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”

Should psychedelics be declassified in order to examine their therapeutic potential in some forms of mental illness?

Psychedelics were highly popular hallucinogenic substances used for recreational purposes back in the 1950s and 1960s. They were also widely used for medical research looking into their beneficial impact on several psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. In 1967, however, they were classified as a Class A, Schedule I substance and considered to be amongContinue reading “Should psychedelics be declassified in order to examine their therapeutic potential in some forms of mental illness?”

Ecstasy and other drugs temporarily legal in Ireland

Possession of ecstasy and other drugs is currently legal in Ireland, but only for a day, after a court ruling on Tuesday morning. A written judgment released by the Republic’s court of appeal said part of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, which allows certain substances to be controlled, is unconstitutional, meaning all government ordersContinue reading “Ecstasy and other drugs temporarily legal in Ireland”

Brief History of 8 Hallucinogens

Humans have been ingesting mind-altering substances for a very long time. Hallucinogen-huffing bowls 2,500 years old (http://www.livescience.com/5240-ancient-family-heirlooms-snort-hallucinogens.html) have been found on islands in the Lesser Antilles, and traditional cultures from the Americas to Africa use hallucinogenic substances for spiritual purposes. Here are some notable substances that send the mind tripping. LSD is commonly known asContinue reading “Brief History of 8 Hallucinogens”

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

The decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it’s time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights, according to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists. The report, titled “Ending the Drug Wars” and put together by the London School of Economics’ IDEAS center, looks atContinue reading “End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists”

Dr. David Nutt trying to make drug policies science-based, and to provide a safe alternative to alcohol

Nutt says politicians often have a “primitive, childish” way of thinking about drugs. David Nutt is trying to develop a new recreational drug that he hopes will be taken up by millions of people around the world. No, the 62-year-old scientist isn’t “breaking bad.” In fact, he hopes to do good. His drug would beContinue reading “Dr. David Nutt trying to make drug policies science-based, and to provide a safe alternative to alcohol”

Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For Control Of A City

by Harrison Jacobs Mexico has long suffered blistering violence and crime at the hands of its homegrown drug cartels. Though the Mexican government has waged war on the cartels, the effort has struggled to go anywhere. More than 90,000 people have died in the ongoing conflict. Fed up with a corrupt police force that isContinue reading “Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For Control Of A City”

New research shows that psychedelic drugs may help decrease crime

Psychedelic drugs could help to keep ex-offenders out of prison, new research suggests. U.S. scientists have found that drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms could be used to help reform criminals under community correction supervision. It has previously been thought that LSD could be used to treat alcohol addiction, but the new research isContinue reading “New research shows that psychedelic drugs may help decrease crime”

FBI Captures Alleged Silk Road Boss Using His Own Methods

From an Internet café in San Francisco, a 29-year-old free-market evangelist who called himself “Dread Pirate Roberts” used untraceable web services, an international network of servers and anonymous digital currency to run a global online exchange of cocaine and heroin beyond the reach of the law. For two years, cybercrime experts from the FBI poredContinue reading “FBI Captures Alleged Silk Road Boss Using His Own Methods”

Controversial surgical treatment for addiction burns away the brain’s pleasure center

  How far should doctors go in attempting to cure addiction? In China, some physicians are taking the most extreme measures. By destroying parts of the brain’s “pleasure centers” in heroin addicts and alcoholics, these neurosurgeons hope to stop drug cravings. But damaging the brain region involved in addictive desires risks permanently ending the entireContinue reading “Controversial surgical treatment for addiction burns away the brain’s pleasure center”