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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Developing integration of visionary experiences…

Usually, after intense experiences in expanded states, each of us does (or doesn’t do) our own integration. The experience remains in our memory, and when we reflect on it, there is usually a certain echo of what was experienced. These memories can be brought up in certain situations or circumstances. One can feel how that…

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Defending MDMA [sassafras] as a Treatment for PTSD

The hypothesized mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD are not based on its producing euphoria, but rather on its capacity to make confronting trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and memories more tolerable during therapeutic processing with support of a co-therapy team.​ MDMA is a monoamine releaser, but unlike stimulants, it preferentially releases serotonin,…

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Psychology

Small doses of psychedelics might help you solve problems

“Apart from its benefits as a potential cognitive enhancement technique, microdosing could be further investigated for its therapeutic efficacy to help individuals who suffer from rigid thought patterns or behaviour, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder,” she explains. Research led by Luisa Prochazkova of Leiden University in the Netherlands indicates that ingesting tiny amounts of…

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Psychology

‘Microdosers’ of LSD and magic mushrooms are wiser and more creative

Psychedelics microdosing can mean taking five to 20 micrograms of LSD, 0.1 – 0.3 grams of dried psilocybin-containing mushrooms.  We compared people who microdose — that is, who take a psychedelic substance such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or “magic” mushrooms (psilocybin) in very small quantities — with those who don’t, and found that microdosers had healthier scores on…

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