New Study Identifies Link Between Personality Traits And Psychedelic Experiences

Magic mushrooms, LSD, and other psychedelic drugs are known to produce an array of mind-altering effects, ranging from complete ego dissolution to strange encounters with otherworldly entities. The highly idiosyncratic nature of these experiences makes it difficult for scientists to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the outcomes of taking these substances, although new research indicatesContinue reading “New Study Identifies Link Between Personality Traits And Psychedelic Experiences”

Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy produces large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  NOVEMBER 29, 2020 Combining the psychedelic drug psilocybin with supportive psychotherapy results in substantial rapid and enduring antidepressant effects among patients with major depressive disorder, according to a new randomized clinical trial. The findings have been published in JAMA Psychiatry. The new study provides more evidence that psilocybin, a compound found in so-called magicContinue reading “Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy produces large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects”

Psychedelics as health and wellness aid? Not a hallucination

“People are now coming out of the psychedelic closet, but it’s a risk you take,” said Melissa Lavasani, who led decriminalization efforts in Washington, D.C. Bolstered by a growing body of research and greater acceptance of cannabis for recreation and medicine, psychedelics are experiencing a renaissance as voters and lawmakers rethink the so-called war onContinue reading “Psychedelics as health and wellness aid? Not a hallucination”

CAN A PILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT BASIC ISSUES IN LIFE?

An Oxford researcher into psychedelics thinks so. Eddie Jacobs offers a disturbing premise, “What if a pill can change your politics or religious beliefs?” The background is that some jurisdictions are contemplating licencing the otherwise illegal psychedelic psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”) in the near future as a treatment for depression. He writes, How would you feel about a new therapy for yourContinue reading “CAN A PILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT BASIC ISSUES IN LIFE?”

New psychedelic research sheds light on why psilocybin-containing mushrooms have been consumed for centuries

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  JULY 15, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A new study from the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine provides insight into the psychoactive effects that distinguish psilocybin from other hallucinogenic substances. The findings suggest that feelings of spiritual and/or psychological insight play an important role in theContinue reading “New psychedelic research sheds light on why psilocybin-containing mushrooms have been consumed for centuries”

Combining therapy with the psychedelic drug psilocybin results in large reductions in anxiety and depression

BY BETH ELLWOOD  JUNE 18, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic compound found in so-called “magic mushrooms”. A recent meta-analysis published in Psychiatry Research provides tentative support for psilocybin in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Researchers have made important advancements when it comes to the treatment of depression and anxiety, including both pharmacological andContinue reading “Combining therapy with the psychedelic drug psilocybin results in large reductions in anxiety and depression”

A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  APRIL 7, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter New research provides evidence that the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms can affect brain processes related to emotional functioning long after the substance has left one’s body. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, shed new light on the long-term effects of psilocybin. Rather than examiningContinue reading “A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later”

Single dose of psilocybin associated with increased mindfulness three months later

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  MARCH 14, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter New research provides evidence that a single psilocybin dose can result in long-term increases in mindfulness, even in the absence of explicit mindfulness training. The study, published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that these changes in mindfulness are related to changes in the serotonin 2A receptor, oneContinue reading “Single dose of psilocybin associated with increased mindfulness three months later”

Neuroscience study uncovers psilocybin-induced changes in brain connectivity

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  JANUARY 20, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research published in Biological Psychology sheds light on the neurophysiological underpinnings of the psychedelic experience. The study provides new details about how psilocybin — the active component in “magic” mushrooms — changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain. “Psychedelics are currently being investigatedContinue reading “Neuroscience study uncovers psilocybin-induced changes in brain connectivity”

Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  AUGUST 17, 2019  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research indicates that psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity — and these changes are related to an altered state of consciousness known as ego dissolution. The findings appear in the journal NeuroImage. A team of scientists from the UniversityContinue reading “Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects”

A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  MARCH 7, 2019  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research provides more evidence that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can improve creative thinking, empathy, and subjective well-being. The findings appear in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. “In the last decade, there has been a renewed scientific interest in the utility ofContinue reading “A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds”

Psilocybin makes cancer patients see their loved ones in a new light

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  SEPTEMBER 5, 2017  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research sheds light on why the psychedelic drug psilocybin helps to lessen the mental anguish experienced by people with advanced cancer. “The findings of the study support the conclusion that psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is well accepted by participants and constitutes a promising intervention forContinue reading “Psilocybin makes cancer patients see their loved ones in a new light”

People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks

SHARE People who take microdoses of psychedelic drugs consistently report that it results in improved mood and creativity, while having few side effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Study author Rotem Petranker, director of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Science, and his colleagues noticed a growing public interest in taking sub-threshold doses ofContinue reading “People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks”

The rich history and promising future of psychedelic therapy

Hosted by Jonathan Bastian Oct. 24, 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS Psilocybin mushroomsPhoto by Shutterstock Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years but in a provocative new book “The Immortality Key” author Brian Muraresku explores their impact on early Western civilization. Were the ancient Greeks, Romans and early Chrisitians influenced in their religious practices by psychedelics? Psilocybin, knownContinue reading “The rich history and promising future of psychedelic therapy”

Take a trip: it’s for your mental health

Take a trip: it’s for your mental health BY: AUTUMN HYATT  ON: NOVEMBER 5, 2020 IN: HEALTH, HEALTH AND RECREATION Autumn Hyatt agreer@uccs.edu Disclaimer: Sources contributing to this story are editors at the Scribe. The views and opinions expressed by Flannery and Webb are their own and not reflective of the position of the Scribe as an organization. “The next morning, it was the first time I did notContinue reading “Take a trip: it’s for your mental health”

International study finds 79% of individuals who microdose with psychedelics report improvements in their mental health

A study published in Psychopharmacology suggests that people may turn to microdosing with psychedelics in an attempt to improve their mental health. According to most self-reports, these attempts may be effective. Interest in psychedelic drugs as a potential treatment option for mental health disorders has been steadily increasing. One reason for the upsurge in interest might beContinue reading “International study finds 79% of individuals who microdose with psychedelics report improvements in their mental health”

What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs?

A new mental health treatment using the psychedelic compound psilocybin raises questions about medicine and values By Eddie Jacobs on October 11, 2020 “Magic” mushrooms, a source of psilocybin. Credit: Joe Amon Getty Images How would you feel about a new therapy for your chronic pain, which—although far more effective than any available alternative—might also change your religious beliefs? OrContinue reading “What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs?”

Study suggests psilocybin can positively change emotions and brain function long-term

Emma StoneOctober 26, 2020 (juriskraulis/AdobeStock) Over time, it’s easy to become entrenched in how we view and move through the world. Firing up the same well-worn neural pathways becomes effortless, leading most of us to live more confined existences than we’d like to admit. For some, these ingrained habits may be a preference for aContinue reading “Study suggests psilocybin can positively change emotions and brain function long-term”