Our collaborator Dr Jordi Riba presented these ground-breaking results at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research last week in Amsterdam. The results are, as yet, unpublished but you can have a sneak peak at the slides from Jordi Riba’s presentation here.
The study was conducted within the framework of the Beckley/Sant Pau Research Programme and in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council. In the study participated the following researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): Jose Morales-García, María Isabel Rodriguez-Franco, Ana Pérez-Castillo and Mario de la Fuente Revenga. They found that harmine and tetrahydroharmine, [...]
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story [...]
MAPS supports research into the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for drug addiction. We also support conferences, meetings, and publications about the scientific, therapeutic, sustainable, and spiritual uses of ayahuasca. We also serve as non-profit fiscal sponsor for organizations that support these uses.
We recently completed the first North American observational study of the safety and long-term effectiveness of ayahuasca treatment for addiction and dependence. The paper describing the results of the study was published in June 2013 in Current Drug Abuse Reviews.
Ayahuasca is a psychoactive [...]
Psychedelics in particular are nothing new to human history and have served as catalysts and vehicles of consciousness in many cultures and societies. Walsh (2003) lists various examples in his article, Enthoegens: True or False?
Historical examples include Hinduism’s soma, the Zoroastrian haoma, the Australian Aboriginals’ Pituri, Zen’s tea, the kykeon of the Greek Eleusinian mysteries (Smith, 1964), and the wine of Dionysis Eleutherios (Dionysis the Liberator) (Marrero, 2003). Contemporary examples include the native American peyote, the Rastafarian ganja (marijuana), and the South American shamans’ ayahuasca (Harner, 1973; Walsh, 1990). Clearly there has been widespread [...]
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The mind expanding hallucinogenic substance called LSD-25 has been considered by many to be the shamanistic sacrament of our generation. For the first time ever scientists are researching how LSD affects the brain in order to further it’s potential to be used medicinally against depression and addiction.
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished.
In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative [...]
The first controlled LSD study in over 40 years was recently published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The study consisted of 12 participants who suffer from “anxiety, depression, as well as unresolved family and relationship issues” resulting from life-threatening illness. To no surprise by many of our readers, the study observed a significant drop in anxiety levels among the participants, many having a lasting effect.
The study focused on individuals who had no alcohol or drug dependence and who were facing serious life-threatening illnesses. The vast majority of the participants had never tried psychedelics. The clinical trial was a “phase 2 [...]
Before my bed, the moon is shining bright, I think that it is frost upon the ground. I raise my head and look at the bright moon, I lower my head and think of home.
In the last few years a large amount of research and studies have been engaged on by scientists all over the world. The taboo-subject that used to be unmentionable less you go to jail, is now opening up to a degree where people all over are starting to take it seriously.
So I wanted to write an article for each one of these but it was such a daunting task that I thought I could probably do a much more clear, succinct job of summarizing all of the information available in a really simple way.
MAPS has recently completed the first double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the therapeutic use of LSD in human beings since the early 1970s.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a semi-synthetic compound first developed in 1938 by Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz pharmaceutical company in Basel, Switzerland. After Dr. Hofmann first discovered its effects in 1943, LSD quickly became recognized for its possible therapeutic effects. LSD also played a significant role in the discovery of the serotonin neurotransmitter system.
Our recently completed Phase 2 pilot study in 12 [...]
After the wild breakout of Psychedelics during the 1960’s the ‘war on drugs’ put an immediate stop to any sort of research in to Psychedelics, potentially cutting off the human race from potential cures to many of the life changing conditions that our society is suffering so dramatically with today, conditions including Cancer, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Substance Abuse and the list goes on..
After more than 30 years of forced prohibition of these medicine,today we see many in the Scientific world begin to speak out about the benefits that these ancient plants can bring to not only the medical world but also for any individual interested in undertaking [...]
Karl R. Hanes, Ph.D. ([email protected])
Salvia divinorum is a perennial Mexican herb from the labiate (mint) family (Epling & Jativa, 1962) that has a history of use chiefly for the initiation and facilitation of shamanic practice among such peoples as the Mazatec Indians of the Sierra Mazateca region of Oaxaca, Mexico, and possibly by earlier human civilizations (Johnson, 1939; Wasson, 1962; Ott, 1995). In its capacity as a tool of divination, the predominant known use of this plant (aside from general problem solving, such as finding lost objects) occurred in the context of healing ceremonies, for the treatment of disease.
Typically, these healing rituals [...]
Another study is adding evidence to the case for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with the compounds in cannabis.
Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this September “strongly suggest that THC [the main active ingredient in marijuana] could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.”
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s today. One in three seniors will die with [...]