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How LSD Affects the Brain

By Joshua A. Krisch | January 30, 2017

Lysergic acid diethylamide appears to interact with serotonin 2A receptors. 

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In a pair of clinical studies of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, participants reported positive changes to their moods and outlooks.

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“Magic” Mushroom Compound Eases Depression

By Tanya Lewis | May 17, 2016

Psilocybin led to an improvement in symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, according to a small study.

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Psychedelic Neuroimaging

By Ruth Williams | April 13, 2016

“Ego dissolution,” and other things that happen to the human brain on LSD

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Studies: Psychedelics Not Bad for Mental Health

By Tracy Vence | March 10, 2015

Two independent investigations suggest hallucinogens like LSD are not linked to psychological problems and may actually confer certain benefits.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By Jef Akst | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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Just a Trip

By Tracy Vence | August 19, 2013

Using psychedelic drugs does not increase one’s risk of developing mental health problems, researchers show.

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Psychedelic Phylogenetics

By Tracy Vence | August 9, 2013

Using molecular markers, researchers reconstruct the “magic” mushroom family tree. 

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Opinion: Research, Restricted

By David Nutt | July 8, 2013

Are the international drug laws the worst impediment to scientific inquiry since the Catholic Church banned the telescope?

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Alternative Medicines

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2012

As nonconventional medical treatments become increasingly mainstream, we take a look at the science behind some of the most popular.

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