What ayahuasca — Silicon Valley’s latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body

AP Photo/Martin Mejia When brewed, the jungle vines and leaves that make ayahuasca have strange powers, often described as mystical. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic compound — along the lines of LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, though with different effects — that’s been used for thousands of years by shamans and communities in and around the Amazon […]

Silk Road admin could face up to 20 years after pleading guilty to drug charge

Enlarge / Max Dickstein stands with other supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) An Irishman who […]

Cancer drug victory as thousands benefit

Scientists estimate that by 2022, more than half of cancer patients will receive immunotherapy drugs (Image: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO/GETTY) Experts believe it will lead to the revolutionary therapy Keytruda being approved by the UK as a default treatment for patients with advanced lung cancer – Britain’s third most common form of the disease, which afflicts […]