First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI

by Daniel Oberhaus Amanda Feilding used to take lysergic acid diethylamide every day to boost creativity and productivity at work before LSD, known as acid, was made illegal in 1968. During her downtime, Feilding, who now runs the Beckley Foundation for psychedelic research, would get together with her friends to play the ancient Chinese gameContinue reading “First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI”

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

By DAVE PHILIPPS After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different medications. “Nothing workedContinue reading “F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients”

Methamphetamine Was the Secret to Hitler’s Blitzkrieg Successes

by Philip Perry Hitler’s charisma, demagoguery, and ability to mobilize Germany behind him have been much written about and discussed. His failed attempt to fight a war on two fronts, and making the same mistake as Napoleon—invading Russia, have also been topics exhausted by scholars and armchair historians alike. But new revelations, such as theContinue reading “Methamphetamine Was the Secret to Hitler’s Blitzkrieg Successes”

Mechanism of Rapid Antidepressant Effect of Alcohol Elucidated

by Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC Individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have double the risk of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and vice versa, and it has previously been proposed that some people with MDD may use alcohol to self-medicate. Though alcohol can become depressant if used chronically, alcohol initially has an antidepressant effect, though theContinue reading “Mechanism of Rapid Antidepressant Effect of Alcohol Elucidated”

‘Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David Nutt

by Katie Forster A new type of synthetic alcohol has been discovered which could allow people to enjoy the sociable effects of a few pints, but skip the hangover that usually follows. The new drink, known as ‘alcosynth’, is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol but doesn’t cause a dry mouth, nausea andContinue reading “‘Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David Nutt”

Serious researchers studied how sex is different with marijuana vs alcohol

By Christopher Ingraham As acceptance of and usage of marijuana have become more widespread, a whole lot of interesting questions for public health researchers have been raised: How will legal marijuana affect our children? Our jobs? Our relationships? Or how about our sex lives? That latter question inspired a research project by Joseph Palamar andContinue reading “Serious researchers studied how sex is different with marijuana vs alcohol”

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

By Christopher Ingraham There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption. Now a newContinue reading “One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana”

Drug 8-Times Stronger than Morphine Linked to at Least 50 Deaths in U.S.

A new synthetic drug called U-47700 has been linked with at least 50 deaths across the United States, and several states are trying to halt the spread of the drug, which can be bought online. Georgia, Ohio, and Wyoming have taken action to ban the drug, and Kansas law enforcement agencies are seeking an emergencyContinue reading “Drug 8-Times Stronger than Morphine Linked to at Least 50 Deaths in U.S.”

Opioids might worsen chronic pain, study finds

Written by Honor Whiteman Anew study has questioned the benefits of opioid painkillers, after finding the drugs might worsen chronic pain rather than ease it. Study co-leader Prof. Peter Grace, of the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), and colleagues recently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Opioids areContinue reading “Opioids might worsen chronic pain, study finds”

Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips

Synthetic psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, has been administered to cancer patients in a study at New York University. Researcher Anthony Bossis says many subjects report decreased depression and fear of death after their session. Although some patients do not report persistent positive feelings, none report persistent adverse effects. Photo: Bossis, NYU. ByContinue reading “Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips”