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Honey Soul Radio: Kilindi Iyi

 

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-7-27-44-amListen to the blogtalk episode here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/honeysoul/2017/02/22/spirit-medicine-and-the-metaphysics-of-consciousness-with-baba-kilindi-iyi

In this episode of HoneySoul Radio we are joined by our special guest Kilindi Iyi going to take a journey inside and outside of our minds. We are going to leave those things that are considered and accepted as normal, and expand our consciousness into the mysteries of spirit medicine. We ask, “What can plants really do for us?” We will discuss transformation, transportation, sexuality, and transcendence. You don’t want to miss it! It’s food for the GODS!

Master Teacher, Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research focuses on the high dose of psilocybin magic mushrooms.

OSUNLADE x MEMORIES

Enjoy the sounds of OSUNLADE…. I was listening to this and a song began that I haven’t heard in about 10 years. It brought back many memories of late night adventures at union square. I can even remember trying to hum the song to people in effort of finding out the title…  I was chasing drummers at the time, filming as much as I could for a documentary and this particular night the cops were getting complaints so they shut the drum circle down. One of the drummers knew of a club we could go to. We went to the club and at that point I realized the camera would be my access to many things in life. Normally I would not be let in a club like this but I had the camera, I was good. This song was the highlight of the night around 1:33:33  If you want to know which song that was.  The best thing about video …. footage of that night below.

 

Cannabis Prices Dropping?

It’s good news for consumers in the short-term, but might put small growers out of business, leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

If there’s one thing to take away from Economics 101, it’s the fundamental rules of supply and demand. When the supply exceeds the demand, prices tumble, which is exactly what’s happening right now in the legal weed market.

According to Forbes, the prices for marijuana in the states where it’s legal have fallen precipitously. In 2015, wholesale pot plummeted from $2,500 a pound to only $1,000 in 2016. In Colorado, prices went from $8 a gram for marijuana flower (what the rest of us call “bud”) in mid 2016 to a current price of $6. The drop was more dramatic in Washington, where prices decreased from $25 a gram to just $6.

Experts believe this is a result of heavy investment in the marijuana business, which is causing pot production to exceed demand as big-money speculators try to cash in on the emerging market. In the short-term, this market saturation means that prices at the dispensary will be down. But as it becomes more difficult for small growers to turn a profit, they may go out of business, possibly leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

A crowded market might not be the worst thing for consumers, though. When there is a lot of product vying for tokers’ attentions, brands are forced to differentiate and go beyond coming up with cute strain names like “Steve McGarrett’s Hair” or “God’s Vagina 2.0.” Some strains will likely rely on celebrity endorsements, like Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve or Snoop Dogg’s Leafs by Snoop. Others will go the Whole Foods route, making organic and pesticide-free bud available at a premium. Some may just try to make their pot stronger.

Still, there are parts of the marijuana market that are holding steady, particularly edibles, concentrated oils, and concentrates made for vapes. There’s also the high-end weed market with its $200 blunts that shows no sign of slowing down.

Of course, this is only a concern to those in the eight states where recreational marijuana is currently legal. While the legal weed market is worth about $6.9 billion a year, 87 percent of all marijuana purchases are still made on the black market, which is estimated to be worth, annually, about $46 billion. Some might argue that we’re currently living in the Golden Age of Illegal Weed, where dealers are still seeing large profit margins.

Read the full article at 

Status of The Medicinal Mushroom Industry?

A wave of studies say psychedelics can treat depression, end-of-life anxiety, addiction and more. So we asked experts when we’ll legally be able to grow medicinal shrooms at home.

It’s 2017, and legal weed is coming to Canada. It’s close enough that you might even have your first non-criminal session planned out. If you’re corny enough to imagine making history by sparking a joint on the steps of Parliament minutes after the paperwork is signed, it’s worth remembering you won’t be the first legal weed smoker.

Medical weed, and the right to grow it, has now been on the table for two decades, starting with an epileptic guy named Terrence Parker. After being charged with possession a bunch of times, Parker fought the government and won the right to be exempt from further growing and holding charges in 1997. An appeal court decided that exemption should apply to anyone growing for a medical purpose in 2000. Though regulations tried to outlaw homegrown medicinal bud again in 2013, that was struck down in court last year.

What we haven’t had in Canada (yet) is a legally-sanctioned medical shroom grower. With a wave of recent studies suggesting psychedelics are an effective treatment for depression, end-of-life anxiety, addiction and more, that prospect doesn’t seem as far fetched at it once did. As you can probably imagine, some fans are already looking at Canada’s path to medical weed, and applying the same arguments to magic mushrooms. Will that take another 20 years to grow your own? Or is the legal precedent already set?

Twenty-three-year-old Spencer Allison is on precisely this trip. He’s read much of the new research on psychedelic treatment for depression, as well as a few court decisions, and thinks it’s just a matter of time before he can grow his own medical mushies. Allison’s been bugging a bunch of bureaucrats at Health Canada for a new “section 56” exemption, just like Parker’s in ’97. So far, it’s not going so well.

Allison says he found the Parker case on Wikipedia, and went to the Ontario Court of Appeals site to get a summary of the arguments. “I went through that, hit Ctrl-F, and just started changing every mention of epilepsy to depression, and found anything that applied to marijuana also worked for LSD and other psychedelics.”

Read More: What Are the Medical Benefits of Psychedelics?

Allison thinks the very same argument will eventually force the government to let him legally grow at home. “I think it’s just a matter of when, more or less.” Given all the excitement (and caution) over psilocybin’s medicinal possibilities, I decided to call a few science and legal experts to find out if Allison’s optimism holds up to scrutiny.

When I called up Mark Haden of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, aka MAPS, he said weed and mushrooms are entirely different drugs, and their legalization will probably be super different, too. Haden recently put out a paper that laid out how he thinks psychedelics should be regulated in Canada, including a new agency of government-licensed trip sitters.

“The path to legalization of cannabis is completely different. The path to legalization of cannabis has been political,” he told VICE. According to Haden, because psychedelics don’t have the same widespread popularity that weed does, we’ll never see mushrooms on a ballot question in the states, or the right to micro-dose rolled into a major policy plank in Canada’s next election.

Read the full article at VICE 

Ancient Geomagnetic Spikes?

Earth’s geomagnetic field wraps the planet in a protective layer of energy, shielding us from solar winds and high-energy particles from space. But it’s also poorly understood, subject to weird reversals, polar wandering, and rapidly changing intensities. Now a chance discovery from an archaeological dig near Jerusalem has given scientists a glimpse of how intense the magnetic field can get—and the news isn’t good for a world that depends on electrical grids and high-tech devices.

In a recent paper for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an interdisciplinary group of archaeologists and geoscientists reported their discovery. They wanted to analyze how the planet’s geomagnetic field changes during relatively short periods, and they turned to archaeology for a simple reason. Ancient peoples worked a lot with ceramics, which means heating clay to the point where the iron oxide particles in the dirt can float freely, aligning themselves with the Earth’s current magnetic field.

A handful of pottery shards in the ruins of Judah gave them the perfect guide to the history of the Earth’s magnetic field. During the 1st millennium BCE, the kingdom of Judah was a bustling town, full of markets, bureaucrats, and scholars. They used an ancient lunar calendar system, and chroniclers noted the years of each new political regime as well as other significant social changes. At Tel Socoh, in Judah, there was a small industry devoted to the production of storage jars, and the artisans there carefully stamped the ruling monarch’s symbols into each jar’s handle. When archaeologists compare historical records with these symbols, it’s relatively straightforward to get an exact date for a jar’s manufacture. Luckily for geoscientists in the 21st century, jar handles tend to survive longer than other bits of pottery.

In this infographic, you can see which jar handle stamps are associated with which historical periods in Judah.
Enlarge / In this infographic, you can see which jar handle stamps are associated with which historical periods in Judah.
PNAS

By analyzing the orientations of the metals in a set of these jar handles with dates from 750 to 150 BCE, the scientists were able to see traces of the geomagnetic field’s behavior. What they found was startling. Sometime late in the 8th century BCE, there was a rapid fluctuation in the field’s intensity over a period of about 30 years—first the intensity increased to over 20 percent of baseline, then plunged to 27 percent under baseline. Though the overall trend at that time was a gradual decline in the fields’ intensity similar to what we see today, this spike was basically off the charts.

Writing in The New Yorker, Lawrence University geologist Marcia Bjornerud points out that this geomagnetic spike is far bigger than anything geoscientists had believed possible. “Both the height and the sharpness of the spike they recount push up against the limits of what some geophysicists think Earth’s outer core is capable of doing,” she explains. “If the eighth-century-BC geomagnetic jeté is real, models for the generation of the magnetic field need significant revision.”

The researchers note that this geomagnetic spike is similar to another that occurred in the 10th century BCE. Data from the 10th century spike and this 8th century one indicate that such events were probably localized, not global. That said, they write that “the exact geographic expanse of this phenomenon has yet to be investigated, and the fact that these are very short-lived features that can be easily missed suggests that there is much more to discover.” They compare the scope of these spikes to the South Atlantic Anomaly, a region where the planet’s Van Allen radiation belt dips down near the surface of the planet, trapping radioactive particles and causing problems for satellites cruising nearby.

Continue reading the full article at Technica 

7 Vegan Soups with Wild Rice

No matter the season, soup remains a staple dish in everyone’s home. Hearty vegan soups are a great meal option for vegans because they can be easily made with plant-based ingredients. Soups are a great way to cook vegetables and other hearty ingredients like lentils, beans, and even potatoes.

Wild Rice Vegetable Soup

Who says wild rice soup has to be heavy and creamy? Here’s a great recipe for light, vegetable soup with wild rice!

Creamy Vegan Wild Rice Soup

 

CREAMY VEGAN WILD RICE SOUP

Image: yupitsvegan.com

Since most vegan wild rice recipes utilize mushrooms, here’s one that does not! Instead it uses potatoes and white beans.

Vegan Corn & Wild Rice Chowder

 

Vegan Corn & Wild Rice Chowder

Image: hummusapien.com

Another variation on wild rice soup is this hearty vegan chowder.

Wild Rice Soup (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Here’s another version of vegetable wild rice soup with some black eyed peas and garlic!

Black Eyed Peas and Wild Rice Soup

This other soup with wild rice and black eyed peas is a quick recipe to make when you’re short on time.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Wild Rice

 

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Image: mywifecancook.com

To give wild rice soup another little twist, this recipe uses butternut squash.

Purple Cream of Mushroom Soup with Wild Black Rice

This last recipe may be the most interesting. Because of the wild rice, this soup turns purple!
Read more of each dish at  Vegkitchen

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