Now You Can Legally Get High … Or Low …
And, it’s an App!! Yep, you can use your phone to get high. Heh.
The gadget called “Thync” is more of a module than a headset. It’s small, plastic, and contains a Bluetooth radio for connecting to your phone. You attach it to a disposable adhesive strip, which you apply to your temple and neck.
For $299 you can get the headset that goes with the app and it will fire electricity into your brain and give you energy or calm you down. If your ex-wife gets hold of it that could be a whole ‘nother story. The app is supposed to provide calm or energy on demand by using “neurosignalling” to activate nerves and change your state of mind.
In use, you get a wavy, tingly feeling on your upper forehead and the front of your scalp. It’s not unpleasant, but it would definitely take a few uses before it stops feeling weird.
This little critter is a Brit invention, and in part it’s designed to get around a new law covering “legal highs” which some have claimed ban everything.
Keep in mind that the Brits have a very liberal government when you think about them banning everything. Progressives know what’s best for you and they are doing everything they can to make sure you go to prison if you think you know better.
We wonder about the new law, even beyond the snazzy app gadget. Rigorous exercise produces stuff in your system that makes you high. Every hear of “runners’ high”? Or feel like you’re high after sex?
Thync co-founder and CEO Isy Goldwasser explained that the module wasn’t directly stimulating neurons in my brain (that would be too damn weird for me to try, to be honest). Instead, it uses tiny pulses of electricity to stimulate the skin at your temple, which then activates the instinctual fight-or-flight response in your brain to indirectly affect emotional response.
When you open Thync’s app, it quickly connects to the module and then lets you choose between two emotional states: calm and energy. Once you begin, you can dial the intensity of the experience up or down, giving you control over just how mellow or excited you’ll be at the end of a session.
Thync’s approach is a variation on older brain stimulation therapies. In vagus nerve stimulation, for example, a device is implanted under the skin and sends electrical pulses through vagus nerves, which affect major organs and regions of the brain that control mood, sleep, and other functions. The FDA approved it to treat severe depression in 2005.
What in the world will they come up with next?
And now, the bad – yet predictable – news:
Clinical studies about transcranial direct current stimulation devices have so far found little evidence that they work. In January, researchers published in the journal Brain Stimulation the largest meta-analysis of such devices to date, and in reviewing 59 studies, found no significant benefit to users. In a paper published in February, a team led by Thync’s chief scientific officer, Jamie Tyler, claimed that an 82-person study of the Thync headgear suggests that it can significantly reduce response to stress. The study, which appeared in bioRxiv, was not peer-reviewed prior to publication.