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A University of Toronto Mississauga researcher and his colleagues have "uncovered high potential research avenues" for assessing the benefits and drawbacks of microdosing with the psychedelic substances LSD and psilocybin.

Their study, published recently in the Harm Reduction Journal, found that people who took very small doses of psychedelic substances commonly reported improved mood and focus, along with concerns about illegality and stigma.

medicalxpress.com/news/2019-07

trip may turn banal insights into "sticky" and "revealed truths" that change the way we live our lives.

For instance, LSD may be able to help smokers cut their addiction. How so? By allowing them to have a perspective shift on its effects.

Sometimes the insights made during psychotherapy, after years of counseling, can be made with an trip in a single afternoon.

bigthink.com/videos/want-a-sho

Microdosing psychedelics such as LSD and magic mushrooms could boost mood and focus but also trigger psychological problems.

Media reports in recent years have claimed microdosing is growing in popularity, with devotees claiming it helps them balance their moods. Writer Ayelet Waldman, for instance, claimed in her book A Really Good Day that taking tiny amounts of LSD changed her mood and saved her marriage.

newsweek.com/microdosing-psych

In a unanimous city council vote, Oakland, California, decriminalized psilocybin, or psychedelic mushrooms, on June 4, less than a month after Denver narrowly passed a ballot measure doing the same.

Now other local and state governments are looking to follow the cities' leads: Activists in Oregon and California are pushing for decriminalizing psilocybin, and a lawmaker in Iowa introduced similar measures earlier this year.

usnews.com/news/best-states/ar

The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is “biased and inconsistent”.

Other negative consequences were the spread of infectious diseases, higher mortality and the global prison overcrowding crisis, the report said.

theguardian.com/global-develop

The Canadian revival of psychedelic drug research

In the 1950s, the Prairies were a hub for psychedelic science. Some 60 years later, Canadian researchers are showing a renewed interest in the therapeutic use of psychedelics.

Today, however, the research is gaining fresh momentum with new investigations of the powers of LSD, psilocybin and ayahuasca . LSD is being evaluated for its ability to relieve anxiety, psilocybin for the cessation of smoking...

universityaffairs.ca/features/

James Ketchum, an Army psychiatrist who conducted controversial drug experiments on members of the U.S. military, died last month, on May 27, at the age of 87.

Specifically, we should probably talk about the time that Ketchum found roughly $1 billion worth of LSD, enough to “intoxicate several hundred million people,” according to Ketchum, just sitting in his office—and the fact that it disappeared without explanation.

paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-u-

How long does acid stay in your system?

When a person takes LSD orally, the gastrointestinal system absorbs it and channels it into the bloodstream. Once the drug is in the bloodstream, it travels to the brain and other organs, such as the liver. The liver breaks down LSD into different chemicals.

Researchers experience many challenges when detecting LSD in human tissue samples. People only ingest small amounts, so detection methods need to be very sensitive.

medicalnewstoday.com/articles/

In the past few years, thrill-seekers from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and beyond have been travelling to South America to take part in so-called Ayahuasca retreats. Their goal: to partake in a brewed concoction made from a vine plant Banisteriopsis caapi, traditionally used by indigenous people for sacred religious ceremonies. Drinkers of Ayahuasca experience short-term hallucinogenic episodes many describe as life-changing.

sciencedaily.com/releases/2019

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Mike Tyson has had psychedelic experiences with Bufo Toad. His podcast is very heavy on psychedelic and philosophic topics. Hope you enjoy!

In April 2019, Imperial College London opened the Centre for Psychedelic Research to study the action of psychedelic drugs with a particular focus on depression. Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, the head of the center, says that the opening “represents a watershed moment for psychedelic science; symbolic of its now mainstream recognition. Psychedelics are set to have a major impact on neuroscience and psychiatry in the coming years.”

jwtintelligence.com/2019/06/ma

Anyone who has tripped—especially outdoors—knows that psychedelics, like LSD, mushrooms, DMT, or mescaline, can provoke sensations of awe and wonder at the natural world. This has been replicated in more formal settings too—in January 2018, scientists from Imperial College London found that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, led to a significant increase in feelings of connection to nature after just one dose.

vice.com/en_us/article/j5w49p/

2C psychedelics

Shulgin had a laboratory in his garden, and was granted an analytical licence for Drug Enforcement Administration DEA schedule 1 substances. As a trained chemist he was capable of making, analysing and testing compounds accurately, controlling side products and contamination. But the publication of Pihkal make it possible for makeshift, illicit labs – concerned with profit rather than curiosity – to produce their own 2C drugs.

chemistryworld.com/podcasts/2c

The psychedelics evangelist: A German financier wants to turn magic mushrooms into modern medicine

“It was the single most meaningful thing I’ve ever done or experienced in my life,” said Angermayer, 40. “Nothing has ever come close to it.”

The first thing Angermayer did after the experience was call his parents and tell them, with a newfound conviction, that he loved them.

statnews.com/2019/07/01/the-ps

Study indicates psychedelics may hold considerable potential in the treatment of alcoholism

The use of psychedelic drugs may lead to reductions in problematic alcohol use, according to preliminary research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

“Psychedelics appear to have the ability to induce a behavioral and mental plasticity, which is a way of saying they can serve as profound behavior change agents"

psypost.org/2019/06/study-indi

I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelic

I was at Awakened Futures, a conference in San Francisco that brings together experts in technology, meditation, and psychedelic drugs for a weekend of contemplation and “high weirdness.” The staring contest was someone’s idea of an icebreaker. The exercise leader instructed us to imagine we’d known each other all our lives. To feel the connection. To feel the oxytocin. My stomach hurt.

wired.com/story/weekend-at-awa

How psychedelics work: Fire the conductor, let the orchestra play

Michael Pollan explains what goes on during the mental fireworks of a psychedelic experience.

An overactive ego may be what punishes those of us plagued with anxiety, addiction and mental health disorders. Psychedelics can have a beneficial effect by temporarily killing the ego, jogging the brain out of negative thinking patterns.

bigthink.com/videos/psychedeli

How a trip on magic mushrooms helped decriminalize psychedelic plants in a California city

Carlos Plazola locked himself in a bedroom while his cousin stood guard.

For five hours, he tripped on magic mushrooms, nibbling the fungi and sipping them in tea. He ingested 5 grams — a heady amount that connoisseurs call the “heroic dose.”

He started having epiphanies, one right after the other, like lightning bolts.

latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-

A Case For Dallas To Decriminalize Psychedelic Plants.

Denver And Oakland Recently Decriminalized Psychedelic Mushrooms — And There’s No Real Reason Why Dallas Shouldn’t Follow Suit.

Back in April, Dallas resident Wes Elliott organized and hosted a psychedelic mushroom conference — one he billed as the “first ever” of its kind.

Working alone, and without any event-planning experience, Elliott received an overwhelming response for his brainchild.

centraltrack.com/a-case-for-da

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Raspberry Pi 4 announced with quad-core Cortex-A72 processor and up to 4GB RAM for $35

Raspberry Pi 4 continues the device's tradition of being one of the most versatile and cost-effective computing devices. It can be used for anything from DIY IoT applications to performing as a full desktop computer.

neowin.net/news/raspberry-pi-4

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