In this edition of Dose of Science, we are going to take a look at a meta-analysis of using LSD therapy to treat alcoholism . ‘Meta-analysis’ means that the study pools together data derived from multiple trials and re-analyses the combined evidence. The advantage is that the combined evidence reduces the statistical uncertainties, and permits […]
Dose of Science
Dose of Science is a monthly blog, published on the Drugreporter website, which aims to educate the public about drug science. Every month, the summary of a peer-reviewed scientific paper is presented. The studies discussed are focused on, but not limited to, research on recreational drugs. By presenting scientific findings in way that is understandable to a wider audience, Dose of Science hopes to raise awareness of the real dangers of drug use and dispel myths at the same time. Dose of Science neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Irrespective of their legal status, Dose of Science advocates, in every case, for the responsible and purpose-driven use of mind-altering substance. The author of the DOS articles is Balázs Szigeti.
The ‘cognitive impairment theory’ proposes that cannabis causes cognitive decline. The hypothesis has gained some support from a 2012 study, but a recent paper with twin participants strongly argued against the theory. Both studies agree on the association between smoking and cognitive decline. Where they disagree is whether the relationship is causal or merely correlation. […]
MDMA’s neurotoxicity is the topic of this and many future editions of Dose of Science. The question is not whether MDMA is neurotoxic in an absolute sense, but rather, what is the extent of the damage at various dosing regimens. Stephen Kish’s study  from 2010 aims to clarify the picture by employing a range […]
IFLScience, one of Facebook’s biggest science advocacy page recently headlined a study that “New Study Finds Marijuana Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco” . While this is a catchy title, the paper only partially supports the statement. In this edition of Dose of Science we are going to take a close look at the original research […]