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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Radical rehab: Colin Brewer tells his own story

…by Colin Brewer… Greetings from London and thanks, everybody, for what are — amazingly for this field — almost entirely positive comments on the ‘language’ analogy that I first suggested in 1989 and that my co-author Emmanuel Streel and I have been writing about since 2003. (Emmanuel is a neuropsychologist but also a psychopharmacologist.) Since […] (Read the rest.)

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