Medicine/Healing

Natural high: endogenous psychedelics in the gut and brain

Researchers have found endogenous psychedelic production in the human brain and gut, the latter of which occurs with the help of symbiotic gut microbes. The similarities between exogenous and endogenous psychedelics and the reasons humans synthesize psychoactive compounds are taking scientists on a mind-bending trip across millions of years of evolution. In doing so, they…

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MDMA therapy inches closer to approval

PTSD affects about 5 percent of the adult population of the United States each year… federal approval for MDMA-assisted therapy would also mean the drug would have to receive a less serious ranking for controlled substances by the D.E.A. and from states. MDMA-assisted therapy seems to be effective in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according…

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‘Magic Mushroom’… shows early promise in easing migraines

The idea of using psilocybin against migraines is not far-fetched… like other psychedelics, exerts its effects by stimulating certain brain receptors for the chemical serotonin. That makes it similar to many standard migraine medications, which also act on serotonin receptors (albeit differently). In the United States alone, about 39 million people suffer from migraines, according…

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…psychedelic… its big promise?

In 2020, the Bill Richards Center for Healing became… non-­university site in the United States… receiv[ing] FDA clearance to conduct clinical trials with psilocybin… Psychedelics have drawn an unlikely crowd of evangelists, and many of the cultural battle lines that defined the War on Drugs are being erased. You can find supporters in both former…

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Use of psychedelics to treat… chronic pain…

What have scientists discovered about whether these drugs are effective in treating… chronic pain? New research is exploring whether psychedelic drugs [ie, psilocybin] might help in treating… chronic pain. The drugs so far appear to be quite effective. Original Article (KRQE):Use of psychedelics to treat PTSD, OCD, depression and chronic pain – a researcher discusses recent…

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…investors see far out profits…

If you set aside the part about controlled substances, what we’re really talking about here is wide-open commercial space… Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize the use of psilocybin in [adult-use] settings in 2020… …a few short years ago, the psychedelics industry was nothing more than some progressive investors supporting a…

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Can psychedelics save a failing relationship?

…psychedelics, such as magic mushrooms, 2CB, LSD or MDMA.  Juan-Carlos had been violently abused by his father and… realised that it had led him to become absent, jealous and insistent that Sophie was unfaithful. Their marriage had been on the brink, but now — following further psychedelic therapy sessions and structured psychiatric integration – it has…

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NORML… psilocybin rescheduling…

NORML [writes]… “When considering appeals from the denials of rescheduling petitions… …this Court should consider the real-world effect that lengthy delays have on patients who have no other options available and wish to try breakthrough therapies, such as psilocybin or cannabis. These procedural delays of the past – which often amounted to years, if not…

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Treatment costs, access and magic mushrooms dispensaries

Neuroscience professor at Carleton University and former researcher and policy analyst at the Canadian Center for Substance Use and Addiction Zachary Patterson sees parallels between these new psilocybin dispensaries and cannabis dispensaries’ status before October 2018. Magic Mush is the third magic mushroom dispensary opening in Ottawa after Health Canada’s opening of legal pathways for…

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Police close magic mushroom business…

Shroom shops have been opening throughout the country… what many believe is an inevitable full-blown legalization… in September, 2022, a dispensary chain that first opened in Ottawa called Shroomyz… since the November 2022 raid, Toronto said it had no plans to use its powers to shut down the dispensary… “It’s a medical protest,” says the…

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