The Therapeutic Potentials of Salvinorin A

Salvia divinorum is a sprawling perennial herb found in the Sierra Mazatec region of Mexico. It has a history of use as a divinatory psychedelic, and has been widely available since the mid 1990s primarily [...]

23 July 2014|

Psilocybin and mood regulation

With their recent publication, Kraehenmann et al. (2014) have increased our understanding of the mechanism that is thought to underlie the potential effectiveness of psychedelic–assisted psychotherapy in relieving mood and anxiety related symptomology. Their results [...]

22 July 2014|

Autism and LSD-25 – Freeing the Most Imprisoned Minds?

In the early sixties, a number of controversial clinical investigations were published involving the administration of LSD-25 (lysergic acid diethylamide) to young children said to suffer from severe forms of autism, or childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS), [...]

29 May 2014|

Survey: Ayahuasca consumption in Europe

Researchers are calling for participants to complete an anonymous online questionnaire about their ayahuasca consumption. This information will be presented at the upcoming World Ayahuasca Conference in September 2014 […]

4 May 2014|

Ketamine Reconsidered

Ketamine is causing a lot of ‘buzz’ inside neuropsychiatry at the moment. Duman and Aghajanian called the substance in Science (2012) “the biggest breakthrough in depression research in a half century”. The APA (American Psychiatric [...]

26 April 2014|

Psychedelic Resurgence

This year’s first edition of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs is a special issue dedicated to the resurgence of psychedelic research. In roughly five themes (LSD, MDMA , ayahuasca, cannabis, research issues and institutes) the [...]

19 March 2014|

Hofmann’s wish come true

After 40 years without research, the recent appearance of a pilot study with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) in humans, might be interpreted as a positive reinforcement for future attempts to study the role of psychedelics [...]

10 March 2014|

New study may explain magic mushrooms’ effects

New research by a group of mainly Britisch scientists, based on fMRI brain scans, has shown that the use of psilocybin (the active constituent of magic mushrooms) decreases the activity of certain parts of the [...]

29 January 2014|

New online survey on ayahuasca and mourning

The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research And Service (ICEERS) are setting up an ambitious research project to study the effects of ayahuasca, called "Exploring New Tools to Face Grief: The Case of Ayahuasca". The [...]

19 December 2013|

Help pay for MDMA PTSD research

Recently, MAPS officially launched an Indiegogo campaign to help complete their crucial study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). OPEN supports MAPS in their efforts to raise both funds and [...]

28 November 2013|