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…

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…

Leading tobacco scientists call for a more balanced approach to e-cigarettes. It’s a matter of social justice, they say.

In a rebuke to the activists, politicians and government officials who have led a crusade against youth vaping, a group of eminent tobacco scientists are urging authorities to consider the benefits of e-cigarettes as well as their risks.

Writing in the American Journal of Public Health, fifteen past presidents of…

We need to learn more, not less, about e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have fractured the tobacco-control community. Some researchers argue that vaping nicotine saves lives by helping smokers quit. Others say that e-cigarettes are dangerous, especially for young people. The debate is by no means settled.

So you’d think that all involved would welcome more science. Sadly, that’s not so.

Consider…

Marc Gunther

Reporting on philanthropy, psychedelics, animal welfare, global poverty, etc. Ex-Fortune. Baseball fan. Runner. Seen in Gen, Marker, Elemental, OneZero.

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