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Can increased use of psychedelics lead to more hospitalisations and emergency room visits?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the use of psychedelics, accompanied by a wave of decriminalisation initiatives in several cities and states. At the same time, the FDA’s gradual approval of psychedelic-assisted therapies has signalled a shift in the perception of these substances from taboo to potential therapeutic tools. However, amid this evolving landscape, concerns have been raised about the impact of increased psychedelic use on public health.

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The potential of psychedelics on sexual function

There has long been anecdotal speculation about the impact of psychedelics on sexual function, but until now, scientific evidence has been scant. However, a recent study by researchers at the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London has shed light on this issue, showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD and other psychoactive compounds may play a role in improving sexual function, even months after the psychedelic experience. The main aim of the study was to examine the effects of psychedelics on sexual function, as well as on individual perceptions of sexual relationships, sexual exploration and spirituality.

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DXM, psilocybin and its potential therapeutic effects

In a pioneering study, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have opened new doors to the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders by unconventional means. Their recent study, published in the prestigious journal Psychedelic Medicine, sheds light on the promising benefits of high doses of DXM (dextromethorphan) and psilocybin - substances previously relegated to the realm of recreational or taboo use - when administered in a controlled and supportive environment.

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California Lawmakers Propose Bill to Legalise Therapeutic Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms

On 9 February 2024, California lawmakers took a bold step towards the future of mental health by introducing Senate Bill (SB)1012, an initiative that could transform the state’s therapeutic landscape. Known as the “Regulated Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Act”, the bill’s main goal is to allow the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms under professional supervision. Senator Scott Wiener, along with Assemblymen Josh Lowenthal and Marie Waldron, are the main drivers of this initiative, which seeks to address the shortcomings of the current mental health system in California.

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Breaking Barriers: Australia Leads the Way with Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

In a groundbreaking development, a team at Monarch Mental Health Group achieved a significant milestone in mental health treatment by conducting the world’s first Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) outside of research and compassionate use protocols. This innovative approach, utilizing MDMA, a psychedelic medicine, has demonstrated remarkable success in treating a lady with chronic treatment-resistant PTSD. The lead doctor shared the achievement on LinkedIn, expressing the profound impact of a single day of MDMA-assisted therapy, surpassing the typical progress seen in a year of traditional treatments.

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DEA confirms psychedelic mushroom spores are legal

Psychedelic mushrooms are mushrooms that contain hallucinogenic substances, such as psilocybin or psilocin, which can alter the perception, mood and thinking of those who consume them. These mushrooms have been used since ancient times by various cultures for ritual, religious or therapeutic purposes. However, in many countries, their possession, cultivation and consumption are prohibited or restricted by law. In the United States, psychedelic mushrooms are listed as Schedule I controlled substances, meaning that they are considered to have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

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Psychedelics may help brain damage, new study finds

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception and consciousness, such as LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, DMT and ayahuasca. These drugs can have beneficial effects in treating mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction, but they can also have negative effects on the brain if used inappropriately or without medical supervision. According to an article published in the journal ‘New Scientist’, psychedelics can help repair brain damage caused by trauma or injury, stimulating the growth of new neurons and synapses, and facilitating the learning of new skills.

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Atai invests $50m in psychedelics research

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, consciousness and mood, causing intense sensory experiences and sometimes hallucinations. Some of the best known psychedelics are LSD, psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), DMT (a component of ayahuasca) and mescaline (extracted from certain cacti). These substances have been used for centuries by various indigenous cultures for ritual, spiritual and therapeutic purposes. However, their use in the West has been limited by their legal prohibition and social stigma, associating them with the hippie counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.

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2023: A review of legal developments in psychedelics this year

The National Law Review has published an article on the legal status of psychedelics in the United States through 2023. The article, entitled “2023: A Good Trip Around the Sun for Psychedelics” and written by attorneys Michael C. Littenberg and Sarah E. Aberg of Ropes & Gray LL, reviews not only the milestones, but also the future of psychedelics. As you probably know, psychedelics are substances that alter perception, mood and thought, such as LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca and ketamine.

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FDA may approve prescription of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD thanks to MAPS

A historic milestone in psychedelic research has been reached with the submission by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) of the first New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MDMA-assisted therapy consists of a combination of psychotherapy sessions with and without the supervised use of MDMA, a psychoactive substance that has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy by reducing fear and increasing confidence, empathy and introspection.

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How antidepressants, ketamine and psychedelic drugs can flex the brain, new research shows

The article “How antidepressants, ketamine and psychedelic drugs may make brains more flexible - new research” by Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, and Christelle Langley, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge explains how these drugs may affect brain neuroplasticity, i.e., the brain’s ability to change and adapt to new experiences. According to the authors, these drugs can help treat mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress by facilitating the formation of new neural connections and the modulation of brain circuits involved in emotional processing.

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You can now read the first chapters of the Psychonaut's Guides for FREE

Would you like to read the first chapter of the Psychonaut’s Guides from Argonowta Publishing? These books are a collection of texts that explore the world of psychedelic substances and their possible benefits for mental health. In them you will find scientific information, personal testimonials, practical advice and useful resources for those who want to learn more about these substances and their effects. Psychedelic substances are those that alter the perception, thinking and mood of the user.

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The forgotten story of women in the history of psychedelics

Women have played an important role in the history of psychedelics, whether as researchers, therapists, artists or activists. However, their contributions have often been ignored or downplayed by a patriarchal culture that has dominated the field of psychedelia. In this article, we will review some of the most relevant female figures who have explored the potential of these substances for mental health, self-knowledge and social transformation. One of the pioneers was Maria Sabina, a Mazatec healer living in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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MDMA and its potential therapeutic effects.

MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is a psychoactive substance that has become popular as a recreational drug because of its stimulant and entactogenic effects. However, before MDMA was banned and stigmatized, some psychiatrists used it as a tool to facilitate psychotherapy, especially in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. What is it about MDMA that makes it potentially therapeutic? According to studies conducted with healthy volunteers, MDMA produces a series of psychological effects that can favor the therapeutic process, such as:

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Michael Pollan: There's a dangerous message that psychedelics will solve all your mental health problems

Psychedelics are substances that alter the perception, mood and thinking of the people who consume them. Some of them, such as LSD, psilocybin or ayahuasca, have been used for centuries by various cultures for ritual, religious or therapeutic purposes. However, in recent decades, these compounds have aroused renewed scientific interest for their potential to treat various mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or addictions. In a recent interview published in the newspaper El País, the American journalist and writer Michael Pollan, author of the book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Death, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence (Debate, 2018), talks about his personal experience and research into the world of psychedelics.

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Psychedelic drugs reopen 'critical periods' for social learning, study suggests

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, mood and thought, and have been used by various cultures throughout history for ritual, religious and therapeutic purposes. However, their use has been stigmatized and banned in much of the world due to their potential for abuse and the risks associated with their consumption. In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence of scientific interest in psychedelics, driven by advances in neuroscience and psychopharmacology, as well as evidence of their therapeutic benefits in treating various psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions and existential disorders related to terminal illness.

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The Psychonaut's Guides available in Colombia from Alpha Editorial

Would you like to explore the depths of your mind and discover new ways to heal and grow? If so, you may be interested in the Psychonaut’s Guides collection, a series of books that provide you with practical and scientific information on the use of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, thought and mood, and can facilitate experiences of self-awareness, creativity and spiritual connection. Examples include LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote and DMT.

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Roland Griffiths, one of the world's leading experts on psychedelics and mental health, passed away.

On October 15, Roland Griffiths, psychopharmacologist and researcher on psychedelics and their applications in mental health, left us. Griffiths was one of the pioneers in reactivating the scientific study of substances such as psilocybin, LSD or DMT, after decades of prohibition and stigma. Griffiths graduated in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and obtained his PhD in psychopharmacology from the University of Minnesota in 1976. Since then, he worked as a professor and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University, where he founded and directed the Center for Research on Psychedelics and Consciousness.

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Harvard launches new Study of Psychedelics in Society and Culture

Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, has announced the creation of a new study on psychedelics in society and culture, thanks to a $16 million grant from the Gracias Family Foundation. The study, an interdisciplinary effort involving Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Law School, and Divinity School, aims to “transform the landscape of research on psychedelics by producing cutting-edge scholarship and convening faculty, students, and experts to engage in debate about their broad implications.

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How does Ibogaine affect your brain and how it may help to overcome addictions

Ibogaine is a natural substance found in several plant species, especially those of the Apocynaceae family. It is a hallucinogen that has therapeutic properties for the treatment of psychological addiction, that is, the compulsive desire to consume drugs or other substances that generate dependence. What is addiction? Addiction is a disease that affects both the body and the mind. Excessive and prolonged drug use alters the structure and functioning of the brain, causing changes in behaviors, emotions and perception of reality.

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MEO-DMT: HOW ITS EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN WORK, WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ITS USE AND HOW ITS USE AND POTENTIAL BENEFITS ARE BEING RESEARCHED

MeO-DMT, or methoxy-dimethyltryptamine, is a psychoactive substance belonging to the tryptamine group, molecules that have neuromodulatory effects on the brain. MeO-DMT is found naturally in some plants, such as Anadenanthera peregrina or Acacia maidenii, and can also be synthesized in laboratories. Its consumption produces intense hallucinogenic effects, which can last between 5 and 30 minutes, depending on the route of administration. What happens when you consume MeO-DMT MeO-DMT’s effects on the brain are due to its ability to bind to serotonin receptors, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, perception, sleep and cognition.

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Portugal decriminalizes synthetic drug use: what does this imply for medical and scientific research on psychedelics?

On August 31, the Portuguese government announced a historic measure: the decriminalization of the consumption of synthetic drugs, including psychedelic substances such as LSD, MDMA or ketamine. This decision is in addition to the one taken by the country in 2001, when it stopped considering drug use as a crime and treated it as a public health problem. The measure has been applauded by many sectors that defend the therapeutic and scientific use of psychedelics, which have been researching their potential benefits for mental health for decades.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CONSUME MESCALINE? CAN PEYOTE BE USED FOR MEDICAL TREATMENTS?

Mescaline is a psychedelic substance found in some cacti, such as peyote and San Pedro, and has been used since ancient times by various indigenous cultures for religious, ritual and therapeutic purposes. But how does mescaline act in the human brain and what effects does it produce? What potential does this molecule have for the treatment of some mental disorders? In this article we will try to answer these questions based on the available scientific evidence.

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What happens in your brain when you have a psychedelic trip?

Psychedelic trips are experiences that alter consciousness and perception of reality, caused by the consumption of substances such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline or DMT. These drugs act on serotonin receptors in the brain, producing effects such as hallucinations, synesthesia, temporal distortion and ego-dissolution. Ego dissolution is a feeling of losing the boundaries between oneself and the environment, of merging with the universe and transcending individuality. It has been compared to mystical or spiritual experiences described by some religious or cultural traditions.

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Who is Christian Angermayer: 100 millions invested in psychedelics

The Forbes article tells the story of Christian Angermayer, a German investor who has bet on psychedelic research as a way to improve people’s mental health and well-being. Angermayer became interested in these compounds after reading a book about the traditional use of sacred plants in different cultures, and decided to try LSD in a session guided by a therapist. The experience changed his life and made him see the therapeutic potential of these substances, which can help treat problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or addictions.

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AUSTRALIA REGULATES PSYCHEDELICS AS MEDICINE DRUGS

Australia has become the first country to classify psychedelic substances as drugs at the national level, opening the door to their therapeutic use to treat various mental health conditions. A France 24 article explains the details of this landmark decision and the implications it has for the future of psychiatry and research. According to the article, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Mind Medicine Australia’s application to reclassify psilocybin and MDMA from Schedule 9 (banned substances) to Schedule 8 (controlled substances).

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AUSTRALIA REGULATES PSYCHEDELICS AS MEDICINE DRUGS

Australia has become the first country to classify psychedelic substances as drugs at the national level, opening the door to their therapeutic use to treat various mental health conditions. A France 24 article explains the details of this landmark decision and the implications it has for the future of psychiatry and research. According to the article, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Mind Medicine Australia’s application to reclassify psilocybin and MDMA from Schedule 9 (banned substances) to Schedule 8 (controlled substances).

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Minneapolis Mayor to Loosen Enforcement of Psychedelics

What do the mayor of Minneapolis, a group of war veterans and an Amazonian tribe have in common? They have all experienced the benefits of psychedelics in improving their mental health, well-being and connection to nature. Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, thought and consciousness, producing profound and revelatory experiences that can change people’s lives. For decades, these substances have been banned and stigmatised by the authorities, but in recent years they have made a strong comeback thanks to scientific research and social activism.

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Psychonaut Guides now available in the United Kingdom

We are very pleased to announce that the Psychonaut Guides books, a series of books exploring the world of psychedelic substances and their therapeutic, cultural and clinical uses, are now available in the UK through Gazelle Book Services. The Psychonaut Guides books are the result of years of research and experience by a multidisciplinary team of authors, including psychologists, pharmacologists and neuroscientists. Each book focuses onpsychedelics substance or family of substances, such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT or ayahuasca, and provides detailed information on their history, pharmacology, effects, risks, benefits and therapeutic potential.

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The UN publishes its first report on psychedelics, with the participation of one of our authors.

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, mood and thought, and have been used since ancient times for ritual, therapeutic and recreational purposes. However, their use has been restricted and stigmatized by the prohibitionist policies imposed from the 1960s onwards, which also hindered their scientific research. In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in psychedelics, both from academia and from the social and political spheres. There is growing evidence that these substances may have mental health benefits, especially for treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or addiction.

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what role is 'maps' playing in the world of psychedelics?

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, mood and cognition, and may have therapeutic effects for various mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, addiction and palliative care. However, for decades, these substances have been stigmatized, banned and marginalized by anti-drug policy and lack of scientific research. In this context, an organization has emerged that aims to change this situation and promote the medical, legal and cultural use of psychedelics: the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

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Psychedelic Science 2023 is here and Psychonaut Guides will participate in the event

The Psychedelic Science 2023 event, organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Beckley Foundation, will be held in Denver from June 19-23, 2023. It is an international meeting that will bring together leading experts and researchers in the field of psychedelic substances and their therapeutic, spiritual and cultural use. In addition to informative talks, there will be valuable workshops, fun events and market opportunities for those interested in the world of psychedelics.

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Nevada Senate Approves Bill to Study Psychedelics and Establish a Working Group for Therapeutic Access

The Nevada Senate has taken a significant step towards exploring the potential benefits of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. In a 16-4 vote, the Senate approved a bill that would establish a working group dedicated to studying psychedelics and developing a plan for regulated access. The bill will now be considered by the Assembly, marking a positive development for advocates of psychedelics reform. Nevada and psychedelics Originally, the legislation proposed to legalize psilocybin and promote research into the psychedelic, while also encouraging studies on MDMA.

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Minnesota's progressive drug policies are breaking new ground

Minnesota’s progressive drug policies are breaking new ground by not only focusing on marijuana but also exploring the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. Among the notable changes is the establishment of a Psychedelic Medicine Task Force, which will advise the state legislature on the legal, medical, and policy aspects associated with the legalization of psychedelic medicine. Psychedelics and ‘The Psychedelic Medicine Task Force’ Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy) have long been stigmatized, but a growing number of states and municipalities in the United States are recognizing their potential benefits and moving towards decriminalization.

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OHIO UNIVERSITY GETS DEA PERMIT TO PLANT MAGIC MUSHROOMS

The Ohio State University has become the first U.S. university to obtain a DEA license to grow psychedelic mushrooms. Psychedelic mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, are a group of mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a chemical that can alter the perception, mood and cognition of people who consume them. Psilocybin has been used for centuries by various indigenous cultures for ritual, religious and therapeutic purposes, but has also been subject to prohibition and stigma in many countries due to its potential to cause adverse effects and dependence.

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SAM ALTMAN, THE EXECUTIVE BEHIND CHATGPT, IS BETTING ON A REVOLUTION IN PSYCHEDELICS.

Sam Altman is the executive director of OpenAI, the organization that created ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot that has gone viral for its witty and funny responses. But Altman not only wants to change the way we communicate with machines, but also the way we treat our mental health and our addictions with psychedelic drugs. Altman is the president of a startup called Journey Colab, which aims to harness the potential that psychedelic drugs have shown in clinical trials and make them accessible to people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders.

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What is SB 519, or how psychedelics could come to California

California is one of the most progressive states in the United States in terms of drug policy reform. In recent years, several California cities have decriminalized the use and cultivation of psychedelic plants and mushrooms, including Oakland, Santa Cruz and Berkeley. In addition, there is a state bill that seeks to decriminalize the possession and exchange of small amounts of seven psychedelic substances, including psilocybin, LSD and MDMA, for people over the age of 21.

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A postgraduate program on the clinical application of psychedelics has been launched by a UK university

The University of Exeter in the United Kingdom has announced the launch of a postgraduate course in the clinical use of psychedelics, the first of its kind in Europe. The course, which will begin in September 2023, aims to train mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of substances such as LSD, psilocybin or MDMA, which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or addiction.

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COULD PSYCHEDELICS HELP TREAT PERSISTENT COVID?

Yesterday, April 17, 2023, Time magazine published an article entitled “Could Psychedelics Help Treat Long COVID?”. This article explores the possibility that hallucinogenic substances such as LSD, psilocybin or ketamine may alleviate the lingering symptoms suffered by some patients who have recovered from coronavirus. What do we know about this? Can psychedelic drugs help treat long COVID? The article begins with the story of a woman named Sarah, who contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 and has since experienced chronic fatigue, muscle pain, memory loss, and depression.

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What are the risks of psychedelic drug use?

Psychedelic drugs have become a topic of increased interest in recent years due to their potential therapeutic benefits in treating a range of mental health conditions. However, as with any drug, there are risks involved in their use. In this article, we will explore the risks of psychedelic drugs and the safety considerations that should be taken into account. As Anton Gomez-Escolar tells us in the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, the risks of psychedelic drugs depend on various variables.

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First map showing how psychedelics affect the brain published

Psychedelics are substances that alter perception, mood and cognition by acting on different neurotransmitter systems in the brain. Some of the best known psychedelics are LSD, psilocybin (present in magic mushrooms), DMT (present in ayahuasca) and mescaline (present in peyote). These substances can induce intense and immersive experiences, sometimes described as visions, trips or altered states of consciousness. The effects of psychedelics on the brain have been the subject of study for decades, but many aspects are still unknown or difficult to measure.

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Oregon first licensed psychedelic guides

Psychedelic mushrooms are a substance that has generated a lot of interest in recent years for their potential therapeutic benefits in treating various mental health conditions. In this article, we tell you how Oregon has become the first state in the United States to legalize the use of psilocybin, the active ingredient in these mushrooms, and what this breakthrough means for science and society. What is psilocybin and how does it work?

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PSYCHEDELICS AND ADDICTIONS: WHAT SCIENCE KNOWS TODAY

Addiction is a serious public health problem that causes the loss of millions of disability-adjusted life years each year. Although conventional addiction treatments, such as behavioral therapy and psychotropic drugs, are available, their effectiveness is often limited and they carry numerous side effects and health risks. This has led researchers to explore alternative treatments, such as psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. According to the book Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance by Antón Gomez-Escolar, several psychedelic substances are being studied for their potential to treat addiction, such as psilocybin, ibogaine, MDMA, DMT and LSD.

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Meet: David Nichols

Source of the original text: https://pharmacy.unc.edu/directory/denichol/ Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back David Earl Nichols is an American pharmacologist and medicinal chemist. Formerly the Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Chair of Pharmacology at Purdue University, Nichols has worked in the field of psychoactive drugs since 1969.

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Ketamine: A Synthetic Substance With Many Applications

All the information in this article has been taken from the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, now available on Amazon. Ketamine in modern medicine Consumption and dosage of Ketamine Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back All the information in this article has been taken from the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, now available on Amazon.

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The therapeutic potential of psychedelic medicine for elderly population

The American Association on Aging has published an article examining the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for the aging population. According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are common among older adults and affect approximately 15% of those over the age of 60. The National Council on Aging reports that 80% of adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic illness, while 68% suffer from two or more, which can exacerbate mental health problems.

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Meet: Bill Richards

Original text: https://hopkinspsychedelic.org/richards Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back William A. Richards, also known as Bill Richards, is a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, a consultant/trainer at psychedelic research centers internationally, a professor in the Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also a clinician in private practice in Baltimore.

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Australia approves the use of psilocybin and MDMA for the treatment of mental illnesses

As of July 1, Australia is preparing for a significant change in the way mental illness will be addressed. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has given its approval to allow drugs containing psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, and MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, to be prescribed by licensed psychiatrists. The use of MDMA will be allowed to treat post-traumatic stress syndrome, while psilocybin will be allowed for depression if other therapeutic approaches fail to achieve improvement.

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New study on psilocybin use and its effects on bipolar disorder

A new research article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology provides information on the psychological effects of psilocybin in people with bipolar disorder. The results show that although many of these individuals found psilocybin use beneficial, others experienced negative side effects, such as manic symptoms. The use of psilocybin as a therapy for depression is becoming increasingly popular due to its positive results in recent studies. As developed in the Psychonaut’s Guide collection, there is growing evidence that, when used in conjunction with supportive therapy, the ingestion of certain psychedelic compounds can improve the mental health of individuals with various mental disorders.

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Virtual Reality on psychedelic therapies?

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology that is increasingly being used in a variety of fields, from entertainment to, more recently, medicine. Within the medical field, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in using VR to recreate experiences with psychedelics, with the aim of investigating their therapeutic effects and improving the understanding of how these substances affect the brain and human behavior as a substitute for the original substances.

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Meet: Rick Doblin

Original text source: https://maps.org/people/rick-doblin/ Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back Born in 1953, Doblin grew up in a conservative Jewish family in the Chicago suburbs. He is the first of four children of pediatrician Morton Doblin and schoolteacher Arline Doblin. He has three younger siblings, Bruce, Sharon and Stuart Doblin.

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Germany funds psilocybin study with €2.6m

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has granted €2.6m to a study investigating the potential effectiveness of psilocybin as an antidepressant treatment for people who cannot tolerate conventional treatments. The “Efficacy and safety of Psilocybin in treatment-resistant major depression” (EpisoDE) study was launched by the Central Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) Mannheim in 2021. The purpose of this study is to determine whether psilocybin is an effective treatment for people with severe depression.

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'DMN' or how psychedelics can help with mental disorders

How can psychedelics help with mental disorders? For that we should first ask ourselves what mental disorders consist of. Simplistically, we could say that when there is a disconnect between our higher models of the world and reality, mental disorders such as depression and addictions occur. Our overactive default network (DMN) filters information in an unhealthy way, controlling how we think, behave and see the world. This limits our ability to relate to situations realistically, reinforcing harmful patterns rather than allowing us to change.

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Psychonaut Guides now available in Mexico

Last Thursday the Psychonaut Guides book series was presented in Mexico City, including the three main titles in Spanish: the Essential Guide to the Psychedelic Renaissance, Your brain on psychedelics and Psychedelics and mental health. The Psychonaut’s Guides are updated and scientifically based guides to discover and explore the exciting world of psychedelic substances, their potential and applications that had already made their appearance in Spain. Now, however, this collection aimed at the growing world of psychonauts and the new psychedelic culture, necessary to understand the neuroscience, pharmacology and applications of psychedelics will also be available in Mexico.

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Meet: David Nutt

Source: https://www.beckleyfoundation.org/amanda-feilding/ Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back David Nutt is currently Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences. After joining Bristol Grammar School, David obtained an open scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge and then completed his medical training at Guy’s Hospital, London, continuing in neurology to MRCP.

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Colorado Legalizes Psilocybin Sessions and Individual Use

The state has become the second in the country to pass such a measure, after Oregon did so in 2020. Voters in the U.S. state of Colorado have approved by popular vote a measure to legalize the use and cultivation of several natural psychedelics and psilocybin therapy in licensed facilities. Colorado has thus become the second state in the country to pass such a measure, after Oregon voters succeeded in 2020.

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Spain first European country to approve a medicine based on ketamine

Esketamine will be prescribed to at least 30% of patients who do not respond to two conventional treatments. The China Antiviral Treatment Association (JILA) group has announced that the pricing of esketamine nasal spray, registered by Johnson & Johnson under the name “Spravato”, in combination with other antidepressants, reaching an agreement for the marketing of the first ketamine-based drug in Spain and Europe. The aim of this drug is to be used in approximately 30% of cases, since the combination of traditional antidepressants has a limited clinical benefit, as the increasing number of suicides in people with diagnosed depression.

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Nearly half of Americans support legalization of psychedelics for mental health, according to a poll

Nearly half of Americans support legalization of psychedelics for mental health, according to a new poll by VeryWellMind 45% of Americans say they support legalization of some legal psychedelic substances for treatment of mental illness, provided that they are supervised by a medical doctor, mental health professional, or other health care provider. The results from this new study on these substances coincide with growing pressure to study the deadly effects of these substances and take steps to protect people from their potentially damaging effects.

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Meet: Torsten Passie

Text extracted from: https://psychedelicreview.com/person/torsten-passie/ Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back Dr. Torsten Passie (born 1961) is a German psychiatrist, professor at the Hannover Medical School and internationally renowned scientific expert on altered states of consciousness. He received his degree in philosophy and sociology from the Leibniz University of Hannover and his doctorate from the Hannover Medical School.

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Psychedelic Renaissance: a chronology

The Psychedelic Renaissance is in full swing. Every few weeks we hear in national and international media about new studies, scientific advances and political debates and measures to legalize or decriminalize its use. But when did the clinical use of psychedelics begin to permeate mainstream culture? Was it through the media, or did it come from elsewhere? In this article we are going to analyze it. 1. Psychedelics may be the future The psychedelic revolution is coming.

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Meet: Amanda Feilding

Text extracted from: https://www.beckleyfoundation.org/amanda-feilding/ Take a look at our social networks to keep updated: ⇦ Back With this article we open a section in the page, “Meet:“. This section aims to divulge about some of the most important figures within the scientific advancement and the so-called psychedelic renaissance. For this purpose, we have chosen as our first personality to highlight Amand Feilding.

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What effects does psilocybin have on your brain?

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Why is the use of some psychedelics illegal?

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Why are psychedelics making a comeback?

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Your Brain on Psychedelics: How do psychedelics work?

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