Psychology

Small doses of psychedelics might help you solve problems

“Apart from its benefits as a potential cognitive enhancement technique, microdosing could be further investigated for its therapeutic efficacy to help individuals who suffer from rigid thought patterns or behaviour, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder,” she explains. Research led by Luisa Prochazkova of Leiden University in the Netherlands indicates that ingesting tiny amounts of…

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Psychology

‘Microdosers’ of LSD and magic mushrooms are wiser and more creative

Psychedelics microdosing can mean taking five to 20 micrograms of LSD, 0.1 – 0.3 grams of dried psilocybin-containing mushrooms.  We compared people who microdose — that is, who take a psychedelic substance such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or “magic” mushrooms (psilocybin) in very small quantities — with those who don’t, and found that microdosers had healthier scores on…

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Psychology

To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD

Whether or not you’ve tried LSD before, you have heard about bad trips.  For [those] looking to take LSD while avoiding these nightmarish experiences, self-examination is your best bet … To avoid being overwhelmed… recommends that if [someone] is going to take LSD they should always do so with a group of close, supportive friends…

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It’s time to debunk prohibitionist narratives and calls for monopolies within psychedelic science

…exposes a blind spot in the logic of [psychedelic] medicalization. While numerous sanctioned psychedelic researchers tout their belief that psychedelics can “effect true healing,” rather than mere symptomatic treatment, their fixation on the individual as a wholly-bound entity, divorced from their environment, misses the bigger picture. While psychedelics may “effect true healing” of the individual,…

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Men who have used psychedelics are roughly half as likely to commit intimate partner violence

A new study has found evidence that men who have used psychedelic drugs in the past have a lower likelihood of engaging in violence against their current partners.  “We were interested in looking at the association between psychedelics and violence for a number of reasons,” said Michelle Thiessen, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University…

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MDMA could reduce anxiety in adults with autism

*autism increase in United StatesOn a test which is commonly used to assess the impact of social phobia, known as the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS), the placebo group experienced reductions of 19.3 points on average compared to 44.1 points for the MDMA group. “What was particularly notable for many of the participants after treatment…

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This is why there’s a push to make MDMA legal

He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. An estimated 24.4 million people have PTSD. Most of the patients are prescribed anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication to treat symptoms. However, nothing gave Virgil relief. But then, he discovered an article on social media about treating PTSD with MDMA, which is known as Ecstasy. Of those in the…

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Anxiety, meet magic

Hallucinogens as anti-anxiety medications are part of a research renaissance. Within the last 30 years, researchers… and other institutions have been doing quiet work around the potential benefits of psilocybin mushrooms, particularly their potential use for therapy. This could lead to an exciting new era in the field of mental health, especially in battling anxiety-based disorders and conditions…

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