Psychology

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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Psychology

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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Psychology

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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Can psilocybin make people feel more empathy to nature?

Therefore, in the context of the ideals, values, and constructs of the time we are presently living in, it would be useful to frame the imminent threat to our planet’s natural ecology and to humankind, radically, as something along the lines of an “anti-nature personality disorder,” medically sanctioning judgment on individual or group behavior that pathologically…

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Psychology

What is iboga and can it actually cure opioid addiction?

Ibogaine (12-methoxyibogamine) is the main alkaloid of at least 12 alkaloids found in the Tabernanthe iboga plant. [One of the alkaloids, mentioned above] seems to activate the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) pathway in the ventral tegmental area of the brain, increasing its expression. Previous studies have found that the GDNF pathway plays a unique role in…

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Psychology

Healing with the psychonauts: psychedelic medicine goes mainstream

All of this comes not a moment too soon. Studies show that psychedelics have extraordinary efficacy in treating the illnesses that currently plague America: trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, isolation, disaffection, and crippling fear of death. Forty years after going underground, the conversation around psychedelics is coming back into the open…  Psychedelics went underground but did not go…

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