Medicine/Healing

Will LSD ever be accepted as mainstream treatment?

Bartlett says it’s inevitable that the more science demonstrates the medical benefits of psychedelics, the more healthy people will want to take them as well…”it was what brought the house down in the 60s,” according to Carhart-Harris. “A lot of people may have missed out from effective treatment because of recklessness with compounds that should…

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Psychology

Hallucinogen therapy is coming

“If hallucinogens prove effective in treating substance abuse, they would address a massive unmet need. They’d also possibly force a change in how we think about the dysfunction that underlies these conditions.” In the past, addiction was cast as a moral failing. Today it’s variously seen as a psychiatric condition, a learning disorder, or a…

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Politics

Big Pharma’s patents on kratom alkaloids expose real reason DEA is banning this plant

“Currently, the pharmaceutical industry is using kratom alkaloids to manufacture synthetic opioids…kratom will be illegal, but the synthetic patented and monopolized version will not.” Cannabis is a schedule one substance but the pharmaceutical industry can manufacture a synthetic version of the same active ingredient in cannabis, THC, and it magically becomes legal. As Cassius Kamarampi…

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Psychology

LSD Makes Your Brain More Like A Thesaurus

“Scientists found the drug actually elevates an innate language ability.” Family and her colleagues asked 10 volunteers to come into the lab twice and complete a picture-naming task. In one session, participants received a dose of LSD, while in the other they got a placebo. The dose of LSD was enough to cause psychedelic effects…

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Spirituality

Can psychedelics make us more moral?

“In truth, the ban [on psychedelics] has been brief…it has always been about marketing.” Earp, a research associate at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, does not limit his discussion to psychedelics. For example, psychopathy is a chemical misfiring: emotional stimuli, such as words like ‘murder’ and ‘rape,’ have no effect on a psychopath’s nervous system.…

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Biography/Memoir

Would you take LSD to give you a boost at work? …a trip inside the world of microdosing

“It is no longer a fad. It is being accepted as a very different way to more safely benefit from psychedelics without any ‘psychedelic effects’,” he says. In such low doses, psychedelics should be viewed more like anti-depressants and cognitive enhancers. “Except you take them far less often.” Activating the brain: LSD affects the brain’s…

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Spirituality

Can meditation and psychedelics have the same benefits for your mind?

“Psilocybin administered properly and under supervision can see a change in emotional well-being,” said Barrett. “Meditation is also an established method.” The point? “One is pharmaceutical and one isn’t,” said Barrett.  To find out their similarities, and potentially combine them as a treatment, his team are currently studying the brains of people with long-term Buddhist…

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