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  1. Unwashed poppy seeds under fire on Capitol Hill and around the world

    A man who has been seeking changes to U.S. law since his son died from morphine intoxication in 2016 expects to see bills filed in April. His son wasn’t using drugs. It was unwashed poppy seeds, bought on Amazon.com and brewed as tea, that killed him. The draft legislation expected to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in early April. It would establish the definition of unwashed poppy seeds as “poppy seeds that have not been processed to adequately remove poppy...
  2. FDA approves esketamine, the first major depression treatment to reach U.S. market in decades

    The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved esketamine, the first major depression treatment to hit the U.S. market in decades and a new option for patients who haven’t responded to existing therapies. Esketamine — developed by Johnson & Johnson and delivered as a nasal spray — was tested in combination with oral antidepressants in patients with what’s known as treatment-resistant depression. The drug is related to ketamine, a common anesthetic that’s sometimes misused...
  3. Discovery finds link between the brain and the immune system

    Discovery Finds Link Between the Brain and the Immune System In a stunning discovery made by the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, researchers have overturned decades of textbook teaching by determining that there is a direct correlation between the brain and the immune system. For years scientists have been trying to correlate the relationship between the two, yet they lacked the evidence to show how our thoughts and feelings (or neurochemistry) could affect our overall health....
  4. UK: buprenorphine problems appear. Prices rising.

    A 700% spike in the price of a drug used to wean addicts off heroin has caused alarm among treatment agencies, which warn of a rise in drug-related deaths unless urgent action is taken to make it more affordable. Buprenorphine is an alternative to methadone that reduces the symptoms of withdrawal and lessens the desire to use heroin. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people in England use the drug, which offers a reduced risk of overdose compared with methadone. Earlier this year it...
  5. Boredom is egos largest enemy

    Boredom is egos largest enemy. Why? Try it yourself: sit in lotus posture if possible for about 10 minutes and focus only on your breath. You might feel it under your nostrals or in the back of the nose, maybe in your throat or all the way down to your lungs and belly. As long as you follow your breath with gentle precision. Sooner or later you will notice that you were distracted by thoughts, feelings, sensations, emotions, pain, anxiety, noises etc. When you realise this, gently...
  6. MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

    Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only. Users of MDMA reported feeling much more empathy – and were better at identifying the emotions of others on a computer task – than people who took multiple drugs not including...
  7. Magic Mushrooms to soothe the dying

    Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying A landmark study in Australia will use psilocybin to induce what's come to be known as a "classical mystical experience". Is this the start of a "mushrooming mental health zeitgeist"? In 2015, Ian Roullier tripped on a high dose of magic mushrooms while lying in a hospital bed in London’s Imperial College. Ian had been depressed his entire adult life — as a kid, he and his sister had been repeatedly abused by their father, and the effects of that trauma...
  8. Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm

    Whether genetic changes can be reversed or are passed on to children is still unknown. THC appeared to impact hundreds of different genes in rats and humans, but many of the genes did have something in common -- they were associated with two of the same major cellular pathways. As legal access to marijuana continues expanding across the U.S., more scientists are studying the effects of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in teens, adults and pregnant women. New research...
  9. Can psychedelics improve emotional regulation in men

    WARNING: This article describes violent acts, and links to discussions with hateful violent language. In April this year, a man drove a van across busy pedestrian streets in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring more. It was the deadliest mass homicide in the city’s history. The murderer identified himself with the growing “incel” movement – a term with origins in sexual frustration (the word “incel” is a portmanteau of the misnomer “involuntary celibate”) that has now been appropriated by a...
  10. Beyond Set and Setting: A New Understanding of Psychedelics & Healing

    Beyond Set and Setting: A New Understanding of Psychedelics & Healing July 3, 2017 Kevin Feeney, Ph.D. The concept of “set and setting” has been a guiding principle of psychedelic researchers, therapists, and explorers since it was first outlined by Timothy Leary, George Litwin, and Ralph Metzner in 1963. The idea of set and setting was a radical development in identifying non-pharmacological factors that influence how individuals respond to psychedelic substances. It provided researchers...
  11. Using cannabis to treat the effects of trauma

    We are all impacted by experiencing or witnessing traumatic events such as violence, accidents, and the death of loved ones. As we struggle to find ways to deal with the symptoms that can persist in the aftermath of experiencing trauma, cannabis is increasingly being hailed as a potential solution. Nearly 90% of adults in the USA have experienced a traumatic event severe enough to meet criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1 Of those of us who experience such a trauma, nearly...
  12. Using cannabis to threat the effects of trauma

    We are all impacted by experiencing or witnessing traumatic events such as violence, accidents, and the death of loved ones. As we struggle to find ways to deal with the symptoms that can persist in the aftermath of experiencing trauma, cannabis is increasingly being hailed as a potential solution. Nearly 90% of adults in the USA have experienced a traumatic event severe enough to meet criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1 Of those of us who experience such a trauma, nearly...
  13. Using cannabis to threat the effects of trauma

    We are all impacted by experiencing or witnessing traumatic events such as violence, accidents, and the death of loved ones. As we struggle to find ways to deal with the symptoms that can persist in the aftermath of experiencing trauma, cannabis is increasingly being hailed as a potential solution. Nearly 90% of adults in the USA have experienced a traumatic event severe enough to meet criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1 Of those of us who experience such a trauma, nearly...
  14. Healing from trauma with psychedelics

    Psychiatrist Will Siu, MD, is an advocate for healing from trauma from psychedelics. Currently a therapist on clinical trials using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, he shares his insights into a very human way to heal … When we think about trauma, we often go straight to war, physical, or sexual abuse. But as important, are the traumas of neglect, of feeling un-safe, of feeling un-loved. People think: “I don’t deserve to say, ‘I’ve suffered trauma’. But that’s BS. All of us have...
  15. New Buprenorphine XR injection med approved by FDA

    Pharma Company Braeburn today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted tentative approval of BRIXADI (buprenorphine) extended-release weekly (8mg, 16mg, 24mg, 32mg) and monthly (64 mg, 96mg, 128mg) injections. The tentative approval is for use of BRIXADI for the treatment of moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) in patients who have initiated treatment with a single dose of a transmucosal buprenorphine product or who are already being treated with...
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