Psychology

How the drug war dies

Americans can’t be allowed to forget that the War on Drugs is and always has been… political manipulation – not a way to help people with addiction or to protect lives. The rise of the Internet… allowed perspectives that the mainstream media had ignored to reach larger audiences… early users of the Internet – mainly…

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Psychology

The… [psychiatrization] of psychedelics…

…monopolization is aided by society’s general belief that individuals who do not choose the medically sanctioned way to get better are doing something deviant… today’s psychedelic reboot, however, leaves behind the countercultural stuff of lore in favor of professionalism, doctors’ visits, and aggressively marketed treatments for diseases of the brain… psychiatry is socially vested with…

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Psychology

How psychedelics help with gender identity and transition

…psychedelic medicines may provide a pathway for trans and gender diverse people to reconnect with themselves and increase access to gender affirmation, thus reducing the need for gender affirmation from others. …the psychedelic community suffers from a highly gendered essentialized understanding in the physical sense too, where there are often two therapists in a room—one…

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Psychology

Is there a way to stop a mushroom trip once it’s started?

“How can I cancel a mushroom high?” they asked. “I just want it to be done now. Not having a good time at all.” …kind reminder about shrooms should narrate everybody’s trips: “Remember, friend, they are not your enemy, they are your friend.” [Some] people… suggesting that there’s certain “trip-killer medications” that can bring you back…

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Psychology

Drug euphoria [can be a] good thing, actually

 Like addiction medicine as a whole… only acknowledged euphoria as a risk factor for addiction, as if something with a notably positive connotation could have only a negative outcome… actually say that this is not for an abstinence-based goal of ‘getting people off drugs.’ This is about giving regulated supply for them to use in…

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Psychology

Study shreds cannabis ‘amotivational syndrome’ theory

 Does cannabis actually make people lazy in the long run? A new study published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology – a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association – disputes the cannabis-induced amotivational syndrome theory, instead finding no evidence to support it. Original Article (High Times):Study shreds cannabis ‘amotivational syndrome’ theoryArtwork Fair Use:…

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Psychology

…about older psychedelic users

…since psychedelics have been proven to reduce inflammation, they could be helpful for older people’s aches and pains… potential for psychedelics helping older people with cognition, like slower word finding, that experience of knowing there’s a word for what you want to say but you need to recall it. “They just aren’t as sharp and then…

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