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[Book Review] Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America

While many psychedelic enthusiasts claim to resonate with Buddhist insights, the overlap and interconnection between this group and formal Buddhism has not been studied extensively. This book is an attempt to fill this gap [...]

By |25 August 2016|

Ketamine could be the first rapid-acting antidepressant medication

Ketamine has been used for over half a century as an anaesthetic, but interest has been steadily growing in its ability to rapidly decrease depressive symptoms. This interest has culminated in many studies attempting to […]

By |29 July 2016|

Psilocybin-assisted therapy shows promising results for treatment-resistant depression

In a new study, the research team at the Imperial College London has tested the potential of psilocybin-assisted therapy to alleviate treatment-resistant depression. Statistics show that 20% of people suffering from major depression are unresponsive […]

By |24 May 2016|

DMT: Beyond the trip, a potential multifaceted medicine

N,N-dimethyltryptamine, more commonly known as DMT, is an exceptionally fast-acting and powerful psychedelic. DMT can be ingested by drinking the entheogenic brew ayahuasca, injected intravenously, intramuscularly or through inhalation. It is produced endogenously in a […]

By |26 April 2016|

[Interview] Alicia Danforth: Helping autistic adults navigate the social world with MDMA-assisted therapy

Research with autistic children and teens was a promising and controversial research area during the first wave of research with psychedelic substances. The first investigator to [...]

By |26 April 2016|

Brain imaging reveals the action of LSD on the human brain

Once again researchers from the Psychedelic Research Programme jointly set up by the Beckley Foundation and Imperial College London have published trailblazing research on the effects of psychedelics on the brain. These trendsetting studies are […]

By |16 April 2016|

[Interview] Nicolas Langlitz: An Anthropologist in Psychedelia

‘Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain’, Nicolas Langlitz’s 2013 book on the resurgence of psychedelics research, offers a fascinating analysis of how psychedelics have once again become the object […]

By |28 February 2016|

[Interview] Jordi Riba looks back on more than fifteen years of ayahuasca research

The research conducted by Jordi Riba, a Spanish pharmacologist working at Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona, revolves mostly around ayahuasca. He has a background in botany, chemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience. In an interview with the […]

By |29 January 2016|

[Book Review] Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

William A. (Bill) Richards is one of the few people alive today that were involved both in the first wave of scientific research into psychedelic substances in the sixties and seventies and in the current era of psychedelics research. It is hard to imagine someone better equipped [...]

By |10 January 2016|

[Interview] Bill Richards: “The ideal treatment includes some kind of mystical transcendence”

Bill (William A.) Richards is a clinical psychologist in the Psychiatry Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has pursued research with psychedelics during the past sixteen years, including his current studies […]

By |21 December 2015|