Science

…psychedelics boost brain growth factor levels?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) regulates neuronal development and survival and triggers adaptive neuroplasticity… animal studies have reported that acute and chronic administration of various psychedelic compounds, including LSD, psilocybin, DMT, and other ayahuasca-derived alkaloids, can increase BDNF production and neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons). Importantly, threats to our well-being such as stress, ageing and…

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Medicine/Healing

A future where your prescription reads “magic mushrooms”

…pop culture’s obsession with psychedelics may not be solely rooted in medicinal purposes… maybe, one day, there will be orange pill jars lining the shelves at CVS Pharmacy that read “psilocybin” in printed lettering. If society wishes to achieve “mass mental health,” [as] Rick Doblin… explains… his organization’s long-term goal is “mass mental health”… we…

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Biography/Memoir

…psychedelic investor

“People say that dying is natural, but it’s really things going wrong in your body,” [Christian Angermayer] says. “Science is just beginning to better understand the reasons for ageing and dying, and a disease that we understand will eventually be cured.” “We are not coming after the hippies growing this organically at home,” he says……

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon… legalized psilocybin. what does this mean?

Some are not as excited about the prospect of [Oregon’s] less medical approach to psilocybin legalization. COMPASS Pathways, a UK-based biotech startup invested in psychedelic therapies as a solution to clinical depression, expressed reservations about Oregon’s model. “We share the same goals as those involved in legalization efforts, i.e. to help patients with mental health challenges who…

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon is on…

Carolyn Fine, co-founder of the Psychedelic Equity Project, a group that works to foster social justice in the psychedelic community… “The campaign has been dismissive of issues of equity,” she said. “It’s working within a system that’s already stacked against certain people.” To Fine, it seems the marginalized people who would benefit the most from…

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Biography/Memoir

Militarized psychiatry vs plant [and fungi]

…important revelation can be found in DARPA’s report. On one hand they admit the therapeutic value of psychedelic substances, and on the other, they dismiss it due to the “side effects” they call “hallucination.” Reinventing the medicine wheel is not an attempt to revolutionize medicine, since the revolution has already happened in a prehistoric distant…

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Spirituality

What if a pill can change your politics or religious beliefs?

One challenge stands out: psilocybin seems to make people more liberal. Scientific reports associating psychedelic use and liberal values stretch back as far as 1971, and although these findings have been replicated more recently, a noncausal explanation is readily available.  If psilocybin does change political values, the significance of this effect goes deeper than which…

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Politics

Psilocybin… therapy… ballot

Magic mushrooms can help people… [yet] under the proposed Oregon law… people would still not be allowed to… even consume them at home.  …popular psychedelics are not addictive in the sense that they do not create any physical dependency the way opioids, nicotine, and alcohol can and they themselves are generally not fatal when used safely…

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