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Psychedelic drug helpful in curbing addiction to smoking: Study

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Irrespective of the substance a person is addicted to, curbing an addiction is tough. Many people around the world are addicted to smoking and it is known to be a difficult habit to get rid of.

Many remedies such as Nicotine patches, cold turkey and chewing gum are tried by people globally with hardly any luck. Matthew Johnson, a behavioral pharmacologist at Johns Hopkins’ Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Baltimore, suggests a different alternative – psilocybin – a drug that has been illegal for years, in most parts of Europe and North America.

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Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic and is the active ingredient of ‘magic mushrooms’. Illegal, but if psilocybin is given to smokers a few times, in a carefully controlled way, Johnson says that it can be remarkably effective in helping smokers kick the butt.

The use of psilocybin spread from the labs (for research) to drug counter culture which is why it was completely banned and even research was prohibited. Johnson believes that the drug has been off limits for the wrong reasons.

Now, the research by the team at John Hopkins under Matthew Johnson, has shown promising results. More than 460 psilocybin sessions have now been conducted at Johns Hopkins alone, ranging from investigating its use by cancer patients, to its effects on meditation. The Smoking Cessation programme, which has just finished its pilot stage, has attracted a lot of attention.

The volunteers are first prepared during the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and are asked to create their own mantra, which is like something they would like to remember later in life because it could be used as a motto, which would provide them with the necessary push towards achieving their goal and quitting the habit.

After CBT, they are given the drug in tablet form, and are allowed to self-administer. Post taking the pill, they are asked to lie down, plug in earphones and relax. They are not allowed to talk, but are asked to “go inward” into their thoughts and analyse.

[Research shows there’s a] 71% success rate for people who quit smoking just after they had a heart attack,” he explains. A heart attack would certainly qualify as a profound experience, but it’s not something you can go around triggering in people in order to stop them from smoking. Instead the aim is to use a powerful psychedelic trip to trigger a similar effect… an intense, abstract experience that changes the patient’s perspective. It’s this that the team refer to as a ‘mystical experience’,” Johnson was quoted.

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Top 3 Ways To Promote Faster Fat Loss

In this article, we’ll show you the top 3 ways that you can promote faster fat loss, just in time for summer.

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You might be sitting there unhappy with your body right now. And let’s be honest, summer
Is just around the corner! So instead of being unhappy, it only takes a few lifestyle changes and actions to sculpt your dream body or figure – so you can walk around on the beach without feeling embarrassed.
In this article, we’ll show you the top 3 ways that you can promote faster fat loss, just in
time for summer.

Eat More Thermogenics

Everyone knows that you need to watch your calories to lose weight. If you eat more
calories than your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure), then you’ll put on weight – that’s a fact. First thing’s first. Watch your calorie intake!
But most people know this. So, the second thing you can do is help your body burn more
calories.

Eat more Thermogenics.
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How do you do this? Answer: eat more thermogenic nutrients.
Just to clear things up, thermogenics are foods that raise your body temperature and heart- rate, so your body works harder to cool itself back down. In the process, your body burns more calories, even while you’re sat on the computer on social media!
Not bad eh? Well, here’s a small list of the best thermogenics, according to fitness experts, LeanBulking.com:

 Chili Peppers
 Green Tea
 Chlorogenic acid (in green coffee beans)
 Chromium Picolinate (naturally found in broccoli)
 Caffeine

Also Read: Obesity may affect a child’s liver

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

When many people think about the gym, they imagine themselves running on a treadmill
for hours; this seems both seriously boring and time-consuming.
The good news is that you don’t need to do this. . In fact, a study by Stephen H. Boucher
proved that a short 20 minute HIIT can really help you shed body fat.

High Intensity Interval Training
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What is HIIT? It’s when you sprint for a short period of time, then have a rest period, before starting the process again for around 20-30 minutes. You can perform this on a treadmill or cycle machine. Or you can get the job done outside in a park!
Not only that, HIIT session benefits you after the session too; studies have also shown that HIIT induces an ‘afterburn’ effect, which boosts your metabolism for up to 24 hours
afterwards too – promoting even more fat loss.
So next time you’re short of time or just want a quicker, more efficient workout, then
perform a 20-30 minute HIIT session to sweat off some body fat.

Also Read: Obesity Linked To Heart Rhythm Disorder

Lift Weights!

Back in the 1960s-80s, weightlifting was considered strange. People just couldn’t
understand why men and women would spend hours in the gym training.
But guess who came out of this period successful? The likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and
Lou Ferrigno, that’s who!
Now, luckily more and more people know the benefits of lifting weights. And it’s great that
we live In an age where more and more women are beginning to squat with heavier weights too. This is also why there are so many Instagram Fitness Models finding fame in recent times. Ultimately, as well as helping you improve the appearance of your body, weightlifting has and improve your heart health more than running. You can’t argue with that!

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Conclusion
Weight loss isn’t easy to achieve. But you can make easy changes to your lifestyle to help
you achieve that toned body you’ve dreamed about having.
Making these changes isn’t just for your vanity either. Eating healthier and training in the
gym will really improve your general health, mood and self-confidence too.
So add a few chilies to more meals, waste less time in the gym by performing HIIT, and start a sensible weight-lifting program. You might be surprised by how fast you begin losing those unwanted pounds!