Psychology

Is medicalizing psychedelics a step in the right direction?

Medicalization is often presented as the societal and individual burden of unnecessary medical expansion… Medicalization can also lead to problems where, when a new condition is identified as having a medicalized treatment for it, suddenly everyone seems to have it. And sensing an opportunity, Big Pharma begins promoting it. So is the medical community in favor…

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Psychology

How to change your ability to change

…”a single capsule of psilocybin in Oregon is going to cost $750,” was heard by Jon Dennis, Esq. Rather than a simple serotonin deficiency, depression can also be seen as a disorder of rigidity… this sometimes begins with chronic stress… restoring neuroplasticity could reopen the highway to health… as with many theories, this one is…

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Psychology

…rapidly improve…

Despite a number of clinical trials showing that psilocybin can rapidly treat depression, including for cancer-related anxiety and depression, little is known about how psilocybin actually works to relieve depression in the brain. Now two recent studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Medicine, have shed some light on this mysterious…

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Psychology

How the drug war dies

Americans can’t be allowed to forget that the War on Drugs is and always has been… political manipulation – not a way to help people with addiction or to protect lives. The rise of the Internet… allowed perspectives that the mainstream media had ignored to reach larger audiences… early users of the Internet – mainly…

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Psychology

The… [psychiatrization] of psychedelics…

…monopolization is aided by society’s general belief that individuals who do not choose the medically sanctioned way to get better are doing something deviant… today’s psychedelic reboot, however, leaves behind the countercultural stuff of lore in favor of professionalism, doctors’ visits, and aggressively marketed treatments for diseases of the brain… psychiatry is socially vested with…

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Psychology

How psychedelics help with gender identity and transition

…psychedelic medicines may provide a pathway for trans and gender diverse people to reconnect with themselves and increase access to gender affirmation, thus reducing the need for gender affirmation from others. …the psychedelic community suffers from a highly gendered essentialized understanding in the physical sense too, where there are often two therapists in a room—one…

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Psychology

Is there a way to stop a mushroom trip once it’s started?

“How can I cancel a mushroom high?” they asked. “I just want it to be done now. Not having a good time at all.” …kind reminder about shrooms should narrate everybody’s trips: “Remember, friend, they are not your enemy, they are your friend.” [Some] people… suggesting that there’s certain “trip-killer medications” that can bring you back…

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Psychology

Drug euphoria [can be a] good thing, actually

 Like addiction medicine as a whole… only acknowledged euphoria as a risk factor for addiction, as if something with a notably positive connotation could have only a negative outcome… actually say that this is not for an abstinence-based goal of ‘getting people off drugs.’ This is about giving regulated supply for them to use in…

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