March 30, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

Ritalin Cures Cocaine Addiction? Nope.

No, Ritalin is not a cure for cocaine addiction. A student researcher ran some imaging scans to see if Ritalin acted differently on cocaine addicts than non-addicts. The media jumped to wild conclusions, as is typical.

As Soon As Pottery was Invented, Man Brewed Alcohol

Archaeologists have dated what is believed to be a 20,000 year old piece of pottery, and surmised it may have been used to brew alcohol for easing social tensions.

Sex Advances Rejected, Horny Guy Loses Interest and Turns to Alcohol

A report in Science magazine says male fruit flies who can’t get the sex they seek develop increased interest in alcohol, and lose interest in continuing to chase the girls. Unfortunately, humans have something very, very similar.

Smoking Cigarettes Boosts Cocaine Response

New science shows that smoking cigarettes causes genetic changes that lead to greater sensitivity to cocaine response, in mice. Survey data suggest that this is true in humans, as well. The latest work was conducted by neurobiologist Eric Kandel and his wife, epidemiologist Denise Kandel, from Columbia University. Denise has been investigating links between smoking Continue Reading…

One Dose, Lasting Personality Changes

One dose of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical in “magic mushrooms”, can cause long lasting personality changes. That’s the conclusion from a research study just published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Can Ecstasy Cure PTSD?

MDMA, and its often less pure form “ecstasy”, can keep clubbers wired and willing to dance until the sun comes up. Now doctors think it could help treat post traumatic stress disorder.

New Prescription Drug “works in Peru”

Drug companies are increasingly taking clinical trials overseas, where human subject protections are suspect.

Eternal Sunshine of the Cokeless Mind

Who knew that a pill used to treat hypertension can also erase memories? This unintentional discovery has researchers hoping that they’ve found the first way to treat cocaine abuse, not just withdrawal symptoms.