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Using psychedelics to treat opioid use disorder

Opioids are prescription medications or street drugs derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a mental disorder that involves the harmful use of opioids or dependence on them. Symptoms may include a strong desire or difficulty in controlling use, persistent use despite harmful consequences, or physical withdrawal states. Opioid use in …

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Using psychedelics for terminal illness and end of life

Death is the one thing all humans have in common, and everyone deserves to end their lives with dignity. There are several physical, mental, and emotional symptoms those at the end of life can face depending on their condition: pain, dyspnea (shortness of breath), mental confusion or delirium, agitation (also known as terminal restlessness), and …

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Could psychedelics help you quit smoking?

It’s hard to imagine a time when you could smoke a cigarette on an airplane, but airline bans on smoking only took place in North America a little over 30 years ago. Despite public health education and prevention efforts, approximately 15 percent of Canadians currently smoke tobacco. Although the rate of lung cancer in both …

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Could psychedelics change a damaged relationship with food and the body?

Psychedelic studies are underway for the potential treatment of Eating Disorders and obesity For the duration that humans have been alive, our relationship to food has changed, from one of survival, to one encompassing nutrition, satiation, indulgence, therapy, and even neglect. Add to that a complicated relationship with our bodies or body image, and you …

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