Because of their social nature and the fact that they share 70 per cent of their DNA with humans, zebrafish make ideal test subjects.
Growing interest in psychedelics has spurred new research decades after hallucinogenics were tested in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. And an unassuming common fish is proving a useful test subject.
Drugs like MDMA, ketamine, LSD and psylocibin may help heal the wounds of trauma - but more research is needed.
Participants in a new research study also reported that microdosing psychedelics made them more confident, motivated and productive.
In a new research study, more than 900 people from around the world explain the challenges and benefits of microdosing LSD and psilocybin-containing mushrooms.
Microdosers take such small quantities of psychedelic substances that there are no noticeable effects.
Popular accounts of the effects of microdosing don’t quite match the experience of long-term microdosers, according to this new research.
When considering harm to the user and to wider society, alcohol is much more of a problem than MDMA.
Most people assume drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, but the reasons aren’t related to their relative risk or harm.
Books such as Ayelet Waldman’s
A Really Good Day and Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind have drawn popular attention to the practise of ‘microdosing’ psychedelics.
According to new research, individuals who take small regular doses of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms score higher on mental health, well-being and creativity.
There is a growing research literature suggesting psychedelics hold incredible promise for treating mental health ailments ranging from depression and anxiety to PTSD.
To know the real promise of psychedelic substances like LSD, mushrooms and MDMA, researchers must embrace the principles and practise of ‘open science.’
Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
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.
LSD is far safer than alcohol or tobacco, so why don’t drug laws reflect it?
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Scientists are beginning to understand why certain drugs and musical genres are natural partners.
Frank Olson under the microscope.
Errol Morris’s new series is not a traditional documentary, but it’s doggedly committed to discovering what happened to Frank Olson.
Monday, 6am. Time for a sliver of this?
Three experts reveal all.
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.
LSD causes euphoria, increased body temperature and hallucinations where some or all of the senses are distorted.
During the 1950s and 1960s, LSD was used more for psychotherapy than recreation. Between 1950 and 1965, many were treated with LSD for alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia, autism and homosexuality.
Shaman in ayahuasca ceremony, Ecuador.
Humans have a desire to transcend everyday existence. So laws banning psychoactive substances are on a hiding to nothing.
Ketamine crystals could help depression, too.
Ketamine may be the latest recreational drug to find a new legal use.
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Just where in the brain is our ‘ego’?
Psychedelia is too often dismissed as a product of the decade and the drugs, but the phenomenon has a far richer history than that of the swinging 60s.
Recent studies show psychedelics can have a positive effect on a range of mental health issues.
A recent Norwegian study on psychedelic drugs and psychological well-being not only highlighted fewer mental health issues among users of these drugs but also underscored the reinvigoration of scientific…