Medicine/Healing

Inside… studies testing if microdosing… actually works

Now, several research groups… are trying to gather some… data on what, if anything, microdosing actually does. Up to now, however, most evidence for microdosing is purely anecdotal or based on surveys and self-reporting … as they wait to complete their data collection and analyses, the microdosing researchers currently running studies say they are not…

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Medicine/Healing

Behind… Denver’s journey into… (mushroom) thinking

To be clear, shrooms will not be fully legal here. They will be treated the way marijuana was in Denver after decriminalization in 2005: city cops’ and the district attorney’s “lowest law enforcement priority.” The new ordnance specifies that no city funds are to be used to jail, arrest or even ticket someone for possession…

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Anthropology

Things to know as psychedelic access approaches a tipping point

[In some parts of the world], psilocybin is not only decriminalized but fully legal, taxed by the government, and sold in dozens of retail stores across the country. Both [cannabis and psilocybin] have found a path to acceptance through the efforts of medicalization, as mainstream society has shown support for natural substances with demonstrable healing…

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Psychology

It’s time… to experiment with new drug policies

Denver’s move is just the latest outbreak of common sense on drugs… If Britain committed to a sensible, humane approach, it would represent a devastating blow to this most catastrophic of global policies. For the sake of common sense and basic humanity… enough is enough – and publicly declare the death rites for the “war…

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Medicine/Healing

The first vote to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms is happening…

“Why are we putting individuals in prison and taking away their children for using something that is physically safe, non-addictive, and has such tremendous medical benefit?” the arguments-in-favor section reads. “Psilocybin mushrooms are safer than cannabis and alcohol. Not only are they non-addictive, but they also treat depression, addiction, and end-of-life anxiety.” Shall the voters…

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Psychology

Why faking positive emotions at work can lead to heavier alcohol consumption

Such is life for millions of service workers, from baristas to customer service reps. Personally, I’ll never forget how frustrating it was to smile and say “sure!”  Significant patterns arose confirming that employees who more frequently reported surface acting/concept creep [the emotional weight carried by service-industry workers, like bank tellers and flight attendants, who are…

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Psychology

A survey of American psychiatrists’ attitudes toward classic hallucinogens

A large minority of American psychiatrists expressed optimism about the potential use of hallucinogens for psychiatric treatment. Recent years have seen renewed interest and research about the use of hallucinogens as possible agents in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Original Article (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease):A survey of American psychiatrists’ attitudes toward classic…

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Psychology

Psychedelics, extinction & social change

Could psychedelics help us to come into right relationship with nature? The Earth is in the grip of a sixth mass extinction, with 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles wiped out since 1970. Some have suggested that the root of the problem lies in the ‘story of separation’: the widespread idea that humans are…

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Psychology

Why cocaine turns people… [socially inept], a simple explanation

A single dose of coke—so a bump, or a little line—can impair your ability to recognize negative emotions in other people, which is why you’re under the impression everyone is eternally interested in what you have to say, when, really, they are not. “[Cocaine]… targets three psychological mechanisms in your brain. With cocaine, you’re effectively…

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