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August 1, 2015

Gauging Local Illicit Drug Use in Real Time Could Help Police Fight Abuse

June 11, 2014 — The war on drugs could get a boost with a new method that analyzes sewage to track levels of illicit drug use in local communities in real time. The new study could help law enforcement identify new ... read more

Alcohol and Drugs: Not Just for Modern Humans

May 12, 2014 — Unlike most modern humans, the prehistoric people of Europe did not use mind-altering substances simply for their hedonistic pleasure. Researchers contend that their use was an integral part of ... read more

May 7, 2014 — Emotions like fear, anger, sadness, and joy enable people to adjust to their environment and react flexibly to stress and strain and are vital for cognitive processes, physiological reactions, and ... read more

Protein Researchers Closing in on the Mystery of Schizophrenia

Apr. 11, 2014 — Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of a schizophrenic person, researchers have ... read more

New Study Examines Effects of Methoxetamine (MXE)—A New “Legal High”

Nov. 25, 2013 — Researchers attempted to create an understanding to the subjective effects from use of Methoxetamine (MXE), a drug belonging to a class known as “legal highs” or “research chemicals,” and ... read more

New Research Links Smoking Synthetic Marijuana With Stroke in Healthy, Young Adults

Nov. 19, 2013 — Add stroke to the list of severe health hazards that may be associated with smoking synthetic marijuana, popularly known as spice or K2, a neurology team ... read more

'Yes' to One Drug Could Become 'Yes' for Other Drugs

Oct. 8, 2013 — High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a new study. The work examines how teenagers’ attitudes ... read more

Evolutionary Relationships Among Species of 'Magic' Mushrooms Shed Light on Fungi

Aug. 6, 2013 — "Magic" mushrooms are known for their hallucinogenic properties. New research helps uncover the evolutionary past of a fascinating fungi that has wide recreational use and is currently ... read more

First Trial to Investigate Magic Mushrooms as a Treatment for Depression Delayed by UK and EU Regulations

Apr. 7, 2013 — The world’s first clinical trial to explore the use of the hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms to treat depression is being delayed due to the UK and EU rules on the use of illegal drugs ... read more

The Mysterious GRIN3A and the Cause of Schizophrenia

Mar. 14, 2013 — Since the 1960s, psychiatrists have been hunting for substances made by the body that might accumulate in abnormally high levels to produce the symptoms associated with schizophrenia. In particular, ... read more

Potential of Psilocybin to Alleviate Psychological and Spiritual Distress in Cancer Patients Is Revealed

Jan. 31, 2013 — A recently published book chapter reviews the potential of a novel psychoactive drug, psilocybin, in alleviating the psychological and spiritual distress that often accompanies a life-threatening ... read more

Holiday Spices Often Abused for Cheap Highs, Says Toxicologist

Dec. 17, 2012 — Cinnamon, nutmeg and even marshmallows are being intentionally abused in risky behavior, says a toxicologist. Once folly for teenagers, pre-teens are now copying what they see from Internet videos ... read more

High Potency and Synthetic Marijuana Pose Real Dangers in First Weeks of Pregnancy

Aug. 15, 2012 — Experts say the argument that marijuana is a harmless drug is no longer valid due to the emergence of "high potency" marijuana and synthetic marijuana which pose a potential real threat for ... read more

Mar. 21, 2012 — A research team has determined the structure of the kappa-opioid receptor—site of action of the widely abused hallucinogen Salvia divinorum – solving longstanding scientific mysteries and ... read more

Revisiting LSD as a Treatment for Alcoholism

Mar. 8, 2012 — Several decades ago, a number of clinics used LSD to treat alcoholism with some success. But until now, no research has pulled together the results of these trials to document exactly how effective ... read more

Magic Mushrooms' Effects Illuminated in Brain Imaging Studies

Jan. 23, 2012 — Brain scans of people under the influence of the psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, have given scientists the most detailed picture to date of how psychedelic drugs work. The ... read more

Researchers Discover Clues to Developing More Effective Antipsychotic Drugs

Nov. 23, 2011 — Researchers have identified the pattern of cell signaling induced by antipsychotic drugs in a complex composed of two brain receptors linked to schizophrenia. The discovery should allow researchers ... read more

How Serotonin Works: Findings Point to New Treatments for Schizophrenia and Depression

Oct. 5, 2010 — Scientists have shown for the first time that the neurotransmitter serotonin uses a specialized signaling pathway to mediate biological functions that are distinct from the signaling pathways used by ... read more

Aging Drug Users Are Increasing and Facing Chronic Physical and Mental Health Problems

Sep. 9, 2010 — Health and social services are facing a new challenge, as many illicit drug users get older and face chronic health problems and a reduced quality of life. UK researchers interviewed people aged 49 ... read more

Hallucinogen Can Safely Ease Anxiety in Advanced-Stage Cancer Patients, Study Suggests

Sep. 6, 2010 — In the first human study of its kind to be published in more than 35 years, researchers found psilocybin, an hallucinogen which occurs naturally in "magic mushrooms," can safely improve the ... read more

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