Drug trips, under controlled conditions, break down the barriers between people and bring users closer to nature

TThis is a remarkable moment for psychedelics. Elite universities, including Johns Hopkins and Imperial College in London, have opened centers to research the medical benefits of drugs such as psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in certain mushrooms.

The nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is recruiting people suffering from post-traumatic…

Making a mistake is one thing. Failing to correct it is worse.

The world-renowned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes itself as “the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health.” It pledges to “base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data.”

So why has the CDC refused to admit it was wrong about the…

A drug war victim, he talks about 20 years in prison, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht and the psychedelic renaissance

America’s war on drugs is not just misguided; it is misnamed. It is, in truth, a war on people — millions of people who, in a just society, would have the right to decide what to put into their bodies. …

They’re not the names you know.

To fight climate change, the Bezos Earth Fund has given away nearly $1 billion. Most of the money has flowed to the world’s biggest, best-known environmental groups: the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund, which got $100 million apiece.

They don’t…

Fewer teenagers appear to be using e-cigarettes, but the FDA and anti-nicotine crusaders see only reasons to regulate.

You wouldn’t know it by reading press releases from the FDA or CDC or by listening to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids or the Truth Initiative, but the US government released encouraging news last week about youth vaping.

The headline from the latest National Youth Tobacco Survey should have been…

A clinical trial using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat veterans with PTSD is coming to a veterans hospital in the Bronx

A hundred years ago — before anyone put together the initials PTSD — a public hospital in the Bronx, NY, began to care for World War I soldiers who suffered from “mental and nervous disorders.”

Shell shock, it was called. It was notoriously hard to treat. PTSD remains so.

That…

Marc Gunther

Reporting on psychedelics, tobacco, philanthropy, animal welfare, etc. Ex-Fortune. Words in The Guardian, NYTimes, WPost, Vox. Baseball fan. Runner.

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