Pictures From the Study
The following information is from beckleyfoundation.org.
What you are seeing is a “static picture” of stem cells taken after several days of treatment with the different compounds. No neurons were present prior to the three different treatments: a) saline (water and salt); b) harmine; and c) tetrahydroharmine.
The first image is the control, with only salty water (saline) added to the cell cultures. The nuclei of the stem cells can be seen in blue, and were treated with saline for several days. Only a few developed into young neurons (the few green spots in the image).
The second image shows the results after several days of treatment with harmin: Blue is still present because it’s a marker of cell nuclei, and all cells have nuclei (stem cells and neurons). The green spots are the young neurons marked using Tuji staining. This staining is specific for “neuron-specific class III beta-tubulin, present in recently created neurons. The red spots show more mature neurons, and the staining marks the microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP-2), whose presence increases during neuron development.
The third image shows the results obtained after several days of treatment with tetrahydroharmine.
This Is Only the Tip Of the Iceberg for Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca has helped thousand of people, including myself, work through deep-rooted issues and heal from traumatic experiences. It doesn’t surprise me at all that, through this process, it also helps to regenerate new brain cells. It’s almost like a cognitive cleanup — out with the old, in with the new.
More specifically, ayahuasca has assisted many people recover from addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, lack of purpose, and much more. This is truly a plant medicine with the potential to heal countless people, and it is my hope that studies like this will prompt lawmakers and officials to lighten the strict laws that govern ayahuasca’s use, as it’s currently a Schedule One drug under the United States’ Controlled Substances Act. A gradual shift is taking place, and it’s only a matter of time before mainstream science and medicine catch up with the incredible healing capacity of this divine and sacred plant.
And no, this does not mean go ahead and take a bunch of psychedelics! That is not what we are implying here. A lot of research needs to be done, and a lot of “professionals” and people need to be consulted before trying substances like this. The education around these topics is still growing.
Source: Collective Evolution
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