How Texas Tested Psychedelics on Death Row Inmates

Imagine you are an adult of the 1950s. Since this thought exercise places you in a saloon, let’s assume you are male. You have a crewcut and a wardrobe consisting of dark slacks and short-sleeved white shirts. Your drink of choice is bourbon and soda—and that’s your lone tipple.

Drugs are unthinkable. The mere mention of the word “reefer” conjures images of insanity, social decay and jazz musicians. (That speed habit you picked up during the war, when government-issued Benzedrine was available in your medical kit, doesn’t count.)

And then, one fateful night, after you knock back a tumbler of brown liquor, you smack your empty glass down on the bar—and everything, the glass, the bar and your hand, starts to melt and run together in a technicolor hellscape, all while a government agent—dressed exactly like you—watches and takes notes as your mind unspools and your reality comes apart.

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Ice Cube to Produce Film about Dock Ellis: MLB’s Acid Tripping Pitcher

We have written about people doing extraordinary things while tripping on acid and about LSD helping with certain disorders, but frankly, baseball great Dock Ellis takes the cake.

Forty-seven years ago this week, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres—while tripping on acid.

Reporters at the game, who learned of Ellis’s feat 10 years later, said they couldn’t believe it.

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How 100 LSD Therapy Sessions Helped Cary Grant Make Peace with his Past and Find Harmony

Just in case you didn’t make it over the the Cannes Film Festival this year, let’s at least talk about an amazing new documentary film about one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors—and about his 100 acid trips.

Becoming Cary Grant is a look at how the iconic actor’s meteoric rise seemed to shock himself most of all. One of his famous quotes was: “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

And he wasn’t joking.

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LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against Artificial Intelligence

Microdosing psychedelics has become quite popular these days. People who take small doses of LSD have said that it helps elevate their mood, increase focus, productivity—and some are even microdosing LSD to treat bipolar disorder.

Up to now, there has been precious little research done on the practice, but that’s about to change.

Researchers in the United Kingdom are undertaking the first-ever rigorous scientific study on the effectiveness of microdosing.

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Research on LSD Reveals How The Brain Attributes Meaning

New research out of Switzerland used LSD to uncover how exactly the brain attributes emotional meaning to different aspects of life.

Their findings have important implications for psychiatric disorders, which are often characterized by distortions in personal relevance. In doing so, they also clearly identified how LSD acts on the brain to make people feel the way it does.

Scientists had patients listen to a series of songs and had them rate the level of personal meaning it instilled in them. Under the effects of LSD, stimuli that seemed previously meaningless all of a sudden had immense personal relevance. People under the effects of this powerful, long-lasting psychedelic drug often attribute great significance to events, objects or music around them with seemingly life-transcending influence. Neuroscientists previously thought that LSD acts mainly on dopamine receptors in the brain to make people trip, but this latest research has flipped that idea almost completely on its head.

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