Friday, May 18, 2018

Underground Trip Doctors

The Psychedelic Miracle: How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens.

Mentioned in the article, ICEERS, the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research & Service.  Notably, they offer free support for people having difficulty integrating experiences from ayahuasca and ibogaine.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Michael Pollan: Adventures With the Trip Doctors

As part of promoting his new book "How to Change Your Mind", Michael Pollan's quite good NYT article, My Adventures With the Trip Doctors, the researchers and renegades bringing psychedelic drugs into the mental health mainstream.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

LSD blurs line between ourselves and others

“Our interpretation is that LSD reduces your sense of integrated self,” said Katrin Preller, a psychologist who worked on the study. “In this particular case, the drug blurs the boundary between what is you and what is another person.”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ayahuasca Increases Acceptance

As compared to an 8 weeks MBSR mindfulness program, "the present results suggest that "the 'acceptance' domain of mindfulness capacities is particularly sensitive to improvement by ayahuasca, and potentially other psychedelics."  Sounds similar to the changes in openness observed with psychedelics.

Not surprisingly, the MBSR training was better at increasing mindfulness.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Photic Stimulation for Alzheimers

An hour a day of strobe lights flashing at 40hz (gamma) resulted in a reduction in amyloid plaque in mice.  An initial trial is being done in humans.  If validated, this would be as easy as using simple light goggles ala a light and sound machine.