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  • David Nutt - The Psychedelic Crusader

    In a society where almost all drugs have negative associations, it's hard to have an open and rational discussion about their potential miraculous effects. For almost 50 years LSD was banned worldwide and under no circumstances was any scientific...
  • A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?

    If you grew up as part of the D.A.R.E. generation — kids of the 1980s and ’90s who learned about drugs from alarmist public service announcements — you know all too well the dangers of so-called gateway drugs. Go to bed with marijuana or beer,...
  1. A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?

    If you grew up as part of the D.A.R.E. generation — kids of the 1980s and ’90s who learned about drugs from alarmist public service announcements — you know all too well the dangers of so-called gateway drugs. Go to bed with marijuana or beer, you were taught, and risk waking up with cocaine or heroin. Three decades later, scientists and politicians still debate whether using “soft” drugs necessarily leads a person down a slippery slope to the harder stuff. Critics note that marijuana has,...
  2. David Nutt - The Psychedelic Crusader

    In a society where almost all drugs have negative associations, it's hard to have an open and rational discussion about their potential miraculous effects. For almost 50 years LSD was banned worldwide and under no circumstances was any scientific experimentation allowed. Only now are we starting to take another look at this long neglected area of science. David Nutt is the man pioneering this rediscovery. His LSD brain imaging experiment has been called the discovery of 2016, more important...
  3. Artist draws 9 portraits while on LSD 1950s research experiment

    During the 1950s, a researcher gave an artist two 50-microgram doses of LSD (each dose separated by about an hour), and then the artist was encouraged to draw pictures of the doctor who administered the drugs. Nine portraits were drawn over the space of eight hours. We still don't know the identity of the artist. But it's surmised that the researcher was Oscar Janiger, a University of California-Irvine psychiatrist known for his work on LSD. The web site Live Science has Andrew Sewell, a...
  4. Observation - When Legal Drugs Harm and Illegal Drugs Help

    The frequently arbitrary nature of our drug classification schemes is causing more and more confusion During the 1970s, the U.S. began what has now become known as the “war on drugs,” a reaction to the counterculture and drug-fueled climate of the 1960s. To the government’s dismay, these policies did nothing to quell the use of illicit drugs; rather, it opened a huge market for the illegal development, distribution and importation of psychoactive and hallucinogenic substances like...
  5. Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

    Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia. Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of...
  6. Sexual Harrassment in AA.

    A controversy has erupted over the safety of women in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step fellowships in recent months—and not for the first time. To suggest that sexual harassment is the norm in meetings would be inaccurate. But one exploitative practice is common enough to have earned a widely known nickname: “13th stepping” occurs when a regular member, usually someone with years of sobriety, makes sexual advances towards a new member. This is obviously inappropriate. Merriam-Webster...
  7. Where buying marijuana is legal, but theres nowhere to smoke it.

    Las Vegas’ reputation as a place where you can indulge your vices and have a good time helps it lure some 43 million visitors a year. But tourists heading to Sin City hoping to consume newly legal cannabis have a problem: There are few places in town, other than private homes, where someone can legally light up a joint. In Nevada and the seven other states that allow people to consume marijuana for fun, it’s typically illegal to smoke or ingest the drug in dispensaries, bars, restaurants,...
  8. Almost half of those who resolve a drinking or drug problem do so without assistance.

    A study from the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has estimated, for the first time, the number of Americans who have overcome serious problems with the use of alcohol or other drugs. More than 9 percent of those responding to their survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults indicated they had previously had such a problem but no longer did, and a little more than half of them reported accomplishing this with some sort of assistance. Only...
  9. Adderall misuse may be hidden part of teen amphetamine abuse.

    American teens underestimate their use of amphetamines, likely because many don't know that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Adderall is an amphetamine, a new study suggests. High school and college students sometimes use Adderall, a type of stimulant medication, without a doctor's order because they believe it will boost their mental function and school performance. Use of amphetamines without a doctor's order, known as nonmedical use, carries a high risk of abuse...
  10. Why A Culture of Integration Is Critical For The Modern Psychedelic Movement

    The continued fragmentation of modern Western culture is driving us towards social isolation. However, humans are emotional beings; we learn through relationship. Without relationship we are stuck, unable to grow or evolve, much less survive. We live in a society that glorifies independence, when in reality, we are in greatest harmony when we are interdependent. For each of us co-authoring this article, entheogens and psychedelics have evoked a deep understanding of how critical community is...
  11. Health Care is confusing part III : The uninsured and serious illness

    So, this is one of those mega-questions that I think all of our discussions about how we pay for and organize healthcare should boil down to: How does someone who is uninsured pay for treatment for serious, progressive or terminal illness? Guys, this shouldn’t be a hard question. The answer should reflect the value and theoretical framework that our healthcare infrastructure is based on. But, no surprise here, this is not the case in America. Our currently healthcare system is not based on...
  12. Opioid deaths are hurting American life expectancy.

    Although U.S. life expectancy increased between 2000 and 2015, drug poisoning deaths from opioids stunted those gains, according to a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “It takes a significant change in the number of deaths from a specific cause of death to impact overall life expectancy,” Dr. Deborah Dowell, research author and senior medical advisor at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told HuffPost. “However, it does...
  13. Federal Survey: Youth marijuana use continues to decline.

    Fewer young people today identify as current users of cannabis as compared to 2002, according to national survey data released today by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report finds that 6.5 percent of respondents between the ages of 12 and 17 report having consumed cannabis within the past 30 days – a decrease of 21 percent since 2002 and the lowest percentage reported...
  14. Americas 'drug infested dens' a national emergency?

    Last Monday the White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, released its interim report that says President Donald Trump should declare an emergency because “our citizens are dying.” The recommendation that Trump declare a national public health emergency over the growing opioid crisis is long overdue and a welcome relief, according to medical professionals and those battling the epidemic on the front lines. But some worry the...
  15. Marijuana company buys California town, plans pot paradise.

    (CNN) -- Don't be surprised if there is a sign one day on a small California town that reads "Welcome to Nipton: A Place to Get Stoned." The entire town of 120 acres was purchased Thursday by American Green Inc., a marijuana focused technology and growing firm based in Arizona. The reported price tag: about $ 5 million The company plans to make Nipton the country's "first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination," American Green said in a statement. Nipton is near the...
  16. The “Right” and “Wrong” Kind of Addict: Iatrogenic Opioid Addiction in Historical Context

    According to deeply-rooted cultural tropes, iatrogenic addiction is usually perceived to be a legitimate way become a drug addict, the “right” or justifiable path to addiction, while other routes to addiction create the “wrong” kind of addict. The right kind of addict deserves sympathy and medical help, while the wrong kind of addict should be left to face the consequences of their own choices, according to common sentiment.3 Traditionally, historians have believed that this delineation of...
  17. Feds warn tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts after blackouts.

    The U.S. Department of State is alerting travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out. The department on Wednesday updated its information page specific to Mexico, cautioning vacationers who chose to drink alcohol to “do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.” The warning noted: “The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities." The updated warning...
  18. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dead At 41

    Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41, according to The Los Angeles County Coroner. Bennington hanged himself inside a private home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County, TMZ reports. According to the gossip site, the singer struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and had previously talked about suicide as the result of childhood trauma and abuse. For years, he acted as the frontman to the rock group, whose hits include “Faint,” “In the End” and...
  19. Imagine If The Media Covered Alcohol Like Other Drugs

    What if the media covered alcohol like it does other drugs? This was a question that came up in my coverage of flakka, a synthetic drug that made headlines after law enforcement blamed it for people running in the streets naked in delusional paranoia. What follows is a satirical attempt at capturing that same type of alarmist reporting, but for a substance that really causes widespread and severe problems. NEW ORLEANS — An ongoing drug epidemic has swept the US, killing hundreds and...
  20. French And American Approaches To “ADHD”

    Things have been changing fast here in France since David Cohen (20I3) and Conrad and Bergey (2014) looked at French approaches to ADHD treatment. It now looks as if the U.S. approach to mental health is fast gaining purchase in a country that formerly boasted a great, perhaps too sophisticated (Lacan et al.) psychoanalytic tradition, but also a holistic psychosocial tradition when dealing with psychological disturbance in children. As Conrad and Bergey put it, U.S. behavioural norms are...
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