Archived articles

Psychedelics

Mental health
Profound experiences linked to lasting benefits
Published April 26, 2019
Majority of people who have reported encountering 'God'—whether spontaneously or triggered by psychedelics—report lasting positive changes to psychological health
Brain science
Why MDMA may help treat PTSD
Published April 4, 2019
In mouse study, MDMA is shown to reactivate a learning period for social rewards, allowing test subjects to form positive associations where none existed before
IDEA
Making an octopus cuddly
Published Winter 2018
Study finds that humans and octopuses have a molecular mechanism in the brain that binds to MDMA—revealing evolutionary links between the two species / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Drug policy
Scientists recommend reclassifying drug in 'magic' mushrooms
Published Sept 26, 2018
Psilocybin safety and abuse research shows that the drug has low potential for abuse and dependence, researchers say
Brain science
Octopuses on ecstasy just want hugs
Published Sept 21, 2018
Study of brain chemicals suggests evolutionary link between social behaviors of octopuses, humans
Behavioral biology
Crash course in the nature of mind
Published Fall 2017
Roland Griffiths' psilocybin experiments have produced striking evidence for therapeutic uses of hallucinogens / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Pure Ecstasy?
Pill testing could reduce risks
Published July 10, 2017
Many at music festivals, raves say they wouldn't take Ecstasy pills shown to be adulterated or fake
Hallucinogens
Bad trips, revisited
Published Jan 4, 2017
Study explores the enduring positive, negative consequences of ingesting 'magic mushrooms'
Hallucinogen eases depression, anxiety in cancer patients
Published Dec 1, 2016
In small study, psilocybin, the active compound in 'magic mushrooms,' increased life satisfaction among patients with life-threatening cancer / Johns Hopkins Medicine
Nonfiction
Psychoactive psychology
Published Spring 2016