Should Utah legalize ‘magic mushrooms’? Bill would create psychedelic task force

2022-01-17 12:33:29 Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Highland, during a House Judiciary Standing Committee at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 27, 2021. Brammer is proposing a bill for the 2022 session that would create a task force to consider legalizing psychedelic drugs for those with certain mental health issues. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) […]

How magic mushrooms changed my life

2022-01-16 10:00:00 The sunlight glittered on the sea and the coconut palms waved beguilingly as the facilitator gave each of us a handful of brown capsules. They looked like vitamin pills and tasted earthy. I had come on the retreat – advertised as ‘25 years of therapy in a week’ – to support a friend […]

Skin Patch Delivery of Psilocybin for Fragile X Now Being Tested in Studies

2022-01-14 12:15:50 Nova Mentis and Mycrodose Therapeutics have teamed up to test whether psychedelic treatments, such as Nova’s psilocybin — a potential behavioral therapy for fragile X syndrome — can be delivered via the skin using Mycrodose’s transdermal technology. The first studies assessing the diffusion of psychedelic compounds through the skin, called permeation studies, using […]

Sleep Deprivation Alters Response of Psychedelic Brain Receptors

2022-01-12 03:20:01 Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix identified the effects of an environmental stressor, sleep deprivation, that could alter the balance controlled by antipsychotic drugs and impact individuals with schizophrenia. The serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor is widely distributed in the brain and plays a critical role in perception, cognition […]

Could a VR “trip” offer a sober shortcut to the healing potential of psychedelics?

2022-01-11 09:51:24 Especially amid the existential dread of our current COVID hellscape, people have increasingly turned to psychedelics as portals to empathy and enlightenment. Tech bro hype aside, though, they’re not for everyone. Tripping isn’t recommended for those with severe heart disease or who show signs of schizophrenia and related disorders. Many others are simply […]

Ketamine, psychological therapy helps severe alcoholics abstain for longer: Study

2022-01-10 23:44:48 Through a recent study, researchers found that people with severe alcohol disorder were able to stay off alcohol for longer when they were treated with low doses of ketamine combined with psychological therapy in a clinical trial. The Ketamine for reduction of Alcohol Relapse (KARE) trial led by the University of Exeter was […]

The psychedelic realm of lucid dreaming

2022-01-08 00:59:03 – L Grinspoon & JB Bakalar. Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered, 1979 I can recall allowing myself as a child to float out of my bed, across the room, and on to the upstairs landing to be terrifyingly cross-examined by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. At first, I was powerless in these episodes until I learned to […]

8 Health and Medicine Milestones From 2021

2022-01-07 13:09:58 In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic grabbed headlines and touched many people’s daily lives. Scientists around the globe collaborated to create groundbreaking vaccines, tests, and treatments. Beyond the arena of COVID-19, researchers forged ahead, chipping away at some of the biggest health issues of our time. They brought about innovations that transcended the prior […]

Why do people with depression take Psychedelics?

2022-01-02 11:11:46 Posted on Jan 03, 2022 | Author Dr. Bhavna Barmi Psychedelics, also known as hallucinogens, are a class of psychoactive substances that produce changes in perception, mood and cognitive processes. They affect all senses. They can alter a person’s thinking, sense of time and emotions. They can also cause a person to hallucinate- […]

Forgotten Psychedelics: What Is 2C-B?

2021-12-25 12:30:00 4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (also known as Nexus, Erox, or 2C-B) was synthesized by a famous American pharmacologist and psychonaut, Alexander Shulgin, in 1974. When you think of psychedelics, substances such as LSD, psilocybin, or perhaps even MDMA, immediately come to mind. The 1970s, however, was a golden age of discovery in the pharmacological world of psychedelics, leading to […]