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This decade will undoubtedly see a massive shift in research and development of psychedelic substances.

Even in the past three years, since I’ve been deeply interested in the field, psychedelic sentiment has changed in the general public.

As information builds up, and the field becomes more complex, my aim is to deliver the latest news and developments in psychedelic science and beyond. …


What is it really like at a high-end psychedelic retreat?

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I’ve spent the last two-and-a-half years diving deep into the world of psychedelics. During my master’s degree I spent much of my time writing about the antidepressant effects of psilocybin, which led me to where I am now: disseminating current research in the field.

However, despite a fervent fascination with these substances, all of my previous psychedelic use had been purely recreational — I had never taken an ego-shattering dose in a suitable set and setting. …


Psychedelics are fundamentally changing the way that neuroscientists view the brain, can they help lead the way in the quest to find the basis of self-consciousness?

In September of 1848, a group of construction workers were tamping down blasting powder with 3cm thick iron rods when an accident sent a rod through the skull of the foreman, Phineas Gage. The rod entered the roof of his mouth and exited through his frontal lobe with immense force.

Thirty minutes after the incident a physician arrived to the victim calmly sitting in a chair, fully conscious, with a gaping hole in his head. Gage calmly told the physician, while covered in blood, “Here is business enough for you.” Gage lived until 1860, another 12 years.

Extraordinary mental changes…


The Yanomami People use a psychedelic plant that you may never have heard of.

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Don’t let the industrialization of psychedelics fool you: The Western world certainly didn’t spearhead the use of psychoactive substances for healing. Many of the techniques utilized in modern psychedelic ceremonies are rooted in Indigenous use of entheogens.

While we are still unsure how long Indigenous cultures have been using substances like magic mushrooms and ayahuasca for, we are certain that psychedelics remain a cornerstone of many Indigenous religions and cultures to this day.

Here we’ll explore the fascinating and multi-faceted ways that different psychoactive plants are…


Find out where you can legally consume, cultivate, or possess psychedelic drugs around the world.

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As we are in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, we may be moving towards a different world-if the legal status of psychedelics catches up with the promising research.

The war on drugs has lasted for decades, yet researchers and policy-makers are more aware that the use of psychedelics can be hugely beneficial for mental health. Unnecessarily restricting the use of these substances is changing somewhat, but this varies from country to country.

So, where in the world can you legally use psychedelic substances? In…


The study shows another potential application of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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A recent study has found that psychedelics could be effective in treating symptoms of racial trauma. The study comes as an increasing amount of evidence suggests that conventional psychotherapy is not an efficacious means of treating racial trauma.

Mental Health America states racial trauma symptoms may occur as intense feelings of depression, anxiety, or distress. These symptoms can arise for many reasons; from personal experiences with physical or verbal abuse related to ethnicity, to experiencing systematic racism within society.

According to Alan Davis and the authors of the study, using conventional…


The story may not be so simple, as it has been demonstrated with psilocybin.

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A recent study has found an inconsistent change in participants’ personalities following a session with the powerful psychedelic, ayahuasca.

This study comes off of a long string of research, attempting to underpin whether psychedelics have the ability to fundamentally change an individual’s personality.

A Brief Psychedelic History of Personality Change

As children, our brains are easily perturbed by the outside world. New experiences intersect with our genetic predispositions, ultimately shaping who we are. However, as we grow older, our personality starts to stabilize, and generally doesn’t change after the age of 30.

However…


Researchers hope to establish whether the effects of microdosing are as profound as people say they are, or if it’s all a placebo.

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Researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia are running a groundbreaking new study investigating the effects of psilocybin microdosing on the brain.

The first-of-its-kind study will use magnetoencephalography (MEG), which reads the magnetic fields generated by brain activity, to study the impact of small doses of psilocybin on the brain. In addition to this, participants will complete a battery of tasks assessing the effects of microdosing on cognition, mood, and memory.

What Is Microdosing?

The practice of microdosing involves taking…


Take a deep dive into the history, effects, and benefits of this psychoactive plant that is still largely under the radar.

Leaves of the Salvia Divinorum plant. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, researchers and the public are becoming more and more acquainted with the various psychedelic substances and their effects. But Salvia Divinorum still isn’t getting much attention compared to psilocybin, MDMA, LSD and DMT.

Currently, there are 141 registered and upcoming studies with the term ‘psychedelics’ in the title. However, there are still many naturally-occurring substances that have gone under the radar of psychedelic science. …


Two researchers argue that widespread psychedelic legalization may lead to unexpected negative consequences.

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Just two days before the Canadian Psychedelic Association released a promising poll showing public support for legalizing psilocybin-assisted therapy at an all-time high, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published a paper urging caution for the legalization of psychedelics in the United States.

William Smith and Paul Applebaum published their reasons for concern in The Journal of the American Medical Association, laying out why they think caution is key. The viewpoint comes at a time when there is renewed public debate about how the…

Evan Lewis-Healey

Cognitive neuroscientist interested in all things mind and brain | Writer for Psychedelic Spotlight

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