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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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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Psychedelic psychotherapy is coming: who will be included?

The psychedelic train is pulling out of the station, and people are giddy with excitement, waving as the train beings to move … Black and brown people [& a surprisingly large number of whites] including the elderly, young people, veterans, and the disabled are left standing on the platform as the train chugs away. Understanding the…

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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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Ibogaine therapy can offer addiction relief during opioid withdrawal

Western culture has long attempted to denigrate and stamp out the use of this psychedelic plant, but it is gaining clinical interest for its ability to help those who struggle with addiction … Perhaps, as concern about heroin and opioid addiction increases, government officials will reconsider their stance on this. In the United States, ibogaine remains…

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The Source Weekly Front Cover : Psych Trip

At this moment in time, the momentum seems to be moving in ECfES’ favor, toward a society that sees potential in psychedelics as a healing modality.  HERE “A good example of that is Kate Brown’s decision to sign HB 2355, a bill carried to the upper chamber by Sen. Jackie Winters, the longest-serving African-American woman in Oregon Senate…

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The whole fungus: fine

The first state-level drug decriminalization bill Has been introduced by in Maryland, USA…where elected officials and a broad range of stakeholders [convened] on a forum on decriminalization. [H.B. 488 : Drug Use and Possession Penalty Changes], [H.B. 515 : Substance Use Treatment at Need in ERs and Hospitals], and [H.B. 519 : Safe Consumption Programs].…

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Psychology

Skyrocketing rates of fentanyl deaths led to the deadliest year for opioid overdoses ever

The new figures aren’t surprising to opioid policy experts such as Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University. “They indicate that, in many places around the U.S., the response continues to miss the mark.” Beletsky [said]. “These data are devastating, and further underscore the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach…

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Psychology

Magic mushrooms can help quit smoking

The active compound found in magic mushrooms is called psilocybin and was administered to a handful of smokers. The six-year study aimed to uncover the mechanism in the brain that makes it so difficult to kick the habit ‘Cigarette smoking is today a huge public health scourge and there are no effective reliable treatments,’ said…

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Psychology

Can psychedelic drugs heal?

Adele Lafrance, PhD, of Laurentian University, highlighted a study of 159 participants who reported on their past use of hallucinogens, level of spirituality and relationship with their emotions. Using hallucinogens was related to greater levels of spirituality, which led to improved emotional stability and fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression and disordered eating, the study found.…

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