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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Psychology

A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform

As the National Health Service and politicians struggle with Britain’s mental health crisis, Feilding is aiming to achieve a “desperately needed paradigm shift in psychiatry”. “Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy” would give patients a dose of a mind-altering drug in a controlled environment, with a therapist on hand to discuss their thoughts. “Right from the beginning, compounds such…

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Psychology

What do we tell our kids about drugs?

In truth, what is really needed are… drug education programmes focused primarily on parents and young adults, teaching them the facts about the most prevalent drugs used in our society, and the real risk factors posed by different substances. As parents, we need to respect our children’s intelligence and trust them to make sensible decisions…

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