<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.fr/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[No link between psychedelic use and psychosis]]> http://azarius.fr/news/672/No_link_between_psychedelic_use_and_psychosis/ Two recent scientific studies show that users of psychedelics are not at increased risk of developing mental health problems.

Classic psychedelics: LSD, psilocybin and mescaline

Both studies use data from large USA population surveys. The first study is by Norwegian psychologists Pl-rjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs. They found that 14% of the 135.000 people who took part in the survey had ever used any of the three classic psychedelics: LSD, psilocybin and mescaline.

These psychedelic users were found not to be at increased risk of developing mental-health problems such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, anxiety disorders and suicide attempts.

Lower suicide rates

The second study of behavioural pharmacologist Matthew Johnson of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland looked at 190.000 respondents. He also found that the classic psychedelics were not associated with adverse mental-health outcomes.

To the contrary: people who had used LSD and psilocybin were found to have lower lifetime rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Acid casualty myth debunked

The studies debunk the myth that psychedelics can lead to psychosis. In the 1960s widespread reports of so-called acid casualties were mainstream news. According to researcher Krebs psychedelics can be psychologically intense nevertheless.

Her colleague Charles Grob, a long-term advocate of psychedelic therapy, points out that in individual cases adverse effects might occur. Its rare, but some psychedelic users suffer from hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD): a trip that never seems to end.

They perceive incessant distortions in the visual field, shimmering lights and coloured dots. However, the disorder also occurs in people that never used psychedelics.

Source

-Nature News

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<![CDATA[Magazine Azarius édition N°2 : encore chaud]]> http://azarius.fr/news/675/Magazine_Azarius__dition_N_2___encore_chaud/ Dans le cas o vous seriez pass ct, Azarius n'est pas juste un magasin ptillant et merveilleux. Nous avons galement sorti un magazine gratuit il y a dj quelques temps.

Aujourd'hui, l'quipe de rdaction est fire de vous annoncer la sortie de la deuxime dition du seul et unique magazine Azarius. C'est un mix color d'interviews, d'articles, de prsentations de produits, de recettes (vous n'avez rien vcu si vous n'avez pas encore got la crpe au maca) et il y a mme un jeu de mots croiss qui a presque russi tre sens.

Encore mieux, son format A5 en fait le matriel de lecture idal pour ces longs moments que vous passerez sur les toilettes aprs vos sorties nocturnes.

Obtenez votre exemplaire !

Comment avoir cette magnifique petite impression prs de vous sur la table basse ou dans la salle de bain ? Nous sommes heureux que vous le demandiez ! Tout ce que vous avez faire est commander quelque chose sur notre site. Nous ajouterons le magasine votre paquet sans frais supplmentaires pour vous. C'est comme a qu'on roule !

Le magazine est disponible en anglais, nerlandais et franais.

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<![CDATA[Cuisine qui altère l'esprit : les boules trippantes]]> http://azarius.fr/news/674/Cuisine_qui_alt_re_lesprit___les_boules_trippantes/ Le printemps est l ! Nous ftons cette nouvelle saison Azarius avec le lancement d'une nouvelle srie : la cuisine qui altre l'esprit.

De toute vidence, la plupart des herbes et des produits smarts de notre assortiment est dj dlicieuse. Mais les esprits cratifs aiment les nouvelles crations, n'est-ce pas ? Trouvez l'inspiration dans nos recettes qui lvent les consciences.

Cuisiner des champignons

vitez le rchauffement prolong des champignons et truffes psilocybine car les composants actifs, la psilocine et la psilocybine sont sensibles l'oxydation et ne seront plus actifs.

Une temprature plus grande acclrera le processus. Vous voulez ajouter des champignons un plat chaud ? Le mieux est d'attendre le dernier moment. Il est encore mieux de les utiliser bruts, comme dans la recette qui suit.

Tripping balls

Les boules trippantes

Des champignons secs ou des truffes font un additif tonnamment dlicieux vos boules nergisantes. Le got de noix et la texture croustillante se combinent bien avec le cacao (brut), les noix, les graines et les fruits secs.

Il est galement possible d'utiliser les truffes ou les champignons frais, mais ceux qui ont un got plus intense auront besoin d'un arme fort (comme du gingembre frais) pour le masquer.

Ingrdients :

2 grammes de champignons secs ou truffles mincs, une poigne d'amandes, une poigne de noisettes, une cuillre soupe de graines de lin, 5 figues sches, une poigne de cranberries, 1 cuillre soupe d'huile de coco, 1 cuillre soupe de cacao (brut).

Prparation :

Dcoupez en petits morceaux les amandes, les noisettes, les champignons et les graines de lin dans un blender. Ajoutez le reste des ingrdients et mixez jusqu' obtenir une pte collante. Utilisez vos mains pour rouler le mlange en petites boules placer au rfrigrateur.

Vous pouvez en option utiliser des graines de ssame ou des copeaux de noix de coco pour dcorer.

Effets

Les boules ont un effet lgrement psychoactif. Une seule boule ne vous fera pas tripper, mais vous serez plus relax et un peu dans l'espace. Parfait pour faire la fte !

Tripping balls

Recette alternative :

2 grammes de champignons secs ou de truffes mincs, une poigne d'amandes, une poigne de noisettes, 2 cuillres soupe de graines de chia, 2 cuillres soupe de graines de lin, une cuillre soupe de poudre de protine de chanvre, 8 dates sches, 1 cuillre soupe d'huile de coco, 1 cuillre soupe de cacao (brut).

Plus de prparation aux champignons

En combinaison avec le citron, la psilocybine est convertie plus rapidement en psilocine. Cela peut rsulter en des effets plus rapides qui arrivent presque immdiatement.

Les champignons et les truffes fonctionnent mieux sur estomac vide. Un peu de nourriture ne vous fera pas de mal, mais fates attention aux quantits que vous consommez : si votre estomac est trop rempli, a peut provoquer des nauses.

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<![CDATA[MDMA The Movie]]> http://azarius.fr/news/673/MDMA_The_Movie/ Many people have extraordinary and life changing experiences on MDMA. Before it became known as party drug the substance was mainly used in therapy sessions.

Currently promising results are found in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Still MDMA is illegal in most countries.

In ‘MDMA The Movie’ producer and director Emanuel Sferios explores the history and cultural impact of this unique drug. The movie documents harm reduction efforts around the world as a practical alternative to three decades of failed prohibition.

Sferios is a rave activist who founded the drug safety and harm reduction organization DanceSafe. He already shot part of the film material, but to realise the entire project more money is needed.

Support the crowdfunding campaign of Sferios and his team. It runs till 27th of March.

Use the following links to get a sneak preview of the already available film material:

-Indiegogo MDMA The Movie

-Vice: MDMA as medicine? A new films controversial look at the popular party drug

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<![CDATA[Psychedelic art to marvel at]]> http://azarius.fr/news/670/Psychedelic_art_to_marvel_at/ What is psychedelic art? Art that makes you feel trippy? Art that’s good to trip at? Or art that’s inspired by the psychedelic experience?

Maybe the discussion isn’t what it’s all about. Just sit back and enjoy these wonderful masterpieces…

Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) made lots of album covers for influential bands like Pink Floyd, Muse, The Mars Volta and Black Sabbath. Synaptic stimuli posted a lovely impression of his work.

Chops Wanderweird

Chops Wanderweird

In his drawings visionary artist Chops Wanderweird uses influences from Christian iconography, sacred geometry, mandalas and video games to communicate ideas that resemble those of Alan Watts, Timothy Leary and other influential psychonauts.

Wanderweird loves live painting at festivals and created the amazing graphic novel ‘Remember’ that you can play online. It’s “a meditation that tries to explain reality”, according to the artist.

Jessica Perlstein

Jessica Perlstein

Another frequent live painter and contributor to the visionary art and festival scene is Jessica Perlstein. Her travels to the Peruvian Amazon, where she learned to work with plant teachers, got her fully inspired.

Her message: “If you listen to your gut instincts and intuitions and follow your heart despite seemingly difficult feats, any dream can be achieved.”

Anderson Debernardi

Anderson Debernardi

Like no other Anderson Debernardi manages to catch the multiple interwoven dimensions of the ayahuasca experience on canvas. His paintings are mainly inspired by the potent Amazon brew, but also by experiences with other shamanic plants, like in this picture datura.

Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist and photographer. She combines fashion and portrait photography with digital illustration and photo art to create marvellous and slightly disturbing fairy tale worlds.

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<![CDATA[Cannabis in ancient Greece]]> http://azarius.fr/news/669/Cannabis_in_ancient_Greece/ Did you know Scythian and Thracian shamans used cannabis to communicate with the divine? They fumigated themselves with cannabis smoke to achieve ecstasy. 'Kapnobatai’, they were called, which means ‘smoke-walkers'.

The cannabis plant may have served a crucial role in magical and ritual practices of the ancient Greek.

Cannabis historian Chris Benett discusses with professor of Classics Carl Ruck and dr. David Hillman about the available evidence.

Watch the documentary "Cannabis in Ancient Greece: Smoke of the Oracles?"

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Most people taking salvia divinorum for the first time are amazed by the forceful effects of this plant. Almost immediately after inhalation you lose contact with reality and commence on a trip that’s unprecedented.

Strange worlds

Many psychonauts are deeply impressed by this substance. Especially the first times are very exciting. By inhaling more deeply every time, you build up the strength of the effects.

Usually this goes well only a few times. Experience shows that eventually almost everyone will pass the door to that other, strange world. And then salvia can be frightening. While DMT may lead you to more and new dimensions, salvia seems to peel away one dimension.

Comic book

Below some illustrative statements by people who have smoked salvia:

“It seemed the world was a comic book.”

“I felt like being a sticker getting stuck on the wall.”

“I sat down on the page of a book, and suddenly the page was turned.”

“I was trapped in a cocoon and couldn’t join the others.”

Roller coaster

Especially the feeling you don’t belong to this world anymore seems to be widespread. This can be frightening to some. Luckily, saliva is a safe psychedelic. It only takes a little while! You can compare it to a slide which makes you swish down just a little bit too fast, or a roller coaster that seems to have just too many loops. It’s over before you know it and it’s completely safe, but it’s very exciting. The same holds for salvia.

You will always return from the 2D-salvia world to our own 3D-world. So if you feel like experiencing the world in a comic book, I would definitely recommend to try it out one day. It doesn’t make you worse, just a little bit wiser.

Tincture

New in the Azarius assortment: salvia tincture. Not for the faint-hearted. Read here about an experience of psychonaut Hans Plomp with salvia tincture in our recent interview.

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<![CDATA[Azarius on Dutch TV]]> http://azarius.fr/news/668/Azarius_on_Dutch_TV/ Yes, we’ll become famous! This week Azarius featured in ‘Spuiten & Slikken’, the notorious Dutch television program on sex and drugs.

Reporters Gwen, Jan and Geraldine tested whether legal smart drugs have the same effect as illegal hard drugs. Well, not exactly of course. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting…

Watch their experiences with three of Azarius own products: Kanna, Utopia, and the Energy-E Happy Cap.

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<![CDATA[Cocaine alert – to be continued]]> http://azarius.fr/news/666/Cocaine_alert___to_be_continued/ Again three tourists in Amsterdam ended up in hospital after using ‘cocaine’ that was actually white heroin.

In October and November a range of similar incidents happened: three British tourists died and another seventeen people were hospitalised.

The municipality started a large campaign to find the street dealer and warn tourists: posters and matrix signs were placed all over the town. Smartshops supplied cheap tests that indicate heroin.

Reward

No dealer was found, but no more incidents happened either for a couple of months, so the campaign was slowly abolished. Now the dangerous heroin is back and the campaign is relaunched.

The police released pictures of the possible dealer and will issue a reward of 15.000 euro for the tip that will lead to his arrest.

Heroin test kits

The heroin test kits were developed by EZ test in consultation with VLOS, the national association for smartshop companies and GGD.

The test kits are still available in our offline store in the Kerkstraat. Please don’t hesitate to come by and ask our staff for assistance!

When heroin is present, the test ampoule will colour purple. The test won’t give any information about the identity of other substances.

When tested positive on heroin, it’s very important to immediately contact the municipal health service GGD. Remember you’ll not be arrested for the possession of hard drugs.

Read more:

-Cocaine alert GGD

-Municipality Amsterdam

-Nu.nl]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.fr/news/666/Cocaine_alert___to_be_continued/ <![CDATA[Combattre les préjugés du MMA]]> http://azarius.fr/news/664/Combattre_les_pr_jug_s_du_MMA/ MMA ? On va parler baston sur Azarius ? Oui, en effet, de Nick Diaz plus prcisment. Un super combattant la mchoire d'acier, quelqu'un qui fait des triathlons pour tuer le temps.

Si vous ntes pas familier du MMA, ces lettre veulent dire Mixed Martial Arts. Ca a commenc par des tournois impliquant des adversaires de diffrentes disciplines - imaginez un sumo affrontant un karatka. a a volu en l'un des arts martiaux les plus complets, cratifs et imprvisibles.

Nick contre le GOAT

Fin janvier, Nick Diaz a affront une autre star de la MMA. Anderson " Spider " Silva : considr par beaucoup comme le GOAT (Greatest of all time) et se remettant d'une vilaine fracture de la jambe.

Un match prometteur, un beau combat... suivi par une belle chute. Les deux athltes ont t tests positifs au dopage.

Silva a terni son statut de lgende en utilisant des strodes. Diaz, pour la troisime fois, s'est fait prendre... pour avoir fum de la weed.

Le cannabis est considr comme du dopage ?

Keith Kizer s'est exprim au nom de la commission athltique du Nevada. " Les drogues sont interdites cause des dommages qu'elles causent aux personnes qui les consomment. Elles peuvent vous rendre lthargique, ralentir vos rflexes, et ces choses peuvent tre dangereuses dans un sport de combat. "

Il y aurait apparemment une drogue illgale qui ralentirait les performances.

Le cannabis vous donne un dsavantage injuste ?

Bien sr, Diaz a un tout autre point de vue. Personne, ce niveau de comptition d'un sport de combat, se mettrait lui-mme des btons dans les roues.

Le cannabis a aid Nick Diaz a grer un ADD (ADHD sans hyperactivit). Fumer du cannabis fait partie de sa routine et il ne l'a jamais cach personne. " Je suis plus cohrent depuis que je suis fumeur," a dit Diaz en 2009, " je suis content d'tre charg bloc, couter de la bonne musique... je reste constant. "

Et le cannabis vous rend lthargique ?

Comment peut-on dire une telle chose en regardant un combat de Nick Diaz ? C'est le combattant le plus intense qu'on connaisse. Et pas seulement pendant les combats, aussi l'entranement. Il fait des triathlons pour la cardio. Aucun combattant n'a son endurance.

Ce n'est vraiment pas si mauvais

Anderson Silva a ni avoir utilis des strodes, comme beaucoup d'autres dops avant lui.

De son ct, Nick Diaz estime qu'il n'a avoir honte de rien (et nous pensons la mme chose). Il voit le cannabis comme un complment sain qui l'aide faire des performances dans des sports mentalement et physiquement puisants. Et, contrairement la commission athltique de l'Etat du Nevada, il peut appuyer ses dires.

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