Rank #4: #129: LSD With Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris
Rank #5: #137: DMT: Dr. Rick Strassman’s Breakthrough Work With “The Spirit Molecule”
Dr. Rick Strassman is something of a legend in the psychedelic research community. His studies in the early 1990s re-opened a door which had been securely bolted for almost three decades: a prohibition against testing psychedelics on human research subjects.
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Rank #6: #113: Porn Addiction and the Brain
The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction -- way beyond. The brain's dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.
Rank #8: #118: Turmeric: Spice for your Brain
The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.
Rank #9: #116: Psilocybin and the Potential for “Psychedelic Therapies”
Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin -- the psychoactive ingredient that puts the "magic" in magic mushrooms. This currently "Schedule 1" drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care. Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.
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Rank #10: #074: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Dopamine
Rank #11: #057: Rhodiola rosea: “Santa’s Stimulant”
Rank #12: #059: Lucid Dreaming with Dr. Deirdre Barrett
Rank #13: #221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;)
It's easier to smoke marijuana legally these days than it is to study it. Strange, but true. But with tens of millions of Americans using recreational marijuana regularly...isn't it time we learned what it's doing to our brains?
Rank #14: #120: Intermittent Fasting and Cognition with Dr. Mark Mattson
Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, "feeding windows," and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.
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Rank #15: #177: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Acetylcholine
It’s high time we covered acetylcholine — the most plentiful neurotransmitter in the body. And our Know Your Neurotransmitters series continues with the best guest possible to talk to us about acetylcholine.
Rank #16: #066: Starvation And Its Benefits
Dr. Longo shares with us his research on the beneficial effects of fasting on everything from our immune responses to our lifespans, and addresses some points of curiosity that arose over the course of our calorie-free week.