Single dose of psilocybin may treat migraines

Can the main psychoactive ingredient of magic mushrooms help treat the world's sixth most debilitating illness?

  • Migraines afflict more than ten percent of the U.S. population, yet treatments are often unreliable and there is no cure.
  • The new study involves giving migraine sufferers a placebo and, two weeks later, a single dose of pure synthetic psilocybin.
  • The results showed that participants reported significantly fewer migraines in the two weeks after the study.
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The never-ending trip: LSD flashbacks and a psychedelic disorder that can last forever

A small percentage of people who consume psychedelics experience strange lingering effects, sometimes years after they took the drug.

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  • LSD flashbacks have been studied for decades, though scientists still aren't quite sure why some people experience them.
  • A subset of people who take psychedelics and then experience flashbacks develop hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), a rare condition in which people experience regular or near-constant psychedelic symptoms.
  • There's currently no cure for the disorder, though some studies suggest medications may alleviate symptoms.
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CBD provides pain relief through pharmacological and placebo effects

Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to reduce the unpleasantness of pain, a finding that surprised the researchers behind a new, first-of-its-kind study.

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of the cannabis plant that's significantly less psychoactive than THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.
  • CBD is often used to treat chronic pain, but there's been a lack of empirical research on the cannabinoid's analgesic effects.
  • The new study was designed to test whether CBD actually relieves pain or whether its perceived benefits are the result of expectations.
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‘Mad honey’: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal

Of the world's 300 honey varieties, none is stranger and more dangerous than mad honey.

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  • Mad honey is produced by bees who feed on specific species of rhododendron plants, which grow in mountainous regions like those surrounding the Black Sea.
  • People have used mad honey for centuries for recreational, medicinal, and military purposes. Low doses cause euphoria and lightheadedness, while high doses cause hallucinations and, in rare cases, death.
  • Mad honey is still harvested and sold today, though it's illegal in some nations.
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Study measures marijuana's carbon footprint—and it's high

Growing marijuana in large, climate controlled warehouses is good for production but has a massive carbon footprint.

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  • A new study finds that the kilo of marijuana can come with a carbon footprint of up to five tonnes.
  • The exact value differs by state, with climate and the availability of clean energy being important factors.
  • Alternatives to growing the plant in warehouses can drastically reduce emissions.
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