Medicine/Healing

…ayahuasca healing ceremonies… [and neuroticism]?

Results showed that neuroticism declined substantially the week following the ayahuasca ceremony and remained substantially below baseline levels three months following the ceremony. “We found substantial changes in personality traits, particularly neuroticism, following ayahuasca use,” says Brandon Weiss, a psychologist at Imperial College London and the lead author of the paper. “These changes persisted over…

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Bipartisan congressional group calls for psilocybin access

…patients’ call for medical access only bolsters the potion of the lawmakers making the push, regardless of whether the wider population understands the efficacy of psychedelic medicine.  The same thing was seen with cannabis. Its scope of value was seen as very narrow in a medical setting at first. But the years would prove it…

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Psychedelic drug from magic mushrooms – psilocybin – can be safely administered with no detrimental effects in healthy people [in phase 1 trial only, thus far]

The investigators have since completed Phase II of the study… [with significant differing results from phase 1]. The research, published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology, is an essential first step in demonstrating the safety and feasibility of psilocybin [in phase 1 trials]. Original Article (Scitech daily):Psychedelic drug from magic mushrooms – psilocybin – can be safely…

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Psilocybin study enrolls clinicians with… blues

This is the first study of the therapy’s potential benefit with clinicians, and the University of Washington School of Medicine is the sole trial site. Dr. Anthony Back, the trial’s lead investigator. suggested that psilocybin uniquely enables psychological exploration. “It makes your brain more plastic and your beliefs and desires less rigid. It can allow…

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Oregon House Bill 3369

SECTION 2. A nurse licensed under ORS 678.040 to 678.101 may discuss the medical use of marijuana with a person with whom the nurse has a patient-provider relationship. (1) “Attending [physician] provider” means [a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677] one of the following health care providers who has primary responsibility for the care and…

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Jail not the answer for people caught dealing fentanyl to support their own drug addictions, Vancouver, B.C. judge says

Sarah Runyon, the defence lawyer who won the case, said the ruling has the potential to be groundbreaking. “It’s really just forcing the court to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute, are we really just playing whack-a-mole here?’ Taking one marginalized street person, throw them into custody [then] somebody else pops up, and what problem are…

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The masters of bad trips

At a certain point, ignorance is willful. The psychedelic community has refused to learn critical lessons about ethics and safety… we are having these conversations at the dawn of medicalization. The problem is… bad ideas… they go back to the earliest days of psychedelic research and psychedelics as a cultural phenomenon within industrial contexts. Abuse…

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Will the magic of psychedelics transform psychiatry?

Unfounded claims that psychedelic drugs have no medical uses, as the US Congress once declared, and are fundamentally dangerous, kept research endeavours in a straitjacket… Decriminalize Nature, which argues humans have an unalienable right to develop their own relationship with natural plants, persuaded US authorities in half a dozen municipalities, including Washington DC, to decriminalise…

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[Mushroom resolution]

“Thank you so very much for all of your openness to communicate about this. Under the directive of the city council to educate and gain community support, we have collected over 330 letters of support, of which I have 270 here in my hands, that we’ve been turning into the city council,” Decriminalize Nature Humboldt…

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