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  • 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.”