Author: Daniel Velasco

Really Digging Archaeology

December 6, 2018

By: DANIEL VELASCO Pima’s Archaeology Centre is a long standing institution that has helped students gain the necessary skills needed to become an archaeologist. “The Archaeology Centre is a facility with faculty, staff and equipment to support the education and training of archaeology students in field methods. Students learn to locate, map, document, and excavate […]

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Spirituality could be a chemical within

December 6, 2018

By DANIEL VELASCO N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is a naturally occurring psychedelic that’s in plants, animals and quite possibly, our brains.  This seemingly mystical and loud chemical has baffled and frustrated scientists for years sparking many theories as to why it exists.  Some claim that it’s the chemical responsible for the dreams we experience at night, […]

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Will Marijuana be the future of Medicine?

November 15, 2018

By DANIEL VELASCO If you’ve been to any smoke shop, vitamin store or mall lately, chances are you’ve come across CBD oil.  Often packaged in old-fashioned, red-tinted medicine bottles reminiscent of 19th Century medicine, CBD oil comes in many different brand names and with different claims.  CBD, or “cannibidiol” oil, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Cannabinoids […]

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Hope for a Psychedelic Renaissance

November 15, 2018

By DANIEL VELASCO Drugs are always controversial. Any substance that has any effect on the brain has been often been scrutinized through a controlling eye. In the book “Peyote: the Divine Cactus,” Edward F. Anderson describes psychedelics as “a horror to the Catholic mind.” He claims that “Spanish Conquistadores saw mind-altering drugs of the Aztecs […]

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PATH Nurtures Agriculture Students

November 1, 2018

  By DANIEL VELASCO Hidden behind a fenced wall decorated by cactus skeletons lies a secret garden home to Desert Vista Campus at Pima Community College. If you’ve ever bought produce from Desert Vista campus, chances are it was brought to you by Project PATH. “Project PATH (Plant, Assimilate, Till, Harvest) is intended to support […]

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MDMA offers potential to help PTSD

November 1, 2018

  By DANIEL VELASCO MDMA, Ecstasy or Molly is a synthetic stimulant that causes hallucinogenic effects. Initially synthesized by the chemist Anton Kollisch in 1912, MDMA has become a popular party drug among youth. MDMA affects three neurotransmitters within the brain: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Serotonin has an array of different effects such as sleep, […]

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Kratom vs. opiate addiction

October 23, 2018

By: DANIEL VELASCO Deep in the rainforests of Southeast Asia lies an infamous plant.  With yellow flowers and evergreen leaves, kratom induces stimulant-like effects to its users, while causing opiate-like side effects to people who use it in high doses.  Kratom is primarily put into capsules and made into extracts and pills, but dried kratom leaves […]

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Can you dig it?

October 18, 2018

    By DANIEL VELASCO   Pima Community College’s archeology program is one that consists of the best aspects of science.   From working with peers to striving for greatness, Pima’s Archeology Club radiates the best things about the field. While the Archeology Club doesn’t have a specific goal, it does have separate values that […]

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What’s growing in your backyard?

October 4, 2018

By: DANIEL VELASCO Rain brings the best things to Tucson on the rare occasion we receive it. Rain brings cool weather, earthy scents and vibrant colors. The rain also creates the exact conditions perfect for growing fungus. From yeast to athlete’s foot, fungus is everywhere and will inevitably in one way or another, eat us. […]

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At Pima, justice is in Blum

October 4, 2018

By DANIEL VELASCO Joshua Blum is a Pima Community College Police sergeant and DUI coordinator who’s worked for Pima since 2012. Through his years of service, he’s seen it all, from assaults to stolen laptops. Q: How many police officers work for Pima? (all campuses) “Thirty-one right now. All campuses are staffed by one single […]

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