Are Psychedelic Drugs Safer Than Alcohol?

According to new research published in the Journal Psychopharmacology, the use of psychedelic drugs does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, writes the publication PsyPost.

According to Norwegian clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen and neuroscientist Teri Suzanne Krebs, the findings show that most of the claims about the harms from psychedelic drugs like LSD, “magic” psilocybe mushrooms, and mescaline-containing cacti are unfounded.

“There is little evidence linking psychedelic use to lasting mental health problems,” according to the findings.

“In general, use of psychedelics does not appear to be particularly dangerous when compared to other activities considered to have acceptable safety,” the researchers wrote in the study.

“Concern about psychedelic use seems to have been based on media sensationalism, lack of information and cultural biases, rather than evidence-based harm assessments.”

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http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment

The U.S. 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Had Fewer Hurricanes Than Average

Hurricane1According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

Weather Underground stated that the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ended up with below average activity.  There were 8 named storms, 6 hurricanes, 2 intense hurricanes, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) that was 63% of the 1981 – 2010 median.

Fox 12 Oregon states that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued their forecast back in May. They anticipated seven to 12 named storms, with three to six of those becoming strong enough to be classified as a hurricane.

Myfoxorlando.com stated that though the season was quiet, the National Hurricane Center was able to use new tools that could improve the track and intensity predictions.

Meanwhile, the eastern North Pacific hurricane season was its busiest since 1992, with 20 named storms.

http://www.kptv.com/story/27523877/atlantic-hurricane-season-ends-quietly#ixzz3KnDZAlco