Here is the link to the Guardian article titled “LDS’s impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images”.
Sean M. Rafferty is an archaeologist who has written extensively on tobacco and hallucinogens among the early Native American of the northeast. Here are a couple of his publications as listed on his campus (SUNY Albany) website:
2005: Sean M. Rafferty. Tobacco and Hallucinogens. In Tobacco: Scribner’s Turning Points in History, edited by Jordan Goodman, Marcia Norton and Mark Parascandola, pp. 66-71. Charles Scribner’s Sons.
2004 Rafferty, Sean M. and Rob Mann, ed. Smoking and Culture: The Archaeology of Tobacco Pipes in Eastern North America. University of Tennessee Press.
The New York Times reports on a conference in San Jose about hallucinogens as physicians and scientists are re-examining their medical benefits. See the article by John Tierney here. And a thank you to Matthew Warner Osborn for the tip.
USA Today, 22 June 09, reports about the powerful hallucinogen salvia divinorum, known as magic mint. In a district of Mexico south of the capital traditional Mazatec medicine men used magic mushrooms, salvia leaves, and psychedelic seeds of morning glories to diagnose illnesses.
The Dutch government is considering a ban on the sale of “fresh” magic mushrooms at so-called Smart Shops. Dried magic mushrooms already are banned. The proposed change is part of a larger shift in Dutch tolerance toward drug use and prostitution. For more, see here.
According to a 2006 study, 3.1 million Americans aged 12 to 25 have used cough and cold medicines to get high, a figure much higher for this age group than those who used methamphetamines. The same study showed that for this age group 82% have used marijuana and nearly half have used inhalants or hallucingens such as LSD or Ecstasy. For more, see here.