Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
Young people have reported cultural gains from drug use, such as strengthening social ties and gaining access to social networks.
A new study among gay and bisexual men living with HIV found those who were occasional or regular users of party drugs reported significantly better social outcomes than non-users.
Current MDMA trials could lead to the drug moving from the fringes of mainstream psychiatry to being recognised as a mainstream treatment option.
Current trials suggest MDMA could used to treat psychiatric disorders as a prescription medicine by 2021. But there remain a number of unresolved patient / doctor issues to be considered.
LSD is far safer than alcohol or tobacco, so why don't drug laws reflect it?
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Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.
Australians are increasingly using darknet marketplaces to buy and sell illicit drugs.
Despite the growth in darknet drug trading in Australia, there are important reasons why it is less harmful than street drug dealing.
Drinking alcohol, not taking illicit drugs like ecstasy or LSD, is more closely linked with violence. Yet, media reports tend to say the opposite.
Media reports tend to link violence to illicit drugs when alcohol is far more likely to be to blame.
MDMA is being trialled as a treatment for PSTD.
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Researchers are finding medical uses for some molecules in certain street drugs, but it's important to call the drugs by their real names. Here’s why that's important.
Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture.
In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
Drug analysis would be a safe, ethical and cost-effective way to reduce harm to young people.
Drug analysis would allow young people to make more informed choices about what they are consuming and save lives.
The average user is a male in his 20s.
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Today, there are more than 20 cryptomarkets selling illicit drugs, or more than 55 if single-vendor markets are included.
Pills sold as ecstasy contain variable amounts of MDMA, sometimes none.
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Ecstasy is the street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, an illicit party drug that speeds up messages to and from the brain and alters the user's perception of reality.
Molly is one of the most popular party drugs in the US. But what a lot of people may not know is that molly is actually a form of ecstasy (MDMA), and this misunderstanding can put young people at risk…
Young people want better information about illicit drugs so they can make informed choices.
The death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter at a music festival on the weekend from a suspected ecstasy overdose could possibly have been avoided with a simple harm-minimisation intervention. Pill testing…
Jagged little pills.
The first time ecstasy impinged on the public consciousness in Britain was in November 1995, when an 18-year old Essex schoolgirl named Leah Betts died a few days after taking a tablet at a birthday party…
Substitution isn’t a solution.
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The past few weeks have seen something of a media feeding frenzy around the supposed massive increase in deaths from “legal highs”. Closer inspection of the facts, some of which needed to be extracted…