Biography/Memoir

…on the leading edge of a ‘shroom boom

Long-time drug reform advocate Dana Larsen… was at the forefront of cannabis activism. “Vancouver had a convergence of activism in the 1990s,” he says. Legal cannabis activism, alongside drug user liberation groups like VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), helped to shift the local climate from one where bong shops were raided to one…

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Politics

Move to decriminalize LSD in Berkeley under discussion

A project to decriminalize natural psychedelics that lingered for three years in the Berkeley City Council will come back to life in a few weeks. But unlike other jurisdictions that have taken steps to chip away at the national and state ban on psychedelics, Berkeley is about to consider an even broader proposal: one that could make it…

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Science

Psychedelic users tend to have greater objective knowledge about climate change, study finds

…the research team recruited 641 participants… published in Drug Science, Policy, and Law… …the results of these efforts found that those with a history of psilocybin, followed by LSD, scored highest in “nature relatedness” and knowledge of climate change… has made new inroads into understanding the relationship between taking psychedelics and feeling connected to nature… Original…

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Science

Love drugs might be the future of relationships

…a new wave of research is exploring the therapeutic uses of other substances such as magic mushrooms, MDMA and LSD, not just as party drugs but as real-life neurotechnologies that can act as a chemical nudge on the brain systems involved in love and attachment. …let’s not forget, love itself is also not to be taken lightly. Instead of…

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Psychology

Microdosing with acid…

 …people are exploring alternative medicines to help them function and live happily in today’s fast-paced, tech-warped world. …people don’t like to drink anymore. People don’t like to be hungover. Alcohol is a toxin, so it does tend to be stressful for the body. We have other things to enjoy and alter our consciousness for fun…

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Science

Virtual library of LSD-like drugs could reveal new antidepressants

…researchers have built a virtual library of 75 million compounds related to these drugs. This approach yielded two molecules that showed antidepressant properties in mice, but without the hallucinogenic activity of psychedelic drugs. Original Article (Nature):Virtual library of LSD-like drugs could reveal new antidepressantsArtwork Fair Use: Jimmy-neutron

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Science

Large national survey suggests that the use of psychedelics is not associated with lifetime cancer development

When controlling for confounding variables, the results revealed that lifetime psychedelic use was not associated with lifetime cancer diagnosis nor hematologic cancer diagnosis. This was true for each of the three classifications of psychedelics: tryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT, AMT, DMT), lysergamide (LSD), and phenethylamine (2C-B, mescaline, MDMA, peyote, and San Pedro). “Beginning in the late 1960s, concerns were raised by laboratory experiments that…

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