic mushrooms affects a person

Micro dosing, just as the name suggests, involves taking small doses of drugs, which in this case the drug is psilocybin. These small doses of a particular drug should not cause any intoxication or alter the consciousness of the user in any way. 

Magic mushrooms (also known as amani, philosopher’s stones, blue meanies, liberty caps, agaric, and golden tops) are mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a naturally occurring hallucinogenic compound. These mushrooms often grow in the wild but can also be cultivated. Just like other hallucinogenic compounds, magic mushrooms may also cause a person to see, hear or feel unreal sensations when used in large doses. However, these sensations are said to be largely influenced by one’s environment. 

Most people prepare magic mushrooms by either drying them and then incorporating them into food or drinks, brewing it just like the way tea is brewed, mixing it with marijuana or tobacco before smoking, or eating the freshly picked ones. There is also a naturally occurring psychedelic drug, liquid psilocybin, which is found in liberty caps. This liquid is brown and is found in small vials. 

Psilocybin in magic mushrooms after entering the human body becomes psilocin, which binds with serotonin receptors in the brain (receptor 5-HT2C), thus regulating the release of neurotransmitter chemicals related to imagination, memory, appetite, learning, mood, and perception. Psilocin increases the visual cortex’s activity while decreasing the part of the brain responsible for an individual sense of self. 

According to some users, micro-dosing has some benefits. These benefits include: 

  • An improved mood of the user – People who took microdoses of magic mushroom were often calm, happy, had an improved outlook, appreciation, and optimism. 
  • Stimulation and increased energy of the user. 
  • Improved concentration, mindfulness, and focus – People who microdose often say small quantities of magic mushroom help them undertake big projects without them losing focus.  
  • Better brain function in terms of the brain working at its full potential on dosing days as opposed to those days when they do not microdose. 
  • Improved mental health whereby a user is likely to experience reduced anxiety, stress, and help in dealing with depression. 
  • Creativity – Although it is difficult to quantify creativity, users who microdose magic mushrooms often report that after using the drug, there is an increase in their curiosity, improved divergent thinking, and improved perspective shifting. 
  • Social benefits such as improving ones’ parenting and enhancing a person’s relationships. 
  • Better body functioning 
  • Lack of side effects after micro-dosing 
  • Some people claim that micro-dosing has helped them quit other drugs such as tobacco and alcohol. 

Even though micro-dosing only involves taking small quantities of a drug, thus causing no notable changes in one’s consciousness, it is not meant for everyone especially people with mental health disorders. Some people may not have mental issues, but still, the microdoses may impact them negatively. For example, they may experience uncomfortable sensations, reduced focus, increased anxiety, reduced energy, and bad moods. 

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Glaucoma Treatment Using Cannabis Products

Cannabis is a tall Indian hemp plant composed of three psychoactive groups: Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis. The drug which is also known as Marijuana is used for medicinal and reactional purposes BC weed delivered .  

Glaucoma Disease. 

Glaucoma is a health condition where the eyeball encounters intraocular pressure leading to gradual loss of eye sight. 

Just as other glaucoma medications, cannabinoids tend to reduce intraocular pressure when administered intravenously, inhaled or orally taken.  

The two most common ways of administering cannabis is smoking the drug or orally taking Tetrahydrocannabinol which is an ingredient of Cannabis. 

  1. Smoking method. 

Some people prefer smoking of cannabis or marijuana to lower the eye pressure since it is an easy way. The consumed marijuana last 3-4hours hence calls for more consumption of at least 8 times daily to be of great medicinal help. This leads to health drawbacks as too much consumption leads to health disorders such as lung diseases.  

  1. Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as (THC). 

Is normally taken orally and administered under the tongue. THC is used to treat Glaucoma and is perceived less risky compared to smoking which affects the lungs. Drowsiness and loss of judgements are some of the side effects of using THC.  

Health Drawbacks Obtained from Using Marijuana as Glaucoma Treatment. 

  1. A damaged Optic Nerve. 

Cannabis lowers blood pressure despite the ability of lowering the eye pressure. Low blood pressure normally leads to low supply of blood to the optic nerve. An optic nerve is a sensitive nerve which when damaged may lead to total blindness hence using harmful drugs is great risk. It is advisable that the Glaucoma patients should first visit an optician before attempting the consumption of marijuana.  

  1. Cardiovascular Effects. 

Marijuana consumption reduces blood pressure and also causes psychological effects in return. Cannabis affects the cardiovascular system as it deforms the heart operations making the heart to pound in an abnormal way. Such a situation may lead to stroke, heart attacks or any other heart diseases. 

       c)Brain Damage. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol changes the operations of hippocampus inside your brain which leads to memory problems. 

      d)Respiratory Disorders. 

Cannabis has very harmful products which when inhaled may damage your bronchis and lungs. After the consumption, a Glaucoma patient may experience a phlegmy cough or burning throat which is an unbearable situation. 

Take Away

Cannabis has both short- and long-term effects on the body which are beneficial and harmful to the health of a Glaucoma patient. Although the drug reduces the Intraocular pressure, there are many health risks embraced by the users. The drawbacks include dopamine release, weak immune system, poor digestion, brain damage, respiratory disorders among others. 

Taking a risk is a personal move despite the negative effects hence any Glaucoma patient intending to consume Marijuana may alter it to other conventional medication.