Oh my science

  • The link between drugs and music, explained by science

    As every toker knows, listening to music while high can make it sound better.

    January 26, 2018

    For centuries, musicians have used drugs to enhance creativity and listeners have used drugs to heighten the pleasure created by music. And the two riff off each other, endlessly. The relationship between drugs and music is also reflected in lyrics and in the way these lyrics were composed by musicians,

  • Marijuana may keep HIV patients sharp, finds study

    THC seems to slow mental decline in HIV patients thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect says researchers at Michigan State University.

    December 13, 2017

    Researchers have found that a chemical in marijuana, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could potentially slow the process of mental decline that affects up to 50 percent of HIV patients.

    “It’s believed that cognitive function decreases in many of those with HIV partly due to chronic inflammation that occurs in the brain,” says Norbert Kaminski,

  • How tripping on LSD can increase long-term optimism

    The drug induces temporary psychosis, but leads users to increased optimism and openness.

    October 26, 2017

    When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the drug’s beneficial effects.

  • Ancient cannabis plants discovered in China

    Scientists suspect the cannabis plants were cultivated for their psychoactivity

    October 7, 2016

    Archeologists have found 13 well-preserved cannabis plants at a 2,500-year-old burial site in Western China.Writing in the journal Economic Botany, researchers described the discovery as “an extraordinary cache of ancient, well-preserved Cannabis” that “appear to have been locally produced and purposefully arranged and used as a burial shroud.”