Moderate drinking may improve cognitive health for older adults, study says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN)If you enjoy a daily cocktail or some wine with dinner, you’ll want to raise your glass to this: A new study found low to moderate drinking may improve cognitive function for White middle-aged or older adults.Low to moderate drinking was defined as less than eight drinks per week for women and less than 15 drinks per week for men.The findings support prior research which found that, generally, one standard drink a day for women and two a day for men — which is the US guidance — appears to offer some cognitive benefits.A standard alcoholic … Continue reading Moderate drinking may improve cognitive health for older adults, study says

Mice on Acid

To get a legal hallucinogen to market, rodents need to take the first trip. BY CODY KOMMERS In the bowels of an animal research facility at Oxford University, mice are stirring in cages. Half of them have been given an injection of saline solution and behave like the docile house pet of your local fifth-grader. The other half have been given DOI, a drug chemically similar to LSD, and are, as the term of art would have it, tripping balls. What exactly a mouse sees when she’s tripping on DOI—whether the plexiglass walls of her cage begin to melt, or … Continue reading Mice on Acid

Largest ever DMT survey travels to the fringes of psychedelic science

By Rich Haridy Encounters with inter-dimensional beings, atheists discovering belief, and the bizarre world of DMT-induced entities. A trip to the fringes of psychedelic science. Since the turn of the millennium the so-called “psychedelic renaissance” has slowly been growing, with a number of dedicated researchers tirelessly working to legitimize a field of science profoundly stigmatized by decades of social and political disapproval. Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms, is currently speeding into Phase 3 human trials as a treatment for major depression, while MDMA, commonly known in recreational circles as ecstasy, is quite literally on the cusp of final FDA approval as a … Continue reading Largest ever DMT survey travels to the fringes of psychedelic science

This Drug Designer Is Creating a New Psychedelic to Treat Anxiety and Depression

Imagine a psychedelic that promises you’ll never have a bad trip and resets your brain in such a way that you wouldn’t have to depend on antidepressants. We speak with a scientist making just that. By Shamani Joshi Learning about carbon molecules and atomic bonds may not be everyone’s preferred dose. Yet, that’s exactly what it takes to mould the Walter Whites of the world. But contrary to what Breaking Bad will have you believe, the realm of making mind-altering substances isn’t all about dodging bullets, entering into dangerous liaisons, and warding off junkies. Yes, making drugs could involve explosion-prone conical flasks and … Continue reading This Drug Designer Is Creating a New Psychedelic to Treat Anxiety and Depression

We Asked Experts How Risky It Is to Self-Medicate With Mushrooms

Studies showing the mental health benefits of psychedelics are inspiring people to take matters into their own hands. But doctors warn it’s not as simple as it sounds. By Jack Revell This article originally appeared on VICE AU. At 48 years old, a full-time carer for her severely autistic daughter and a former “huge prohibitionist”, Dianne* isn’t your typical psychonaut. But for years she has struggled with how to treat her PTSD, which stems from child sexual abuse. She’s never felt the antidepressants her doctor prescribed made much difference, and they came with “very off-putting” side effects. Then, three years ago, … Continue reading We Asked Experts How Risky It Is to Self-Medicate With Mushrooms

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

By JIM MUSTIAN and JAKE BLEIBERG 1 of 7 This March 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Tunnel Team shows a tunnel under the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Calif. Federal authorities seized a panoply of narcotics inside the newly discovered underground passage connecting a warehouse in Tijuana with south San Diego. The bust of $30 million worth of street drugs was also notable for its low amount of fentanyl – about 2 pounds. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing … Continue reading ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

A Woman Accidentally Took 550 Times The Normal LSD Dose, Case Report Details

by PETER DOCKRILL A teenager who accidentally ingested 10 times the normal recreational dose of LSD. A 26-year-old who overdosed on the same drug, not knowing she was pregnant. A woman who took 550 LSD doses all at once, mistaking it for another drug entirely. These exceptional and alarming stories of massive LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) overdoses that happened to real people are all detailed in a new study, seeking to understand the medical effects of extremely high dosages of psychedelics in recreational settings. Why do scientists want to know these things? In recent years, renewed interest in the use of … Continue reading A Woman Accidentally Took 550 Times The Normal LSD Dose, Case Report Details

THE BEST WAY TO GET DRUNK ON A DIET, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

Drinking doesn’t have to sabotage your health goals, if you do it right. Tossing back a tequila shot or downing a Moscow mule aren’t habits likely to top nutritionists’ tricks to lose weight or get fit. Some research says no amount of alcohol, even in moderation, is healthy for the mind or body. But a drink or two every few days doesn’t have to sabotage your health goals, whether they are to lighten up or protect your heart. Inverse put different types of booze head-to-head to see which drinks get a (relative) green light and which to avoid. Cheers! GO FOR SPIRITS TO SHED POUNDS … Continue reading THE BEST WAY TO GET DRUNK ON A DIET, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

JORDAN PETERSON SHARES A POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND HOW TO BEAT IT

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times “If we had to make a bad drug legal, the worst choice was alcohol.” ~ Jordan Peterson The negative impact that alcohol has on society is staggering, but with growing demand for legal access to mind-expanding and therapeutic recreational drugs like cannabis and psychedelics, more people are exploring life without alcohol. But so many of us have an insanely difficult time walking away from it and not looking back. And it’s no wonder. Booze is deeply embedded into our culture and practically ubiquitous now. Not only that, we live in one of the most stressful, anxiety-inducing times in … Continue reading JORDAN PETERSON SHARES A POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND HOW TO BEAT IT

MOVE OVER, MARIJUANA: PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS COULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING

by Aaron Kesel, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times Several companies that are developing medical treatments from psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine, and psilocybin—the active ingredient in magic mushrooms—are getting ready to list on Canadian stock exchanges. One of those companies, Mind Medicine Inc., has been involved in clinical trials of psychedelic-based drugs and aims to list on Toronto’s NEO Exchange by the first week of March, JR Rahn, the company’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer, told Bloomberg. “Our ambition is to be one of the first publicly listed neuro-pharmaceutical companies developing psychedelic medicines,” Rahn said in an interview. And Mind Med Inc. isn’t … Continue reading MOVE OVER, MARIJUANA: PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS COULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING