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Your brain on 'shrooms: fMRI elucidates neural correlates of psilocybin psychedelic state

(Medical Xpress) -- Psychedelic substances have long been used for healing, ceremonial, or mind-altering subjective experiences due to compounds that, when ingested or inhaled, generate hallucinations, perceptual distortions, or altered states of awareness. Of these, the psychedelic substance psilocybin, the prodrug (a precursor of a drug that must in vivo chemical conversion by metabolic processes before becoming an active pharmacological agent) of psilocin (4-hydroxy-dimethyltryptamine) and the key hallucinogen found in so-called magic mushrooms, is widely used not only in healing ceremonies, but, more recently, in psychotherapy as well ? but little has been known about its specific activity in the brain.

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Ayahuasca May Hold Key to Breaking Addiction, But Canada Is Forcing Doctor to Stop Testing

Ayahuasca May Hold Key to Breaking Addiction, But Canada Is Forcing Doctor to Stop Testing. Dr. Gabor Maté says that if we don?t get to what causes addiction, we can never effectively treat it. He thinks the answer is another drug, ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant mixture from the Peruvian Amazon. Maté?s recent work conducting ayahuasca ceremonies for 150 to 200 addicts, often among British Columbia First Nations bands, created a media stir, including a documentary, The Jungle Prescription, that aired on the CBC in November. The buzz caught the attention of authorities at Health Canada, who sent Maté a letter last November ordering him to cease or face loss of his license and even prosecution.

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