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Psychedelics – News and Features

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The Next Chapter of Science

Join us as we explore how innovation, ethics and even aesthetics look set to influence the landscape of life science research, creating new possibilities for treating human diseases, feeding our growing population and nurturing the scientists of the future.
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What Happens in the Human Brain After Taking DMT?

How, exactly, DMT alters brain function to produce positive effects observed in clinical trials is not yet clear, though a study from scientists at Imperial College London has shed some light.
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African Psychedelic Ibogaine Reduces Veterans’ Brain Injury Symptoms in Small Trial

A traditional African psychedelic drug reduced symptoms of veterans’ brain injury in a small clinical study published in Nature Medicine.

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Neuropsychological Effects of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants May Explain Their Benefits

New research has identified the neuropsychological effects of rapid-acting antidepressants, like ketamine and psilocybin, that underpin their effectiveness.
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Unraveling the Psychoactive Psilocybin’s Evolution in “Magic Mushrooms”

A team of researchers have completed the largest genomic diversity study for the genus Psilocybe. Their genomic analysis of 52 Psilocybe specimens includes 39 species that have never been sequenced.
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Human Beliefs About Drugs Could Have Dose-Dependent Effects on the Brain

Mount Sinai researchers have shown for the first time that a person’s beliefs related to drugs can influence their own brain activity and behavioral responses in a way comparable to the dose-dependent effects of pharmacology.
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Psychoactive Drug Treats Functional and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Brain Injury

Stanford Medicine researchers find that ibogaine, a plant-based psychoactive compound, safely led to improvements in depression, anxiety and functioning among veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
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Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Had Success in Treating Depression in Adults With Cancer

Clinical trial results support further study of this psychedelic substance, administered with psychological support from trained therapists, in affected patients.

Psilocybin Could Be an Untapped Treatment for Many Psychiatric Conditions

Medicinal psilocybin may prove to be an untapped therapeutic resource for a variety of psychiatric conditions identified by researchers at The Florey.
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Exploring Psychedelics With Boris Heifets

Technology Networks invited Dr. Heifets, assistant professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, to an Ask Me Anything session to answer your questions about psychedelics.