This Week in Psychedelics

Interest in microdosing psychedelics surges amidst reforms. MA aims for a November ballot initiative after legislative stall. EEG marks 100 years shaping neuroscience.

July 5, 2024

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A new study published by the American Medical Association suggested that interest in microdosing psychedelics has been spiking amid the reform movement, with Google searches related to the dosing technique growing by 1,250% from 2015 to 2023.

The study also found that local psychedelics decriminalization laws were linked to a 22.4 per million increase in microdosing search rates and statewide psychedelics reform laws were associated with a 28.9 per 10 million increase. Check it out:

A Massachusetts campaign officially turned in a final batch of signatures to put a psychedelics legalization initiative on the state’s November ballot after lawmakers declined to enact the reform legislatively.

After previously turning in an initial round of signatures that forced legislators to consider the reform, and they declined to advance it, the campaign Massachusetts for Mental Health Options (MMHO) has now submitted another 14,000 signatures to secure ballot placement. Here’s more:

Researchers and scientists celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the first use of EEG.

On July 6, 1924, psychiatrist Hans Berger performed the first EEG recording on a human, a 17-year-old boy undergoing neurosurgery.  Since then, the EEG has shaped our understanding of cognition, from perception to memory. It has also been important for diagnosing and guiding treatment of multiple brain disorders.  Here’s more on the history of the EEG and how it has transformed neuroscience:

Did You Know?

Did you know that psilocybin can reduce cluster headache frequency by as much as 50%?

A recent study published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences has found that psilocybin can reduce the frequency of cluster headaches. This research builds on anecdotal reports and preliminary studies, offering the first controlled evidence of psilocybin’s potential as a treatment for this debilitating condition.

Cluster headaches are one of the most excruciating types of headaches, often characterized by severe, burning, or piercing pain that typically occurs around one eye or one side of the head. These headaches, which can last from 15 minutes to three hours, often strike suddenly and recur multiple times a day, frequently at the same time each day. Here’s more: