Psychology

Study shreds cannabis ‘amotivational syndrome’ theory

 Does cannabis actually make people lazy in the long run? A new study published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology – a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association – disputes the cannabis-induced amotivational syndrome theory, instead finding no evidence to support it. Original Article (High Times):Study shreds cannabis ‘amotivational syndrome’ theoryArtwork Fair Use:…

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…about older psychedelic users

…since psychedelics have been proven to reduce inflammation, they could be helpful for older people’s aches and pains… potential for psychedelics helping older people with cognition, like slower word finding, that experience of knowing there’s a word for what you want to say but you need to recall it. “They just aren’t as sharp and then…

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MDMA… marriage…

“We literally said on the drive to this house, ‘If this doesn’t work, we’re done,’” Ree said… a qualitative study published in January [2022] described how eight couples used MDMA privately to enhance their relationships… an emerging cognitive-relational model of “evenings with Molly” contrasts with existing models of use by suggesting the possibility of informed,…

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Psychedelic therapy effective in reducing suicidality…

Psychedelic therapy appeared associated with large acute and sustained reductions in suicidality, according to results of a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. From an initial pool of more than 9,900 records… results showed that psychedelic therapy led to marked decreases in suicidality in both relatively short (80 to 240 minute) intervals, as well as in…

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…therapists to be given psilocybin to better understand…

A therapist’s own, personal experience with psychedelic substances appears to play an important role in facilitating therapeutic benefits for patients… “Crucially, the psychedelic experience is impossible to describe, and the ability to support people in these very profound states of altered consciousness may depend in part on the therapist’s own experience in that environment.” By…

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Oregon voters legalized psilocybin use. But what about microdosing?

“There is going to be microdosing throughout Oregon regardless of what this committee does,” Dr. James Fadiman said, about an hour after witnessing the argument between the subcommittee chairs. “The question is, can it also help people use it more safely and more effectively?” Last week’s [in Jan. 2022] argument over whether Fadiman would speak…

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Inside the growing wellness trend of psilocybin mushroom microdosing

…much like cannabis’ transition from stigmatized plant to decriminalized cash cow, today’s wellness industry is now embracing mushrooms as another form of nature’s medicine… …she sees the allure of psychedelics as being about “connection to the heart, period. It’s been seriously lacking. And that’s the thing that I feel like ancient cultures [understood] — the…

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[Science and] adult use… psychedelic… psilocybin…

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Health commissioned a scientific study to evaluate the risk of retail psilocybin sales, and it concluded that they posed little risk to individuals or public health. Though retail cannabis sales are available in many states, the retail sale of psychedelics does not currently exist in the United States… In contrast, in the…

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