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Magic Mushrooms – Psilocybin for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer

October 30, 2012 Psilocybin

Psilocybin for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Picture: Psychology Today 2012 Psilocybin may help improve quality of life in terminally ill people. Published on October 28, 2012 by Scott A. McGreal, MSc. in Unique—Like Everybody Else The Beckley Foundation have been at the heart of several recent studies into psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic […]

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Magic Mushrooms – Psilocybin and Personality

October 30, 2012 Psilocybin

Psilocybin and Personality Picture: Psychology Today 2012 Psychedelics research sheds new light on the biological basis of personality. Published on September 5, 2012 by Scott A. McGreal, MSc. in Unique—Like Everybody Else “What I found particularly interesting was that another study on psilocybin found that people who had never before taken the drug experienced an […]

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Light-activated neurons and ketamine can help treat depression

October 16, 2012 Drug use/misuse

Light-activated neurons and ketamine can help treat depression By Liat Clark 15 October 12  Photograph Courtesy of Wired Click Here for original article A “light switch” for turning on and off depression and the use of ketamine as a nerve connection recovery drug were the research highlights of an annual neuroscience conference held this October. The studies were presented […]

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Ketamine Relieves Depression By Restoring Brain Connections

October 5, 2012 Psychedelics in Media

Ketamine Relieves Depression By Restoring Brain Connections By Jon Hamilton NPR Click here to listen to the story on NPR NEWS Photo by Lianne Milton courtesy of NPR News Chris Stephens, 28, has been battling depression all of his life. At times he wouldn’t get out of bed for weeks. In January, he said his […]

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Friction and addiction: the use of illicit drugs in Australian research

August 6, 2012 Worldwide Psychedelic Research

Criminalisation of many drugs of abuse has done little to deter their use. Recent estimates tell us nearly one in 20 individuals aged between 15 and 64 are experimenting with illicit drug use worldwide. But contrary to the recent statements by Professor David Nutt in the UK, legislation regarding the use of illicit drugs for research purposes has had […]

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Psilocybin’s effects on the brain and Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ of consciousness: blog reaction to Beckley-Imperial Psilocybin research

January 27, 2012 LSD

In the popular science blog io9, Robert T. Gonzales ties up findings from this week’s Beckley Foundation-Imperial College Psilocybin paper in the PNAS with Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ hypothesis, initially presented in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception (http://mescaline.com/huxley.htm); also, to more recent theorising by Karl Friston of University College London (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~karl/), who postulates, in […]

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Psilocybin May Bring About Lasting Positive Personality Changes – USA Today

December 7, 2011 Featured Slider

USA Today 29.9.2011 – Coverage of a Beckley Foundation project In new research that will almost certainly create controversy, scientists working with the hallucinogen psilocybin — the active ingredient found in “magic mushrooms” — have found that a single dose of the drug prompted an enduring but positive personality change in almost 60 percent of […]

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The Jungle Prescription

November 8, 2011 Worldwide Psychedelic Research

A documentary film crew have been chronicling the research of a Canadian doctor and author whose travels through the Amazon have taught him about psychotropic medicines. Doctor Gabor Maté first learnt about the healing potential of Ayahuasca at a clinic in Peru, and was startled to learn that the rates of success of treatment for […]

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Horizons | Perspectives on Psychedelics

October 3, 2011 LSD

Horizons, October 14th-16th, is a conference about psychedelics that is held annually in New York City.  Its goal is to open a fresh dialogue on their role in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and creativity. The fifth year of the conference will feature speakers such as Stephan V. Beyer, James Fadiman, Roy S. Haber, Beatriz (Bia) […]

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Psilocybin May Improve Personality Long-term

September 30, 2011 LSD

In new research that will almost certainly create controversy, scientists working with the hallucinogen psilocybin — the active ingredient found in “magic mushrooms” — have found that a single dose of the drug prompted an enduring but positive personality change in almost 60 percent of patients. Specifically, tests involving a small group of patients in […]

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