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Mescaline Less Addictive Than Cannabis, Scientists Conclude

Mescaline is a naturally-occurring alkaloid which causes hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin. It has been used for religious rituals by North American Natives as far back as 5700 years ago and has been claimed to be a viable treatment for depression, anxiety, headache, obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction to certain substances, …

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Validating The Effects of Ayahuasca With Placebo Controlled Studies

Ayahuasca is a plant concoction from South America ritually used by Amazonian shamans during various rituals and ceremonies. It is prepared by cooking leafs from the Psychotria viridis bush mixed with the liana Banisteriopsis caapi. Nowadays the word is more often associated with a type of spiritual retreat where participants ingest the concoction to improve …

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Why Isn’t There More Research On Medical Cannabis?

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 36 states, including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has also been legalized in 19 states for recreational use. But despite that opposition still lingers with dividing opinions on its health benefits. Many, including mainstream media, believe that long-term cannabis use can …

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Betel Nut Chewers In Guam Risk Health Due To Sociocultural Pressures

Betel or areca nut chewing has been  linked to  oral and oropharyngeal cancer, oral lesions, oral lukoplakia and submucous fibrosis, gum disease, along with cancer of the pharynx and oesophagus. But despite awareness of the health risks, the practice persists especially in regions of the Western Pacific.  A survey conducted among current and former betel …

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Study On CBD Found Timing Of Administration Crucial To Effects On Anxiety And Sleep

The cannabis plant contains more than 80 different compounds called cannabinoids. It has been known to treat a variety of ailments including nausea, epilepsy, malaria and gout. Today CBD has been popularized as a supplement to relieve pain, anxiety and help with sleep.  A study that was published in The Permanente Journal found CBD most …

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Getting To The Core of Morinda Citrifolia’s Anticancer Potentials

Morinda citrifolia or more widely known as noni fruit have been used for medicinal purposes across Southeast Asia for over 2,000 years. The odoriferous fruit is consumed as juice, in powder or oil form to cure a variety of ailments including arthritis, headaches, burns and even diabetes and tuberculosis.  Despite its potential, research on m. …

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Benefits Of Agarwood and Aquilaria Plants Uncovered Through Chemical Compound Isolation

The Agarwood is a non-timber fragrant wood of Aquilaria spp. (Thymelaeaceae) native to SouthEast Asia. It is regarded as a precious commodity for its various uses in medicine, religious rites and cultural activities. For example, in traditional Chinese medicine agarwood can be used to relieve coughs, gastric, fever and many more ailments. But despite its …

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From Jelly to Vegan Superfood: Uncovering Gracilaria changgi Red Algae’s Nutritional Potential

Hidden in the mangroves of tropical Malaysia is a plant that contains the nutritional value of broccoli, soybeans and eggs combined. The red algae or Gracilaria changgi has traditionally been used as agar for gelatinous desserts in South East Asia. But a study on the aquatic vegetable has uncovered a wealth of nutritional content and …

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The Science Behind Seaweed’s Addictive Umami Flavor

Seaweeds are highly priced not only for its nutritional benefit but also its taste.  Whether eaten raw or cooked, it adds a distinct umami flavor to our food. The chemical makeup of seaweeds which bring out the umami flavor is called volatile compounds, and consists of alcohols, hydrocarbons, aldehydes, halogenated compounds, esters and other chemical …

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Gaining A Better Understanding Of Seaweed Composition Through Proper Preparation And Extraction Process

The study of seaweed biology is of particular interest in the scientific community after the plant was discovered to have various healing components, some of which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, antitumor, prebiotic, and antimicrobial. Seaweeds have unique functional compounds compared to land-based plants. They have a wide range of polysaccharides and hydrocolloids which can open …

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