Politics

Denver should legalize magic mushrooms

I do understand, of course, that this measure would decriminalize the drug for all adults, and not just people who might have a medical need for it — but, to me, that’s even better. Our bodies should belong to ourselves, not to the government. If someone wants to take magic mushrooms to help them with…

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Medicine/Healing

[Australian] hospital will trial magic mushroom therapy for dying patients

…[the] study has finally been approved by ethics committees and state and federal authorities, and will see a number of terminally ill patients being given a single dose of synthetic psilocybin—the psychoactive ingredient in mushrooms—under the supervision and guidance of psychiatrists to help them come to terms with their own mortality.  Dr Margaret Ross [says],…

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Biography/Memoir

…full of DMT

Found in the ayahuasca tea made by the native people of the Amazon, and also produced naturally in our bodies… nearly 400 years after Descartes theorized about the gland, scientists are still trying to understand its role in humans.  More than half of the subjects in Dr. Rick Strassman’s study reported interacting with intelligent beings…

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Science

FDA approves… [dissociative anesthetic] nasal spray for depression

[The FDA approved spray] is a chemical mirror image of anesthetic ketamine. The treatment comes with a boxed warning — FDA’s harshest — flagging the risk for sedation and difficulty with attention, judgment and thinking, abuse and misuse, and suicidal thoughts after administration of the drug. Original Article (CNBC):FDA approves… [dissociative anesthetic] nasal spray for depressionArtwork Fair Use: Yair…

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Biography/Memoir

FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb abruptly resigns

Gottlieb’s FDA has earned its fair share of criticism. Gottlieb also took fire for his agency’s decision to approve Dsuvia, the tablet form of an opioid painkiller more potent than fentanyl. He was also criticized for pushing back the timetable for when new regulatory rules would apply to e-cigarette products, similar to how tobacco cigarettes are regulated.…

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Biography/Memoir

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly exploring bankruptcy

Purdue has held discussions to resolve the litigation with plaintiffs’ lawyers, who have often compared the cases to widespread lawsuits against the tobacco industry that resulted in a $246bn settlement in 1998. Purdue and three executives in 2007 pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the misbranding of OxyContin and agreed to pay a total…

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