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The Potential Benefits of Psychedelics on Brain Health: A Recent Study

By Gabriel García on July 18, 2024

Recent research is revealing the potential benefits of psychedelics on brain health, particularly in the cognitive and emotional realms. A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has identified that people who use psychedelics have significantly higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) compared to non-users. This increase in BDNF suggests that psychedelics may enhance the brain’s ability to adapt and reorganise itself, offering new opportunities to treat mental disorders.

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California Lawmakers Reject World's Most Modest Psychedelic Reform

By Gabriel García on July 2, 2024

The world’s most modest psychedelic reform bill has failed yet again in the California Legislature. The bill would have allowed three counties to establish pilot programmes in which military veterans could take psilocybin under the supervision of medical professionals. An Ambitious Bill That Failed to Come to Fruition The bill’s sponsors decided to withdraw the legislation, KQED reports. The decision was made because of the certainty of a “no” vote at an upcoming Assembly Health Committee hearing.

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Older People Using Psychedelics Show Fascinating Brain Functions

By Gabriel García on June 23, 2024

Drugs with psychedelic effects, such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and cannabis, may help protect the brain from some aspects of ageing, a new study suggests.The survey, which included 3,294 US adults aged 42 to 92, found that those who reported using some type of hallucinogen in the past year showed fewer depressive symptoms and improvements in higher-order brain function. Key Study Findings Users of psychedelics scored higher on telephone tests assessing inductive reasoning, verbal fluency, working memory, processing speed, attentional switching and inhibitory control.

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Study Reveals Mushrooms Are the Most Used Psychedelic Substance in the U.S.

By Gabriel García on June 11, 2024

A recent RAND report has revealed that mushrooms, also known as psilocybin, are the most widely used psychedelic drug in the United States. This finding provides detailed insight into the use of psychedelics among Americans and may guide policymakers in regulating these substances for mental health treatment or even legalising them for recreational use. Importance of the Study Understanding how and how much psychedelics are used in society is crucial for policymakers, especially at a time when new forms of regulation are being discussed.

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