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Drug overdose deaths drop in the U.S. for the first time in 29 years

The total number of drug deaths have dropped by 5% since 1990. It may not seem like a big amount but we haven’t seen a decline this significant in 29 years.

This drop was due to a decline of abuse in opioid painkillers. Many states have now been cautious about prescribing opioid painkillers.

New Alternative Medicines available

Recent research in opioid addiction treatments may have played a key role in the decline. There are opioid addiction treatments currently being researched using Kratom and Psychedelics, both of which are not FDA approved. However, this hasn’t stopped independent researchers from experimenting with them to break opioid addictions.

Furthermore, the war on drugs has proved to be a failure in policy. The stigma against psychedelics is slowly fading as studies continue to demonstrate that these “dangerous drugs” have real medical value. Pyschschedlics have demonstrated to treat ailments ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cancer, anxiety and depression, and cigarette addiction.


Kratom, a plant-based drug from Southeast Asia has shown potential benefits in opioid addiction users.

Kratom has opioid-like compounds that provide anxiety and pain relief. It has been widely reported to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms. Some researchers suggest that Kratom could have therapeutic potential in antidepressant effects.

Other benefits of Kratom:

  • Helped users stop using street drugs like Heroin.
  • Self-treatable pain and mental or emotional conditions.
  • Much less associated risks than opioids, including fatal dose.
  • The potential of replacing Methadone, especially given its ease of production and making it ideal for poor and developing countries.


A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found the use of LSD and Psylocibin associated with a decreased risk of opioid abuse and dependence.

This study has shown that LSD, psilocybin, along with others have shown to be effective therapeutic agents for those addicted to opioids. This is the first study to show a link between psychedelic use and decreased use of opioids.

These findings don’t yet prove a causal effect, but the correlation between psychedelic experience and opioid abuse seems to justify a further investigation.


Psilocybin has shown a reduction of 27% of past year opiate dependence and a 40% reduced risk of past year opiate abuse. This study is based on six years of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

There is still, however, research needed as to why psychedelics reduced the use of opioid misuse. However, this study does appear to validate the experiences of many people who have found substances like kratom to be life-changing tools that have led them to lead happier lives.

Kratom and psychedelics have helped users cut back or stop using opioids altogether.

Always Test Your Substances

If you are using LSD to break an opioid addiction, it is always a good idea to test the substance before ingesting. In order to avoid any life-threatening situations due to the misuse of drugs, you should always test the substances with an applicable reagent.

Ehrlich reagent for testing LSD

Testing the substance could help avoid ingesting unknown and potentially dangerous adulterants found in street drugs, and could save your life.

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Study: Treating Depression With Psilocybin

Depression is on the rise. The World Health Organization reported more than 300 million people now living with depression. At an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Many doctors are turning to other treatments in hopes that depression would be significantly reduced.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris claims that Psilocybin had profound changes in the brains of depressed patients. The study was done on 19 patients. Each patient was given a single dose of psilocybin.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris reported significant changes in his patients brains. This magic mushroom was able to tap into the brains of patients and somehow reset the brain back to its core.

Psilocybin was shown to affect two areas of the brain. The amygdala and the default-mode network. It greatly reduced depressive emotions and their brain regions became more stable.

Treating Depression With Psilocybin
Change of Depression Levels

Patients reported feelings of liberation and had mystical experiences on mushrooms. Their symptoms of depression were greatly reduced or completely free from depression.

Another study was done on seven participants to test if their beliefs would be shifted. They took 10 mg and 25 mg of psilocybin, one week apart. They were asked simple questions of vacation preferences to difficult ones concerning political and social issues.

At the end of the study, psilocybin was proven to significantly shift responses in the participants brains. The volunteers reported a sense of connectedness to their environment and shifted toward a more libertarian mindset.  

We are headed in the right direction. There’s no doubt that Psilocybin could be the next big thing in treating depression. If you’re experimenting with Psilocybin, consider purchasing a Ehrlich Reagent Testing Kit. Being confident in your substance will ensure a quality life-time experience.

Psilocybin has surely shed some light on greatly reducing depressive symptoms. However, this was only done on a small study. We need more research done to know if this treatment will have a significant change in treating depression long term.