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  1. The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

    For a long time in western culture, transcendent consciousness was tightly linked with characters on the spiritual fringe: visionary prophets, ascetic sages, and ecstatic poets. Mystical states were like lightning bolts in the days before Ben Franklin’s kite—fleeting, unpredictable, and impossible to harness or measure. They were divine bolts that hit during the frenzies of ecstatic creation and desert wanderings. They were the ultimate mystery. Then came psychedelics. In the 1950s, a small...
  2. The Corporate Roots of the Opioid Crisis

    Sitting in a small cafe in a small town in western Massachusetts, Jordan talks about his problems with opioids. He was a construction worker, but an accident at his work site sent him to a hospital and into the arms of prescription painkillers. Jordan’s doctor did not properly instruct him about the dangers of these pills, which he used to kill the pain that ran down his leg. When the prescription ran out, Jordan found he craved the pills. “I used up my savings buying them on the black...
  3. Scientists are testing psychedelic drugs on human mini brains, with surprising results.

    New research using human minibrains has revealed that a hallucinogenic compound known as 5-MeO-DMT triggers changes in neuronal signalling pathways associated with inflammation, neural plasticity, and neurodegeneration. The discovery is critically important now, because various studies have found benefits from psychedelic use, but have been unable to parse out how and why these compounds have produced specific positive effects. "For the first time we could describe psychedelic-related...
  4. Researchers link regular marijuana use to more sex.

    The first study to examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United States shows a positive correlation between the two. The jury’s still out on rock ’n’ roll. But the link between sex and at least one drug, marijuana, has been confirmed. A study by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that, despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual...
  5. 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...
  6. '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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. Interview with cannabis cultivator and chemist Edward Rupert.

    Despite having worked in the marijuana industry decades before it was fashionable (or partially domestically legal), you would be hard pressed to find an individual more antithetical to the old-school stoner stereotype than California chemist Edward Rupert. Rupert is a marijuana grower by trade, but his chemistry degree and extensive background in toxicology and medical research make him a de facto pharmacologist by intent, if not by title. Rupert's aim, as he describes it, is to apply...
  11. A shop associated with the Hells reopens under surveillance

    Mirabel, Canada - A shop associated with the Hells Angels reopens under surveillance A dozen policemen were on scene Saturday to make sure "everything happens in order" Five police cars were parked in front of the Shop Shop Support 81 on Saturday. The Shop Shop Support 81, associated with the Hells Angels, reopened its doors Saturday under increased police surveillance, just a few steps from a primary school in Mirabel. A dozen police officers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Mirabel and...
  12. Why weed is different colors.

    Would you rather eat skittles and taste the rainbow or would you prefer to take in its colors while preparing a fat joint? After that reflective puff, you gaze at your stash thinking why is weed different colors. Wondering why weed is different colors is like asking yourself why is the sky blue. As for the sky’s hue, you need to contact NASA. Nevertheless, when it comes to bud, you will find the following information very cooperative. Only a kaleidoscope can compare to the beauty of...
  13. 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 like that in the rest of the world. We can thank the Gipper. Mass worker drug testing is yet another dark legacy of the Reagan era. The practice began taking off as a drug war adjunct after Reagan required it for federal employees in 1986 and...
  14. Decisions, decisions...How to consume your cannabis flower.

    You’ve made it to the dispensary, asked the budtender all the questions you had prepared, and finally picked out some of that delicious smelling XJ-13 the budtender recommended to you for anxiety relief, pain relief, and a calm, relaxed energy. Awesome! But, there’s still one more step. You’ll need to sort through the plethora of ways to actually consume it. This is the part we believe is the most fun. While a daunting task at first, it is crucial to your experience with cannabis and can...
  15. Another victim of fentanyl-Another man was found dead in his car last week in Montreal

    The two brothers of Lac-Mégantic found dead in their vehicle after an overdose of fentanyl, at the end of August, are not the only ones to have known such a fate. Another man died in similar circumstances last week in Montreal. Yves Faucher, one of the heroes of the railroad tragedy of four years ago, and his brother Gilles, whose bodies were discovered on August 25, were presented to the Journal on Thursday. According to his family, Yves Faucher had been in post-traumatic shock since the...
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