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Why All Drugs Should be Legal
25th January 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

Neuroscientist Dr. Carl talks drug addiction, legalization, the opioid crisis, and more in a discussion about his new book “Drug Use for Grown-Ups”

The Problems with the Government’s New Drug Announcement
22nd January 2021 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

New cash for the UK’s growing drug problem is welcome. But help for drug users is skewed by the government’s old drug war mantra.

Unique magic mushroom microdosing study to begin in Australia
21st January 2021 newatlas.com | Humans, Misc.

The research promises to be the first exploration of naturalistic psilocybin microdosing in a lab-setting using a cutting-edge neuroimaging technique and a unique kind of trial protocol.

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The public’s perception of the harms of magic mushrooms is in line with science — but not with the law
19th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

New research suggests that the public’s perception of the potential harms of magic mushrooms is not in line with drug laws. The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin-containing mushrooms are considered less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.

Brain imaging study reveals blunted empathic response to others’ pain when following orders
15th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

A brain imaging study has found that inflicting pain on another person in compliance with an order is accompanied by reduced activation in parts of the brain associated with the perception of others’ pain.

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Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains
14th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Psilocybin does not appear to severely impact gene expression, according to a new study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology. But the psychedelic substance — which is found in “magic” mushrooms — might produce lasting changes to the expression of a few immune-related genes in the brain.

Here’s What Happens When Animals Eat LSD
11th January 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Animal Life, Humans, Misc.

Hippies and other early psychonauts weren’t the only ones dropping acid back in the Sixties and Seventies. Several animals also had the experience of dabbling with LSD, courtesy of the scientists who wanted to see what effects it would have on various species. The results of those tests ranged from bizarre to tragic.

Study suggests psychedelics may improve the mental health symptoms of individuals suffering from race-based trauma
11th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

New research suggests that psychedelics may be a viable treatment option for those suffering from race-based trauma.

Neuroscientists believe deep neural networks could help illustrate how psychedelics alter consciousness
6th January 2021 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Cutting-edge methods from machine learning could help scientists better understand the visual experiences induced by psychedelic drugs such as dimethyltryptamine (DMT), according to a new article published in the scientific journal Neuroscience of Consciousness.

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Do we have to age?
4th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

When the biologist Andrew Steele tells people his thoughts on ageing – that we might one day cure it as if it were any other disease – they are often incredulous and sometimes hostile.

Human Consciousness and the “Twilight Zone” of Awareness
4th January 2021 | psychologytoday.com | Humans, Misc.

Since temps immémorial, the question, “How does human consciousness work?” has intrigued philosophers, poets, playwrights, anaesthesiologists, brain scientists, songwriters, and people from all walks of life who are inclined to think about their thinking.

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Illinois erases 500,000 low-level cannabis charges
4th January 2021 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

State completes the legal process four years ahead of 2025 deadline.

2020 Was the Year That Momentous Drug Reform Became Normal
28th December 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc.

A US state decriminalised drugs, the UN admitted cannabis can be good for you and Colombia discussed buying up its entire cocaine harvest. It’s been a momentous year for drug liberalisation.

Ketamine may ease depression by restoring the brain’s sensitivity to prediction error, study suggests
27th December 2020 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

New research suggests that electrophysiological brain signals associated with neural plasticity could help explain the rapid, antidepressant effects of the drug ketamine. The findings, European Neuropsychopharmacology, indicate that ketamine could reverse insensitivity to prediction error in depression.

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4 Mind-Bending Ways Quantum Physics Challenges Our Reality
27th December 2020 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Misc.

Imagine opening the weekend paper and looking through the puzzle pages for the Sudoku. You spend your morning working through this logic puzzle, only to realise by the last few squares there’s no consistent way to finish it.

Psychedelic drug DMT could ‘revolutionise’ how we treat depression
27th December 2020 metro.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

Picture yourself shaking up a snow globe and watching what unfolds inside. Things might look chaotic and distorted at first, but as things start to settle, a clear view of a picturesque scene emerges.

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