Science

The psychedelic research hiatus and its relevance today

[In the 1950’s and 60’s] psychedelics were of little interest to pharmaceutical companies as the intervention seemed to treat illness, rather than alleviate symptoms. Consequently, the financial imperatives were lacking; fully recovered patients would not require continued medication… Sandoz was reluctant to share such proprietary and patented data (Bonson, 2018). When required by the FDA, the company…

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Biography/Memoir

NYC pharma startup wants to turn LSD into…

“…I want nothing to do with those kinds of folks who want to decriminalize psychedelics,” he says [a 32-year-old former Uber employee and co-founder]. …[he is part of] one of many companies trying to repurpose hallucinogenic molecules as the next blockbuster drug… has acquired the exclusive rights to eight clinical trials that are exploring the…

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Science

Magic mushrooms and LSD give sustained boost in mood after recreational use, study concludes

“Our results show that people who take psychedelics ‘in the wild’ report positive experiences very similar to those observed in controlled laboratory studies,” said lead author Matthias Forstmann. By surveying 1,242 UK and US festivalgoers over a four-year period, the researchers were able to characterise the psychological effects of the “afterglow” often documented in laboratory-based…

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Science

Acute subjective and behavioral effects of microdoses of LSD in healthy human volunteers

Single “microdoses” of LSD produced orderly dose-related subjective effects in healthy volunteers. Numerous anecdotal reports suggest that repeated use of very low doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), known as “microdosing,” improves mood and cognitive function. These effects are consistent both with the known actions of LSD on serotonin receptors, and with limited evidence that…

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Some use LSD as brain boost, but dangers remain

Also in 2016, researchers at Imperial College London released what they say is the first modern brain imaging of people taking LSD. Researchers gave 20 people the drug and scanned their brains. They found that during the psychedelic state, volunteers processed information from many parts of their brain, not just the visual cortex as normally…

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Big acid

The only model I can see is one that, presumably through tax incentives, facilitates development of small, not-for profit membership organizations that have both (a) the ability to monitor use by individual members and (b) the ability either (1) to cultivate/manufacture their own ‘products’ [I use that term deliberately] or (2) the ability to purchase…

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