Misc. news stories

Ketamine normalizes hyperactivity in key brain region of depressed patients
12th April 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

There is no shortage of psychological and pharmacological therapies to combat the world’s most widespread mental health issue, major depressive disorder (MDD). However, a significant portion of the affected population fail to respond to many of these traditional therapies

Is it Possible to Create an Ethical Psychedelics Company?
9th April 2021 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

The debate around psychedelic patents reflects a deeper question about how to create a business model that puts values before profits.

After New York legalizes marijuana, Schumer eyes federal reform
6th April 2021 | vox.com | Humans, Misc.

In the wake of New York’s decision to legalize marijuana earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he’s ready to move on federal marijuana reform.

Microdosing psychedelic drugs associated with increases in conscientiousness and reductions in neuroticism
6th April 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A new study has been published following on from two earlier studies on microdosing. Our body of research tells us some benefits of microdosing may be comparable to other wellness activities such as yoga.

New York legalizes recreational marijuana, expunges former pot convictions
2nd April 2021 abcnews.go.com | Humans, Misc.
How the brains of informed psychedelic users are different
30th March 2021 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

There is a new generation of drug users out there who possess highly detailed pharmacological and technical knowledge about the drugs they take.

Can Magic Mushrooms Heal Us?
23rd March 2021 | nytimes.com | Humans, Misc.

Oregon is about to become the first state in the country to try to build a support infrastructure through which psychedelic mushrooms can be woven into everyday life.

Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic approved
23rd March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

Sapphire Medical Clinic, located in Stirling, is the first medical cannabis clinic authorised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) to provide safe access to medical cannabis for patients in Scotland.

New research provides evidence that a single dose of psilocybin can boost brain connections
21st March 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Scientists in Denmark believe the psychedelic substance psilocybin might produce rapid and lasting antidepressant effects in part because it enhances neuroplasticity in the brain.

Australian government backs psychedelic drug clinical trials to treat mental illness
19th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

The use of magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs to treat mental illnesses, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, may be a step closer in Australia, with clinical trials given a $15m grant.

For crying out loud: Dutch scientists grow human tear glands
18th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc., Weird

Stop your sobbing – because scientists can do it for you. Using stem cells, Dutch researchers have grown miniature human tear glands capable of “crying”.

Psychedelic therapy could ‘reset’ depressed brain
16th March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

A powerful hallucinogenic drug known for its part in shamanic rituals is being trialled as a potential cure for depression for the first time.

‘The ketamine blew my mind’: can psychedelics cure addiction and depression?
14th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

This week sees the opening of the first UK high-street clinic offering psychedelic-assisted therapy. Could popping psilocybin be the future of mental healthcare?

Mexico Set to Legalize Marijuana, Becoming World’s Largest Market
12th March 2021 | nytimes.com | Humans, Misc.

Lawmakers in Mexico have approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, but in a country still marred by a deadly drug war, the proposal has proved divisive.

When Acid Makes You Feel Like Jesus
9th March 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

Experts weigh in on the connection between the spiritual and the psychedelic and why some trippers feel like religious figures.

What do near-death experiences mean, and why do they fascinate us?
7th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

Psychiatrist Bruce Greyson has spent decades talking to people about near-death experiences. His work raises questions about what happens when we die, and how we ought to choose to live

Miscellaneous news stories.