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…comments on kratom

…the FDA said the comments will be reviewed as it prepares a response to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is considering whether to place international restrictions on kratom and six other psychoactive substances. Under international treaties, WHO is required to assess the use of psychoactive substances and advise the United Nations on whether they…

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Mindfulness… psychedelics

The subject of integration is an important one. Many people experience some kind of spiritual enlightenment when in a psychedelic state, but are then subsequently dropped back down into their daily lives and find themselves at a loss for how to unite the two. The similarities between a mindfulness practice and psychedelics boil down to…

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Cancer patients extralegally seeking psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy amid DEA suit

Without giving endorsement to these unregulated practitioners, Dr… indicated that some within the underground “certainly know what they’re doing” while others “probably don’t”. Giving a stern warning to the clinicians attending, Dr… advised that those who interact with underground practitioners do so “at their own risk” given the illegality of the practice. By way of…

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Study suggests psychedelic users reframe “bad trips” into positive experiences through detailed narratives

…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.”… intense negative reactions that can include anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and frightening hallucinations… despite describing these highly distressing experiences, many participants seemed to look back on bad trips with gratitude, suggesting…

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…[psilocybe mushroom dispensaries] harness the ‘magic’ of psychedelic mushrooms

…similar to cannabis prior to federal legalization… dispensaries in Vancouver are open for business. Longtime marijuana advocate Dana Larsen is among those who have set up shop. “Psilocybin mushrooms really remind me now where the cannabis movement was in maybe the mid-’90s,” he said. “There’s just starting to be increasing public awareness about the tremendous…

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Pharmaceuticals and brain health… biotech industry?

McDonald explains, “We are improving on first-generation psychedelic compounds like psilocybin. Unlike other products on the market, we are developing next-generation superior molecules that are engineered to target specific serotonin receptors. Our drugs will replace psilocybin in dealing with issues like depression. This leads to fewer side effects while improving safety and efficacy.”  Biotech companies…

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Over one third of US voters say magic mushrooms and other psychedelics have a medical use, new poll shows

With a growing body of research showing that psychedelic substances have potential medical uses, local governments across the US have begun to take notice.  A study from Imperial College London scientists released in April, for example, found that psilocybin… works about as well as a leading drug (escitalopram) to treat patients with moderate or severe major depressive…

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