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Psychedelic ayahuasca works against severe depression, study finds

"Leon" is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.<p>Leon is among the roughly 30 …

Clinical Trials

Could psychedelics transform mental health?

<b>Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it's likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind.</b><p>Psychedelic drugs are more likely to be associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 1960s than people in white lab coats and clinical trials.<p>But that might soon change.<p>Increasingly, …

Psychedelia

Many Psychedelics Share This Common Trait — And It Will Literally Change The Way You Think

This helps explain why they are increasingly seen as a valuable treatment for psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.New …

Neuroscience

Drug Researchers Find Brain Effects of MDMA Have Been Misread All Along

Studies don't actually represent typical MDMA users.<p>Anyone who took DARE in elementary school probably heard about how taking too much MDMA (aka …

Neuroscience

Psychedelic Drugs May Help the Brain Repair Itself, Study Finds

In recent years, psychedelic party drugs such as LSD and MDMA have been studied by scientists for their potential ability to treat mental health …

Neuroscience

What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom

"I felt as though I were communing directly with a plant for the first time."<p>Paul Stamets, a mycologist I had come to visit in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to go mushroom hunting, had a gift he wanted to give me. We were in his office, looking at some images on his computer, when he pulled …

This Will Change Your Mind About Psychedelic Drugs

For years, the field of mental health has been largely barren of meaningful treatment advances. But now, scientists have new hope in the least likely …

Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they're starting to turn into approved treatments

Shutterstock<p><b>There has been a recent resurgence of interest in psychedelic drugs' potential to address conditions like anxiety and depression.</b>• <b><br>That</b> …

The Man Who Treated His OCD with Magic Mushrooms

On this episode, we talk to Adam Strauss, creator of the off-broadway show 'The Mushroom Cure,' about his experience treating his mental health with psychedelics.<p>Adam Strauss was in his 20s when he first started noticing symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He tried therapy, yoga, …

Depression

Addressing the mental health implications of pot ahead of legalization

Victoria was 15-years-old when she started smoking weed. She was one of the last in her peer group to try it but eventually bought into the idea, as …

Mental Health

A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Consciousness

'Microdosing' LSD is not just a Silicon Valley trend – it is spreading to other workplaces

It may seem like a doomed attempt to mix business and pleasure. But a growing number of young professionals in Silicon Valley insist that taking …

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine's Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It …

Neuroscience

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

We are all explorers here

Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain?

At any given moment, more than 3 per cent of the UK population are thought to be suffering from depression. For some people, like Kirk Rutter, …

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

A new harmonic language decodes the effects of LSD — Department of Psychiatry

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) was initially synthetized by Albert Hofmann in 1938 to stimulate the respiratory and circulatory systems. Yet, it …

Consciousness

The 'Stoned Ape' Theory Might Explain Our Extraordinary Evolution

A scientist resurfaces a psychedelic retelling of human evolution.<p>Imagine <i>Homo erectus</i>, a now-extinct species of hominids that stood upright and …

How Marijuana Use Can Alter Brain Function and Induce Psychotic Behavior

Long-term smokers are at a higher risk for negative effects.<p>Smoking marijuana is becoming increasingly legal and mainstream in the United States. …

The Brain

New Psilocybin Research Suggests 'Set and Setting' Are Crucial to Helping Patients Get Better

Psychedelic researchers have known since the 1960s that bad vibes can lead to bad trips. Now researchers from the Department of Medicine at Imperial …

Violent crime and murder drop massively in American states which have legalised weed

Anti-weed activists have always maintained drugs are linked to psychosis, violence, and robberies committed by slavering, helpless addicts.<p>But in …

Cannabis

LSD Is Making a Comeback in Very Small Doses

It's known as Bicycle Day — April 19, 1943. The world was caught in the desperate fog of World War II, and the dropping of the first atomic bomb was …

Lsd

My Ketamine Story: Explaining My Experiences With Ketamine For Those Considering Ketamine Therapy

ketamine

Ketamine found to rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts and depression

After recently drifting into recreational circles due to its hallucinogenic properties, ketamine is now being re-evaluated among medial researchers …

Magic mushrooms could treat depression without ‘numbing’ of normal antidepressants

<b>Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression without the often-felt ‘numbing’ impact of antidepressants, a new study has found.</b><p>Volunteers with …

Magic Mushrooms Do The Opposite of Anti-Depressants, But That May Be Why They Work

"I felt so much lighter, like something had been released."<p>Psychedelic therapy is going through something of a revival right now, and we may now know …

Depression

Lysergic memories (Walk on the wild side)