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”

How LSD Makes Your Brain One With The Universe

by Angus Chen Some users of LSD say one of the most profound parts of the experience is a deep oneness with the universe. The hallucinogenic drug might be causing this by blurring boundaries in the brain, too. The sensation that the boundaries between yourself and the world around you are erasing correlates to changesContinue reading “How LSD Makes Your Brain One With The Universe”

How LSD works in the brain

by Natalie Wolchover The main theory of psychedelics, first fleshed out by a Swiss researcher named Franz Vollenweider, is that drugs like LSD and psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic” mushrooms, tune down the thalamus’ activity. Essentially, the thalamus on a psychedelic drug lets unprocessed information through to consciousness, like a bad email spam filter.Continue reading “How LSD works in the brain”

New study shows that use of psychedelic drugs does not increase risk of mental illness

An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants – including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms – finds that use of psychedelics does not increase risk of developing mental health problems. The results are published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Previously, the researchers behind the study –Continue reading “New study shows that use of psychedelic drugs does not increase risk of mental illness”

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”

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”

‘Magic Mushrooms’ May Treat Depression

  Rave-goers and visitors to Amsterdam before December 2008 may be intimately familiar with magic mushrooms, but there’s little scientific knowledge on what happens to the brain while tripping. Now it appears that more research is warranted. A growing number of studies suggested that perhaps the mushrooms’ key ingredient could work magic for certain mentalContinue reading “‘Magic Mushrooms’ May Treat Depression”