Science

Psychedelic use is associated with reduced daily opioid use among people who use illicit drugs…

Among 3813 PWUD at baseline, 1093 (29%) reported daily use of illicit opioids and 229 (6%) reported psychedelic use in the past six months. Over study follow-up after adjusting for a range of potential confounders, psychedelic use remained independently associated with a significantly reduced odds of subsequent daily opioid use (Adjusted Odds Ratio: 0.45; 95%…

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Politics

D.C. hearing… marijuana… anticipation of end to federal ban

D.C. voters legalized the possession, home cultivation and gifting of adult-use cannabis in 2014, a congressional rider has blocked the District from using its tax dollars to implement a regulated system of sales. They heard numerous recommendations on the legalization proposal, ranging from enhancing social equity provisions to ensuring that medical cannabis patients continue to…

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Modern Culture

Are we being exposed to psychedelics more…

…study published in The Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry has attempted to measure the change in public sentiment regarding psychedelics and the frequency of their mentions over time in American newspapers… …the decriminalization movement across the United States, particularly Oregon decriminalizing drug possession and legalizing supervised psilocybin sessions, has allowed people to speak more openly about psychedelics… narrative and…

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Science

Adults who microdose psychedelics report health related motivations and lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to non-microdosers

This examination of a large international sample of adults highlights the prominence of therapeutic and wellness motivations for microdosing psychedelic drugs and identified lower levels of anxiety and depression among microdosers relative to controls.  Comparisons of psilocybin to LSD microdosers indicated no differences on measures of Depression, Anxiety and Stress from the DASS-21 (all values for F (1, 827) < 1.0, p > 0.50). The inclusion of…

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Anthropology

[Oregon] Measure 110…

Oregonians voted Measure 110 into law, passing it by a 17-point margin and sending the strong message that we want drug use treated as a health issue — not a crime. The measure passed in communities both large and small, urban and rural, progressive and conservative. The law decriminalized all drugs For more than 50…

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Science

Using marijuana with psychedelics intensifies the mystical experience, study finds

Researchers at Imperial College London [report]… Use of cannabis together with psychedelics was “associated with higher scores of mystical-type experience, ego-dissolution and visual alterations,” the study, published last week in the journal Psychopharmacology, states. And in general, the more marijuana a person said they used, the more intense the psychedelic effect… there was a unique…

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Psychology

Magic mushrooms… how do they work?

…has a low toxicity, and is considered to be relatively harmless when compared to the potential health effects of many other drugs… by affecting the way brain cells connect, it could be… long term benefits for treating mood disorders. …Psilocybe species… most commonly prized as a recreational drug. Also referred to as golden cap, this tiny, tan to…

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Anthropology

Psilocybin… pennsylvania veterans…

Listed as the prime sponsor of the Pennsylvania bill is Tracy Pennycuick (R., Montgomery County), an Army veteran who is in her first term. She has 20 cosponsors, a rare mix of Democrats and Republicans. The Pennsylvania proposal falls between what has happened in Oregon and Texas. Oregon legalized psilocybin-assisted therapy in medical settings and…

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