If you've ever taken a middle or high school health class, chances are you've sat through enough lectures, and maybe even some after-school specials, about the detrimental effects of drugs such as LSD, molly, and ecstasy on the human mind.A new study out of University of California, Davis, however, sheds light on the potential of LSD or MDMA-based treatments as medical solutions to mental disorders.The team at UC Davis began observing hallucinogenic drugs and exploring how they affect neurons, potentially serving as a new approach to treating depression and anxiety, including PTSD and other disorders.The study, published in medical journal Cell Reports, shows how drugs such as LSD and MDMA affect neuron structure significantly enough to repair malfunctioning circuits that can cause depression or anxiety. The fact that dropping acid can rearrange your mind isn't exactly new information, of course – just see the below "Mad Men" clip for what I imagine is a starkly … [Read more...] about LSD, MDMA potentially could treat depression and PTSD, according to new health study
HEALTH 05/24/2018 07:17 pm ET The endgame for psychedelic drugs isn't “microdosing Fridays.” It's treating major mental illness. By Erin Schumaker The idea of using psychedelic drugs to expand consciousness or disrupt negative patterns of thinking had a well-documented moment in the 1950s and 1960s. Now it’s having a cultural revival. Podcast host PJ Vogt talked about secretly taking tiny doses of LSD to see if it would improve his work and life. Novelist Ayelet Waldman wrote about using microdoses of LSD to treat her volatile moods. New York Magazine ran a guide on the microdosing movement. In Silicon Valley, tech companies are holding “microdosing Fridays.” That last tidbit comes from a new book by journalist Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind, in which he offers a winding tour through the history of psychedelics. He also tells the story of a middle-aged man who wanted to find out if it was too late to rewire his … [Read more...] about A Drug Researcher Talks Michael Pollan’s Book, PTSD Treatment And Trump On LSD
A clip from the film Monkey LSD Suicide. Photo: Screen Grab Forget tales of first-year college kids dropping acid and then leaping from their seventh story dorm windows. According to a new Norwegian study, “self acceptance” gained through LSD-use may actually reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour. “Notably, among people with a history of childhood depressive episodes (before age 18 years), psychedelic use was associated with a lower likelihood of suicidal thoughts and suicidal plan,” researchers Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs conclude in their study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in March. The researchers, who are based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, analyzed the US National Health Survey data from 2008 to 2011, looking at survey data from 130,000 randomly selected adults, including nearly 20,000 psychedelic drug users. In their conclusion, the authors argue that the lower … [Read more...] about LSD ‘self-acceptance’ may cut suicide risk
The opioid crisis is on the rise, with President Trump declaring it a full-blown public health emergency last yearResearchers are looking to CBD, a compound found in marijuana, to help reduce cravings for opioids and treat chronic painA new study this week found that opioid-addicted rats were less likely to relapse after being treated with a CBD gelCBD doesn't get you high, but it is nonetheless classified as a Schedule I drug, which makes it difficult for researchers to study its health effects Advertisement - Continue Reading Below When he was 34, Che* broke a disc in his back. His doctor prescribed OxyContin for the pain, and Che took it for about a year. But when his doctor suspected Che was abusing the drug, he cancelled his prescription. That led Che to find other ways to access the substance, including stealing money from his family.“By the time I was 37, I lost my career and my family and I was homeless,” he told MensHealth.com. “I became a full-on criminal … [Read more...] about Is Marijuana the Key to Solving the Opioid Crisis?
The first thing you should know about drinking ayahuasca is that it’s going to make you puke your brains out. That's usually the first thing that anyone who has ever taken it will tell you. But once you get past that, they say, you will experience a high so deep and emotionally enlightening that your outlook on the universe will change forever.Skeptical? You have a right to be. But in terms of its powerful effects on the body, ayahuasca, a powerful, plant-based hallucinogenic brew, is the real deal.Ayahuasca comes from two words from the Quechua, a South American tribe based primarily in the Andes: "Aya," meaning spirit, and "Huasca," meaning vine or rope. The Quechua call it the "vine of the soul" or "creeping spirits of the dead.” When you drink ayahuasca tea, you see the kind of powerful hallucinations akin to what one would see on LSD. Those who have taken ayahuasca report experiencing out-of-body experiences, “spiritual flights,” and powerful … [Read more...] about What to Know About Ayahuasca, the Hallucinogen That Blows Your Mind and Makes You Puke Your Guts Out