MONTPELIER, VT — In one of his final acts as Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin (D) has issued pardons to 192 people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. The governor, who had pushed for the state legislature to legalize marijuana for adults last year, had announced in December that he would consider pardons for those with […]
WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 98 people incarcerated in federal prison serving time under outdated and harsh drug sentences on Wednesday. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 872 people. President Obama has been pushed to do more to release those serving time in prison under harsh drug laws. […]
Prohibitionists often claim that legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase youth access to the plant. But newly released federal data says just the opposite. Fewer young people are reporting that marijuana is ‘easy’ to obtain, according to an analysis released this week by the US Centers for Disease Control. Investigators from the Substance Abuse and […]
WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 people incarcerated in federal prison on Tuesday, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 673 people. Many of those who received commutations today were victims of the disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine. President Obama has been […]
WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of more than 200 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 562 people. Many of those who received commutations today were victims of the disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine. President Obama has […]
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 21, 2015
“We the People is a higher thought,” opened Bryan W. Brickner, “and the serotonin system is fundamental to all thoughts.”
In We the People and Synaptic Serotonin (5-HT) Science, a new update on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, the focus is serotonergic homeostasis, with particular attention on the central nervous system. In January, Brickner published Shivitti: A Review of Ka-Tzetnik 135633’s Vision, a serotonin system (lysergic acid, LSD) book review on healing Auschwitz nightmares. Today’s post continues the serotonin and healing – for all people – storyline with new 2015 science from the National Institutes of Health (PubMed), which highlights: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), 5-HT3 receptors and OCD, prefrontal cortex (brain) and 5-HT2A receptors, and genetic research on suicide and the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT, SERT).
“There are two today on OCD,” explained Brickner, “with one on the robust data supporting the effectiveness of treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the acknowledged first-line pharmacological treatment of choice.”
“The second OCD serotonin report is scanty,” Brickner continued, “as the research is hampered by a lack of data; the scientific interest is in the serotonin 5-HT3 receptor and OCD patients – though a PubMed review only turned up six publications on the topic, not enough to draw valid conclusions.”
“For the brain serotonin science,” noted Brickner, “research shows the 5-HT2A receptors in the prefrontal cortex regulating dopamine release; this stimulates a ‘long-loop’ feedback system from the cortex to other parts of the brain … and back.”
“With suicide and the serotonin transporter, SERT,” Brickner closed, “the science shows only a small genetic association while pointing out the politically obvious: the serotonin system is part of every suicide solution.”
Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political theory books, to include: The Promise Keepers: Politics and Promises (1999), Article the first of the Bill of Rights (2006), and Shivitti: A Review of Ka-Tzetnik 135633’s Vision (2015). He also writes political fiction, such as the novella thereafter (2013), and is the publisher of The Cannabis Papers: A citizen’s guide to cannabinoids (2011) and The Bryan William Brickner Blog, a resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological science of receptors.
Next Ew Publishing: Tomorrow, Sunday 22 February, We the People, Publius and Homeostatic Cannabinoids.