Study Neurotransmitters in plants

Rose White

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Plants are believed to have no neural network (possibly some recent discoveries of synapse-like cells). Yet they make lots of neurotransmitters, like dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, GABA, and more. Why? Many different reasons but an overarching one is stress tolerance. This is fascinating to me! You could theoretically focus on eating plants with high amounts of dopamine and serotonin if you could figure out which ones had the most.


@Weemie take a look—you probs already know about this.
 
Plants are believed to have no neural network (possibly some recent discoveries of synapse-like cells). Yet they make lots of neurotransmitters, like dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, GABA, and more. Why? Many different reasons but an overarching one is stress tolerance. This is fascinating to me! You could theoretically focus on eating plants with high amounts of dopamine and serotonin if you could figure out which ones had the most.


@Weemie take a look—you probs already know about this.
Omg I do! Check out this lady! And more and more 😁 everything I know about this comes from Monica Gagliano so I figured I'd better let the expert do the talking! But the long and short of it is: plants are intelligent, they make decisions, they know stuff - they know whether they're up or down, they respond to sound, they know when something is a threat, they know when something is near them. And we don't know how they know this. And you can get into stuff like Paul Stamets who discusses the mycelial network and its intellect, or the slime molds who 10/10 will be able to predict the most efficient transport system better than humans and AI!

I love World Science Festival and they have so many great talks on intelligence in non-human animals and AI, they actually just released a new one a couple of weeks ago I've been meaning to watch. And if you're really trippin', you can watch her 2 hour lecture on the subject. When I was doing psilocybin therapy one thing I loved to do was take my dose and then watch these videos, it really opens you up to what the f*ck is going on out there, especially while that "mycelial network" is running through your own brain.
 
You could theoretically focus on eating plants with high amounts of dopamine and serotonin if you could figure out which ones had the most.
This sounds like it might be an interesting experiment to try - just be careful with it as "more" is not always better in this sphere - too much and you can hurt yourself, but it might be worth exploring. It's possible that such serotonin would have interactions with our gut serotonin, which is where 90% of our body's serotonin is actually synthesized, so it may have different effects than we anticipate. I get a lot of serotonin and dopamine from kratom (which is physically addictive, so I do not advocate for this unless you have actual chronic pain without a physician, as I do) which is a plant - and all I take is the crushed leaf powder, so it's definitely out there for sure.

Marijuana is the same deal - I'd bet they produce a lot of this stuff. I think you'd have to figure out which plants could provide a dopamine/serotonin boost without also being psychoactive. Nicotine from tobacco is probably the closest to this, and caffeine as well. They provide a mild boost while easily slipping under the radar - but they're quite addictive overall, because our brains have natural structures that these molecules can fit into. But there's totally precedent for this, which is probably the basis of a lot of our medications for depression and anxiety etc - originally their effects were observed from plants, and then synthesized.
 
our gut serotonin, which is where 90% of our body's serotonin is actually synthesized
Which makes me think that prebiotics (food that gut buddies love to eat) would go a long way toward boosting serotonin by encouraging them to have fiestas.

And now that I think of it, I wonder what other neurotransmitters *bacteria* produce 🤔, either in our gut or in general.

Sending love to all our gut buddies.
 
Actually, GABA is also a nutrition supplement, that does tout to improve quality of life in the following areas: sleep, anxiety, protect brain cells, inhibit transmission of pain signals, and lower blood pressure. Sounds like a miracle pill, right? If you have a seizure disorder/epilepsy, GABA can cause/increase both absence or generalized seizures. That would include those in the high-risk category for seizures, too. Be cautious with GABA,.
 
Actually, GABA is also a nutrition supplement, that does tout to improve quality of life in the following areas: sleep, anxiety, protect brain cells, inhibit transmission of pain signals, and lower blood pressure. Sounds like a miracle pill, right? If you have a seizure disorder/epilepsy, GABA can cause/increase both absence or generalized seizures. That would include those in the high-risk category for seizures, too. Be cautious with GABA,.
The most effective medications… are also near always the most deadly poisons. People who don’t understand that? Usually end up dead, or killing countless others who were stupid enough, or desperate enough, to trust their ignorance.
 
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