Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells “Shriveled” by Depression

University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between brain cells—long after the drugs’ other effects have worn off. Dr David Olson, one of the study’s authors and lead researcher, notes that during cases of depression (as well as anxiety, PTSD and more) neurites in the prefrontal cortex of the brain …

Understanding the Natural Chemicals Within Magic Mushrooms

Since 1968, scientists have explored the enzymatic process in magic mushrooms that produces its active chemical, psilocybin. Not until a brand new study—published in the German journal Angewandte Chemie—has it been decoded. Scientists sequenced the genomes of two magic mushroom species, Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe cyanescens. Through enzyme isolation and splicing, they were later able to create their own psilocybin—something that could ultimately be beneficial …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Magic mushrooms, moon dust, nudes and nature in our look around the web

1. Chameleons of the Art World: The Humans of Frieze New York Frieze New York 2017 has ended but the visual treats keep coming. In a hilarious, sweet mockumentary by W magazine, the island-based art fair and its curious attendees are explored in a wildlife documentary style. Called “Chameleons of the Art World: The Humans of Frieze New York,” the short film was written by …