Psychology

What psychedelia can learn from Clusterbusters

…if someone is desperate and suicidal, of course they should be able to try psychedelics, as quickly and safely as possible. The healthcare system is broken, the FDA approval system is slow and very expensive…and people can sometimes heal themselves outside of the medical system.  Clusterbusters is a really interesting example of a peer support group which…

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…psilocybin shop reopens after two police raids in one week

…it appears as though the owners of psilocybin shops have no plans to shut down for good. “This is like some kind of terrible drug war anachronism from some other era that shouldn’t even be on the books and we’re hopefully going to change that,” FunGuyz lawyer Paul Lewin. According to the former Ontario Provincial…

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Psychology

Use of psilocybin for mental health treatment ‘not associated’ with risk of paranoia, American Medical Association study finds

While psychedelics are sometimes portrayed in media as causing intense paranoia, particularly in a recreational setting, the study authors said psilocybin “was not associated with risk of paranoia and transient thought disorder.” The researchers identified five other reported adverse effects among certain patients in the clinical trials: headache, nausea, anxiety, dizziness and elevated blood pressure.…

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FDA breakthrough therapy status to LSD analog…

…an LSD analog, L S D (Lysergide D-Tartrate) was given “breakthrough therapy” designation by the FDA for treating anxiety. …this analog… a tartrate salt form… called MM-120. A single oral administration (100 µg) of this psychelic analog, MM120, maintained a clinically and statistically significant reduction in symptoms compared to placebo at 12 weeks — with…

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Psychology

The converging interest between…

The current context into which psychedelics emerge finds its backdrop in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a defining era in American history. This period was marked by President Nixon’s War on Drugs and a significant economic shift as the U.S. officially departed from the gold standard in 1971. …links these two historical decisions, “Classifying…

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Psilocybin’s role in trauma recovery may be mental and physical…

“Our study explored whether those who engaged in recreational psilocybin use also had lesser psychological distress,” he said. “It also explored whether the effect of psilocybin in reducing distress appeared to differ according to the level of childhood adversity.” In short, the answer is yes to both outcomes. To measure distress, researchers asked participants to…

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Psychology

…how ready you are for a psychedelic experience

The Psychedelic Preparedness Scale (PPS)… represents a significant contribution to the field of psychedelic research. The scale, validated through a comprehensive three-study approach, assesses various dimensions of preparedness for psychedelic experiences. The findings suggest that individuals who score higher on the PPS tend to have more positive acute and long-term outcomes associated with psychedelic use.…

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Microdoses of LSD show antidepressant effects in placebo-controlled study

…researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered that low doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a psychedelic drug, may have potential antidepressant effects in individuals showing mild to moderate depressive symptoms… the findings have been published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. “There has been a great deal of public interest in ‘microdosing,’ or the idea…

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Psychology

Subtle Winds offers grant to train marginalized communities…

Benjamin Brubaker, co-founder and director of Subtle Winds, says they have taken a monetary loss, but they’re not just working for profit. Subtle Winds, a state-approved training program for psilocybin facilitators in Eugene, is offering a grant for students from historically marginalized communities and low-income individuals to come and receive their training. Original Article (KVAL):Subtle…

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…mushroom store owner speaks out after… raid, seizure

“We are not afraid to disrupt a system (the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) that currently does not support a collaborative approach in addressing concerns for individuals that have recently found a lifeline in our products and support services,” said Danielle Vaughan, owner of Essence Wellness. The small shop located in downtown Kelowna has been…

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