Psychology

Can psychedelics follow cannabis’ lead?

The psychedelics industry is similar to where the cannabis industry was 10 years ago as it fights for legalization in various countries. Retail establishments in the Netherlands that specializes in the sale of psychoactive substances, such as magic truffles, are called Smart Shops. There are an estimated 100 Smart Shops operating in the Netherlands, generating…

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Psychology

Researchers look to psychedelics to transform mental healthcare

As an operator who has worked in the psychedelics space for… years, I have been exposed to every facet of the industry. The U.S. state of Oregon has voted to legalize [adult-use] psilocybin… on the regulation and policy side… a more favorable regulatory and social landscape is helping psychedelic startups gain a foothold in this…

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Psychology

Microdosing with acid…

 …people are exploring alternative medicines to help them function and live happily in today’s fast-paced, tech-warped world. …people don’t like to drink anymore. People don’t like to be hungover. Alcohol is a toxin, so it does tend to be stressful for the body. We have other things to enjoy and alter our consciousness for fun…

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Psychology

…entrepreneurs and the resistance to old-school psychedelia

If strong psychotropic effects are edited out of the process – as [some of] these new companies are attempting to do – then the old-school psychedelic experience has been pre-empted as unnecessary… [some] entrepreneurs have pledged allegiance to… [some version of this] thinking. The resistance to ‘psychedelic’ goes beyond mere semantic squeamishness. Johnson and Johnson,…

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Psychology

Why taking psychedelics is a lot like scuba diving…

…how about the mental healthcare therapists and psychiatrists who work with psychedelics, in clinical trials and beyond – shouldn’t they also be experienced psychedelic divers before they work with these substances? Well. This is a sensitive question, I’ve come to realize. I have been hesitant to speak my mind about it… There are many parallels…

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Psychology

The psychedelic escape from depression

The durability of treatment could… be challenged by commercial pressure to reduce the psychiatric component of psilocybin therapy, so that the drug can be given to as many people as possible.  Charles Raison, a psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who is currently overseeing a phase II clinical trial of psilocybin, is concerned about how…

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Psychology

The lazy stoner myth debunked…

“Our evidence indicates that cannabis use does not appear to have an effect on motivation for recreational users. The participants in our study included users who took cannabis on average four days a week and they were no more likely to lack motivation,” said Professor Barbara Sahakian, researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the…

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