Psychology

Behind the numbers: Alcohol is killing more people than the opioid epidemic. Why aren’t we talking about it?

Make no mistake, we are in the midst of an alcohol epidemic. Social drinking has increased dramatically since the early 1990s, accompanied by a similar increase in problem drinking and alcohol use disorder, especially among women and minorities. The alcohol-related death rate for women increased 85% from 2007 to 2017! This may have started with…

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Psychology

Beyond prohibition of plant medicines

The medical profession has spent many years establishing a monopoly over the right to provide medicines, wresting this power away from traditional healers, and it’s not going to hand that power back over without a struggle. Another very real danger is that the prohibition of plant medicines will end, only for them to then be…

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Psychology

Can a psychedelic drug save the terminally ill from their deepest fears of death?

Within palliative care wards, antidepressants have not been particularly useful in treating the dying. The trial is part of a revolutionary shift in attitudes towards psychedelic drugs believed to have therapeutic benefits for treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even commonplace addiction to alcohol or tobacco. “Antidepressants tend to make people feel a little less…

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Psychology

If we wrote about caffeine like we do other drugs…

Without it… they become grumpy and unfocused. “Those who get between me and coffee don’t live long enough to tell about it,” admits Genelle. Violent statements like these are commonly associated with “caffeineheads”—though more research may be needed to confirm a causal relationship with homicidal behavior. It’s not just bohemians who are impacted by this…

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Psychology

Eating mushrooms isn’t [just] like smoking a joint

“Under legalization, you would have big companies not just making mushrooms available but aggressively marketing them to people, as we’re seeing with cannabis,” said Michael Pollan. Under decriminalization, Oakland police will now put enforcement down among its lowest priorities (which means it won’t be a priority at all), and the city is forbidden from prosecuting…

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Psychology

[Is it]… time to legalize psilocybin mushrooms?

While… [some] initiatives, including the “medicalization”… are an important step in the right direction… it is time to go further. In contrast to “legalization,” “decriminalization” involves the loosening of criminal penalties… [for the use of the natural variety found in over one hundred species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms that grow worldwide] and, as in the case…

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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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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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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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