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2011-09-02 07:00:00

This September, the nonprofit research and education organization Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) celebrates the launch of its new Canadian affiliate, MAPS Canada, with two historic benefit events in Victoria and Vancouver and. These events will spread awareness of and help raise funds for a new wave of research into the risks and benefits of psychedelic therapy in Canada. For more information about these events and MAPS Canadaâs innovative research,...

2011-07-18 12:10:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 15, 2011, U.S. District Judge William Pauley III sentenced a defendant charged with selling Ecstasy to 26 months in prison, less than half the 63 to 78 months recommended by current sentencing guidelines. This watershed event took place because the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented the defendant, presented scientific evidence challenging the sentencing guidelines as being promulgated in a time of...

2011-03-09 18:09:00

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, March 7, Professor Lyle Craker, Director of the Medicinal Plant Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, filed the final brief in his ten-year fight to persuade the Drug Enforcement Administration to allow him to grow marijuana for medical research. Craker is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and law firm Jenner & Block. Craker is seeking a license to grow marijuana under contract to the...

2011-02-15 08:52:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the journal Addiction published online the results of a neuroscience study finding no evidence of impaired cognitive performance in users of Ecstasy, the street name for the chemical known as MDMA. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, improves on earlier studies in several ways. It used subjects who used few or no other drugs or alcohol, compared those subjects to others from the same...

2010-07-19 12:46:21

First completed clinical trial results out today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology MDMA (±3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as Ecstasy), may one day offer hope for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even people for whom other treatments have failed. Clinical trial results out today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, suggests that MDMA can be administered to subjects with PTSD without evidence of harm and could offer...

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2010-04-20 06:45:00

While ecstasy became infamous as a drug taken at night clubs or during parties, new research suggests that it might help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ecstasy, also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), was outlawed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1985. However, researchers led by South Carolina psychiatrist Dr. Michael Mithoefer, found that the drug helped PTSD patients overcome their symptoms. Mithoefer conducted a study involving 20 patients,...

2009-09-27 23:10:20

LSD is back in labs after years of disrepute, joining other hallucinogens as legitimate subjects of research, a researcher in Santa Cruz, Calif., said. The first new studies of LSD in human subjects started at Harvard University last year. Scientists are looking into it as a treatment of cluster headaches, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. A second research project is under way at the University of California San Francisco. Psychedelics are in labs all over the world and there's a...

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2009-01-14 08:39:48

A researcher's request to open what would have been the nation's second federally approved medical marijuana research lab was flatly declined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Lyle Craker, a University of Massachusetts, Amherst horticulturist requested permission to grow the marijuana for research funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a California nonprofit that wants to develop marijuana into a legal prescription medication. DEA Administrative Law...

2004-11-30 06:00:10

Thanks to a legal loophole that allows the sale of fresh, unprepared magic mushrooms, an estimated 300 vendors have sprung up across the country. But, on 13 December, in Gloucester, the first Crown Court case opens against retailers of the mushrooms. A vendor will face charges of supplying the Class A psychedelic chemical psilocybin, found in the fungi. If found guilty, he will face seven years in jail and a lucrative cottage industry will be severely curtailed, perhaps even shut down. But...


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