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  • shrooms, LSD and even deep breathing techniques can cause you to hallucinate.

  • New science shows exactly what is happening in your brain and how it can unlock a key to your consciousness.

  • Scientists have administered psychedelics to volunteers and scan their brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging and Magneto and Cephalon graffiti and found decreased blood flow to the default mode network.

  • The default Mode network is made up of the medial prefrontal cortex, the posterior singular cortex, the inferior parietal lobe.

  • You'll the lateral temporal cortex, the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex and the hippocampal formation.

  • This network keeps your brain working efficiently.

  • It's evolved to filter out the vast amount of information coming to your brain by predicting what you need and getting rid of what you don't.

  • If you are met with a new situation, your default mode network will use past experiences to make quick decisions.

  • Using less energy.

  • It creates the human capacity for self reflection, planning the future, worrying and reason it is where the brain creates the story of who you are as an individual.

  • Common psychedelics, such as Silas in or lysergic acid di ethyl amid are all trip to means.

  • So is serotonin, which is found naturally in your body.

  • These are organic compounds with a ring of six atoms attached to another with five atoms, which all have a high affinity for a receptor found in the outermost layer of your brain, called the five ht to a receptor.

  • Here we have the serotonin in your body, and here we have LSD.

  • The trip to mean core scaffold of the LSD molecule is similar to that of the serotonin in your body.

  • It is attached to an ERG Align scaffold connected to a di ethyl amid substitution.

  • Here, we see because of its similar shape to serotonin, the LSD molecule binding to your five HT to a receptor, and due to its chemical composition, it will bind for longer than serotonin ever would.

  • Naturally in your body, when psychedelics bind to the five ht to a receptor, a cascade of cellular biology causes the default mode network to decrease.

  • This leads to ego dissolution, a k a feeling less separation from others and from nature itself.

  • In fact, f m r I scans of those on psychedelics is similar to experience meditators who can effectively turn off their default mode network and temporarily vanish their ego.

  • Other times when the default mode network is decreased is during deep prayer overwhelming experiences of off, for example, looking at the Grand Canyon or even near death experiences.

  • A decrease in the default mode network can come with hallucinations.

  • But why on the left is a visual depiction of the neural networks in the brain of someone given a placebo pill.

  • On the right is a visual depiction of the neural networks in the brain of someone tripping on psilocybin.

  • With decrease action from the default mode network, your brain is no longer working efficiently.

  • It now has to make sense of increased information and starts filling in the blanks with hallucinations and altered perceptions.

  • In order to cope, living plants might start to grow faces.

  • The brain will never stop trying to make sense of the world, but now it is using new parts of the brain.

  • In fact, people who are color blind report being able to see certain colors for the first time.

  • While on psychedelics, a child's brain is actually similar to an adult brain on psychedelics.

  • As an adult, you have learned through experiences and prune your neurons to deal efficiently based on past experiences for kids.

  • Most experiences are new when they encounter a situation, their brain is not efficient looking more like this graph on the right than this graph on the left.

  • This explains their curiosity, slower processing obsession with nature and why they're better than adults.

  • At some intelligence tasks involving creativity or just straight up, white kids act like they're on drugs.

  • Existentially distress and a fear of dying usually means an overactive default mode network.

  • Obsessive self reflection.

  • Ah, fear of losing consciousness or the ego.

  • This is why, in recent years, psychedelic therapy has become a popular treatment for terminal illness and coping with end of life.

  • Fear addiction could be related to the story you have built about yourself, leading to some promising studies using psychedelic therapy to decrease addiction to smoking or alcohol.

  • Indigenous Americans have long used the psychedelic peo T to treat the alcoholism introduced by colonizers and played communities since the genocide.

  • From what Europeans studies that use hallucinogens as therapeutic tools have professionals who lead the trip and place importance on the set and setting.

  • The stakes are high when letting this much information into the brain and can lead to a bad trip.

  • But one thing is for certain.

  • Hallucinogens are helping us understand how the brain works.

  • Learn more about the human consciousness and our potential therapies for a variety of mental illnesses.

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  • I think this year has been, for me, at least, about dealing with mortality and reading.

  • Research and studies on human consciousness has helped me.

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shrooms, LSD and even deep breathing techniques can cause you to hallucinate.

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The Real Reason You Hallucinate

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/15
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