Friday, May 23, 2008

Burning Incense Is Psychoactive

Burning incense is a staple of Tantric ceremonies and meditations. Science now tells us that burning incense is not just good for the soul, but also good for the brain.
Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses. Read more

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