Psychology

Psychedelics are back…

“There’s a lot of data out there showing that too little serotonin can lead to habitual repetitive thinking,” Austin De La Cruz, Pharm D., clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, said. “An individual might think that they’re not good enough, no one understands them, no one loves them, everything is terrible.”…

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Psychology

…psychedelics heal without psychotherapy…

Therapists are a welcome and complementary addition to the psychedelic community. For many, they may deepen insights and support difficult emotions that arise in psychedelic healing processes. However, they should not attempt to assert themselves as the only conduit for psychedelic healing and/or gatekeepers of psychedelics in our society. Some have even suggested it unethical…

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Psychology

[Thoughts on] how to do psychedelics without [hurting] yourself

…how do you ensure that your trip on psychedelic[s] is revealing of your soul and not corrupting of your mental stability?  There’s a high probability that you, now that you’re in college, will come across psychedelics at least once during your higher education… psychedelics (with their mind-expanding quality) fit naturally at universities where young people…

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Psychology

Two magic mushroom studies suggest psychedelics increase spirituality, decrease criminal behavior

Oh, the irony. While using psychedelics in the U.S. could land you in prison, experiences with… [naturally occurring psilocybin-producing] mushrooms may help keep you out. According to research which suggests that [these mushrooms] may make you less likely to steal or be violent. Other recent research also suggests that psychedelics can increase spiritually significant events…

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Psychology

Behind the numbers: Alcohol is killing more people than the opioid epidemic. Why aren’t we talking about it?

Make no mistake, we are in the midst of an alcohol epidemic. Social drinking has increased dramatically since the early 1990s, accompanied by a similar increase in problem drinking and alcohol use disorder, especially among women and minorities. The alcohol-related death rate for women increased 85% from 2007 to 2017! This may have started with…

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Psychology

Beyond prohibition of plant medicines

The medical profession has spent many years establishing a monopoly over the right to provide medicines, wresting this power away from traditional healers, and it’s not going to hand that power back over without a struggle. Another very real danger is that the prohibition of plant medicines will end, only for them to then be…

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Psychology

Love… magic mushrooms

You don’t just feel things when you’re on mushrooms. They make you psychically [physically, and emotionally] understand and absorb your surroundings. The liberation of psilocybin is upon us. Earlier this year, Denver voted to decriminalize magic fungi and activists are now lobbying congress to do so nationally. Shrooms aren’t having a moment; they’re reclaiming their rightful place at…

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Psychology

Can a psychedelic drug save the terminally ill from their deepest fears of death?

Within palliative care wards, antidepressants have not been particularly useful in treating the dying. The trial is part of a revolutionary shift in attitudes towards psychedelic drugs believed to have therapeutic benefits for treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even commonplace addiction to alcohol or tobacco. “Antidepressants tend to make people feel a little less…

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Psychology

If we wrote about caffeine like we do other drugs…

Without it… they become grumpy and unfocused. “Those who get between me and coffee don’t live long enough to tell about it,” admits Genelle. Violent statements like these are commonly associated with “caffeineheads”—though more research may be needed to confirm a causal relationship with homicidal behavior. It’s not just bohemians who are impacted by this…

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