Psychedelics for Depression: Can They Work Without Hallucinations?

Inside scientists’ efforts to capture the benefits of psychedelics without the trip.

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Experimental Psychedelic Therapy Returns to the V.A.

A series of clinical trials using MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms represent a resurrection of promising research abandoned in the 1960s.

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The Researchers Who Are Resurrecting Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans

Four Veterans Affairs clinicians, frustrated with existing treatments for addiction and PTSD, have turned to drugs the government still deems illegal.

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‘I Want to Reset My Brain’: Female Veterans Turn to Psychedelic Therapy

Traumatized by war and sexual assaults, some U.S. veterans and veterans’ spouses are seeking help in a Mexican clinic that treats depression and addiction with potent hallucinogens like toad poison.

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A Psychedelic Trip to Timothy Leary’s Catalina Resort in Mexico

Most travelers descending on Zihuatanejo are unaware of the resort city’s storied past with the apostle of psychedelic drugs, and his experiments in consciousness expansion.

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Psilocybin Helps Alleviate Depression Symptoms, Small Study Says

The chemical derived from psychedelic mushrooms helped alleviate symptoms of depression and generated detectable neural responses that lasted weeks.

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The Next Big Addiction Treatment

Several psychedelic drugs are touted as effective treatments for drug and alcohol abuse. But psilocybin combined with therapy is emerging as the most effective.

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Demand for This Toad’s Psychedelic Venom Is Booming. Some Warn That’s Bad for the Toad.

In a sign of unintended consequences of the psychedelic resurgence, scientists say that the Sonoran desert toad is at risk of population collapse.

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This Wellness Center Uses Ketamine for Mental Health

Thanks to legal loopholes and a patchwork of compelling research, businesses like Nushama in New York City are writing the rules as they go.

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What is Microdosing, and Does it Work?

Scientists are split over whether the benefits some microdosers experience are a placebo effect or something more.

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Dr. Bronner’s, the Soap Company, Dips Into Psychedelics

Under the leadership of the founder’s grandsons, the company has become a big financial backer of efforts to loosen government restrictions on illegal drugs.

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The Radical Experimentation of Black Psychedelia

One of the most lasting and influential artistic movements of the 20th century was created with and for Black artists. Why has their contribution been so overlooked?

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How Psychedelic Drugs Can Be Used for Mental Health

Many recreational drugs known for mind-altering trips are being studied to treat depression, substance use and other disorders. Here’s what you need to know.

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In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

Vaccine shortages and skepticism, and rewarding countries for discovering variants. Also: Happiness and politics; unwanted children; beware of psychedelics.

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The Rise of Psychedelic Retreats

Even with cause for concern, retreats in countries like Costa Rica and Jamaica, as well as in the United States, have been popping up for more than a decade.

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Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

Lawmakers find it hard to “just say no” to combat veterans seeking support for drug decriminalization efforts gaining traction around the country.

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Jon Hopkins’s Psychedelic Journey to a New Way of Creating Music

For more than a decade, the British producer’s muscle and grace made him a festival favorite. His new album, “Music for Psychedelic Therapy,” takes an unexpectedly quiet turn.

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The Ketamine Cure

The once-taboo drug has been repurposed to treat depression and is even available for delivery. But how safe is it?

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If Cannabis Is Legalized, Should All Drugs Be?

It depends.

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‘The Standard American Diet Kills Us Slowly in Normal Times and Quickly in Covid Times’

Michael Pollan discusses his psychedelic journey and what highly processed foods are doing to our bodies.

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Michael Pollan: How Should We Do Drugs Now?

The war on drugs is ending. Now we have to figure out what the peace looks like. 

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