Sometimes one line of inquiry in science opens up interesting solutions in another area, as recent research from a Brock University, Canada team illustrates. There, postdoctoral fellow Val Andrew Fajardo was keen to explore the health effects of lithium in water based on his background in physiology.
New research has revealed a group of neurons that are active in anxious brains of monkeys when they are anticipating possible negative outcomes. This work opens up possibilities for studying the roots of anxiety and could someday lead to new treatments.
Have you ever had an experience you wished you could just erase from your mind completely? “Yes”, probably, yet if I asked you if you learned from that experience and if it helped shaped you into the person you are today, you’d say yes again.
By now you’ve almost certainly heard of Ayahuasca, a shamanistic medicinal tea which originates in the Amazon Basin.
Commonly misconceived as a simple psychedelic “drug” due to the active ingredient N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), Ayahuasca is certainly psychedelic, but has very real medicinal benefits for users.Until recently this was a topic I was only mildly interested in. While I’ve experienced trauma in my life and have coped with it in different ways, it hadn’t occurred to me to try Ayahuasca—until my friend did. He comes from a background that caused him serious trauma, and lives with PTSD. When he decided to undertake the Ayahuasca experience this spring in Peru, I was walking on eggshells, waiting to hear how it went for him.
Scientists from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) are hoping to help 18 terminally ill patients relieve their anxiety, depression, and fear in the next year during extended psychotherapy sessions enhanced by MDMA (ecstasy). The Marin County-based double-blind trial will see subjects test either full doses of MDMA (125 milligrams) or active placebo doses (30 milligrams).