Recreational CBD is booming, but what’s the holdup with its medical uses?

“To imagine that a small amount of oil from a plant could prevent terrible seizures was so hard to comprehend,” says Chelsea Leyland, a British DJ, activist, and epilepsy sufferer. …


The psychedelic community is torn over the growing interest in developing medical versions of a drug that may even help treatment-resistant depression

As recreational cannabis has inched toward legalization across the western world, scientists and other proponents expect that psilocybin — the active ingredient in magic mushrooms — will be next. This May, both Denver and Oakland, to many people’s surprise, voted to decriminalize it. …


Researchers are hoping the decriminalization vote in Denver could usher in a new era of therapeutic and recreational use

Earlier this month, the people of Denver narrowly voted to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Initiative 301 does not technically legalize the psilocybin-based hallucinogens but “deprioritizes” them, which means police won’t arrest or prosecute anyone found with them. …


Devotees say the gooey secretion scraped off a frog’s back can cure everything from acne to cancer. Could there be something to the hype?

Five people are sitting cross-legged on the floor in a circle, looking down at their white pails with trepidation. “Remember throughout, you have four things to guide you: your posture, your water, your breath — and your bucket,” the practitioner reassuringly tells the room.

“Using a stick of incense, I…


Shaking off its reputation as a nasty club drug, K is being shown to have instant success treating depression

I was first introduced to ketamine’s exploding popularity at the incomparable Glastonbury Music Festival in June 2003. This was my first summer in the U.K. (I grew up in Toronto—painfully wholesome by comparison.) On the hectic festival party scene, K was the new kid on the block — exotic, potent…


It’s increasingly popular and there’s a good reason why

Every era has the drugs that define it. The Victorians embraced opium for relaxation and cocaine-infused wine for pep. Post-Second World War businessmen had Martini lunches, their disaffected housewives had Valium; both indulged in amphetamine-laced pills. …


Leave it to the Brits to invent a synthetic alcohol that gets you properly pickled and doesn’t make you feel poisoned.

I f a chemist were to design the world’s most popular recreational drug from scratch, alcohol would be a pretty terrible choice.

We’re all more than familiar with the physical dangers and social catastrophes: car accidents, girls passed out on the train, street brawls, regrettable office holiday parties. But there’s…


They’re avoiding many of the substances that got earlier generations high. But are they better off?


Each and every one of us is born with perfect pitch

By Zoe Cormier

As we continue to understand how music affects the brain, the more we appreciate that we are “hardwired” for music. We are built to create it.

No group is more instructive in this regard than humans in their primacy: babies. Scientific studies of infants and music, where…

Zoe Cormier

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