Learning & Education

Mastering Health and Wellness: 7 Cognitive Biases Unveiled
Nov 30, 2023
Cognitive biases are prevalent human tendencies that can significantly influence how we think, make decisions, and act in various ways [1-3]. In the setting of health and wellness, these biases can have a far-reaching impact [4], both positive and negative [5].
Beyond the Trip: Psychedelic Therapy
Nov 23, 2023
The use of psychedelics for their potential cognitive and mental health benefits is a topic that has gained attention in recent years. Psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, DMT, ketamine, and MDMA have been explored for their nootropic and psychoplastogenic properties, making them intriguing subjects for research and clinical trials.
Mind Over Matter: Nicotine for Cognitive Enhancement
Nov 16, 2023
Nicotine is a chemical compound that naturally occurs in tobacco plants. It's notorious for its addictive properties and the severe health consequences of smoking. However, when you separate nicotine from the toxic components of tobacco and view it in isolation, a different narrative emerges.
All Things Dihydrohonokiol-Beta
Nov 09, 2023
Research from the turn of the century proposed that reduced forms of honokiol might yield enhanced anxiolytic activity compared with its parent compound [12,13]. The most promising of these was dihydrohonokiol-beta (DHH-B or 3'-(2 propenyl)-5-propyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-2,4'-diol), a partially reduced honokiol derivative [13].
Testing for Serotonin: Methods, Pathways, and Challenges
Nov 02, 2023
Testing for serotonin levels in the brain is very difficult. Although blood tests are available for serotonin, doctors tend to diagnose low serotonin based on symptoms, not blood concentrations. In the case of serotonin syndrome (high levels of serotonin caused by medication use), doctors use symptomatology and a thorough assessment of medications to arrive at a diagnosis [14,15].
How and Where is Serotonin Produced?
Oct 26, 2023
Serotonin is synthesized through a series of enzymatic reactions, beginning with the essential amino acid tryptophan. Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body, hence the name, and must therefore be consumed through the food we eat.