depression

LSD May Actually Help Harmonize the Brain and Fight Depression

LSD May Actually Help Harmonize the Brain and Fight Depression

The use of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) in therapeutic settings remains a somewhat divisive topic. It can produce experiences similar to psychosis, but it also helps reorganize neural networks in the brain and help people experience the world from a new perspective. It remains a Schedule I substance, which means that most physicians and clinicians […]

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are often unaddressed in modern society. Many people view issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation as signs that someone simply isn’t trying hard enough. There is a lot of social stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues. That stigma can put people off from trying therapeutic options or counseling. […]

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

Our society is obsessed with quick fixes and instant gratification. People expect medical treatments to have an instant effect on their symptoms. Shoppers are used to being able to click a button and have something delivered in only a few days right to their home. When parts of our lives don’t fit in with our […]

How Cannabis Helped Me Overcome My Suicidal Ideation

How Cannabis Helped Me Overcome My Suicidal Ideation

Content note: This article discusses suicidal ideation and may be upsetting to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or those who struggle similarly. Mental health issues and suicide are highly individuated medical conditions, and obviously this extended metaphor will not apply to everyone. It is presented as both a source of potential […]

Lady Health: Top 5 Strains to Curb Appetite

Lady Health: Top 5 Strains to Curb Appetite

PHOTO: ‘Blue Dream’ by Andy Haggis The popularity of using cannabis as a dietary tool has taken over social media and self-proclaimed gym enthusiasts alike. Contrary to weed’s signature munchy-inducing reputation, certain strains produce a cannabinoid that actually suppresses hunger. THC-V (or tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that curbs appetite and responsible for the “psychedelic” […]

Lady Health: Endometriosis Pain & Cannabis Strain Relief

Lady Health: Endometriosis Pain & Cannabis Strain Relief

According to the Mayo Institute: “Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus —  grows outside the uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining the pelvis.” What exactly does this mean? When a woman is diagnosed with endometriosis, the endometrial lining builds up […]

Suicide Hotline With Focus on Transgender People Now Taking Calls

Suicide Hotline With Focus on Transgender People Now Taking Calls

Trans Lifeline is a new suicide prevention hotline whose focus is specifically transgender people and those experiencing a gender crisis. Their number is (877)565-8860. Founded by Greta Martela, Trans Lifeline is unique in several respects when compared with other similar helplines. First and foremost, the staff is comprised of transgender people. Additionally, the website for […]

POEM: Ayahuasca Awakening

POEM: Ayahuasca Awakening

Not a holy Man believer But embracing the goddess She covered all my insides With a purity of nature A thick, bitter juice For good and even measure. Singing began Goddesses and shamans Jazz flutes drums Spanish guitar Chorus rising and falling Shaking the ego loose Shaking me to let go. Fall away noise Be […]

The Aspiring Lives of Neurons: Women, Their Babies and Cannabis

The Aspiring Lives of Neurons: Women, Their Babies and Cannabis

“Of course it is safe to smoke pot in pregnancy, just take look at Jamaica”! This type of comment perpetuates an “herban legend,” circulating specifically among those in the “it’s safe” camp. The reference to Jamaica is to the commonly quoted work of anthropologist Melanie Dreher PhD RN, who in 1989 conducted a small, qualitative, […]

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

What is psychedelic therapy? Psychedelic therapy is a mode of treatment that uses psychedelic drugs (such as LSD, MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine, ayahuasca, or others) to enhance the effectiveness of therapy. Psychedelic therapy is only administered a small number of times, as opposed to traditional drug-based treatments which require patients to take medications every day, sometimes for […]