Medicine/Healing

PTSD and ecstasy: science and perception

*Women Veterans Monument​ Chronic PTSD is a relatively common condition in military personnel returning from active duty. However, it can be a difficult illness to treat. Some individuals respond to antidepressants such as sertraline or paroxetine, and some respond to specific types of psychotherapies. Nevertheless, these treatments do not substantially help many individuals suffering from…

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Many ex-opioid addicts credit [iboga plant] with cure, but it’s “illegal” in US

*Even though methadone is used in addiction treatment, it is still an opioid, meaning that it fosters physical dependence.​ “A lot of serious psychiatrists who wanted to use drugs — like ecstasy — to augment psychiatric treatment were shot down brutally. They could not get support or funding.” To be sure, ibogaine has triggered seizures and heart-related…

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First clinical trial of MDMA treatment for autistic adults sees success

“These findings show that MDMA and psychotherapy can help people, maybe by giving people a whole new set of experiences with social interactions,” said Dr. Jerome. “MDMA isn’t giving people something they didn’t have already, it’s helping them use what they had all along.” The study participants who were given MDMA reported an improvement in their…

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Positive outcomes after ibogaine detoxification linked to persisting changes in mood and life perspective

“Without adequate support following this treatment, it is quite difficult for people to be successful in their recovery from opioid addiction. Nevertheless, for those that are able to maintain abstinence or reduce their opioid use, they reported improvements in overall health, mood, and their sense of positive motions/perspectives in life, which they attributed at least…

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Understanding the 5 M’s [5 S’s and 5 C’s] of LSD and Ergot

5 S’s[safety] *Safety 1: the ergot fungus pictured above (Claviceps purpurea, Claviceps paspali, Claviceps spp); of various plants shown here is not LSD, but has an ethnobotanically and historically-significant relationship with LSD. Ergot alkaloids are also found in many climbing plants (Convolvulacae), not pictured above. (Rastsch 2005). *Safety 2: The ergot alkaloids can be divided into two…

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Magic mushrooms… entourage effect

…magic mushrooms contain multiple active ingredients…. However, to date, psilocybin research has [been]— myopically focusing on one single ingredient (psilocybin) rather than appreciating the synergistic combinations made by the mushrooms.  Mushrooms contain many different molecules.  Psilocybin [ingested, converts to psilocin]… the active chemical that is responsible for much of –but not all of–the psychoactivity in…

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The whole fungus: fine

The first state-level drug decriminalization bill Has been introduced by in Maryland, USA…where elected officials and a broad range of stakeholders [convened] on a forum on decriminalization. [H.B. 488 : Drug Use and Possession Penalty Changes], [H.B. 515 : Substance Use Treatment at Need in ERs and Hospitals], and [H.B. 519 : Safe Consumption Programs].…

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