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Magic Yeasts and How to Make Them Produce Psilocybin

Biotech startup Octarine developed a method to produce psilocybin using brewer’s yeast. This method allows them to produce novel analogues of psilocybin.

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Psilocybin Chronicles

Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are revolutionizing psychiatric research. But for how long have humans been using psychoactive mushrooms?

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A Match Made in the Mind: Combining mindfulness practice and psychedelic therapy

How can patients sustain their well-being after psychedelic therapy? Mindfulness meditation may complement psychedelics perfectly.

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Would you talk to a machine therapist?

Could machines ever provide mental healthcare? Would you talk to a machine therapist about your emotions, your conflicts, your desires?

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Microdosing Psychedelics: Biohack or Placebo?

Enthusiasts claim that microdosing psychedelics improves mood and cognition. But what about the science - is it only a placebo effect?

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The Psychedelic Compendium

Interested in psychedelic research, but not sure where to start? The Psychedelic Compendium is a curated series of research papers introducing specific topics in a nutshell.

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Big Data in Psychiatry — Brave New World?

“Big Data” can supposedly improve not only early detection of mental disorders, but also therapy. But does anyone really believe that? And more importantly, do we want that?

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Trauma of Mystical Experience

Mystical experiences are an important aspect of psychedelic therapy. And these experiences have surprising commonalities with trauma.

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The Berlin Registry

The Berlin Registry is an interactive and regularly updated overview of organizations involved in the psychedelic industry.

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Insights in Psychedelic Therapy

Meaningful insights from psychedelic therapy don't always improve mental health on their own. Can insights be transformed into lasting change?

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Does Your Phone Know You Better Than your Therapist?

Can the complexities of human behavior, and even more so of psychiatric disorders, be represented by traces we leave on our smartphones?

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(Re)connection: A Basic Principle of Action Behind Psychedelics?

Psychedelics have the ability to connect neurons and brain regions that rarely communicate. They connect people with each other. And they may even be able to connect us more meaningfully with our environment.

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EDGE – Art and Neuroscience

Art, too, is research: artists are investigating similar questions to scientists and are trying to understand themselves and the world around them. Art asks questions.

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Hot Topics in Psychedelic Research

What's new in psychedelic research? Psychedelics seem to have an unusually broad range of uses. Scientists want to know just how broad it really is.

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Psychedelic-Antidepressant Interactions

Can psychedelics be safely taken with antidepressants? Research suggests caution when mixing psychedelics and SSRIs.

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Psilocybin and Emotional Reconnection

How does psilocybin therapy affect emotions? It may allow patients to reconnect with themselves.

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How can Bewusstseinskultur help us deal with the human condition?

Which states of consciousness are valuable? How might we identify and cultivate them? These questions are the cornerstones of a Bewusstseinskultur, or culture of consciousness.

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Cultural Context and the Psychedelic Experience

In the psychedelic experience, set and setting encompasses not only someone's physical environment and emotional state, but also the surrounding culture.

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Social Interoception

Social interoception examines how social emotions arise from observing one's own bodily states. And it may help determine our mental health.

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Neurons on Acid

What happens to neurons on acid? LSD and other psychoplastogens may allow them to form new connections, which could help alleviate depression.

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The Drug Science Program

MIND's Drug Science Program kicked off in February 2020, integrating multiple disciplines and the latest research on psychoactive substances.

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The REBUS Model

According to REBUS, psychedelics may relax rigid higher-order beliefs, allowing information from the senses and lower levels of processing to burst through and reorganize the mind.

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Does microdosing LSD influence perception of time?

Could microdosing LSD influence time perception? A new study reveals time dilation even with sub-perceptual doses.

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Entropy as more than chaos in the brain

Psychedelics induce a temporary and extreme increase in brain entropy, which might help people break the rigid thought patterns found in certain disorders.

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2 Years of MIND

In 2016, a small group of researchers, therapists, and supporters came together to launch the MIND Foundation. They've come a long way.

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How predictive coding is changing our understanding of the brain

Predictive coding is as important to neuroscience as evolution is to biology. The brain's predictions influence our perceptions. And this has strong implications for our understanding of psychedelics.

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Transformative Psychotherapy

Transformative psychotherapy with psychedelics may allow patients to improve and maintain their mental health.

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Ketamine – New Hope for Depression

Ketamine treatment unites medication and therapy, and it could be the breakthrough that depressed patients need.

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Music and Psychedelics: a Match Made in Heaven

Music is essential in psychedelic therapy, encouraging emotional catharsis and creating a safe space in which to let go.

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Schedule 1 Drugs or Breakthrough Therapies?

Attending to language in psychedelic research papers offers insight into how different authors view these substances.

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A History of Ecstasy Science

The history of "ecstasy" may come as a surprise - not everyone would suspect that science has long considered MDMA for use in therapy.

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LUCIA N°03: Psychedelic experience induced by flickering light

Are psychedelic states possible without drugs? LUCIA N°03's flickering light induces an altered state characterized by calmness, deep relaxation, and unique hallucinations.

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Beyond Experience – A Multimodal Workshop for Focused Psychedelic Integration

People seeking integration of psychedelic experiences greatly benefit from a workshop with trained facilitators. With Beyond Experience, the MIND Foundation offers exactly that.

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A Lid for Every Pot: Crystal Structure of LSD-Bound Serotonin Receptor

Why do LSD's effects last so long? A new study has the answer, and it lies in the structure of LSD's binding to serotonin receptors.