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Breaking Convention & Psychedelics News


As the psychedelic renaissance gathers pace, increasing numbers of relevant news articles are being generated.  This is a critical part of our collective work to raise the importance of psychedelics across the world, in all disciplines and in a calm, neutrally-presented, evidence-based manner, particularly where it can assist with harm reduction.

Breaking Convention aims to reproduce as much of this news here in one convenient space, but we are near the start of this work.

Do get in touch if you know of articles recently published about either Breaking Convention or psychedelics in general and we'll take a look.


    2019-12-15: PsyPost.  Psychedelic drug 5-MeO-DMT induces rapid changes in inflammatory markers
    2019-09-25: CNN.  Canberra becomes the first city in Australia to legalize marijuana
    2019-09-19: Quartz.  The world's first magic mushroom research center is launching in Jamaica
    2019-09-18: PsyPost.  A single dose of 5-MeO-DMT produces rapid and persistent improvements in life satisfaction and psychopathological symptoms
    2019-09-05: NPR.  Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis
    2019-09-04: Quartz.  A multi-million dollar donation just created a bonanza of psychedelic research
    2019-08-26: UOL.  Psychedelic Treatments Are Ready to Tackle Alcoholism and Alzheimer's Disease
    2019-08-21: PsyPost.  A single ketamine infusion combined with mindfulness-based therapy shows promise in treatment of cocaine addiction
    2019-08-17: PsyPost.  Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects
    2019-08-07: The Guardian.
    2019-07-15: BMJ.  First study of safety and tolerability of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in patients with alcohol use disorder: preliminary data on the first four participants
    2019-07-01: Vice.  If Everyone Tripped on Psychedelics, We'd Do More About Climate Change
    2019-07-01: The Guardian.  The Cannabis Debate: Legalisation could mean opportunities for investors but disruption for thousands of dealers on London estates
    2019-06-27: Nature.  Biosynthesis and Extracellular Concentrations of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in Mammalian Brain
    2019-06-07: Leafly.  Does Endocannabinoid Deficiency Play a Role in These Common Illnesses?
    2019-05-08: Forbes.  Denver Voters Approve Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms
    2019-05-07: Psychopharmacology.  MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials
    2019-04-25: Business Insider.  Tim Ferriss just helped launch the world's first research center dedicated to turning psychedelics into medicines
    2019-04-16: Psychedelic Times.  "I Think I Can Leave Afghanistan in the Past": Interview with a Military Psychologist about MDMA Therapy for PTSD
    2019-04-03: Psychedelic Times.  Why Is the Cannabis Industry Struggling to Build Social Equity in the City of Angels? An Interview with Kristen Lovell of the Social Impact Center, Los Angeles
    2019-04-01: TEDx.  The First Official TED Talk About Psychedelics, Presented by MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
    2019-03-30: Psychedelic Times.  FDA Approves Ketamine-Derived Treatment for Depression, But How Are People Really Using It? A Conversation with Kellye Greene of New York DanceSafe
    2019-03-06: Vox.  A ketamine-like drug is the first new antidepressant to get FDA approval in years
    2019-02-07: Filter.  Sure, Cannabis Is a “Gateway Drug”—Leading Toward Less Use of Other Drugs
    2018-10-25: New Atlas.  Psychedelic psilocybin therapy for depression granted Breakthrough Therapy status by FDA
    2018-10-18: BBC.  Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis
    2018-10-10: MSN.  The Legalization Issue: From medpot to the next frontier – psychedelics as medicine
    2018-10-03: Now Toronto.  A Peter Thiel-backed startup has raised $25 million to unleash a 'virgin market of for-profit psychedelic research'
    2018-08-20: MAPS.  Reduction in social anxiety after MDMA-assisted psychotherapywith autistic adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlledpilot study
    2017-08-17: MAPS.  FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, Agrees on Special Protocol Assessment for Phase 3 Trials
    2017-07-05: Vice.  [Deutsch]  Dieser Mann hat in drei Jahren 600 mal DMT geraucht
    2017-07-03: Warp.  [Espanõl]  Comenzarán a usar el MDMA en Inglaterra para tratar el alcoholismo
    2017-07-03: Franceinfo.  [Français]  La MDMA pour soigner l'alcoolisme : attention de ne pas jouer « aux apprentis-sorciers »
    2017-07-02: The Sun.  E'S ARE GOOD Ecstasy being tested as part of revolutionary treatment to help alcoholics beat their addiction