Cannabis is sometimes classified as a "minor psychedelic" and in his pioneering book, On Being Stoned, psychologist Charles Tart (1971) questioned 150 marijuana users who’d used the drug at least a dozen times, finding that 44 percent reported having OBEs (much higher than found in general surveys). About a quarter of them (23%) had had one OBE and about a fifth (21%) had had many. But their OBEs did not tend to occur when they were stoned. In fact, most of these cannabis users had never had an OBE while intoxicated. The same applied to those who used psychedelics as well as cannabis; they reported more OBEs and more multiple OBEs. … [Read more...] about Psychedelics and the Out-of-Body Experience
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Health and social care workers Emergency workers and national security workers Local and national government workers Education and childcare workers Food and other necessary goods Transport workers Utilities, communication and financial services workers A swab is taken, you get your results back and you will then follow advice on self-isolation. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why is Wales not testing over 65s as in England?
The authors claim that theirs is the first study to examine the link between COVID-19 and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as to explore intentional COVID-19 exposure. Their study found that 83 U.S. adults (9.2% of their sample) reported intentionally exposing themselves to COVID-19. Given how contagious the virus is, the authors contend this has enormous public health implications. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19
Sarah-Jane Marsh, the hospital boss who is NHS test and trace’s director of testing, offered a “heartfelt” apology for people being sent long distances away from home. “It’s our laboratory processing that is the critical pinch point. We are doing all we can to expand quickly,” she said. … [Read more...] about ‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system
So what can be done? The most important thing is to recognize that good science takes patience, and anecdotal evidence should not be taken as proof. Correlation is not the same as causation, and the recommendations and decisions made by groups such as the WHO, CDC, FDA, AMA and others regarding effective infection control measures and the standard of care include detailed analyses of all the information available, not simply the highly publicized results of individual reports. Looking at the raw data can be empowering and informative, but groups of experts assessing all available information is how an overall understanding can emerge that will result in medical advances and well-informed policy decisions. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research