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  • Healing schizophrenia related to pot

    Young people with symptoms of schizophrenia due to their high cannabis use in adolescence will soon be treated with a team of scientists from Western University, Ontario. Cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia of 37%,...
  • Quebec,Canada- Legal age to buy pot in Quebec will be 18, and it won’t be sold in convenience stores

    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has made the call: the minimum age for the consumption of legal marijuana in Quebec will be 18. Quebec plans to create a Crown corporation that will make use of expertise at the Société des alcools to handle sales.
  • What you need to know before you head to the dispensary.

    You have done your research. You have talked to your doctor. You may even have a medical marijuana card in your hand. Congratulations! You are officially ready to take the next step and head to your local dispensary, the general term used to...
  • How to help someone with an opioid problem.

    INDIANAPOLIS — Last Sunday, as part of a yearlong series examining the impact of opioid addiction in Indiana, The Indianapolis Star shared with readers the stories of people who have been affected by the epidemic. IndyStar shared the heartfelt...
  • Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

    Public misconceptions about the nature of schizophrenia, including that it's the result of a split personality or that sufferers are violent, continue to affect how those with the condition are perceived and treated, sometimes with detrimental...
  • Cheap and easy: fentanyl test strips show promise

    While Insite is still the only bricks-and-mortar location in Vancouver where one can obtain a testing strip for fentanyl, the kits are more easily available than most people know Since mid-July, an experiment at Insite, Vancouver’s...
  • Oxytocin reduces cravings for methamphetamine.

    Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body's natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in...
  • What it feels like to have an opioid addiction.

    We are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and death. Almost everyone knows someone living an opioid addiction or who has died from one. And they all have the same question: why can’t we, didn’t we, stop? Why, they wonder, do we...
  • Kentucky governor says he’ll never legalize marijuana because of the ‘overdoses’

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) appeared on a local radio show this week and called legalized marijuana a “sucker’s bet,” and something that will never happen so long as he’s in office. Why? Bevin says he’s concerned about overdoses. “We are not,...
  • The 10 Biggest Companies That Spare Their Employees The Humiliation of Drug Testing

    For the past 35 or so years, millions of American workers have had to submit to a humiliating, privacy-invading procedure to get or keep a job: the urine sample drug test. As hard as it may be to imagine, it wasn't always like that—and it isn't...
  1. DEA Responds To Explosive "60 Minutes" Report About Opioid Crisis

    WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and the Drug Enforcement Administration are facing tough questions following an explosive joint investigation by "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post that says Congress helped disarm the DEA. Drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled over the past decade. The CDC says 188,000 people have died from opioid overdoses from 1999 to 2015. Joe Rannazzisi used to run the DEA's diversion control. He told "60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker that...
  2. Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth

    A Krispy Kreme doughnut was to blame for a white substance that led to an Orlando man being jailed on drug charges. Results from roadside drug test kits conducted by law enforcement officers can be unreliable. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) It sounds like a joke, but, well — keep reading. In December 2015, 64-year-old Daniel Rushing had just dropped off a friend at chemotherapy and was driving home an older woman from his church who worked at the 7-Eleven and would otherwise walk the 2 miles...
  3. School Culture May Contribute To Overdiagnosis, Study Finds

    New research, led by Ylva Odenbring at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, finds that the professional culture of different schools may impact how children’s behavior is perceived and the ways in which school staff intervene. Officials at a school that was more focused on ADHD diagnoses described children’s behavior in terms of individual illnesses, taking children out of the context of their social interactions, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Officials at schools that were less...
  4. Magic Mushrooms May ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed Patients

    Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity. The findings come from a study in which researchers from Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression in whom conventional treatment had failed. In a paper, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe...
  5. Kentucky governor says he’ll never legalize marijuana because of the ‘overdoses’

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) appeared on a local radio show this week and called legalized marijuana a “sucker’s bet,” and something that will never happen so long as he’s in office. Why? Bevin says he’s concerned about overdoses. “We are not, while I’m governor, going to be legalizing the use of marijuana in this state for recreational purposes or for revenue-generating purposes,” Bevin said on Terry Meiner’s WHAS radio show. “There are people overdosing based on ingestion of products that...
  6. Don't dispense of cannabis dispensaries, caution researchers.

    UBC researchers are cautioning policy makers not to alter a cannabis distribution system that -- while not legal yet -- works well. Associate professor Zach Walsh, who teaches psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus, and PhD candidate Rielle Capler, say store-front dispensaries -- often under fire by law enforcement and city governments -- are a tried and true method of selling cannabis. The pair recently published a study on medicinal cannabis dispensaries and determined customers prefer the...
  7. Oxytocin reduces cravings for methamphetamine.

    Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body's natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that administration of oxytocin -- a naturally occurring molecule well known for its role in social bonding and childbirth -- reduces drug-seeking behavior in methamphetamine-addicted rats. "There are virtually no...
  8. 'Ego-Dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health.

    The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics at the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the University's Department of Philosophy have been studying the body of evidence around the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms, and the impact they have on people's sense of "self." In a new article published online in Aeon...
  9. 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...
  10. Human Minibrains Reveal Effects of 5-MeO-DMT

    These are DMT-responsive receptors. A Brazilian study, published in Scientific Reports on October 09, 2017, has identified changes in signaling pathways associated with neural plasticity, inflammation and neurodegeneration triggered by a compound from the family of dimethyltryptamine known as 5-MeO-DMT. "For the first time we could describe psychedelic related changes in the molecular functioning of human neural tissue", states Stevens Rehen, study leader, Professor of Federal University...
  11. Serotonin contributions to cocaines allure.

    Once a hip drug of the '70s and '80s party scene, cocaine is not only making a comeback, it's proving its staying power thanks to its potent allure. In fact, Drug Enforcement Administration officials say that traffickers are producing more cocaine now than at the height of the notorious era of the "cocaine cowboys" in the 1980s. According to Florida's Medical Examiner Commission, overdose deaths from cocaine are at their highest level in the state since 2007. From 2012 to 2015, cocaine...
  12. Magic enzymes in 'magic' mushrooms analyzed.

    Little fungi pack a punch: "Magic mushrooms" of the Psilocybe species produce psychoactive compounds that alter perception when ingested. Recently, the effects on the neuronal system caused by their ingredient psilocybin have attracted the interest of pharmacologists. German scientists have now identified four of the enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of psilocybin. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they describe the biosynthetic pathway and introduce a synthetic route that could form...
  13. Home brewed poppy tea can be lethal.

    A home-brewing technique used to extract morphine from unwashed poppy seeds can produce lethal doses of the drug, according to research at Sam Houston State University. Madeleine Swortwood, an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science, began investigating the issue after being contacted by the father of a 21-year-old man who died after ingesting home-brewed poppy seed tea. It is one of many deaths and overdoses in morgues and emergency rooms that have been suspected from the...
  14. Do we need to reform international drug treaties as more countries legalize cannabis?

    The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. Professor Wayne Hall, whose 2014 review of 20 years of cannabis research made world headlines, thinks so. If decriminalization is the way of the future, Hall advocates a cautious approach to policy reform that would involve trialling and evaluating the effects of incrementally more liberal drug policies. His...
  15. Given the choice, zebra fish willingly dose themselves with opioids.

    As the opioid crisis escalates, the science behind addiction remains poorly understood. To address this need, researchers at University of Utah Health devised a system that allowed zebrafish, a small tropical fish, to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain. After one-week, the fish had increased their drug-seeking behavior, even when doing so required them to put themselves in risky conditions. Further, 48-hours after the last exposure,...
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