Psychedelic Drugs Increase Intelligence?

 J Man (@jfeeky24)8 years, 4 months ago

I started smoking weed a few years ago and now as a senior in high school I smoke around 2-3 times a week. However, only 1 time a week do I use high doses. The other times I usually smoke by myself with low doses and just think about shit (or sometimes meet up with people). And when I smoke – almost everytime – I learn something about myself or social situations. Also, when I smoke I become more motivated… Weird. But honestly, marijuana gives me insights and I think I am slowly evolving and I love the person I am becoming. I just wanted to know if anyone has ever experienced anything similar to this? I most likely won’t smoke forever, but while im young I want to make use of it. Also, ever since I read the biography of Steve Jobs, who stated “lsd was one of the most important things I have in my life”, and found that many other of the smartest people ever to live took entheogens, I have been extremely interested. Please let me know your thoughts!

May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm
yugen (29) (@jreynolds789) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I admire where you are in life. If you wanna take it as good advice, don’t over indulge like you are currently limiting yourself, and experiment by your own discretion. Sounds like a pretty gnarly place to be my friend! Enjoy it, and may the wind always be at your back =]

Bianca A (101) (@biancavila) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jfeeky24 right there with you! I feel like whenI smoke, I’m able to analyze things faster. I think. I know this is stupid, but I was watching spongebob the other day while i was high, and spongebob and squidward’s relationship is actually a lot more complicated than what I see when I’m sober.

MarkII (71) (@mwinship13) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jfeeky24, I totally agree. Same thing when I smoke and when I trip (LSD) knowledge is thrown into me. Concepts that I had never heard of or had thoughts even close to pop into my head.

ELizard (229) (@heavydreamz) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jfeeky24 feel you man, i agree psych’s can be used as tools. a couple hours ago i smoked a bowl to myself, something i rarely do, went on a walk outside and judged my life so much i went home and did all the household chores. mary j is one that I use daily in small doses as an energy/creative boost at the end of the day. other psych’s i find useful once in a while, i tend to take it over board. I dont know where i would be without lsd in my life.

@biancavila, whenever i watch something high i over analyze it. its the ultimate test to the quality of a show. spongebob must be well written, i remember watching that 70’s show extremely blazed and it was the worst show ive ever seen. i could never watch it sober the same.

mook (25) (@killopatra) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

these drugs disintegrate, literally, certain patterns of neural behavior to the extent that the resulting conscious experience “feels” incredibly novel and irregular. initially and especially with milder subs like marijuana, this change in perception can offer up a great amount of knowledge about yourself, the way you’ve perceived the world up to the point….how it has been so pattern oriented….and how everything around you is seemingly following its own pattern. more than a change in “intelligence” it is a change in perspective. intelligence is its own pattern of specific neural behavior. A change in this (or more accurately these) system(s) can most definitely change how thinking and decision making and pattern recognition and anything else is done. A temporarily streamlined neural network that isn’t deferring the mental processing dedicated to figuring out a calculus equation to thoughts about the perceived self, about hunger, about whats on tv later, about those song lyrics that are stuck in your head…will appear as an increase in intelligence. And it might be fair to say that thats exactly what it is. Some recent work, see Robin carhart-harris, into the neurophysiological effects of psychedelics have revealed that overall brain activity, as far as current instrumentation can measure, decreases (instead of increases as it might intuitively seem) while dosing. This might offer an explanation for the psychedelic experience….as certain pathways are temporarily inhibited from firing action potentials, the unaffected pathways (consisting of neurons and their axonal/dendritic connections) reliably (as the psychedelic experience is fairly similar between users) yield a greater portion of information into consciousness. It is also believed that neurogenesis (creation of new neurons!) is stimulated in the hippocampus (the brains semantic (non-emotional) memory and learning center) by psilocybin and other psychedelics. lab rats who have had neurogenesis stimulated in the hippocampus perform better on spatial and physical learning tasks than those who did not have their hippocampi stimulated. so this suggests that neurogenesis actually matters (the cells don’t just die….well they do die if they aren’t used) and that learning and mental processing improves as a result. SOOOO if psychedelics produce a profoundly altered conscious experience by “disconnecting” certain parts of the brain from others and allowing those parts to make new synaptic connections between themselves…this is the foundation of animal learning…then you might be totally right in thinking that psychedelics can increase intelligence. certain kinds of intelligence.

just be wary, too much is TOO MUCH. use this shit responsibly. seen too many friends and acquaintances become overly introverted, anxious, paranoid…the full gamut…because they started chasing enlightenment or superiority or curiosity.

I’m jealous though man…it was incredibly exciting waking up

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@jfeeky24, I cannot smoke in social situations anymore, marijuana is purely psychedelic for me now and yes. I learn a LOT when I smoke, sometimes a bit too much at a time so I tend to space it out a couple times a year.

LSD, shrooms, ayahusca, ibogaine, mescaline – these all increase intelligence, or at the very least give you new perspectives on which to learn from.

There is some research out there (I can’t find it anymore) that psilocybin increases neural growth factor proteins… but yeah. I can’t find it. I read it about 3 years ago.

Bianca A (101) (@biancavila) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

@heavydreamz, spongebob is my favorite show now.

Kazi (140) (@kazi) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

i feel like if you know how to get the benefits of psychedelics without otherwise goofing around, you will be able to gain more insight and understanding in things

sammysodapop (1) (@sammysoads) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

most definately. They make you age less, also.Low dose 5hta agonists have nootropic qualities. sub threshold doses. they stimulate the mind. Look up lsd nootropics. research albert hoffman, the man who discovered lsd. He also developed a bunch of other cognitive enhancing drugs, such as hydergine. He was ranked a tied frist place in 2007 as the worlds greatest living geniuses. The man is very smart. he drops 20mcg of acid (sub threshold, not enough to get high) daily, as a cognitive enhancing boost. i have been dropping alot of medicinal acid over the past year, and got 2 job promotions and doubled my wage in a year. It also remaps the neurological pathways of your negative behaviours. There. I said it. its out. You would be stupid not to drop low dose acid. If you want more info get at me. Im a connoiseur on the subject. PeaceQ

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