The Week: Most Recent Drinking and Drugs:Hallucinogenic Drugs recent posts.en-usThu, 31 May 2012 18:15:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Drinking and Drugs:Hallucinogenic Drugs from THE WEEKThu, 31 May 2012 18:15:00 -0400Bath salts: The quasi-legal drug allegedly behind Miami's cannibal attack<img src="" /></P><p>Authorities suspect that the allegedly deranged attacker who gnawed off 75 percent of a homeless man's face in Miami on Saturday was under the influence of a dangerous yet sometimes legal drug known as "bath salts." Reports suggest that the alleged attacker, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, was on his way to a friend's house in northwest Miami when his car broke down in the scorching 90 degree heat. He then abandoned the vehicle and stripped off his clothes. At around 2 p.m., Eugene encountered 65-year-old homeless man Ronald Poppo napping, and, for reasons that are unclear, allegedly brutally assaulted...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 31 May 2012 18:15:00 -0400Should we use LSD to treat alcoholism?<img src="" /></P><p>It's time to take the idea of treating alcoholism with acid trips seriously, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology argue in the <em>Journal of Psychopharmacology</em>. Neuroscientist Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist P&aring;l-&Oslash;rjan Johansen looked at what happened when more than 500 alcoholics were given LSD as part of their treatment, and "we were surprised that the effect was so clear and consistent," says Krebs. Is dropping acid really the answer to compulsive drinking? Here's what you should know:</p><p><strong>Did these scientists give acid to alcoholics?<br /></strong>No. LSD (lysergic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Mar 2012 14:15:00 -0400Coffee: The new hallucinogenic craze?<img src="" /></P><p>People guzzle coffee as if it's just another beverage, but the ostensibly safe comfort drink is laced with a "psychoactive drug": caffeine. In fact, stressed-out people who drink five cups or more a day are vulnerable to hallucinations, says researcher Simon Crow of Australia's La Trobe University.&nbsp;Crow's team found, for instance, that highly caffeinated people were three times more likely than a control group to erroneously hear Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" in white noise. They're also "more likely to notice things that aren't there, see things that aren't there." Will such findings scare...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Jun 2011 10:43:00 -0400Bath salts and fake pot: America's new drug war<img src="" /></P><p>The latest drug craze sounds innocent enough: Incense and "bath salts" sold under names like "K2," "Spice," "Purple Wave," and "Bliss." But these products, when smoked, snorted, and eaten, are serious synthetic narcotics and hallucinogens that mimic marijuana and cocaine, but with an often unpleasant and sometimes deadly high. What's more: They are legal in most states. Here, a guide to America's bath-salts epidemic:</p><p><strong>What are these synthetic drugs?<br /></strong>They fall into two categories: Fake marijuana and "bath salts." The synthetic pot, like the product known as K2, is made from dried plant material sprayed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 08 Apr 2011 10:46:00 -0400The 1950s housewife on LSD<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> A recently discovered clip of a 1950s housewife on an acid trip became a viral-video sensation this week. (See video below.) In the eight-minute video, Los Angeles doctor Sidney Cohen administers a dose of acid to a self-described "normal" woman who had volunteered to participate in a study on the effects of LSD. Hours after taking a dose of the drug, the woman is clearly in the grips of a hallucinogenic revery, agape at the wonders of the world around her. In a trippy conversation with the doctor, she rattles off a number of memorable observations, such as, "I've never seen such infinite...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 19 Jan 2011 14:00:00 -0500Can horse tranquilizers cure depression?<img src="" /></P><p>Could one of the most potent, and potentially dangerous, "party drugs" be the answer for the roughly 15 million Americans who suffer from depression? Possibly, say pharmacology researchers at Yale University, who believe that a milder form of ketamine &mdash; a heavy-duty tranquilizer popular amongst party-goers for its hallucinogenic qualities &mdash; could break new ground as an unusually fast-acting and widely tolerated anti-depressant. A quick guide:</p><p><strong>What is ketamine?</strong><br />A tranquilizer powerful enough to sedate a horse that was developed in the 1960s and used as an anaesthetic in Vietnam. Sometimes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 25 Aug 2010 10:56:00 -0400What is 'i-dosing'?<img src="" /></P><p>Is it possible to get high... on noise? According to Oklahoma authorities, internet-savvy teenagers have been doing exactly that with the use of a specially-engineered droning "music" <strong>&nbsp;</strong>that, when listened to with headphones, can allegedly alter the brain to produce a "state of ecstasy" similar to the high from marijuana or even LSD. The audio tracks &mdash; knowns as "i-doses" &mdash; can be purchased online as Mp3 files or downloaded through a custom iPhone application. Do parents and authorities have legitimate cause for concern? "I-dosing sounds like a load of bologna to me," says Annika...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Jul 2010 15:45:00 -0400Can 'ecstasy' cure PTSD?<img src="" /></P><p>Doctors have long struggled to cure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological ailment that often plagues war-torn soldiers, rape victims, and others who've lived through extremely frightening or life-threatening experiences. Now, some psychiatrists believe they've found a pill that helps. Since 2004, researchers have been testing the psychedelic party drug "ecstasy" &mdash; also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA &mdash; on PTSD patients, and the results have been promising. Here, a concise guide to the drug that could cure our soldiers' nightmares. (Watch a CNN report...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 26 Apr 2010 08:30:00 -0400Medicinal 'magic mushrooms': The new Prozac?<img src="" /></P><p>Marijuana isn't the only street drug doctors are using to treat ailing patients&mdash;a growing movement in the medical world&nbsp;is embracing hallucinogens as a treatment for depression. The drug psilocybin, a key ingredient in the recreational drug known as "magic mushrooms," and other mind-bending drugs fell out of favor with regulators in the 1960s, but doctors believe modern culture is ready to take another look at their medicinal value. Here, a quick guide to the 21st-century push for therapeutic psychedelics:<br /><br /><strong>Which problems do psychoactive drugs treat?</strong><br />Depression tops the list. But researchers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Apr 2010 08:50:00 -0400