Scientists Gave Mice a Psychedelic Drug to Figure Out How We Hallucinate

Seeing something that isn’t there can be one of the strangest, frightening, and baffling experiences a person can have. But scientists at the University of Oregon in the US say they’ve come a bit closer to understanding what happens in the brain when we hallucinate—and all they had to do was trip out some poor mice. Read More >>

A Genetic Study Using 23andMe Data Finds Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use

There’s evidence of a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it’s unclear whether the drug leads to the disorder, or vice versa. A new study published today, which relies partly on genetic data from 23andMe volunteers, might offer a little clarity on that link. It found that people genetically at risk of schizophrenia are also more likely to start smoking marijuana, suggesting the disorder itself might cause cannabis use in some people. Read More >>

New LSD Research May Help Explain the Brain Chemistry of Depression and Schizophrenia

Anyone who’s taken the psychedelic drug LSD (formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide), or had the joy of listening to their favourite relative talk about it over Christmas dinner, knows it can be a utterly bonkers experience. A small new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience seems to offer some insight into what’s happening in the brain while we’re on a LSD trip. And it might even provide a hint as to how certain mental disorders develop. Read More >>

Brains Of People With Schizophrenia Attempt Self-Repair: Study

Schizophrenia is a mysterious, misunderstood mental illness without a full cure. Now, researchers from the UK and China may have found a clue that could help to understand it better. Read More >>

Schizophrenics Found to Have Overactive Brain Immune Systems

Men scanning the brains of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and under risk of developing the symptoms claim to have made a breakthrough that could help treat the problem, reporting that those suffering from schizophrenia have brain immune systems that are doing way too much work. Read More >>

Scientists Find New Genetic Link for Autism and Schizophrenia

Despite all the years of research that have gone into them, cognitive conditions like autism and schizophrenia are still largely a mystery. Here's one nice step toward figuring them out though: Researchers from UCLA have discovered a specific genetic trait in a small community in Finland that might have some clues. Read More >>

The Pill That Could Cure Depression by Growing Your Brain

If you are depressed, schizophrenic or have Alzheimer's, scientists say you probably have a shrunken hippocampus. The good news: a drug that just entered human trials promises to re-grow that part of the brain. Read More >>

Inside Your Brain on Cannabis: Cognitive Chaos

We already know that smoking (or otherwise ingesting) pot causes an uncoordinated brain. Now scientists say they've discovered the mechanism behind pot brain clumsiness, and it could lead to better treatments for schizophrenia. Read More >>