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Psychedelics – News and Features

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Interest in Potentially Harmful “Magic Mushroom” May Endanger Public Health

Interest in a potentially harmful "magic mushroom" is skyrocketing. Amanita muscaria is being marketed as having similar health benefits to psilocybin, despite being completely different.
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First Patient Dosed in Study To Unravel “Mystical Experiences” of Psychedelic Derived From Toad Skin

The first participant in a new psychedelic study has received a dose of a synthetic formulation of 5-MeO-DMT. The study is set to evaluate its neurophysiological effects on the human brain and perceived “mystical experiences.”
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Framework Offers New Understanding on How Antidepressants Work in MDD

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have established a new framework for understanding how classic antidepressants work in treating major depressive disorder (MDD).
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MDMA Therapy for PTSD Receives “No” Vote From FDA Advisory Committee

A key advisory panel to the US FDA has voted that midomafetamine (MDMA) is not effective nor risk-free for treating PTSD.
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Psilocybin Causes Feelings of “Oceanic Boundlessness”

A new study shows how psilocybin initiates hyperconnectivity in the brain, causing feelings of "oceanic boundlessness", providing insights into its potential use to treat psychiatric disorders.
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Ketamine’s Molecular Action on Brain Network Function

New research addresses a gap in understanding how ketamine’s impact on individual neurons leads to pervasive and profound changes in brain network function.
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Psilocybin Shows Promise as a Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Some small clinical trials have shown that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, may be a potential treatment for anorexia nervosa. The condition is characterised by cognitive inflexibility.
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Researchers Uncover How Psychedelics Interact With Serotonin Receptors

Researchers have shed light on how some psychedelic drugs – which show promise in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety – bind to and activate serotonin receptors.
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Psilocybin Looking “Rather Good” as an Anti-Depressant, Trial Data Shows

A meta-analysis of trials testing psilocybin-based treatments for depression has "encouraging" results. Here, we speak with the co-author of the study to learn more about how it was conducted, the key findings and implications for clinical implementation of psychedelic-based treatments.
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Deregulating Psychedelics To Propel Clinical Research

This article explores the need to deregulate certain psychedelic drugs, including MDMA and psilocybin, which could help people living with PTSD and treatment-resistant depression as pharmaceutical treatments to retrain neural pathways and improve these conditions.

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