Substance use during pregnancy can lead to a broad array of harmful effects.
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Many people wrongly assume that cannabis use during pregnancy is safe. Research is increasingly documenting a host of serious health harms from prenatal exposure to cannabis and other substances.
Getting high to get spiritual insight isn’t a new pursuit.
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A scholar of religion who is writing a book on sacred drugs explains how today’s ‘psychedelic renaissance’ reflects a millennia-long history of using intoxicants to seek insight and connection.
They tend backyards brimming with cactus varieties, consuming the produce. Prudence Gibson meets a hidden group of gardeners and ponders the allure – and – danger of psychoactive plants.
Health claims around CBD grew after the FDA approved a drug containing CBD to treat seizures from two rare forms of epilepsy.
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Scholars weigh in on the known and unknown about marijuana and its incarnations.
Marijuana use in pregnancy is linked to preterm birth and small for gestational age infants.
Legalization and social acceptability of marijuana have contributed to a false perception that it’s safe to use in pregnancy. The truth is, there is no known safe level of prenatal marijuana exposure.
A very low-carb diet can prompt changes in your brain similar to that caused by the illicit drug GHB.
Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Here’s why.
Is it smart to take smart drugs?
Students taking ‘smart drugs’ to boost their academic performance are putting their health at risk.
The market for sythnetic cannabinoids, or spice, shows no sign of decreasing.
Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes by indigenous healers in Brazil’s northwestern Acre state for centuries.
Western science is “discovering” the medical potential of ayahuasca, which Amazonian indigenous groups have used ritualistically for centuries.
Theresa May has been the longest-serving home secretary since the 19th century, but her tenure is distinctive for other reasons, too.
A growing number of young men are using steroids, but there are few public services to help this vulnerable group.
Legal highs are now illegal in the the UK but why has it taken so long for the law to be changed?
What’s in the bag?
Changing drugs laws can have some very unexpected consequences.
Ready to pop.
By not only “outing” himself as a poppers user but emphasising their necessity, the Conservative MP for Reigate took a bold step.
Sucking all the fun out of life.
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Here’s how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will stand in the way of human flourishing.
‘Legal highs’ to become defunct.
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Successive governments haven’t always followed expert advice, but they have in the new bill to end ‘legal highs’.
Big ideas in little places.
Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain…
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…
2CB, 2CE? Let’s call the whole thing off.
The number of deaths caused by a group of mind altering drugs, including mephedrone, has increased over the past three years. And while toxicology reports also link the use of these substances to deaths…
Open your mind.
People who use LSD and other psychedelic drugs show fewer mental health problems, according to a large population-based study. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology analysed…