Psychologists explore potential benefits of hallucinogens for mental health disorders

Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social anxiety to depression, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Combined with psychotherapy, some psychedelic drugs likeContinue reading “Psychologists explore potential benefits of hallucinogens for mental health disorders”

Since legalization, the illegal marijuana market now hides in plain sight.

Law enforcement officers uproot a large-scale illegal marijuana grow, one of several masquerading as legal operations in Okanogan County. by Martin Kaste On a big-sky plateau on the eastern slope of the Cascades, a 10-acre parcel of land has been trashed by illicit pot farmers. Abandoned equipment rusts and jugs of chemicals molder. Marijuana legalizationContinue reading “Since legalization, the illegal marijuana market now hides in plain sight.”

A drug originally developed for treating osteoporosis may also help fight baldness

Immunofluorescence of β-catenin protein (red) and cell nuclei (blue) in the human hair follicle bulb, the command center for maintaining hair growth. A new drug could ease the distress of men and women who suffer from baldness, according to researchers from The University of Manchester’s Centre for Dermatology Research. The study from the laboratory ofContinue reading “A drug originally developed for treating osteoporosis may also help fight baldness”

What Blind People Experience When They Take LSD

By Bahar Gholipour The consciousness-altering drug LSD is best known for its bizarre visual effects: even a small dose of the drug can turn the flat walls of your living room into something out of Wonderland. Objects bend, colors blend and intricate patterns cast a shimmer on everything you see. But what would LSD feelContinue reading “What Blind People Experience When They Take LSD”

Chemical analysis of sewage suggests that people in Western Kentucky used more drugs on the day of the solar eclipse

By Nala Rogers Even drugs that clear the body quickly leave traces about when and where they were used. In fact, many traces get flushed down the toilet — and those traces can be surprisingly revealing. In a study published last month in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers analyzed sewage from twoContinue reading “Chemical analysis of sewage suggests that people in Western Kentucky used more drugs on the day of the solar eclipse”

13 percent of us have traces of cocaine or heroin on our fingers

By Rafi Letzter There’s a lot of cocaine and heroin in the world, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a tiny bit of it on your body right now — even if you’ve never knowingly touched the stuff. That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the journal Clinical Chemistry today (MarchContinue reading “13 percent of us have traces of cocaine or heroin on our fingers”

New Drug Compounds Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) protects mice and rats from noise- or drug-induced hearing loss. The study, which will be published March 7 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggests that CDK2 inhibitors prevent the death of inner ear cells, which hasContinue reading “New Drug Compounds Help Prevent Hearing Loss”

Key Link Between Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction Discovered

For years, scientists have known that mitochondria—the power source of cells—play a role in brain disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress responses. But recently scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified significant mitochondrial changes in brain cells that take place in cocaine addiction, and they have beenContinue reading “Key Link Between Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction Discovered”

New heroin vaccine offers promise for treatment

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug. Their research, published today in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, shows how a new anti-heroin formulation that is safe in animal models remains stable atContinue reading “New heroin vaccine offers promise for treatment”

Kratom

by MARY JO DILONARDO Fans of the herb kratom say it offers pain relief, calms anxiety, and can help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms. However, a new report from the Food and Drug Administration says the popular herbal substance acts like a prescription-strength opioid and is associated with several dozen deaths. What exactly is this polarizingContinue reading “Kratom”