Psychedelics may improve mental health by getting inside nerve cells

Entheogens, New Science

By McKenzie Prillaman Psychedelics go beneath the cell surface to unleash their potential therapeutic effects. These drugs are showing promise in clinical trials as treatments for mental health disorders (SN: 12/3/21). Now, scientists might know why. These substances can get inside nerve cells in the cortex — the brain region important for consciousness — and tell the neurons to grow, […]


The Hidden Truth behind Mormonism and Magic Mushrooms ∞ Nanice Ellis

Entheogens, Spiritual Perspectives

By Nanice Ellis Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Did Joseph Smith secretly add psychedelics to the sacrament? Did you know that, according to the Book of Mormon, the original Mormons reported mystical experiences and hallucinogenic visions during religious ceremonies? In fact, not only were these mystical visions and hallucinations shared amongst a large number of Mormon […]


Microdosing | Silicon Valley’s Newest Smartdrug? ∞ Billy Barnes


Recently, while out to dinner with a few Silicon Valley Senior Management types ( Startup / Enterprise ), the question of how one could go about achieving the “Limitless Effect” was brought up. Of course referring to the film Limitless, where Bradley Cooper’s character taps into his full potential by using a performance-enhancing smart drug […]


Psilocybin and Mindfulness Meditation Combined: Possible Hope for Treatment of Depression and Anxiety? ∞ Nikki Harper

Entheogens, New Science

It has long been known that psilocybin, found in ‘magic mushrooms’, can create feelings of a connection to the collective consciousness, and a dissolution of the self – often in experiences which prove positively life-changing for the participants [1]. Now new research has for the first time examined the effect of adding mindfulness meditation to […]


Psychedelics for Healthy People ∞ Tessa Love


Then psychologist Martin Seligman became president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1998, he did something radical. Over the years, he had grown tired of his fields’ constant focus on the negative (mental illness, trauma, suffering, pain) and felt that more attention should be paid to the other side of the coin: happiness, well-being, […]


Psychopharmacology Emotional breakthroughs during psychedelic experiences linked to future increases in mental well-being ∞ Eric W. Dolan


New research highlights the importance of emotional breakthroughs on subsequent psychological outcomes after a psychedelic experience. The study, which was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, sheds new light on the psychological mechanisms behind psychedelic-assisted therapy. “Most of the papers that discuss current psychedelic therapy mention the mystical-type or peak experience as a mediator of […]


‘Microdosers’ of LSD and Magic Mushrooms are Wiser and More Creative ∞ Thomas Anderson

Entheogens, New Science

By Thomas Anderson, The Conversation, Waking Times We just ran the first ever pre-registered scientific study on the microdosing of psychedelics and found some very promising results. We compared people who microdose — that is, who take a psychedelic substance such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or “magic” mushrooms (psilocybin) in very small quantities — with those […]