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Scientists induce psychedelic-like experiences from a placebo alone

New research recently published in Psychopharmacology provides evidence that inert placebo pills can induce psychedelic-like effects, including perceptual alterations. The findings highlight the importance of expectations and context when ingesting psychedelic substances. The researchers told the participants they were being given iprocin – a homologue of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms – and that they…

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The biggest challenges for psychedelic science today

The scientific study of psychedelics is not immune from broader crises that are currently ongoing in the scientific realm, like the replication crisis… and the increasingly privatized funding of research… What may further limit the researcher’s degree of freedom, is that most studies on psychedelics are sponsored by private foundations with a vested interest. In…

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UC Berkeley launches new center for psychedelic science and education

The center plans to collaborate with the Graduate Theological Union, an independent consortium of religious schools and theological institutes based in Berkeley and the larger San Francisco Bay Area, in the development of an immersive learning program on psychedelics and spirituality. The new… Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to…

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Meet [a] woman… psychedelic… scientists

…an increasingly crowded field of commercial players attempting to monetize… in the pharmaceutical space.  Includes… extracting psilocybin from mushrooms… synthesizing it in a lab… extracting psilocybin from a mushroom rather than synthesizing it in a lab… [etc.] Original Article (Futurism):Meet the woman who wants to sell psychedelic drugs to scientistsArtwork Fair Use: Joe-Schraube

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…development in scalable [synthetic] psilocybin synthesis

…technique in kilogram-scale synthesis of pharmaceutical grade psilocybin in [an] open-access journal… Making this discovery publicly available is the result of… Open Science [and Praxis] commitment to advance scientific knowledge in the field. The 1.2 kilograms of psilocybin per batch that this process delivers can be used to provide nearly fifty thousand 25-milligram doses of…

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Home-brew… soon anyone will be able to make their own

In theory, home-brew [molecules] could deprive traffickers in countries such as Afghanistan and Colombia of their main source of revenue – money that fuels corruption and other criminal activities, destabilises governments and even funds terrorism. …high-yielding strain… in theory anyone who got hold of it could make… [health oriented, botanically-inspired molecules] in their kitchen using…

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…psilocybin on dissolvable sublingual strips to help treat depression

Like pharmaceutical cannabinoids, it is produced in labs using different types of viruses and fungi such as yeast… conducting trials with dissolvable films remarkably similar to minty breath strips. …directly into the bloodstream when placed under the tongue, as opposed to the long path through the gastrointestinal system and the liver when a pill is…

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…opposition to natural psychedelics & [entheogens/ethnobotanicals]?

A note about psychedelics and hallucinogens – These terms are often used interchangeably, which can be misleading. Many psychedelics [entheogens and ethnobotanicals] do not cause hallucinations at low doses. Therefore, using the blanket term hallucinogen to describe the effects of all doses of psilocybin [and psilocybin-containing mushrooms/psilocybe mushrooms], for example, is incorrect… Original Article (Psychedelic…

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