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09.11.14 Marina Galperina

The scientific community continues to embrace tentatively hug psychedelic therapy, and with good cause. In a new Johns Hopkins University study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, “just two or three experiences” tripping on mushrooms helped a dozen volunteers struggling with a long-term smoking addiction quit. The success rate is twice that of “the gold standard medication”/Big Pharma cessation aids like Pfizer Inc.’s Chantix. […]

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08.12.14 Marina Galperina

Recently, researchers have been rethinking psychedelic therapy, exploring psilocybin treatments of PTSD, death anxiety during the late stages of cancer and similar ailments. According to an article on AlterNet, what sets contemporary trials apart is “the new crop of establishment-oriented academics are exceedingly cautious and responsible” as opposed to researchers of the ’60s, which were a little too enthusiastic in […]

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07.03.14 Marina Galperina

According to new research published in Human Brain Mapping, the effects of reportedly mind-expanding psychedelics like LSD and mushrooms on the brain are very similar to the state of dreaming. The study recorded brain patterns of volunteers who were injected psilocybin while laying in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The psilocybin caused “the primitive brain network” linked […]

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06.07.13 Andy Cush

In today’s fun-recreational-substances-that-may-also-have-medical-uses news, research published this week in Experimental Brain Research suggests psilocybin mushrooms may have positive effects for victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. The study, led by Dr. Briony Catlow of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, found that low doses of psilocybin eased conditioned fear in mice. A group of mice–some dosed with shrooms, some not–were […]

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10.09.12 Kyle Chayka

Your heart rate is slowing and you feel a little flushed. You’re relaxed, everything seems funny, and nothing can possibly bother you. You’re probably feeling a little bit horny, or at least more so than usual. No, this is not happening in your parents’ basement after a few bowl hits. This is ancient Egypt, and […]

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