Animals

Can Light and Sound Get You High?

Makers of a new type of headphones claim to trigger your pleasure in your brain. Can technology be like a drug?

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Can This Light Make You High? (BBC)
"Meditation is a skill that not everyone can achieve - the ability to block out the world around you and relax, letting everything go. The makers of the Lucia No.3 light say it acts like something of a fast-track for people wanting to reach that kind of state."

Effect of a 10-day trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) protocol for treating major depressive disorder (NIH)
"Considering both the burden determined by major depressive disorder (MDD) itself and the high refractoriness and recurrence index, alternative strategies, such as trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS), are the cutting edge instruments to optimize clinical response and to avoid treatment discontinuation and relapse of symptoms. Trigeminal nerve stimulation is an incipient simple, low-cost interventional strategy based on the application of an electric current over a branch of the trigeminal nerve with further propagation of the stimuli towards brain areas related to mood symptoms."

Correlation between GABA receptor density and vagus nerve stimulation in individuals with drug-resistant partial epilepsy (Epilepsy Research)
"Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an important option for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. Through delivery of a battery-supplied intermittent current, VNS protects against seizure development in a manner that correlates experimentally with electrophysiological modifications. However, the mechanism by which VNS inhibits seizures in humans remains unclear."

I Don't Need Drugs, I'm High on Light, Baby (Vice)
"Last Sunday, instead of getting drunk and fat on beer and roast dinner at the local pub, I headed off to Islington to trip balls in the back room of the Candid Arts Centre. However, there were no drugs involved. Instead, I tweaked my third eye using stroboscopic light stimulation, which sent me on a visionary journey into the cosmic mind-hole."