Ketamine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy: The Illegal Drugs Which Can be Good for You

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Ketamine, the horse tranquilizer which is also a popular party drug, could be used to treat people who have been suffering from long term depression, according a study. Researchers at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford said they noticed a “remarkable” change in people suffering treatment-resistant depression once they were given the drug, which has recently been upgraded to Class B. The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, involved giving 28 patients either three or six intravenous infusions of 5mg/kg of ketamine, each lasting 40 minutes. The study showed after the final infusion, eight had responded to the positively treatment, four of whom improved so much they were classed as being in remission from depression. Those who had shown improvements felt the benefits of the drug for between 25 days and eight months. The scientists said with further trials in monitored situations, ketamine could one day be considered a valid treatment for severe depression. Keep reading

New Study: Stoners Are Well Educated and Make a Lot of Money

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Contrary to the typical stoner stereotype, a recent study shows that the majority of die-hard smokers are well-educated individuals with careers that earn well above-average salaries. According to the Department of Public Health and Social Services Guam Community Health Assessment, nearly 25% of adults who consider themselves habitual marijuana smokers have graduated from college, while 19% have reportedly dropped out of high school and do not hold a diploma or equivalency. Read more

NZ drug laws ‘step towards legalising cannabis’

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New Zealand’s “breakthrough” synthetic drug law could be a step towards the country legalising cannabis, a US drug reformer says. Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann, who has been described as America’s leading marijuana legalisation campaigner, will discuss cannabis law reform and the regulation of legal highs in Auckland this week. He is the keynote speaker at the Pathway to Reform conference on Thursday, which is being hosted by synthetic drug industry group the Star Trust. Dr Nadelmann said New Zealand’s synthetic drug law, the Psychoactive Substances Act, was a global “breakthrough” in drug legislation. Read more

15 Extremely Powerful People Who Think Pot Should Be Legalized

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As the marijuana legalization movement grows across the country, more and more prominent figures are voicing their support. In 2012, actor Morgan Freeman spoke out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, arguing that we should “just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor.” While pot has many celebrity fans from Willie Nelson to Snoop Dogg, several political figures, journalists and business leaders have also gone on the record to support legalization. Marijuana Majority has compiled a list of American thought leaders who believe that marijuana should be legalized. Here are 15 of the biggest names: View here