When we ingest peyote, mescaline changes the way our brains process information. It makes us feel altered — almost high — by altering our brain waves and introducing a new sensation. Because of the way mescaline influences neurons in the brain, our senses go wild. Usually, our brains filter out what
There are few things in life that beat a good cup of coffee, but what is it about this drink that makes us love it so much? What is it about caffeine that makes us crave more? The quick answer is three brain chemicals: adenosine, adrenaline, dopamine. Adenosine slows down nerve cells (neurons) and o
Most people view opium as a deadly narcotic. But that perception has been warped by the drug war and the opioid crisis. At its most basic element, opium is a plant that acts on our bodies in much the same way as naturally derived medicines, like aspirin or morphine (both of which come from poppies).