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She Was a Heavy Drinker Until She Got 2 Doses of Psilocybin
She Was a Heavy Drinker.
Then She Ingested Psilocybin
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She Was a Heavy Drinker. Then She Ingested Psilocybin

Small study suggests the 'magic mushrooms' psychedelic may help heavy drinkers quit

(Newser) - The compound in psychedelic mushrooms helped heavy drinkers cut back or quit entirely in the most rigorous test of psilocybin for alcoholism. More research is needed to see if the effect lasts and whether it works in a larger study. The AP notes many who took a dummy drug instead...

Lawyer: Drugs Tell Different Story in Peter Spencer's Death

Paul Jubas: Shooter said they took mushrooms, but psilocin wasn't detected in shooter's blood

(Newser) - Peter Spencer was shot dead by a co-worker during a a Pennsylvania camping trip last December; two weeks ago, Venango County District Attorney Shawn White announced no charges would be brought, saying that based on the evidence and Pennsylvania's "stand your ground" laws, prosecutors would be unable to...

3 Canadians Get Permission to Use 'Magic Mushrooms'

They all have mental health conditions, waited up to 283 days for a decision

(Newser) - Psilocybin mushrooms, sometimes called "magic" or psychedelic mushrooms, are banned in Canada with rare exceptions made for medical purposes. Three such exemptions have recently been granted, the Vancouver Sun reports. Three people with mental health conditions now have legal access to psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, a development that nonprofit TheraPsil, which...

Rhode Island Voters to Decide on State's Name

Ballot measures also cover flag, minimum wage

(Newser) - More than 120 ballot measures could transform state policy this election. In two of those cases, the topic is abortion. In Colorado, Proposition 115 seeks to block abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless to save the life of the mother. That's the sole exception that would be provided,...

Psilocybin May Ease Anxiety for a Surprisingly Long Time

Cancer patients still feeling positive effects almost 5 years later

(Newser) - About five years ago, a study found that cancer patients who took one dose of the compound found in magic mushrooms had much less anxiety. A followup study suggests the psilocybin's effect is still in place, reports NBC News . The study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that psilocybin...

Denver Becomes First US City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

'Our victory here is a clear signal to the rest of the country'

(Newser) - Bring on the "Mile High City" jokes: Denver's elections division says voters have narrowly approved the decriminalization of hallucinogenic "magic" mushrooms. Authorities say that according to unofficial final results, Initiated Ordinance 301—also known as the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative—was approved by 50.5% to 49....

US City May Be First to Decriminalize 'Magic Mushrooms'

Denver will vote Tuesday

(Newser) - Tuesday's a big day in Denver—a day that could end with the decriminalization of a Schedule 1 drug. The AP reports residents are headed to the polls to cast their vote on whether to decriminalize psilocybin, an illegal drug found in "magic mushrooms" that has been shown...

Mushrooms, Pot, Making Out Don't Mix for Brothers

It all happened in front of an Indianapolis dumpster, say police

(Newser) - Sorry, Philly—Indianapolis gets to be the City of Brotherly Love this week. That's thanks to Timothy Batz, 21, and his 24-year-old sibling, Noah Batz, both accused of involvement in a chaotic story featuring drugs, nudity, assault, and an intense makeout session in front of a dumpster, WISH and...

Dose of Magic Mushrooms Had Big Effect on Cancer Patients

A single dose of psilocybin in a controlled setting appears to reap long-term benefits

(Newser) - Hallucinogens are back on the table—at least when it comes to clinical trials. Hundreds of trials in the 1940s and 1950s studied their effects, but since their ban in the late '60s the research all but stopped, reports the New York Times . Nowadays, though, drugs like MDMA (think...

They Had Been Depressed for 18 Years. Then They Took Mushrooms

Study volunteers tripped while accompanied by music and psychiatrists

(Newser) - Far out. Researchers in the UK dosed 12 severely depressed volunteers with psilocybin—the active ingredient in magic mushrooms—and found it improved their condition for as long as three months, the Guardian reports. "That is pretty remarkable," one researcher tells Nature . The study—published Tuesday in Lancet ...

Single Dose of Magic Mushroom Ingredient Did Months of Good

When given to patients with life-threatening cancer

(Newser) - People who receive life-threatening cancer diagnoses and find themselves battling depression and anxiety might consider munching on magic mushrooms, and that's not coming from a snake oil salesman. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced last week at the annual meeting of the American College of...

Psychedelic Drugs Don't Break Your Brain
 Psychedelic Drugs 
 Don't Break Your Brain 
STUDIES SAY

Psychedelic Drugs Don't Break Your Brain

Use may actually reduce risk of some conditions

(Newser) - Are "acid casualties" a myth? While using LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, or mescaline carries the risk of a bad trip, there doesn't seem to be any increased risk of psychosis or other mental-health conditions, according to a pair of new studies. Researchers using National Survey on Drug Use and...

Scientists Decry Worst Case of Censorship Since Galileo

... and it involves magic mushrooms

(Newser) - It's the kind of claim that makes your ears perk up: A group of scientists yesterday came out swinging against what one described as "the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo." More colorful still, it involves magic...

For the Dying, Psychedelic Drugs Ease That Final Trip

Doctors exploring psychedelics for trauma, addiction, depression

(Newser) - Psychedelic drugs, once the domain of the free-lovin' hippies of the '60s, are coming under the microscope of very serious scientists of the current decade. A number of studies show that psilocybin, MDMA, and other psychedelics can ease a range of traumas and afflictions including headaches, PTSD, addiction, and...

Trippy Mushrooms May Light Way to Depression Treatment
Mushrooms May Light Way
to Depression Treatment
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Mushrooms May Light Way to Depression Treatment

Psilocybin dampens areas of brain linked to depression, studies suggest

(Newser) - Far out. Hallucinogenic mushrooms' effect on the human brain may provide valuable clues for scientists seeking treatments for depression. Two studies into the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," reveal that it suppresses activity in the same areas of the brain dampened by anti-depressant treatments,...

'Magic Mushrooms' Alter Long-Term Personality: Study
'Magic Mushrooms' Could Change You for the Better
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'Magic Mushrooms' Could Change You for the Better

Personality shift may be long-term—but don't try it at home

(Newser) - All that hippie stuff about opening your mind may have some truth to it. Scientists have found that psilocybin, the drug in "magic mushrooms," can improve one aspect of a subject’s personality: her "openness." In a trial, nearly 60% of subjects who were given one...

Study Finds Perfect Dose for Medical 'Shrooms

Participants say their minds were blown, man

(Newser) - Forget medical marijuana—are you ready for medical mushrooms? The popular psychedelic is believed to be a useful tool for treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more, and now a group of researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine say they’ve found the perfect dose to produce long-lasting effects...

Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Anxiety

Science takes a new look at psilocybin

(Newser) - Psilocybin, the key ingredient in the favorite hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms" of trippy space cadets everywhere, is proving to be a mood elevator for those suffering from cancer. Late-stage cancer patients given a moderate single dose of psilocybin were less anxious, and significantly less depressed six months later compared with...

Fighter Rips Heart Out of 'Possessed' Friend's Chest

Says he feared devil was in his training partner

(Newser) - Mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt has been arraigned on first degree murder and torture charges after allegedly ripping his training partner's heart out of his chest while he was still alive and ripping off much of his face. Wyatt, 26, told police that he had recently ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms,...

Groovy, Man: Study Finds Benefit in Magic 'Shrooms

Subjects say illegal hallucinogen changed their lives

(Newser) - Volunteers who took hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in a study say they have gained long-term benefits from the drug, reports the AP. Subjects of the study, one of very few involving hallucinogenic drugs since the '60s, say they still feel positive effects from their psychedelic experience years later. Many say it...

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