How to Change Your Mind: Michael Pollan on How the Science of Psychedelics Illuminates Consciousness, Mortality, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Art by Bobby Baker from Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me “The Beyond, whatever it consists of, might not be nearly as far away or inaccessible as we think.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that,” cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz wrote in her inquiry into how our conditioned way of looking narrows the lens of our perception. Attention, after all, is the handmaiden of consciousness, and consciousness the central fact and the central mysteryof our creaturely experience. From the days of Plato’s cave to the birth of neuroscience, we have endeavored to … Continue reading How to Change Your Mind: Michael Pollan on How the Science of Psychedelics Illuminates Consciousness, Mortality, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Digital Mental Health Drug Raises Troubling Questions

The goal of the digital sensor is for doctors to monitor their patients’ intake of Abilify MyCite remotely and ensure that the patient is adhering to the correct drug dose and timing. ShareTweetShareEmail    By Anthony Ryan Hatch, Wesleyan University Moments after Neo eats the red pill in “The Matrix,” he touches a liquefied mirror that takes over his skin, penetrating the innards of his body with computer code. When I first learned about the controversial new digital drug Abilify MyCite, I thought of this famous scene and wondered what kinds of people were being remade through this new biotechnology. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals … Continue reading Digital Mental Health Drug Raises Troubling Questions

Men Who’ve Tried Psychedelics Are Less Likely to Abuse Their Partners

They may also may be an effective therapy for victims (and perpetrators) of abuse by Andrew Fiouzi New research from the University of British Columbia and Laurentian University suggests that psychedelics are good for more than just seeing faces in clouds. “A study published last month in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that men who reported previous use of psychedelic drugs (aka hallucinogens) were less likely to act violently toward their intimate partners, based on their self-reported emotional habits,” reported Forbes. According to the lead author of the study, Michelle Thiessen (a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of British Columbia), previous research … Continue reading Men Who’ve Tried Psychedelics Are Less Likely to Abuse Their Partners

The Effect Weed Has On Your Lungs

Cannabis users of all stripes should know how the products they rely on for health, wellness and pleasure effect their lungs. By Adam Drury  If you smoke, vape or otherwise inhale your cannabis, you should be thinking about your lung health. Whether you’re a regular user, enjoy an occasional puff, or take record-setting dab hits, what you breathe in has an effect on your lungs. So you should know what weed’s effect on the lungs really is. However, understanding the effect weed has on your lung health is only part of the picture. (And maybe, for you, not even the most interesting … Continue reading The Effect Weed Has On Your Lungs

Here’s Why Female Viagra Won’t Work… Again

by Magdalene Taylor The market for products that claim to make you horny is centuries old. Everything from Oysters, to herbs like ashwagandha and maca, to alcohol (but of course) have long been hailed as ways to make both sexes want to have sex. Their mileage varies, however, in terms of effectiveness. Until, that is, Viagra came along in 1998 and fixed that problem. Well, at least for men. For women, the search for a magic pill that inspires arousal has been more complicated. Big Pharma first took interest in sexuality in the 1950s, when frigidity and impotence were added to the first Diagnostic … Continue reading Here’s Why Female Viagra Won’t Work… Again

Did Jesus use cannabis oil to perform miracles?

Ear restored. Image credit: Herbert Ruben, 2012. Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/waitingfortheword/7020007877).  by PHILIP PERRY In the US over the last couple of decades or so, the outlook on marijuana has undergone a complete paradigm shift. According to the most recent Pew Research Center poll, 61% of Americans back legalizing cannabis on the federal level. This goes across generational and to some extent, party lines. Lots more Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, for serious, legitimate illnesses. This new outlook is even filtering down into some unexpected places, such as among a couple of fringe Christian groups. Consider Deb Button. She’s the founder of Stoner Jesus Bible Study. Button … Continue reading Did Jesus use cannabis oil to perform miracles?

This Study To Assess How Drinking Affects Our Health Is A Master Class In How To Do Science Poorly

image edited by Fernando Kaskais   Yuanbin Du/Victor Tangermann by Dan Robitzski  Remember that massive clinical trial that was supposed to determine the health impacts of alcohol once and for all? Well, the National Institutes of Health decided Friday to shut it down. The official reasoning, in short, is that the $100 million experiment was a complete and utter train wreck, as The New York Times reported. The National Institutes of Health recommended throwing out everything the study’s found so far, meaning the researchers threw away the chance of a lifetime to finally settle all the dubious health claims people make about beer, wine, and liquor. Since … Continue reading This Study To Assess How Drinking Affects Our Health Is A Master Class In How To Do Science Poorly