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Psychedelic Drugs News
September 24, 2020

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A Scientific First: How Psychedelics Bind to Key Brain Cell Receptor

For the first time, scientists solved the high-resolution structure of these compounds when they are actively bound to the 5-HT2A serotonin receptor on the surface of brain cells. This discovery is ...

How Psychedelic Drug Psilocybin Works on Brain

To see how psychedelics impact the claustrum, a mysterious region of the brain believed to control the ego, researchers compared the brain scans of people after they took psilocybin with their scans ...

People Are More Likely to Try Drugs for the First Time During the Summer

American teenagers and adults are more likely to try illegal or recreational drugs for the first time in the summer, a new study ...

Science of Microdosing Psychedelics Remains Patchy and Anecdotal, Say Researchers

The practice of taking small, regular doses of psychedelic drugs to enhance mood, creativity, or productivity lacks robust scientific evidence, say ...
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Increase in Calls to US Poison Control for Natural Psychoactive Substances

A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December ...

Fast-Acting Psychedelic Associated With Improvements in Depression/anxiety

Researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and ...

Eating Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline

Researchers found that seniors who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive ...

Psychedelic Microdosing in Rats Shows Beneficial Effects

Microdosing -- taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs to boost mood and mental acuity -- is based on anecdotal reports of its benefits. Now, a study in rats suggests microdosing can provide ...

How LSD Changes Perception

LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, new research shows. The study also provides insights into how mental health disorders develop and how these could be ...

Can Tiny Doses of Magic Mushrooms Unlock Creativity?

The use of minute doses of magic mushrooms and truffles containing psychedelic substances could induce a state of unconstrained thought that may produce more new, creative ideas. ...

Reclassification Recommendations for Drug in 'Magic Mushrooms'

In an evaluation of the safety and abuse research on the drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms, researchers suggest that if it clears phase III clinical trials, psilocybin should be re-categorized from a ...

Can Psychedelic Drugs Heal?

Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social ...

Psychedelic Drugs Promote Neural Plasticity in Rats and Flies

Psychedelic drugs may have mind-altering powers in the physical sense, too. A new study has found psychedelics, specifically DOI, DMT, and LSD, can change brain cells in rats and flies, making ...

Psychedelic Drug Use Associated With Reduced Partner Violence in Men

Researchers have discovered that men who have used psychedelic drugs in the past have a lower likelihood of engaging in violence against their intimate ...

LSD Blurs Boundaries Between the Experience of Self and Other

LSD reduces the borders  between the experience of our own self and others, and thereby affects social interactions. Researchers have now found that the serotonin 2A receptor in the human brain is ...

Why Are Some Mushrooms 'Magic?'

Psychedelic mushrooms likely developed their "magical" properties to trip up fungi-munching insects, suggests new ...

Traditional Amazonian Drug Linked to Improved Sense of Wellbeing, Study Suggests

A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America improves people's general sense of wellbeing and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression, new research ...

Psychedelic Drugs May Reduce Criminal Behavior

Newly published research suggests that common psychedelic drugs -- such as 'magic mushrooms', LSD and mescaline (a substance derived from the peyote cactus) -- may reduce criminal offenses. ...

'Magic Mushrooms' May 'Reset' the Brains of Depressed Patients, Study Suggests

Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a 'reset' of their brain ...

Human Minibrains Reveal Effects of Psychedelic Substance

Scientists have identified changes in signaling pathways associated with neural plasticity, inflammation and neurodegeneration triggered by a compound from the family of dimethyltryptamine known as ...