When is “controlled drinking” possible?

…by James Morris… The great “controlled drinking” debate has a controversial history dating back to the 1960’s. Since then, politics, addiction ideology, and evidence have often been hard to separate. In the 1970’s the Sobells were vilified for allegedly skewing the results of research showing that some dependent drinkers achieved controlled drinking, but they were […] (Read the rest.)

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My ayahuasca trip: Shit happens

This is an intimate, personal account, unlike my other posts. I’ve thought for a long time about whether and how to share it with you. I decided I had to try. Picture yourself in a large, dark circular chamber, sleeping bags and cushions arranged all around the perimeter of the room, with an interesting looking […] (Read the rest.)

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New directions in our understanding of addiction: 2. Psychedelics (especially ayahuasca)

Since the discovery of LSD’s mind-blowing properties (in the 1940s-50s) there have been several waves of research, clinical trials, and of course “recreational” tripping with LSD and its close cousins, mescaline and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). The interest and excitement of the scientific community was pretty much squelched in the US by legislation making LSD strictly […] (Read the rest.)

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New directions in our understanding of addiction: 1. The science of habits

Since retiring from the university about a month ago, my “career” seems to be better defined than ever. I’m a science writer and a speaker. And because I get invited to write articles and give talks, I’m obliged to continue to update my understanding of my field, which happens to be addiction. And things keep […] (Read the rest.)

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Soft drugs, addiction, and legalization: What can Canada learn from other countries?

…by Hanna Anderson… In marijuana news, the government of Canada is looking to create and finalize a bill that will legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017. Some changes are already in motion. Just recently, Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, announced the Task Force for Marijuana Legalization responsible for creating Canada’s drug policy on marijuana […] (Read the rest.)

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