Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

Can a cannabis-based drug treat cannabis dependence?

Despite evidence that some active substances in cannabis may support some aspects of health, many people who use this drug, and particularly those who smoke it, develop symptoms of dependence. A new clinical trial shows that a safer, cannabis-based medication can counter dependence. A safer cannabis extract could help users fight cannabis dependence, according to […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

Microdosing psychedelics: Does the evidence live up to the hype?

New research reviews the evidence behind the benefits of drug ‘microdosing’ and suggests that more “rigorous, placebo-controlled clinical studies” are necessary. New research examines the benefits of the active compound in magic mushrooms. The practice of microdosing — that is, taking small doses of psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin or N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), to improve mental […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

This herbal supplement ‘poses a public health threat’

Kratom, which is a plant-derived supplement, is growing in popularity. A new report provides further evidence of its adverse effects and calls for more research. Kratom’s rise in popularity is concerning. Kratom is an extract from the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, a relative of the coffee plant. Historically, manual laborers in Southeast Asia have used […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Neurology / Neuroscience

Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues

New research offers fascinating insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it’s harder to ignore such cues when we’re stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction. New research explains why we sometimes find it so hard to ignore the sight of a delicious-looking drink. If […]