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29 Nigerian English Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary The latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes 29 words, phrases and colloquialisms from Nigerian English—most of which have been used for decades, and have been adopted by English-speakers elsewhere. Some words already exist in English, but have a different meaning; such as “gist,” which in Nigerian English “is a noun which means ‘rumor’ …

One Dose of Psilocybin May Offer Longterm Relief From Anxiety and Depression

Some five years after initial reports from their study, scientists at NYU Langone Health have found that one dose of psilocybin—which is found in magic mushrooms—can provide cancer patients with long-lasting relief from anxiety and depression. In 2016, 29 patients took part in the study (which also involved nine psychotherapy sessions), with many reporting after six months to have a more positive and less fearful …

First-Ever Magic Mushroom Research Center

Not long after Johns Hopkins University became the largest psychedelic research center in the world, the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica has announced its intention to open the world’s first magic mushrooms research center later this year. Funded by the Canadian company Field Trip Ventures, the center aims to study the actual fungi, rather than just its psychoactive attribute, psilocybin. As there …