Psychology

…psilocybin transformative power minimizes suffering and allows a lasting sense of peace

Psychologists distinguish radical transformative experiences as “quantum changes,” as opposed to incremental behavioral-based shifts. But the two are not mutually exclusive. An epiphany prompted by psilocybin can give rise to a new enthusiasm, curiosity, or sense of wonder that can trigger behavioral changes. Psilocybin offers a route to an alternate view of reality, in which…

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Psychology

Get ready for the magic mushroom…

Even a decade ago, psychedelic drugs were limited to a fringe of mystics and experiential adventurers, just as they had been in Western societies for most of modernity. Today they’re approaching mainstream acceptance. It’s been a dizzying turnabout. Helping to drive the shift is a growing scientific literature that ratifies what the mystics have long…

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Psychology

Psychedelics… understanding… chronic pain

Living with chronic pain affects daily life and has social implications. Chronic pain can be associated with any disease that may be genetic, idiopathic, or traumatic. These drugs may not help cure all types of pain as the same drugs cannot cure all diseases. However, in chronic pain disorders, the patient’s life is impaired as…

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Psychology

Study finds lsd therapy strikingly effective at reducing anxiety and depression

…published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, a team of Swiss researchers administered 20 participants, who were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and a further 22 participants with a mental disorder, significant amounts of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)… Participants of the study received either LSD or a placebo over three visits covering a 24-week period. The ones who…

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Psychology

Integration of psychedelic experiences linked to self-actualization via improvements in personal development and self-insight

The study, which appears in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, provides evidence that this is the case for both clinical and non-clinical populations… the participants answered questions regarding their integration practices in the wake of their psychedelic experiences. In other words, they reported the extent to which they intentionally revisited aspects their psychedelic experiences, incorporated…

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Psychology

Addiction recovery services receive funding from M110

Dave: And you’re saying that there’s going to be more access to services like this, which actually does seem to be helpful in terms of meth addiction more from Measure 110 directly as a result? Tera: Contingency management, at the core, basically encourages and incentivizes folks to stay off of meth by offering sometimes financial…

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Psychology

Is medicalizing psychedelics a step in the right direction?

Medicalization is often presented as the societal and individual burden of unnecessary medical expansion… Medicalization can also lead to problems where, when a new condition is identified as having a medicalized treatment for it, suddenly everyone seems to have it. And sensing an opportunity, Big Pharma begins promoting it. So is the medical community in favor…

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Psychology

How to change your ability to change

…”a single capsule of psilocybin in Oregon is going to cost $750,” was heard by Jon Dennis, Esq. Rather than a simple serotonin deficiency, depression can also be seen as a disorder of rigidity… this sometimes begins with chronic stress… restoring neuroplasticity could reopen the highway to health… as with many theories, this one is…

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…rapidly improve…

Despite a number of clinical trials showing that psilocybin can rapidly treat depression, including for cancer-related anxiety and depression, little is known about how psilocybin actually works to relieve depression in the brain. Now two recent studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Medicine, have shed some light on this mysterious…

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Psychology

How the drug war dies

Americans can’t be allowed to forget that the War on Drugs is and always has been… political manipulation – not a way to help people with addiction or to protect lives. The rise of the Internet… allowed perspectives that the mainstream media had ignored to reach larger audiences… early users of the Internet – mainly…

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