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About Darklight

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  1. Yeah, I put it down to being dopamine depleted as well Also checked out the fridge this morning to grab brekky and every damn thing in there is full of tyramine. Stilton's apparently one of the highest tyramine cheeses tho, but every bloody thing in there is high tyramine Like some kind of weird legal binge lol Your experience sounds way scarier, glad you came out alright too Hard to tell if it was an hypertensive crisis, my BP is damn low and I couldn't remember how to use the toy that measures it at the time. HR was a guess but wasn't racing. GI symptoms were minor and transient, relatively speaking, if somewhat colourful. Fuck nose what would have happened without the charcoal tho. And I'm not up for more research, my guinea pig days are done :D Thinking about the dieta link, has anyone else concluded that it might be for the benefit of the practitioner as much as the participant? If you're looking after a circle very carefully, especially for ppl you don't know well, the last thing you need is to suddenly require all your attention diverted to one or two people experiencing a significant but totally avoidable somatic crisis like the above. And I'd hate to be the person who needed that attention Feeling good now, thanks for all the messages tho, happy festivus you crazy loving botanists. Spent yesterday on a digital detox with some mates and everything feels more balanced
  2. Also, the above may not be funny. I'm not in a position to judge right now If it isn't funny, I hope it's informative and useful for someone. If it is neither funny or useful, this is Chillspace but I may have massively misjudged the last few hours, so yeah, sorry
  3. TL:DR I always thought the tyramine/ aged cheese/ dieta thing was shaky til now, having read both sides and never experienced any issues prior since forever. Now I'm a believer Posting here so I don't spam the shit out of my mates. It's still happening, albeit at a lower level, and I'm super relaxed and everything seems like a good idea. After this I'll step away from all the keyboards before I start posting love letters on 4chan or something else godawful Been slaving over a hot spreadsheet for over a week ( queue tiny violins ). While I'm completely absorbed in computer stuff, my go to food is cheaparse Aldi Stilton, leafy greens and whatever fruit's in the garden. For days. In this case a week. A tiny stinky block of Aldi Stilton can last for days and there''s no washing up and it's brain food for spreadsheets Pressed Send on the spreadsheet. Wandered about feeling residually wired for a coupla hours and it was pissing me off, because Job Done, validated, tick, right? Had some 5HTP. Didn't measure it. Prolly a bit more than I should have, and would normally have- but not *that* much more. But when I've done that in the past all that happens is I get a bit anxious then it wears off and I'm all relaxed like it says on the box At +1 hour in things get weird. I think it was an hour, but it was getting weird so we'll call it +1 hour. I can't remember what the initial symptoms were because I'm not back yet. Mostly classic hiatus hernia I think, I looked it up. Old people thing. Burping, dizziness, feeling of fullness. Yeah, so I put it down to that. I'm old, bits of me recovering from whatever the fuck I had last year. That. 5HTPs never been an issue ever before At +1.5 hours I'm lying down wondering if someone has messed with my 5HTP container. And even I am not that stupid. And all my guests are awesome. It's looking incredibly serotonergic in here, but it's not your classic serotonergic. Temperature is constant. No change in heart rate. There are waves of...serotoninishness tho. Flickery visual disturbances are making me want to close my eyes. Scrolling Facebook on the laptop is even more of a physical nightmare than usual because visual disturbances. Is less worse if I stop scrolling down webpages or switching between tabs. But the effect isn't quite...drukgs. It's just not that sparkly for the level of physical discomfort either. The only thing I can think of is 5HTP. Must be a novel reaction now I'm old Ride it out. Feel like total shit, dog is getting worried etc. Doesn't feel life threatening, so no hospital. Mostly cos I do not want to go to hospital and tell them I took something that wasn't drugs but feel like it's a serotonergic response to 5HTP. That shit never ends well. And not quiiiite bad enough for the ambos yet. But no fun and getting slowly worse At +2 hrs approx it dawns on me that activated charcoal might help. Sop it up maybe. Swill a spoonful down in H2O and feel better At 2.5 hours I don't feel better enough, so I mung another spoonful in water and lay back down At +3 hours I had to stand up suddenly. I will never get the Stilton out of the curtains and the bathroom looks like it's been vandalised by a psychopathic goth teenager. Wall to wall charcoal But once I recognised the Stilton it all made sense- tyramine. Fuck I've heard of the MAOI response, but this is ridiculous. It was 4 hrs since my last Stilton hit before I took the 5HTP. What am I, made of fucking glass or something? Needed a couple more AC solutions between then and now, but the worst of it is gone The moral of the story is: Sometimes internetty things are true, for some people. And always keep human grade activated charcoal in your kitchen pantry. I don't have a kitchen pantry, but if I did that's where I'd keep it. Listen to your Elders. Not me tho, I'm still a little shaky. Often there is a reason for The Things. Like not eating the tops of Kava plants, and being careful about your food when anticipating ceremony. Those people know their shit, much respect I had to open the fridge ten minutes ago and the fucking Stilton is still in there and I was like a vampire at sunrise. This is gunna go on for a while I think. Even the smell... Feel heaps better tho.
  4. Darklight

    Alistair McTaggart + Caine Barlow on Australian Psilocybe

    Oh gord, it just finished. And was absolutely brilliant. Serious in-depth genetics parts too I need to rewatch @Freakosystem I hope you get a chance to check it out Hopefully the whole thing goes viral at some point. EGA webcasts just keep getting better and deserve a heaps wider audience Nick W Macguyvered the whole thing brilliantly as always
  5. Darklight

    Alistair McTaggart + Caine Barlow on Australian Psilocybe

    I am so definitely looking forward to this. Caine always explains things elegantly and thoroughly so they're pretty much in reach for everyone. And Dr McTaggart is the man with the golden ticket Thanks EGA crew, love yer work
  6. Welcome you I dunno, these days corporates even taking a public break has me suspicious. It's usually so people forget whatever stupid they've been up to and gives 'em time to 'rebrand'. Rebrand is a weasel word but for some reason this strategy is almost always successful
  7. I hope so. And look forward to as much information as I can eat popcorn to :D
  8. Darklight

    Vectobac 12as - Larvicide to remove gnats

    Never had any luck with Vectobac, sorry. Dunno if stock was too old, wrong species or what.
  9. Wouldn't miss it for the world. EGA just keeps coming up with awesome local talent I say this every year- but I'll say it again. EGA gatherings are fun and warm and inclusive. If you haven't been before and worry you won't find anyone to yak or hangout with- you so totally will Also Yeti I still owe you for doing that coffee run for me at the last one, let's catch up this time properly Me and a mate have shiny planty art toys to donate this time
  10. I'm enjoying watching the whole MMA binfire. Immensely. It gives my shrivelled heart some faith in human nature. Whoda thunk? There are so many qualified, experienced people and orgs contributing freely to the scene over decades, SAB, EGA, Mycommunity, PRISM etc who have done some really good science on a shoestring or less- and yet those runs on the board were ignored in favour for MMS setting themselves up as an opposition
  11. Darklight

    Medicinal Amaryllidaceae?

    Heya lovely bloke! Good to see you round Yeah, I was thinking about medicinal Amarylladaceae a while ago and came to roughly the same conclusion- too complicated by weird toxins for my non-chemist brain, so I gave up They do seem to have some fascinating aspects, but I'll wait for the smart ones like you to crunch all the numbers and molecules before I start planting them with the intention of medicinal use
  12. Darklight

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    SagiXsagi, thank you again, this is still one of my favourite threads. Hope I can grow lovely plants like yours one day
  13. Aw crew... Jess and I just watched this for the first time, which neither of us would normally ever do, but it was a lab day here and we wanted to see how it all went from the viewer's perspective It was super fun and not a bit nerve wrenching to be a part of it, we had so much ground to cover, and the EGA crew is always great to work with, so professional and inclusive and bloody thorough as well But even from the other side of the screen I was proud to be a part of that webcast. It was a pleasure meeting the panellists I hadn't met before the event, hell there are some seriously talented and experienced people in the scene these days, the panel are just a representative group put together for the evening. I reckon the vid showed Australian mushroom science, and Psilocybe science in particular, as a complex topic worthy of real consideration from multiple perspectives- social, cultural, environmental, clinical, academic and legal I cant thank you guys enough, EGA are really showcasing the maturity of the Australian psychedelic scene in a balanced way that's accessible for everyone- whether they're trippers or not. Whether they're rich or not. Whether they're listed on the stock exchange or not... oh fuck sorry I just went off on a tangent lol Thanks to Nick and Lee and Liam who really went above and beyond behind the scenes and who also make scientific contributions in their own right ( which I'd love to hear more about ) And thanks to Torsten for frantic last minute tarzanning around at his place so the NNSW interwebs would behave after the satellite connection shat itself about 30 min before we started. That was some serious Chuck Norris work right there and fuck it was cold outside Also the comments were brilliant. I too would snort Freud's ashes, but only if I could confirm by sequencing that they were, in fact, Freud's ashes and we had decent chain of custody documentation for them so no ash substitution was possible before they reached my nasal cavities. If you're thinking of taking part in an EGA presentation or submitting some work for distribution via EntheoTV, yeah, I would definitely do that. Go for it. The EGA team is gold
  14. Darklight

    covid 19 vaccination

    I'd also like to see a greater breakdown on co-morbidities. Age, obesity, smoking, other chronic diseases etc But I guess we won't see that data from a significant sample size for a while
  15. Darklight

    covid 19 vaccination

    Long rant follows- apologies WC I'm over 50 and hanging out for Pfizer- or more data on long-haul responses to AZ I'm not vaccine hesitant- I'm fussy for good reasons Complex reasons. Last March 2020 I had a bit of a flu in regional QLD- they weren't testing for COVID unless you were directly linked to the Ruby Princess, but there were a couple of small outbreaks in the region. But there were a few other influenza strains round, and I was going to the gym rather a lot-- isolating and heading out only at times the workout areas weren't crowded ( this was pre- lockdown but I was being cautious ). Was pretty fit, BMI 24 and from memory whatever flu I had wasn't too bad. Week's bed rest and I threw everything I had at getting better as the main worry was needing the ER if there was a local COVID outbreak Coupla weeks after, serious nerve issues began. Started with what appeared to be ear infection, spread to neck/ arms/ hands nerve burning and serious inflammation. Lost the use of my hands most days, had to attempt what passed for sleep sitting up for 3 months- the pain was incredible. Brain fog. Lost hearing in one ear. Occasional loss of vision. No heart or lung issues thank fuck. Massively reduced working hours on casual contract, but my lovely bosses kept me on while I struggled Regional QLD health is shit. Absolute shit. My employers had warned me when I signed on, but nothing prepares you for the rank level of incompetence at the time you need it. The services are there, but the staff I was interfacing with at GP and ER level were beyond hopeless ( specialists were great- when you could get them ). It took six months to get the ear infection component recognised and dealt with. I couldn't even get an antibody test for COVID after repeated requests Took to treating the whole thing by symptom- have been restricting diet, keeping up exercise, steroids, pilates, LDN, prebiotics and pregnenolone and in the last 5 months I've slowly been seeing improvement It took six months of hard work to be able to use forceps and a scalpel for a couple of hours a day. It's taken me 14 months to even get to the point of doing 10 min gardening a day. And I am so grateful for that ten minutes. Healing is a full time job. Given that flu-like viruses can occasionally cause a range and varying severity of these post-viral symptoms, at +12 months I can't attribute the post-viral nerve and inflammation issues to COVID. Officially the diagnosis is post-viral inflammation, more specialist appointments pending. Preliminary data on the various long haul COVID groups I'm on is showing a 40:40:20 spread for symptom change post Pfizer- 40% experience good reduction in symptoms post vaccine, 40% have no change in symptoms and 20% symptoms increase. The data is *very* preliminary, largely anecdotal, and there's not much info on post AZ responses yet. And the majority of the people reporting anecdotally do not have exclusive nerve damage- reported post-viral responses were largely pulmonary and heart in the early days and the neural/nerve reports are becoming more frequent only now Dunno if I even had COVID. But if I did, and whatever the virus was I can live with the risks of an 80% neutral/positive outcome from the Pfizer vax, wait for data on AZ responses, and/or hang out for more data generally. No way would I risk these symptoms worsening without significant assessment of my options Being in a zero- COVID area, and having the privilege of being able to isolate easily, there is at this point no rush for me to get the vaccine- yet. Any of the SARS type virii can cause these post viral symptoms and COVID especially is resulting in a really high rate of life-limiting multi-system long-haul damage. The spread of COVID, as a possibly new and a novel coronavirus, is going to have significant health and economic impacts on human health for decades If anyone tells you COVID isn't a thing, punch them in the mouth.