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2013-04-26 11:28:03 AM
Interesting read.
It annoys me that we haven't been able to do basic research on this because of "drugs are bad".  The brain chemistry stuff is nifty.
 
2013-04-26 11:30:07 AM
"The illegality of these drugs has profoundly distorted research and continues to do so," Nutt said at the conference. "It's one of the greatest scandals in modern research."

This guy, Nutt, sounds like a real asshole.
 
2013-04-26 11:32:05 AM
There's a market for day spas where you check in, drop acid, and sit in a monitored room for the rest of the dragon.
 
2013-04-26 11:45:16 AM
I just get hammered on Bourbon and watch Fear & Loathing instead.  Less chance of a freak-out.
 
2013-04-26 11:53:02 AM
Someone obviously hasn't browsed the Luxuriant Hair Club for Scientists.
 
2013-04-26 12:24:41 PM

wildcardjack: There's a market for day spas where you check in, drop acid, and sit in a monitored room for the rest of the dragon.


Yes, please.
 
2013-04-26 12:53:23 PM
"Psychopharmacologist."

Hmm.

Cool title I guess.

Better than just "psycho" for sure.
 
2013-04-26 03:57:06 PM
Not all stoner scientists are especially hippy-like
upload.wikimedia.org
(though he definitely had hippyish interests)
 
2013-04-26 04:15:34 PM
MDMA, MDA, MDE in a clinical psychiatric setting: excellent idea

LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, long-acting DMT trips (ala ayahuasca) in a clinical psychiatric setting: OH HELL NO

/just my 2 cents...
 
2013-04-26 05:51:24 PM

amyldoanitrite: MDMA, MDA, MDE in a clinical psychiatric setting: excellent idea

LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, long-acting DMT trips (ala ayahuasca) in a clinical psychiatric setting: OH HELL NO

/just my 2 cents...

Depends on the clinical psychiatric setting.  As mentioned in the article, and the one from the other day, some of these studies show that even at sub-"trip" doses, the drugs can have some amazing effects for guided therapy for treating ptsd and what not.


Anyhow, I was under the impression that psilocybin is not actually psychedelic (as is listed in the article), but is a pro-drug of the psychedelic metabolite, psilocin.
Checked the Ki of the two in rat 5ht2a and they both run in the 12-13nM range... I'd dig around for receptor activity papers, but I've got other stuff to read tonight.  Anybody got a reference handy?  Now I'm all curious for real data instead of just what wikipedia tells me.  I probably have the numbers in my stack of aghajanian papers somewhere... but I'm lazy.
 
2013-04-27 05:50:10 AM
Timothy Leary really screwed things up for science. By abandoning the scientific method for a mystical embrace of hallucinogenic drugs, the Harvard-professor-turned-LSD-evangelist became a symbol of '60s-era drug-fueled degeneracy. Worse, the ensuing backlash pushed these drugs underground and caused an enormously promising field of research to go dormant for nearly half a century.
Or so say some scientists who met in Oakland, California last weekend for a conference on the science and therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. "The antics of Timothy Leary really undermined the scientific approach to studying these compounds," psychopharmacologist Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University told the audience.


Timothy Leary wasn't the one who banned LSD. He's not the one who called for a "war on drugs". But I guess they need someone to scapegoat.
 
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