Misc. news stories

If psychedelics are going mainstream will they be accessible to everyone?
30th September 2020 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

As some places in America begin to decriminalise psychedelic drugs for medical treatment, ethical questions are being raised about whether those who really need the treatments will be able to get them.

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Can Psychedelics Rekindle Ancient Animism in Modern Society?
23rd September 2020 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

Animism—seeing the spirit in everything—goes deeper than the psychedelic experience, and this distinction may be crucial for psychedelic healing work.

Ann Arbor has decriminalized psychedelic mushrooms and plants
22nd September 2020 m.metrotimes.com | Humans, Misc.

Ann Arbor’s City Council unanimously voted Monday to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms and plants.

Stonehenge autumn equinox cancelled by English Heritage
21st September 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

About 800 people usually gather at the Wiltshire monument, on or around 21 September, to mark the autumn equinox.

Legal Ayahuasca Churches Are Spreading Across Canada
20th September 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.
A sixth religious group in Canada has been granted an exemption to use the hallucinogenic tea, known for causing visions and vomiting, as part of its ceremonies.
A scientific first: How psychedelics bind to key brain cell receptor
18th September 2020 phys.org | Humans, Misc., Tech

Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline cause severe and often long-lasting hallucinations, but they show great potential in treating serious psychiatric conditions, such as major depressive disorder.

The brain rhythms that detach us from reality
18th September 2020 | nature.com | Humans, Misc.

The rhythmic activity of a single layer of neurons has now been shown to cause dissociation — an experience involving a feeling of disconnection from the surrounding world.

Australians Are Lending Their Weight to Get Shrooms and MDMA Rescheduled
18th September 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

The first official push to get MDMA and magic mushrooms rescheduled in Australia is underway…

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?
18th September 2020 | wired.com | Humans, Misc., Tech
There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex. But isn’t the most complex system in existence the internet?
‘I Started Doing At-Home Guided Ketamine Treatments To Help With My Depression During Quarantine’
16th September 2020 | womenshealthmag.com | Humans, Misc.

A major mental health healing solution is on the horizon: ketamine therapy. A growing body of research shows that the drug, which has long been used as an anesthetic in emergency departments, can be an effective treatment option for several mental health conditions…

First funeral held using ‘living coffin’ made of mushroom fibre
16th September 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

After months of testing, the first funeral has taken place in the Netherlands using a fast-composting “living coffin” made of mycelium, the mat of fibres that forms the underground part of fungi.

Can Psychedelics Treat Physical Illness?
15th September 2020 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

From ayahuasca to iboga, and even synthetic compounds, people are turning to psychedelics to treat pain, in addition to mental health.

These states are voting on cannabis legalization this November
15th September 2020 edition.cnn.com | Humans, Misc.

This year, voters in five states will decide whether to adopt either new medical or recreational cannabis laws — or, perhaps, both in the case of one state.

Depression and suicidal ideation reduced after psychedelic usage
11th September 2020 bigthink.com | Humans, Misc.

Two studies found reduced rates in depression severity, suicidal ideation, and experiential avoidance four weeks after taking psychedelics.

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Psychedelic experiences share many features with those described by mystics and religious practitioners
8th September 2020 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Scientists in Finland are taking a closer look at the relationship between psychedelic substances and mystical experiences.

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Machine Elves and a Journey Into The DMT Spirit World
7th September 2020 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

Many people report seeing “machine elves” or “clockwork elves” while on DMT, but why do so many people see entities and why do different people have such similar experiences?

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