Learning & Education

Exploring the Fly Agaric Mushroom and Muscimol
Sep 14, 2023
Imagine a beautiful mushroom. Do you see a dome-shaped cap atop a slender stem? Visualize the cap’s color. Is it, perhaps, a deep red adorned with white dots? If so, you have envisioned the most commonly portrayed mushroom in mainstream culture Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric.
Is GABA the Key to Meditation?
Feb 23, 2023
New research evidence suggests that meditation can modulate brain activity, specifically via the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) [3-6]. Though this may perhaps not be surprising to devotees of the practice, in this article we will investigate the relationship between meditation and this important neurotransmitter in the brain and nervous system.
Psychedelics as Nootropics?
Aug 10, 2022
Yes indeed! They are PONs + psychoplastogens! Let us explain... The use of classical psychedelic substances for therapeutic purposes has surged in recent years. Although in its infancy, research has also alluded to the potential benefits of "microdosing" psychedelics for health and wellness, namely by lowering depression, anxiety, and stress as well as enhancing cognitive performance [2].
Jun 23, 2022
In this article, we will explore an important neurotransmitter in the body and brain called acetylcholine (ACh). While also functioning as a classical neuromodulator, ACh is similar to norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in that it cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. 
Jun 02, 2022
In today’s article, we are going to cover the “fight or flight” (or “oh sh*t, there’s a bear!”) catecholamine and neurotransmitter known as norepinephrine (NE). As with gamma-aminobutyric acid (or GABA), serotonin, and dopamine, NE can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. 
May 26, 2022
In today’s article, we are going to explore the well-known, indispensable, and now kind of infamous neurotransmitter, dopamine. As with GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid and serotonin, dopamine can’t cross the blood-brain barrier.