Month: August 2020

LSD Could Replace Morphine as a Painkiller, According to New Study

Microdoses of LSD could be used as a non-addictive alternative to painkillers, according to a recent study looking into the psychedelic’s analgesic properties. As part of a “Microdosing Research Programme” set up to identify the optimal dose of LSD for improving mood, cognition and pain resilience, scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and the

As the Pandemic Drags on, More People Are Smoking More Weed

Weed in the time of Covid. Image via Bruce Bennett / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP For Anthony*, business has never been better. In the last few months, he’s moved more weed than ever before, and the orders are still flooding in. In fact, demand is so high that he’s having trouble

Researchers Announce First-Ever Clinical Trial Combining MDMA and LSD

Scientists are set to investigate whether outcomes for patients undergoing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can be improved with a combined dose of LSD and MDMA. The Phase 1 clinical trial, led by psychedelic pharmaceutical company MindMed and set to commence later this year, will be the first robust clinical trial to investigate what happens when you mix

Online Drug Market Empire Disappears, with $30 Million of Users’ Money

Photo: Oramstock / Alamy Stock Photo Empire Market, the world’s most popular darknet drug bazaar, has been taken offline under mysterious circumstances. Site owners have allegedly stolen an estimated $30 million (£22.5 million) in Bitcoin from 1 million users and thousands of dealers, who have been locked out for days. Major UK vendors told VICE News that they

Ketamine Therapy Has Made Its Way On to Instagram

Sara was scrolling through the usual deluge of food and travel photos on Instagram when a sponsored post made her pause. “Guided Ketamine Therapy,” read the ad from a New York-based company called Mindbloom. “A Psychedelic Experience.”  The slick branding, photos of tastefully decorated therapy spaces and the promise of expanding patients’ “human potential” on

‘The War On Drugs Show’ – How Ketamine Took Over the World

In The War On Drugs Show, we examine the social implications of drug prohibition – how it plays into user harms, arrest and incarceration rates, drug seizures and the destruction of criminal networks. Whether, basically, prohibition works or not. In this episode, we take a look at the world’s most infamous horse tranquiliser. It may lack

Police Manipulated Me Into Becoming a Gang Informant When I Was a Child

Collage: Marta Parszeniew In 2019, VICE News revealed that police were recruiting children as informants, known as Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS), to infiltrate county lines drug gangs. Despite the ethical problem of sending children into incredibly dangerous situations with little protection, last year a judge ruled that the Home Office was within its rights

Would Drug Testing at Work Actually Reduce Drug Use? We Asked an Expert

Left: Shaun Bailey. Photo: AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo Today, Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Shaun Bailey, announced a controversial policy idea that would see workers tested for drug use by their employers. According to Bailey’s open letter, companies of over 250 employees would have to anonymously test their employees and publish the results. This would,

Cops Raided and Shut Down the Only Magic Mushroom ‘Church’ in the U.S.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The Zide Door Church of Entheogenic Plants in Oakland, California, was the most prominent  “magic mushroom club” in the United States, if not the country’s only brick-and-mortar venue for purchasing psilocybin. But that all ended last week when Oakland police raided the