Misc. news stories

Is medical cannabis really a magic bullet?
26th July 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

Research increasingly suggests that extracts from the plant are effective in treating pain, anxiety, epilepsy and more, but experts still preach caution around recreational use.

New study sheds light on how LSD’s entropic effects on the brain impact language production
26th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Language produced under the influence of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) displays increased levels of entropy and reduced semantic coherence, according to new research published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. In other words, people tend to have more disorganized speech while under the effects of LSD and are more likely to jump from one topic to another.

When did humans start experimenting with alcohol and drugs?
19th July 2021 phys.org | Humans, Misc.

Humans constantly alter the world. We fire fields, turn forests into farms, and breed plants and animals. But humans don’t just reshape our external world—we engineer our internal worlds, and reshape our minds.

Psilocybin induces rapid and persistent growth of neural connections in the brain’s frontal cortex, study finds
19th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Harvard scientists have found that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice induces a rapid and long-lasting increase in connections between pyramidal neurons in the medial frontal cortex, an area of the brain known to be involved in control and decision-making. Their new findings are published in the journal Neuron.

Microdoses of psilocybin and ketamine enhance motivation and attention in rodent models relevant to depression
15th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Low doses of psilocybin and ketamine can heighten food-related motivation and improve attention in poorly-performing male rats, according to new research published in Frontiers in Pharmacology.

DMT, active component in ayahuasca, aids in the growth of new neurons
13th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

In addition to being found naturally in animal tissues, including the human brain, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the primary hallucinogenic compound found in the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca.

Collective narcissism can warp your moral judgments, according to new psychology research
12th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A large body of research indicates that egocentrism shapes moral judgments. Now, new research indicates that people not only prefer moral decisions that benefit them, some people — particularly those with high collective narcissism — also display a bias towards moral decisions that benefit their group.

The Next Step for Legal Mushrooms—Losing the Trip
8th July 2021 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

The latest push in the burgeoning psychedelic industry is to lose the whole pesky “psychedelic” element, and it has a surprise backer in the late Bob Marley.

Study suggests psychedelic users reframe “bad trips” into positive experiences through detailed narratives
7th July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy asked psychedelic drug users to share their experiences with drug use, and particularly, their experiences with “bad trips.”

Ayahuasca use associated with greatly improved anxiety and depression symptoms in large international study
3rd July 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Despite their illegality and a tendency among the media and politicians to demonize their use, psychedelics have been shown to have transformative effects on individuals suffering from mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

How Albert Lin Treated His Phantom Limb Pain With Psychedelics
14th June 2021 | gq.com | Humans, Misc.

Treating mental health conditions with psilocybin is quickly becoming mainstream. But the experience of this scientist and adventurer shows its potential for physical conditions, too.

‘My Life Flashed Before My Eyes’: A Psychologist Tackles The Near-Death Mystery
11th June 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Misc.

At the age of 16, when Tony Kofi was an apprentice builder living in Nottingham, he fell from the third story of a building. Time seemed to slow down massively, and he saw a complex series of images flash before his eyes.

Laughing gas is effective in treating depression, according to a new study
11th June 2021 | dazeddigital.com | Humans, Misc.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that one small dose of NOS can improve symptoms of depression for up to two weeks.

California Senate Approves Psychedelic Decriminalization Bill
3rd June 2021 | courthousenews.com | Humans, Misc.

It’s been a long, strange trip for psychedelics in the state of California, but that journey inched closer to legalization on Monday.

Mike Tyson reveals magic mushrooms ‘saved my life’ and hopes psychedelics can now change the world
31st May 2021 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

Former heavyweight champion calls psilocybin an ‘amazing medicine’.

Image from:Glenn Francis (Toglenn) (Wiki Commons)

Texas Senate Approves Psychedelics And Marijuana Concentrates Bills
25th May 2021 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

The Texas Senate has approved House-passed bills to reduce criminal penalties for possessing marijuana concentrates and require the state to study the therapeutic potential of psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA.

Image from: Wiki Commons 

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