Switching off the Consciousness: A Painful Beginning of Anaesthesia

It was January 1845. Boston Massachusetts General Hospital’s Surgical Theatre was never so empty as then. A monotonous and boring speech about cranial trepanation did not attract a broad auditorium.  Meeting of a thick and inelegant drill, in connection with human bone and brain meninges, almost always resulted in an exacerbated infection and a terrible death of the patient.

Among fleers and whispers of the students, it could be heard:

“Humbug, seriously? How He wants to do it, it’s impossible.”

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Marijuana: A Key To Understanding the Brain ?

Cannabis, weed, grass, hash… a striking variety of names  used to describe this well-recognized drug illustrates its popularity. It may be smoked with tobacco, or using bongos in different forms, including hashish. Known for its recreational and medical uses, cannabis still seems to be an intriguing source of natural substances, of a remarkable potential in treating popular diseases. What if nature has hidden a clou to medical development between green leaves of herbs, like Cannabis sativa?

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LSD: From Aztec Rituals to CIA Mind Control

This is the first article of the series of posts about most known drugs. Each week, we’ll discuss one, giving you information about their mode of action, observable effects, and quoting accounts of people exposed to the drug.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) was first synthesised in 1938. It was used in psychiatric research to simulate experimental psychosis. US Army and CIA were working on using it for military purposes, and to control the mind of the suspects during interrogation. First conquistadors also describe very similar psychoses caused by consuming ancient Aztec potions, which were thought to be used as a method of contacting the supernatural powers.

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When the brain dies – Near Death Experiences

 So what is the Near Death Experience (NDE) of Brain Death?

It’s an interesting syndrome, involving visual and auditory events, happening on clinical death of a brain. It’s neither uncommon, nor specific to the West. Indeed, it was reported in hundreds of cases all around the world.

OK, so what is the NDE? How can it be explained? Is it just a brain projection, or a supernatural experience of a superior power?

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