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Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 5:02pm
weed dreams

This article was originally published on Flowertown, and appears here with permission.

Insomniacs are cozying up to cannabis. In the United States, where approximately 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, many have started favoring flower or CBD tinctures to help usher in the sandman. And with reason. Research has demonstrated that cannabis can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, and can promote relaxation and reduce pain, which may also help ease the onset of sleep.

How does cannabis affect the quality of your sleep?

Cannabis, or more specifically, the cannabinoid THC, significantly affects two critical stages of sleep. Sleep consists of five stages of sleep in total: stages 1 through 4,  which is generally non-dreaming sleep, and the fifth, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep when dreaming takes place. In an ideal eight-hour night of sleep, we cycle through the five stages of sleep about three times on average.

From the limited studies that exist, weed appears to lengthen stage 4 sleep, the deepest stage of the sleep cycle characterized by the slowest brain-waves. That’s the stage that’s hardest to wake up from, and may explain why some users feel groggy upon waking. From stage 4, the brain backflips into REM sleep, where brain waves assume a highly active state, similar to the awake state. If you’ve had a toke before bed though, your brain may suppress the REM stage significantly.

“In some ways, cannabis impacts sleep in a manner similar to alcohol. It could help one relax and improve sleep onset, but then appears to disrupt later sleep, especially REM sleep,” explains Dr. Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dreaming specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. “We become more vulnerable to awakenings in REM sleep since the body and brain are more activated.”

Although the specific mechanisms aren’t clear, we do know that CB1 receptors (check this out for a refresher on the endocannabinoid system), which THC binds to are also linked to REM sleep. Scientists have determined that different dosages or concentrations of THC elicit distinctive effects on slumber, with one constant: THC results in a reduction in REM sleep. Even with regular use where tolerance is built up, weed appears to continue to exert a suppressive effect on REM sleep.

Does it matter if we’re dream-deprived?

While we’re still unraveling the mysteries of sleeping and dreaming, recent research points to REM sleep constituting a critical phase of our nocturnal wellbeing. We spend up to a quarter of the night dreaming, with the REM phase helping to process waking-life experiences by processing and assimilating the influx of experiences, emotional memories, and information that we absorb in everyday life.

While some elements of the day are discarded during REM, others are woven into our long-term memories. Essentially, REM sleep plays a formative role in the daily development or update of who we are. REM sleep is also thought to play a role in learning, memory, and mood.

Naiman suggests that dream deprivation contributes to a host of health and wellbeing concerns such as depression, cognitive difficulty, memory problems, increased inflammation, and increased risk for obesity. However, for individuals living with conditions such as PTSD who experience night terrors or frequent disturbing dreams, diminished time in REM may be advantageous, at least temporarily.

The REM rebound

The effects of cannabis on dream suppression are reversible. Refraining from flower for a few days will have your dreams return in even more lucid intensity, a phenomenon known as the REM rebound. Cannabis users who have withdrawn from chronic use show an increase in REM sleep, and a decrease in stage 4 slow-wave sleep.

What about CBD?

Unlike THC, CBD does not appear to alter the sleep-wake cycle. “It does appear that CBD could help improve sleep disruption stemming from pain associated with other illnesses,” states Naiman.

A 2018 study on healthy human participants found that CBD did not alter typical sleep architecture, but did induce sedative effects. The researchers suggested that CBD could play a therapeutic role in sleep regulation.

Advice for sweet dreams

For Naiman, depending on cannabis as a sleep aid isn’t a healthy long-term fix. “In my practice, I support patients using CBD for sleep onset but only on a short-term basis — 1 to 2 weeks,” says Naiman. “I think long-term reliance on any substance or medication (melatonin may be the exception) can undermine sleep self-efficacy — that is, one’s faith in one’s capacity to sleep on their own.”

If you’ve been relying on cannabis or CBD tinctures to help you hit the hay, maybe think about using it only intermittently, when you’re really having trouble falling asleep. Or, consider cannabis terpene drops that boast sedative, soothing properties.

Read the original Article on Flowertown.


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 5:01pm
Blogging

This article was originally published on NisonCo, and appears here with permission.

Is your cannabis company currently blogging? If not, you should be! Blogging regularly is one of the best ways to increase your digital presence, boost SEO power, showcase thought leadership, and even increase customer time on-page. For cannabis, hemp, and CBD companies, it’s also an awesome way to spread education and knowledge in an industry with a need to educate and empower its customers and tackle misinformation.

Here are three quick tips for business blogging to boost your blog’s performance and harness its benefits.

1. Post Your Thoughts on Trending Topics

If you want your company’s website to appear in search engine results, you’ll have to post helpful content that people want to read. Trending news and topics in the industry get lots of searches as people try to make sense of the news, so lend your voice to these conversations by writing blog articles on topics that are being talked about. A good place to go to look for the top news hits is social media – check out Twitter daily to get a sense of what’s trending and what’s top of mind for your audience.

2. Share a Wide Range of Voices

Your company is composed of a wide range of educated professionals, each with a unique viewpoint and perspective on the industry. Let your team make their voices heard by asking them to share commentary, introduce themselves, or write articles for your company’s blog. Sharing diverse opinions adds a human element to your website and elevates your company as a pillar of knowledge with a strong cohesive team.

3. Optimize Your Content

You could write the most helpful blog article in the world, but if it’s not optimized properly for maximum SEO benefits, sadly no one will ever read it. Make sure your hard work is seen by your desired audience by making the necessary SEO tweaks to the copy and backend of your website when it’s uploaded. Pay special attention to items like meta-tags, meta-description, content length, alt-text for images, and keyword placement as your post is published.

Is your blog performing well and becoming a lead generation and thought leadership tool for your business? If not, these tips can help increase the ROI you see from blogging and increase the human element of your company’s website.

If you’d like insight into the best blogging strategies for 2020, contact NisonCo’s content marketing team today for advice!

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Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 4:48pm
Patriarch Kirill

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged Russian citizens not to be afraid of death amid President Vladimir Putin's decision to mobilize troops in Ukraine.

Patriarch Kirill, who has strongly supported Putin's decision on the Ukraine invasion, said during his sermon that a person of "true faith" is not subject to the fear of death, reports the New York Post

His remarks came shortly after Putin declared that up to 300,000 reservists would be called to fight.

"Go bravely to fulfill your military duty. And remember that if you lay down your life for your country, you will be with God in his kingdom, glory, and eternal life," Kirill said during the sermon at the Zachatyevsky Monastery.

The Russian Orthodox Church's leader said, "Faith makes a person very strong because it transfers his consciousness from everyday life, from material worries to caring for the soul, for eternity."

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Kirill asked the Russian people not to see Ukrainians as enemies. "We know the kind of danger is hanging over the Ukrainian people. Attempts were being made to transform Ukraine into a nation hostile to Russia. Therefore, we must pray today that God strengthens fraternal feelings between the nations of the Holy Rus," he said.

Previously, Kirill invoked the idea that Ukrainians and Russians are one people.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended Putin's war in Ukraine at the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York, saying that the decision to conduct the special military operation in Ukraine was inevitable. 

Putin has said that the war in Ukraine could intensify if the situation continues to develop. 

Photo: Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 4:18pm
data center

Although interest rates are rising, it doesn't mean savvy investors cannot earn positive returns on real estate investment trusts (REITs). Historically, when the risk-free rate rose dramatically in six time periods, REITs earned positive returns during four of those periods, and out of half of those periods, they beat the S&P 500.

With interest rates on the rise and the technology sector down nearly 34% year-to-date, tech companies may look to data center REITs for the funding of new properties.

These 2 data center-focused real estate investment trusts have high yields and plenty of customers to drive future growth.

Iron Mountain Inc (NYSE: IRM) is offering a dividend yield of 5.37% or $2.47 per share annually, utilizing quarterly payments, with a stellar track record of increasing its dividends for nine consecutive years. Iron Mountain is a record management services provider primarily catering to enterprise clients in developed markets.

As of September 30, 2022, Iron Mountain has 1,380 facilities and served 225,000 customers in 59 countries.

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Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) is offering a dividend yield of 2.09% or $12.40 per share annually, using quarterly payments, with a notable track record of increasing its dividends over the past seven years. Equinix is a retail provider of data centers, enabling hundreds of enterprise tenants to house their servers and networking equipment in a colocated environment.

In the second quarter, Equinix saw quarterly revenues up 10% on both an as-reported and constant currency basis, giving the firm the distinction of having the longest streak of consecutive quarterly revenue growth in the S&P 500, accounting for 78 consecutive quarters.

Equinix operates 240 data centers in 66 markets worldwide and owns just less than half of them, as of 2021.


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 4:02pm
Here's Why This Analyst Says Bitcoin Is Heading Below $14,000

Crypto analyst Nicholas Merten recently said that technology indices are due for further declines, and he believes the drop will drive Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) to new bear market lows.

Merten said that a fall for the NASDAQ is bad news for Bitcoin and gives a rough price target for the leading digital asset.

"If we think about the fact that Bitcoin would be holding neutral to the Nasdaq, we take it here to our Bitcoin chart and look at an equalized amount of decline in Bitcoin's price from where we're at now, and that would take us roughly down towards the $13,600 to $14,000 [area]," he told his over 500,000 YouTube followers. 

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At the time of writing, Bitcoin was trading at $18,906, down over 4% in the last seven days. 

"Our general target is that at a minimum, just from where we're at right now, we should at a minimum expect technology indices like the NASDAQ are probably correcting 50%," Merten added.

He predicted that NASDAQ may come down another 28% which would essentially take the market from its "all-time highs down to a clean 50 to 50.5%."

"I don't want to call the exact date nor the exact value that we're going to go to because no one knows that, but I want to give ourselves a goal post that, potentially, over the coming months going into Q1 of 2023," he added. 

Last week, crypto analyst Capo also predicted an overall cryptocurrency market downturn after accurately anticipating Bitcoin's crash earlier this year.


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 3:47pm
Does Weed Hurt Your Heart?

By The Fresh Toast's Brendan Bures, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

There remains no known association between heart disease and marijuana consumption, but patients should know the possible risks.

After smoking marijuana, users commonly describe the effects as sedative or relaxing. It places them in a calmer mood and allows the brain to turn off for a little while. But the same can’t be said for the heart. Though more than two million Americans with heart conditions admit to using marijuana, the cardiovascular risks related to cannabis use is not fully understood, a new research paper found.

Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiologythe paper is a review of previous studies that explored the relationship between cannabis use and heart function. Due to research restrictions in the United States, few randomized control trials — considered the gold standard in scientific studies — exist. However, scientists understand one way marijuana affects common heart conditions, which might give cardiovascular patients pause.

Medications like statins and blood thinners could have reduced potency when combining with marijuana. Liver enzymes that break down those medications are also used to process marijuana in the body, the review reports.

According to a 2019 study, marijuana use could raise levels of the blood thinner warfarin, possibly resulting in excessive bleeding. In some cases, patients who combine marijuana and the medication might be forced to lower their dose up to 30%. The effectiveness of statins, meanwhile, could be boosted by marijuana, leading to potential drops in blood pressure.

Does Medical Marijuana Increase Your Heart Rate?

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Observational studies have caused some scientists to compare the cardiovascular risk of smoking cigarettes to that of smoking weed. While the dominant substance consumed in smoking is different between marijuana and tobacco, the two produce similar cardiotoxic chemicals. In addition, other studies have shown that marijuana users hold in smoke longer than those consuming cigarettes, which could deliver more cardiotoxic chemicals into the system.

Marijuana advocates might point to safer marijuana delivery methods, such as edibles, tinctures, and sublingual strips. Scientists involved with the review would agree, as smoking and vaping anything causes more problems. But the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System show that just under 80% of adult marijuana users admit to smoking.

Edibles constitute their own risk, however. The lack of experience for many first-time users can cause them to take too high a dosage without realizing before it’s too late.

There remains no known association between heart disease and marijuana consumption. In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report investigating a possible connection, but said in their conclusion that the evidence was unclear. Until we know more, scientists cautioned heart patients to limit use when possible and talk to your doctor, so they can advise about how much you’re using and what delivery method you’re using.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 3:42pm
Raphael Bostic

While appearing on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Raphael Bostic, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reaffirmed the Fed’s commitment to reaching a 2% inflation rate.

What Happened: Bostic reiterated the messaging from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and stated that "inflation is high, it is too high, and we need to do all we can to make it come down." His comments come after the Fed on Wednesday raised its benchmark rate by 0.75% for the third straight time and indicated that it will continue to hike well above the current level. 

Bostic pointed to the resilient labor market as being among the factors that will allow "the economy to absorb our actions and slow in a relatively orderly way."

Bostic maintained that history shows “there is a really good chance that if we have job losses, it will be smaller than what we’ve seen in other situations.”

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He acknowledged that there will be difficulties ahead for U.S. investors and workers. “I do think that we’re going to do all that we can at the Federal Reserve to avoid deep, deep pain,” Bostic said.

The Fed has been facing criticism for relying on lagging indicators to make their monetary-tightening decisions. One economist who was especially vocal about his concerns was Wharton Professor of Finance Jeremy Siegel, who called Fed officials "real tough guys" who won't stop raising rates until they "crush the economy."

Those sentiments were echoed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who responded with a tweet saying "Siegel is obviously correct."

Photo: Courtesy of Center for American Progress on flicker


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:59pm
McDonalds

A U.S. district judge has ordered McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD) to defend itself against a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by media baron Byron Allen

Allen's $10 billion lawsuit accuses McDonald's of marginalizing his company into an "African American tier" which uses a separate ad agency and a smaller budget. 

According to Judge Fernando Olguin, Allen could try to prove that McDonald's violated federal and California civil rights laws. 

Olguin said that Entertainment Studios Networks Inc had tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully since its 2009 founding to obtain a contract with McDonald's.

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The lawsuit claims that McDonald's has refused to advertise on Entertainment Studios networks or The Weather Channel since Allen acquired the network in 2018.

The suit mentioned that McDonald's spent only 0.3% of its $1.6 billion U.S. ad budget on Black-owned media in 2019. African Americans represent 40% of fast-food customers.

According to McDonald's lawyer Loretta Lynch, the company viewed the lawsuit as "about revenue, not a race" and said there was no discrimination.

Last May, McDonald's pledged to boost national ad spending with Black-owned media to 5% from 2% by 2024.

McDonald's is the world's leading global food service retailer, with over 39,000 locations that generate over $100 billion in annual revenue. 


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:43pm
Bill Ackman

Sachem Head Capital Management, founded and managed by Scott Ferguson in 2012, is a value-oriented investment management firm based in New York City. After graduating from Stanford University in 2003, where he met Bill Ackman, Ferguson became the first analyst and partner of Pershing Square Capital.

Sachem Head currently has roughly $4.36 billion in assets under management, and Ferguson sits on the board of numerous companies. He recently became a board member for US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD).

Learn more about three dividend stocks Ferguson’s hedge fund owns.

Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is offering a dividend yield of 3.89% or $2.80 per share annually, using quarterly payments, with a superb track record of increasing its dividends for 17 consecutive years. Hasbro is a branded play company, providing children and families around the world with entertainment offerings based on a world-class brand portfolio.

During the second quarter, Hasbro repurchased $124 million worth of shares, paid $97.4 million in dividends, and closed an acquisition on D&D Beyond for $146.3 million.

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International Flavors & Fragrance (NYSE: IFF) is offering a dividend yield of 3.34% or $3.24 per share annually, making quarterly payments, with an excellent track record of increasing its dividends for 19 consecutive years. International Flavors & Fragrances is the largest specialty ingredients producer globally, selling ingredients for the food, beverage, health, household goods, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries.

International Flavors & Fragrances continues to expect full year 2022 sales to be approximately $12.6 billion to $13.0 billion, with an expected full year 2022 adjusted operating EBITDA of approximately $2.5 billion to $2.6 billion.

Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) is offering a dividend yield of 1.78% or 80 cents per share annually, through quarterly payments, with an inconsistent track record of increasing its dividend payments. Olin manufactures and sells a variety of chemicals and chemical-based products, with the majority of its revenue coming from the United States.

In the second quarter, Olin repurchased shares up to $426.5 million, and on July 28, the Board of Directors announced they approved a new $2.0 billion share repurchase program.

Photo: Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org


Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:34pm
Psychedelics

This article was originally published on Psychedelic Spotlight and appears here with permission.

Professional athletes and men’s wellness gurus are turning to psychedelics to explore their inner selves. What's going on with psychedelic masculinity?

What is American masculinity in 2022? A look at men’s role models is instructive. We’ve got a Canadian, Kermit-the-frog-voiced father figure in Jordan Peterson who mixes advice to clean your room with suggestions to eat only meat, revisit debunked phrenology, and sound dire warnings about chaos dragons. And we’ve got our stand-in big brother Joe Rogan, who talks about the performance-enhancing powers of both lifting weights and doing ayahuasca. What is going on with this new psychedelic masculinity?

These days it feels like everywhere I turn a professional bro is describing their life-changing psychedelic experiences. These include Joe Rogan, former NHL enforcer Riley Cote, Daniel Carcillo, Mike Tyson, and Aaron Rodgers. And it’s making me wonder: Why are all these rough-and-tumble dudes suddenly tripping balls? And what does it say about modern masculinity?

I first became aware of fitness influencer and supplement slinger Aubrey Marcus at the first wellness startup I wrote for in 2018. Marcus is, well, very masculine. He’s got an undeniably-handsome face made only sexier for its rugged, beaten-up look. Of course his body was ripped. And the deep voice didn’t hurt. He was also, at least for a time, openly polyamorous and talked very candidly and in detail about his experiences with psychedelics.

Cote’s job as an NHL enforcer wasn’t doing his mental or physical health any favors. His role was so hard on his brain and body that it’s now basically disallowed from the sport. As if taking punches to the face and suffering four diagnosed concussions weren’t enough, he was also drinking to excess and using painkillers.

While his first forays into psychedelics were recreational, things changed when Cote started using them intentionally. Today, you’re more likely to see Cote sitting on a pillow, cross-legged, wearing a beaded necklace and using words like “safe container” and “plant medicine” than in a fistfight.

When Cote talks about psychedelics, it’s clear he’s a changed man. Psychedelics help give people “a little jump start to help get us on the path,” he said.

“Psychedelics have a way of softening the heart,” Cote said. Our hearts have become rigid, perhaps due to the structure of the system that we live in. “We’re maybe not very compassionate at times in our relationships. I think a lot of men’s relationships towards women, it’s toxic. It’s just all about sex. It’s not really about understanding sexual energy as creative energy. So it [psychedelics] brings awareness to all these things that you might not uncover in this lifetime if you don’t have a catalyst like a psychedelic to kind of get you on the path.”

Plant medicines have helped Cote tap into compassion for himself and others. They’ve also helped him let go of feeling “that I had to uphold this physical presence just to be worthy enough and be this tough guy,” Cote said.

“Here I am talking about a flower,” Cote recently told Rolling Stone, laughing. “It’s been an incredible journey. And really, I just want to take as many people with me as possible.”

To that end, Cote has introduced former NFL lineman Justin Renfrow and Steve Downie to psilocybin to similar effects. Downie teared up and shared about his father’s death. Renfrow let go of the idea that he had an obligation to play through his injuries.

Marcus described his first experience with MDMA as “a heart-opening experience,” and says it helped him realize, “I love people.”

Psychedelics have helped these men show emotions other than anger and talk openly about love, interconnectedness, and compassion. In each case, these manly men found themselves still wanting more, even after tremendous success in everything culture tells us men should want. They had impressive careers, girls, and nice things.

At the same time, their success was pretty narrowly dependent on their physical strength, skill, and endurance. In a way, the professional athlete goes through the same thing a lot of American men do, but much more intensely and in a shorter time span. There comes a time when you’re not physically and/or mentally able to leave it all out on the field anymore. And where do you find your meaning, purpose, and self-worth when you can’t rely on your job anymore?

For a lot of these athletes, psychedelics have helped them feel worthy of love and acceptance outside of their work or performance.

I asked Cote whether psychedelics had any impact on his conception of masculinity. “Hundred percent,” he said. “I checked every box as far as toxic masculinity.”

Cote said he was lucky to grow up in a positive household and didn’t learn toxic masculinity there. “I think it was the culture of being a male in this society,” Cote said. “And then moving away from home at a young age and playing junior hockey. Then you’re on a team with a group of extremely masculine males. The energy is like a subconscious program. It’s parties and it’s girls.”

And this conception of masculinity extends far beyond professional hockey. “It’s society,” Cote said. “It’s not just sports. I think it’s a microcosm of the macro. There’s a lack of self-love. It’s not taught. It’s like telling an ultra-masculine dude, ‘Love yourself.’ Self care? No, we don’t take care of ourselves. We just bury ourselves every weekend. We don’t need to sleep. We’ll sleep when we’re dead. With the amount of suicides and mental health issues, that way of thinking doesn’t promote life. It promotes death and decay.”

But Cote says psychedelics, yoga, and other lifestyle changes have helped him achieve a healthier balance between a more masculine and a more feminine energy.

Could psychedelics offer an alternative path to a narrow, rigid masculinity in which a man’s self-worth is defined by his career, anger is the only acceptable emotion, women are for sex, and aggression and dominance are the default modes of relating? Perhaps in some cases. But looking at a wider picture, it becomes clear psychedelics are hardly a panacea for toxic masculinity.

Shortly after announcing that he felt his “expiration date” fast approaching, Mike Tyson told Muscle and Health Magazine that he takes psychedelics every day, particularly “mushrooms.”

Like Cote in a previous interview, Tyson said his athletic performance would have likely been better if he’d started these drugs sooner. But based on Tyson’s recent statements and tweets, it doesn’t appear psychedelics have awakened any feminine energy within him. Nor does it seem like Joe Rogan’s attitude has increased exponentially in love, interconnectedness, and/or compassion as a result of using psychedelics. And it was after coming out about having done psychedelics that Will Smith bitch-slapped Chris Rock on national television, an explosive expression of toxic masculinity broadcast to the entire world.

It could as easily be the case that at least for some, psychedelics are better understood as a relatively “safe” way to keep up your reputation as the edgy bad boy even after you’re not physically able to fight it out in the ring anymore.

Then, there’s the capitalism aspect. Scratch just beneath the surface of a masculine influencer gabbing about the life-changing power of psychedelics and you’ll find a partnership with a company seeking to make money on the growing shroom boom.

Letting yourself cry about your dad’s death may be incredibly useful to a whole and integrated life, but it’s not likely to sell many supplements. For now, the power to help balance feminine and masculine energy is still a subtext of male psychedelia. The text is still focused on performance enhancement. It’s hard to sell a better version of masculinity to an audience who’s still trying desperately to buy the toxic variety. The ultimate irony is that psychedelic influencer bros are selling other bros performance enhancing mushrooms to help these bros discover for themselves that they can’t perform their way to worthiness. To quote Rogan, “Wow man. That’s crazy.”

The professional US athlete’s career trajectory has certain parallels with the typical US male, just much faster and more intense. Both leverage their physical and mental health to win in a highly competitive, sink-or-swim environment for as long as they’re physically and mentally able. Then, when they can’t give any more to the game, they have a choice to make.

Every man who lives long enough must answer a question: Can I reorient my life to be about something bigger, broader, and more meaningful than winning at all costs? Or do I keep reaching for the next drug or supplement to try to wring out a bit more performance? Psychedelic masculinity taps into both of these desires.

Which way, Western man? Do you tap into psychedelics to try to keep your edge in a rat race, or do you use them to help you see over the edge of the maze?