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The current state of research on ayahuasca

A systematic review of human studies assessing psychiatric symptoms, neuropsychological functioning, and neuroimaging. Acute AYA administration was well tolerated, increased introspection and positive mood, altered visual perceptions, activated frontal and paralimbic regions and decreased default mode network activity. It also improved planning and inhibitory control and impaired working memory, and showed anti-depressive and anti-addictive potentials.…

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From Psilocybin to MDMA: Researchers are in the throes of a psychedelic revival

Those who reported a “mystical experience” had the most success in breaking their addiction. Griffiths’s lab pressed ahead with their work in a 2014 study on the possibility of treating nicotine addiction with psilocybin, the psychedelic component of “magic mushrooms.” Participants had three psilocybin sessions and three cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions to diminish cravings. Eighty percent…

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LSD researcher explains brain scan study

Neuropsychopharmacology researcher Robin Carhart-Harris explains his LSD brain scan study and possible therapeutic uses of the drug. “We found that regions normally don’t talk to each other began to talk to each other much more. There was a much more global integration in the brain that was quite surprising.” Original Article (CNN):LSD Researcher explains brain…

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