Nootropics and the Human Lab Rats of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regimen is supposed to optimize the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of aging, sleep deprivation, and hangovers. » 3/24/15 11:30am 3/24/15 11:30am

There Are Untold Sums Of Money Hiding In Your Poop

America's collective human waste contains millions of dollars worth of energy, water, and even rare and valuable metals like gold and palladium. The question is: How do we extract it? » 3/23/15 12:30pm 3/23/15 12:30pm

New "Senolytic" Drugs Can Dramatically Increase Healthy Lifespan

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic have developed a new class of drugs that were shown to significantly slow the aging process in animal models. Remarkably, dramatic improvements were noticeable just days after treatment. » 3/11/15 2:30pm 3/11/15 2:30pm

New Study Reveals Smoking Weed Is 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Booze

It's a long-held belief, not just among stoners, that marijuana is the safest drug. A new scientific study comparing the risks associated with various drugs backs this up, and proves that weed might even be safer than we thought. » 2/23/15 4:00pm 2/23/15 4:00pm

​How to Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe

Supplements aren't regulated like drugs. Their makers don't have to prove that they're safe or effective. Let's talk about some of the pitfalls of using supplements, and how you can improve your chances of getting a pill that does what it's supposed to. » 2/12/15 5:49pm 2/12/15 5:49pm

The Truth About Truvada: Can One Pill Really Protect You From HIV?

It sounds too good to be real: You take one pill every day, and your risk of contracting HIV is reduced upwards of 90 percent. But the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program is an actual thing, which the CDC and the WHO have been recommending since last spring. Is daily Truvada as effective as it sounds, and how does… » 2/03/15 11:59am 2/03/15 11:59am

New Weight Loss Drug Mimics The Effects Of Eating An Entire Meal

Researchers at the Salk Institute have developed a new weight loss pill that tricks the body into believing it has consumed calories, which then triggers a fat-burning response. » 1/06/15 6:40am 1/06/15 6:40am

There Really Is An LSD Shortage, And Here's Why

Lysergic acid diethylamide used to be everywhere. LSD played a huge role in shaping pop culture in the 1960s, and in the 1980s everyone lived in fear of LSD-laced temporary tattoos and acid-popping Satanists. But nowadays, you rarely hear about it. What happened? » 1/02/15 11:07am 1/02/15 11:07am

Survey Reveals the Worst Countries for Tripping on Psychedelics

The annual Global Drug Survey charts drug use patterns across the globe. Of particular interest this year are some stats revealing which countries are the most likely to produce "bad trips" for users of psychedelic drugs. » 12/23/14 3:20pm 12/23/14 3:20pm

America Has A Prescription Painkiller Problem, And It's Not Going Away

A newly published study of opioid use in the U.S. finds patients prescribed potentially addictive painkillers are taking more of them for longer – usually in the form of dangerous cocktail combinations. The increase is so stark that the number of prescriptions has risen, even as the total number of Americans filling… » 12/12/14 9:30am 12/12/14 9:30am

Laughing Gas Can Ease The Symptoms Of Severe Depression

A proof-of-concept trial has shown that nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, holds potential as an effective treatment for severe depression in patients who don't respond to standard therapies. Laughter may indeed be the best medicine. » 12/10/14 9:40am 12/10/14 9:40am

At Last, Proof That "Bath Salts" Won't Turn You Into A Cannibal

Remember Rudy Eugene, the "Miami Cannibal" who made sensational headlines in 2012 after gnawing the face off a homeless man? Everyone blamed the designer drug known as "bath salts" for Eugene's flesh-crazed madness. But new evidence shows that the drug probably couldn't cause actual cannibalism. » 12/03/14 1:03pm 12/03/14 1:03pm

Canadian Feds Don't Like How Medical Marijuana Is Being Promoted

Health Canada has issued a stern warning to licensed commercial growers across Canada, telling them to revamp their advertising — or else, they might receive a suspension or revocation of their licenses. The problem? Apparently they're making marijuana look too good. » 11/27/14 2:30pm 11/27/14 2:30pm

The Western World's First Gene Therapy Drug Has Set A New Price Record

At a cost of $1.4 million per patient, Glybera will be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that clogs the blood with fat. After years of development, gene therapy is finally arriving. But as to who will be able to pay for it, well, that's another issue. » 11/27/14 12:40pm 11/27/14 12:40pm

LSD Mystery Meat Case Will Remain "Unsolved" Say Police

Earlier this year, a family in Florida rushed to the hospital with bizarre symptoms. After eating broiled steak from Walmart, they had all started hallucinating and feeling sick. It turned out that their meat had been tainted with LSD. But where did it come from? » 11/18/14 11:48am 11/18/14 11:48am

What Does MDMA Do To Your Brain?

In the latest episode of AsapSCIENCE, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown look at the neuroscience of 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methyl amphetamine (better known as MDMA) and its oft-adulterated surrogate, ecstasy. » 10/16/14 8:50am 10/16/14 8:50am

Adolf Hitler Was Apparently A Regular Meth User

Notorious dictators may not be the people we typically associate with methamphetamine, but a report claims that, during World War II, Adolf Hitler regularly took methamphetamines for a variety of ailments, including the drug Pervitin, a precursor to crystal meth. » 10/13/14 1:50pm 10/13/14 1:50pm

Read Carl Sagan's Compelling Pitch For An American TV Show About Drugs

The release of previously unpublished correspondence reveals that, in 1990, Carl Sagan sent a letter to the president of the Drug Policy Foundation with an idea for what, even today, sounds like an amazing television program about drug issues in America. » 10/08/14 2:30pm 10/08/14 2:30pm

Bramitol, The Fictional Drug That Still Turns People Into Jerks

Have you ever taken Bramitol? No, and you never will. It's a fictional drug that psychologists give to experimental subjects, supposedly as a "mood-freezing" drug, but one that can make people either very aggressive, or unusually non-aggressive. » 10/03/14 8:00am 10/03/14 8:00am