In certain contexts, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone, according to a new study. “The study reinforces the power of context in psychedelic settings. With the recent re-emergence of psychedelic therapy for disorders such as depression and anxiety, clinicians may be able to leverage these contextual factors to obtain similar therapeutic experiences… Read more

Scientists at Imperial College London have gazed inside the brain to show how taking DMT alters human consciousness by considerably changing the brain’s electrical activity. DMT (or dimethyltryptamine) is one of the main psychoactive constituents in ayahuasca, the psychedelic brew traditionally made from vines and leaves of the Amazon rainforest. The drink is typically prepared… Read more

Serotonin pathways are more nuanced than previously thought, and the existing view should be updated to incorporate a two-pronged model of how the neurotransmitter acts, researchers from Imperial College London suggest. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps brain cells communicate with one another, plays important roles in stabilizing mood and regulating stress. Despite its importance, current… Read more

Psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems, according to a recent University of British Columbia study. The research found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male inmates who did not take psychedelic drugs were arrested within six years for domestic battery after their release, compared to a… Read more