Altered behaviors associated with LSD may be caused by a reduction in the normal communication between the hippocampus and visual cortex.
Psilocybin reduces activity in the claustrum, an area of the brain believed to contribute to consciousness and sense of self. Researchers say the reduced activity may tie in with the reduced sense of self and ego often associated with psychedelic drug use. The study also reports psilocybin alters the way the claustrum communicates with brain areas involved in attention, decision making, auditory processing, and memory.
A new study reports on the self reported use of new synthetic drugs among teens and young people.
Those who microdose psychedelics report improved mood, greater focus, and increased creativity. A new study looks at the positive outcomes of microdosing and suggests others look at potential long-term negative consequences of using psychedelics.
LSD increases social behaviors by activating 5-HTPA serotonin receptors and AMPA receptors in the prefrontal cortex, and the mTORC1 protein. Activating all three factors promoted social interactions. The findings suggest supervised LSD microdosing may help alleviate some of the social problems associated with ASD and other mental health disorders that impact social behaviors.
A new study reports people who have used a classic psychedelic are significantly less likely to commit a crime or indulge in criminal behavior. However, use of other controlled substances is linked to an increased risk of criminal behavior, researchers report.