Misc. news stories

First-of-Its-Kind Study Hints at How Psilocybin Works in The Brain to Dissolve Ego
1st June 2020 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Misc.

The psychedelic experience can be rough on a person’s ego. Those who experiment with magic mushrooms and LSD often describe a dissolution of the self, otherwise known as ego-death, ego-loss, or ego-disintegration.

Baby given cannabis-based drug in medical first in Norfolk
28th May 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

A baby has become the first to get a cannabis-derived medicine in a trial to help those born with a condition that can lead to brain damage.

Get Ready for Pharmaceutical-Grade Magic Mushroom Pills
28th May 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

As magic mushrooms make the shift from recreational drug to mental health treatment, patients won’t be eating caps and stems, but a synthetic product made in a lab—one that can be patented and profited from.

Applying physics to understanding the mystery of consciousness
26th May 2020 phys.org | Humans, Misc.

An international study involving Monash physicists has cornered a new approach to measure consciousness, potentially changing our understanding of complex neurological problems.

Is legal MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD likely by 2022?
26th May 2020 | thegrowthop.com | Humans, Misc.

The results of the interim analysis “are the most powerful evidence yet that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy could help transform the lives of people suffering from PTSD.”

In the 1950s, Hundreds of People Started Hallucinating Visions of Hell
24th May 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc., Weird

In August of 1951, a strange illness descended on the small French town of Pont-Saint-Esprit. Victims complained of abdominal pains, delirium and hallucinations of flames and hellish creatures.

The Psychedelic Science of Pain
24th May 2020 | newswise.com | Humans, Misc.

While much of the new research on psychedelics show its potentially high efficacy for treating psychological disorders, relatively little research has been done to demonstrate their uses for the treatment of chronic pain conditions.

Psychedelic drugs could help treat the mental health epidemic we’ll face after coronavirus
20th May 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

One ecstasy trial reached a milestone when it was approved to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder in America. This could be good timing for the UK too.

Psychedelic experiences disrupt routine thinking — and so has the coronavirus pandemic
20th May 2020 theconversation.com | Humans, Misc.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the widespread disruption of our usual routines. The ambiguity of when it will end, how things will unfold and what will happen in the future has resulted in a collective liminal state, a kind of a waiting area on the threshold of change.

Should Scientists Take UFOs and Ghosts More Seriously?
20th May 2020 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Humans, Misc.

Journalist Leslie Kean investigates topics that many consider to be beyond the pale.

Largest ever DMT survey travels to the fringes of psychedelic science
18th May 2020 newatlas.com | Humans, Misc.

Encounters with inter-dimensional beings, atheists discovering belief, and the bizarre world of DMT-induced entities. A trip to the fringes of psychedelic science.

Image from hellO Flickr (Wiki Commons)
UK cannabis firm bought by US-based fund in multimillion pound deal
16th May 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

A British cannabis producer has been acquired by a US-based private equity fund in a multimillion-pound deal which some say could accelerate the legalisation of the recreational drug in the UK.

This Drug Designer Is Creating a New Psychedelic to Treat Anxiety and Depression
16th May 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

Imagine a psychedelic that promises you’ll never have a bad trip and resets your brain in such a way that you wouldn’t have to depend on antidepressants.

‘This isn’t cannabis 2.0’: are psychedelics the next frontier for advertising?
16th May 2020 | thedrum.com | Humans, Misc.

Once stigmatized across the western world, the likes of MDMA, LSD and magic mushrooms are taking back their place in the world of medicine.

Oregon Campaigns To Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms And Decriminalize Drugs Team Up To Qualify For Ballot
12th May 2020 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

Two drug policy reform campaigns in Oregon are teaming up as they both work to collect enough signatures to qualify for the state’s November ballot.

Image from Psilocybe cubensis (Wiki Commons)

How Magic Mushrooms Went From Sacred Item To Stigmatized Substance
9th May 2020 studybreaks.com | Ancient, Humans, Misc.

The magic mushroom, a miraculous drug in human history. Once used by religious leaders in ancient societies, they have now been downgraded to the same level as other recreational drugs.

Miscellaneous news stories.