Cannabis

Cannabis containing equivalent concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) induces less state anxiety than THC-dominant cannabis

Can the cannabinoid CBD counteract the anxiety inducing effects of its psychoactive cousin THC? Turns out it depends on how anxious you feel before smoking up! Read about it in the recent publication by our colleague Dr. Nadia Hutten et al.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9584997/

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Decreases in State and Trait Anxiety Post-psilocybin: A Naturalistic, Observational Study Among Retreat Attendees

Historical and recent research suggests psychedelic drugs may be efficacious in alleviating anxiety-related symptoms among healthy and clinical populations. A recent study by our group investigated whether psilocybin-containing truffles, when taken in a supportive group setting, altered ratings of state and trait anxiety, and if these alterations were related to changes in neuroticism, mindfulness capacities,… Continue reading Decreases in State and Trait Anxiety Post-psilocybin: A Naturalistic, Observational Study Among Retreat Attendees

Addiction, Event, NP&PP department

Addiction – The realm of myth

Peter van Ruitenbeek, assistant professor at our Department, gave a talk about what addiction actually entails beyond the conventional narrative focused on the acute increase in dopamine levels that substances of abuse cause. Here is a summary of his interesting presentation hosted by the 2022 edition of the Pleasure, Art and Science Festival 2022. In… Continue reading Addiction – The realm of myth

Ayahuasca, Ayahuasca, Functional connectivity, psychedelics, Ritual use

Ritualistic use of ayahuasca enhances a shared functional connectome identity with others.

Does context matter for brain fingerprints? Like the ridges and grooves of our fingerprints, brain functional connectivity architecture can help define us. Here we examined how might brain fingerprints alter as a result of the collective use of ayahuasca. Our results highlight the presence of a shared functional space under ritualistic ayahuasca use, similarly to… Continue reading Ritualistic use of ayahuasca enhances a shared functional connectome identity with others.