The Rise of Psychedelic Retreats

Amanda Schendel, 39, opened The Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreats, a collective of roving five- and seven-day psychedelic retreats run from within luxury resorts in Mexico, in January 2019. The retreats include breath work, hypnosis and gourmet food; attendees are screened for cardiovascular and mental health fitness before attending. They shut down in March 2020, but … Read more

New hope in treating PTSD with psychedelic drugs

New hope in treating PTSD with psychedelic drugs – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Some service members and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have had little relief from traditional anti-depressants used in conjunction with psychotherapy. Now, a recent FDA-approved trial using a psychedelic drug called MDMA – better known by its street name, … Read more

New Artist Spotlight: Marc-E Delivers a True Psychedelic ‘Catharsis’ on His Third LP

Marc-E’s style has certainly changed since his first drop in 2015, a track he created with hip hop group The X Presidents called “One Soul.” After that largely acoustic track, Marc-E started adding production and sound design into his early work, and six years later he’s released his third full-length and fully psybient album, titled … Read more

Rick Doblin Interview: Where the Psychedelic Revolution Is Headed, According to the Guy Who (Arguably) Started It

Wow, big jump. Yeah. [laughs] Really big jump. So I’m pretty limited in what I’ve done. I’ve done a lot of the psychedelics, I’m happy to say. How soon after experimenting with LSD did you realize the potential for mass mental health? Because, from my understanding, you went to New College in Florida, and then … Read more

Placebo Effect May Explain Reported Benefits of Psychedelic Microdosing

A microdose used in the study by Szigeti et al. Credit: Self-blinding microdose study team The largest placebo-controlled trial of psychedelics to date suggests that the reported psychological benefits of microdosing are likely explained by the placebo effect. Positive psychological effects associated with taking small doses of psychedelic drugs are likely the result of users’ … Read more

Seattle Just Became the Latest City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs

Seattle’s city council voted unanimously to decimalize psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in psychedelic mushrooms—and related plant-derived drugs like ayahuasca, Bloomberg reports. While these substances remain technically illegal, the city’s police department has been ordered to make enforcement among their lowest priorities.  The vote made Seattle the largest city to decriminalize these drugs, but it’s far from … Read more

Scientists (Discover?) That “Magic Mushroom” Anti-Depressive Psychedelic Affects Perception of Music

Scientists have found that the psychedelic drug psilocybin, in development as an anti-depressive treatment, changes the emotional state of people listening to music. Psilocybin is the active psychedelic ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms.’ Clinical trials of psilocybin generally use selected music playlists to support the drug-induced psychedelic experience, and this work shows that enhanced emotional processing … Read more