Sunday, 27 November 2011

Psychedelic Sunday roundup


Deepak Chopra's psychedelic experiences inspire a new meditation video game for Kinect and Wii, Bill Maher describes acid as safer than processed sugar and "mind-narrowing pharmeceuticals", and brain scans reveal the "reality" of ayahuasca visions in this week's psychedelic news.

  • Leela, a new meditation and chakra-based game for Kinect and Wii, was inspired by spirituality guru Deepak Chopra's early experiments with psychedelic drugs. (Wired)
  • Bill Maher explains the value of tripping on acid, and why "it's one of the least harmful drugs a child could ever take." (Mediaite)
  • A study correlates high IQ in children with subsequent use of illegal drugs, including "cocaine, cannabis, LSD (acid), heroin, downers (tanks, blues, barbiturates), and uppers (speed and wiz)". (Medical News Today, TIME)
  • A study suggests that LSD use in Australia has increased significantly in the last year. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Brazilian scientists report ayahuasca visions may be as real as anything the eyes actually see, according to brain scans of activity in the primary visual cortex. (New Scientist)
  • Amazonia, a new documentary by Alberto Villoldo, addresses the power of healing with jungle plants. (Technorati)
  • A new film looks at the work of a Canadian doctor and author who travelled to the Amazon to larn about ayahuasca, a psychotropic medicine that may help drug addicts recover. (Yahoo News)
  • This same Canadian doctor, who allowed a film crew to document his use of ayahuasca to help treat drug addiction, has been ordered to end his treatments. (CBC News)
  • Canadian researchers have sequenced the genome of Cannabis sativa, the plant that produces both industrial hemp and marijuana, revealing the genetic changes that led to the plant's drug-producing properties. (Science Daily)
  • David Jay Brown explains how ibogaine, a derivative of the psychoactive African plant iboga, can offer hope for people with severe drug addictions. (Santa Cruz Patch)
  • An article reviews recent evidence that MDMA and other illegal drugs like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Miller-McCune)
  • A feature article describes NYU's project using psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat end-of-life distress in people with cancer, and the current state of palliative care in the United States. (Institute of Noetic Sciences)
  • James Fadiman, PhD describes the growing field of psychedelic psychotherapy research. (Institute of Noetic Sciences)
  • The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies will be celebrating 25 years of research and education from December 8-12 in Oakland, CA. (Santa Cruz Patch)
  • The Ecuador National Assembly is to begin a debate on the decriminalization of possession of drugs for personal use. (Talking Drugs)
  • Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, has called for the global legalization of marijuana to help combat the trafficking of harder drugs and related violence. (Telegraph, Guardian)
  • A Forbes article highlights the many failures of the drug war, asserting that "it's time to declare peace in the war against drugs." (Forbes)


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