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Psychedelic Research



While the use of psychedelic substances dates back to ancient times, research into their effects and uses was effectively shut down until recently. LSD was first discovered in 1943, and a significant interest developed in the potential psychotherapeutic uses of it and other psychedelic drugs; however, with the rise of the 1960s counterculture movement and its adaptation of psychedelics as an act of rebellion against society, the drugs were deemed dangerous, made illegal, and effectively banned from research. Modern researchers are once again delving into their potential benefits in treating a multitude of issues—from anxiety, depression, and PTSD, to brain injury and even the fear of death associated with terminal cancer.

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Revealing the Mind: The Promise of Psychedelics

Nearly every culture throughout history has used chemicals that alter consciousness for spiritual exploration. In the 20th century these drugs caught the attention of scientists. Psychedelics, as they were named, proved effective at treating intractable illnesses like depression and addiction.

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TIHKAL: The Continuation

TiHKAL: The Continuation is the sequel to PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. TiHKAL is written about a family of psychoactive drugs known as tryptamines with TiHKAL being an acronym for "Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved”. Like its predecessor, it is divided into two parts.

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The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.

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Psychedelics: The Scientific Renaissance of Mind-Altering Drugs

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PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story

An acronym for “Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved”, the book spans autobiography, organic chemistry, politics, ethnobotany, and psychopharmacology. PiHKAL is divided into two parts, the first of which is a fictionalized autobiographical 'novel', The Love Story.

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The Future of Psychedelic Medicine

This is an exciting time to be involved in psychedelic research. Medical researchers are rediscovering the possible benefits of responsible use of psychedelics in therapeutic settings.

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The Science of Psilocybin and Its Use to Relieve Suffering

Leading psychopharmacologist Roland Griffiths discloses the ways that psychedelic drugs can be used to create spiritually meaningful, personally transformative experiences for all patients, especially the terminally ill.

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Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal

With the F.D.A. agreeing to new trials to test MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD—which, if approved, could be available as a drug by 2021—Acid Test is leading the charge in an evolving conversation about psychedelic drugs.

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Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment

Psychedelic drugs—once promising research subjects that were decades ago relegated to illicit experimentation in dorm rooms—have been steadily making their way back into the lab for a revamped 21st-century-style look.

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Psychedelics: Lifting the Veil | Robin Carhart-Harris | TEDxWarwick

Robin has been conducting pioneering brain imaging studies of psychedelic drugs. Most recently, he has completed the first phase of a clinical trial looking at the potential of psilocybin to treat depression, and his talk looks at how these drugs can be used in treatment.

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