Lex Pelger

Can Brainiac Researchers Find a Drug to Cure ... Drug Addiction?

The day dawns bright in Boston as the milling scientists at the Chemistry and Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse conference finish their breakfasts and refill their coffees before the opening plenary by Alexandros Makriyannis. He's a giant in the field of synthetic cannabinoids and here at Northeastern University he invited pharmacologists, medicinal chemists and others of those biochemical stripes here to share data and insights about their individual fields of focus. Using their wide-ranging tools, the researchers here zoom intensely down into the drug of their expertise.

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Relieving Pain and Fighting Addiction: We Have to Come to Grips With the Challenge

"If God made anything better, he kept it for himself."-- William Burroughs in  Junky

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The Wrenching Dilemmas of a Caring Doctor Helping Those in Pain

In a city of pain, Dr. Edwin Perez has seen it all. As a New York City physician specializing in pain management, he's seen the lengths potential patients will go to for an opiate prescription. Sobbing and begging with knees on the floor are common, but the threats of suicide, “that's the bane of every pain doctor.” Once patients threaten to kill themselves if they don't get their script for pain medication, he must ask them if they are sure, because if so, and if they possess the means and the intent, he's required by law to call the police. “So far, everyone has backed down at that point, but I have had to call the cops for patients throwing chairs.”

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Meet the GOP Activist Leading the Charge to Turn His Party Around on Marijuana Legalization

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance...It goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." — Abraham Lincoln

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The Hidden Psychedelic History of Martial Arts

Kilindi Iyi towers above the other speakers at the psychedelic conferences he attends around the world. One of the most renowned African Americans in the psychedelic field, his background in martial arts, imposing frame and booming voice make him a unique and electrifying speaker on the lecture circuit. His psychedelic storytelling at the last Psymposia conference electrified the crowd and his lecture at the Breaking Convention on taking high doses of mushrooms racked up some of its largest number of online viewers. His message resonates with explorers interested in psychedelics because he stresses their importance as a tool for self-exploration.

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Coming to a City Near You: The First 9/20 Psilocybin Mushroom Day

A new psychedelic holiday has been declared for this Sunday as cities around the world host the first annual 9/20 Psilocybin Mushroom Day. With a rallying cry of “Mushrooms are Medicine,” the locally organized events will feature a swathe of educational lectures, workshops and film screenings to help raise awareness and activism for the psychoactive mushroom.

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