Originally Answered: Pros and cons of dmt?
Look it up on the internet, specific adverse reactions should be easy to find. Drugs that are not prescribed by a physician, and some that are, may make the situation worse by worsening depression or physical disorder. Drugs are toxic substances (that's why it is referred to as intoxication), toxicity is how they alter behavior and perceptions.
1) Drugs (prescribed or illegal) and alcohol (toxic substances) achieve their intoxication effects through altering brain function chemically?
2) The human brain is not “fully wired” until the early to mid 20s?
3) The artificial manipulation of a developing brain may have permanent effects on neural connections? (see Chaos Theory for review of major effects associated with minor variations)
4) “EEG studies show that very long duration marihuana exposure might be associated with slowed cognitive processing.” (http://www.psychotropics.dk/usr_view_mol...
“A slight change in the balance of brain chemistry can cause large changes in behavior. … Substance abuse and exposure to a variety of toxins can damage the brain, modifying intelligence, aggression, and decision-making abilities” (Eagleman, p. 157). The four major classes of abused toxins (alcohol, nicotine, psychostimulants, and opiates) microscopically plug into the reward systems of the brain, causing the circuits to be “hijacked” and enslaved (pages 204-205). These toxins artificially stimulate “the mesolimbic dopamine system (and) have self-reinforcing effects, and users (as a worst-case scenario) will rob stores and mug elderly people to continue obtaining these specific molecular shapes” (p. 205).
How ironic would it be if your intelligence (that facilitates your rationalization of drug/alcohol use) disintegrates noticeably as a result of this use? And, wouldn’t it be even more ironic, if you did not retain sufficient intelligence to determine that you are not as intelligent as you once were?
All mental processes are bio-chemical in nature; there is empirical evidence confirming that artificial laughter alters the brain chemistry in a positive way. And, depression can be triggered by defective assimilation of sugar (consult a physician). One should not underestimate the effects of proper diet (minimal sugar, avoid processed and refined foods; seek out whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts), avoiding drugs (legal and illegal) and alcohol, and adequate sleep (consistent each day and preferably more than 7 hours), which are essential for optimal physical and mental functioning. ADHD can be treated in this way. And, meditation has been proven to reduce stress (many books are available). Also, self-absorption can be associated with some level of depression.
The American Journal of Physiology (Sep 2011) explained how exercise improves memory, treats depression, and makes people feel better.Dr. Gabe Mirkin's E-Zine, Exercise Increases Mitochondria in Brain Cells: “Exercise increases the size and number of mitochondria in the brains of mice (American Journal of Physiology). … This could explain how exercise improves memory, treats depression, and makes people feel better and helps them to think more clearly.”
Examination of clinical research indicates that “antidepressants are not much better than placebos - dummy pills with no active ingredients in them at all. But that was only part of the story. Many of the studies sponsored by the drug companies were never published at all. They had been withheld from the public and even from the doctor.” [I. Kirsch, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth]
Depression self-help: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depressi... http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depressi...
National Mental Health Association Hotline
American Psychological Association therapist locator: http://locator.apa.org/
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The mind is its own place, and in itself
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