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What has the psilocybin renaissance taught us?

The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances assigned a safety score to psilocybin far better than aspirin. This score is based on toxicity along with effects of public health. Despite common minor side effects, it does not appear to be a direct health risk… wait a second and read the fine print – it…

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The harms of psychedelics need to be put into context

The rising popularity of these drugs has changed people’s baseline perceptions of them, which in turn can raise expectations going into a trial. A psychedelic trip can be a challenging, even harrowing, experience, often with therapeutically positive outcomes – but sometimes with negative ones. That shouldn’t put the brakes on psychedelic research. But it does…

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…big pharma… psychedelics

…the increasing interest that mainstream biotech firms are developing for psychedelic compounds. While about 100 clinical trials focused on psychedelic compounds are chugging along in the regulatory pathway to examine the potential the drugs have to treat illnesses like depression and alcoholism, Big Pharma has largely taken a back seat in the growing industry, holding…

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Alcohol deaths spiked… in 2020 and 2021, CDC study shows

…research points to a need to look at steps to reduce alcohol consumption, including increasing alcohol taxes and enacting measures that limit where people can buy beer, wine and liquor. The study found that as many as 1 in 8 deaths among U.S. adults ages 20 to 64 were alcohol-related deaths… 52,000 such deaths last…

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Psychedelic users tend to have greater objective knowledge about climate change, study finds

…the research team recruited 641 participants… published in Drug Science, Policy, and Law… …the results of these efforts found that those with a history of psilocybin, followed by LSD, scored highest in “nature relatedness” and knowledge of climate change… has made new inroads into understanding the relationship between taking psychedelics and feeling connected to nature… Original…

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Nearly half of U.S. adults support legalizing some psychedelics…

…when asked whether they would support legalization of some or all psychedelics for other purposes, 28 percent were in favor of legalization for religious or spiritual purposes, while 26 percent were in favor of recreational legalization.  One survey carried out in August 2022 among 181 U.S. psychiatrists found many took issue with the federal classification of some…

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Is climate change shifting magic mushroom season in the UK?

In 2021 study it was recognised that high moisture and moderate temperatures are the ideal settings for mushroom growth, suggesting that droughts dry the soil, meaning that less plants and fungi have an opportunity to survive. Water transportation is pivotal to mycelium growth, and it is widely accepted that an increase in drought affects interactions…

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Virtual library of LSD-like drugs could reveal new antidepressants

…researchers have built a virtual library of 75 million compounds related to these drugs. This approach yielded two molecules that showed antidepressant properties in mice, but without the hallucinogenic activity of psychedelic drugs. Original Article (Nature):Virtual library of LSD-like drugs could reveal new antidepressantsArtwork Fair Use: Jimmy-neutron

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