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Adam L Halberstadt, Mark A Geyer
Because of the ethical and regulatory hurdles associated with human studies, much of what is known about the psychopharmacology of hallucinogens has been derived from animal models. However, developing reliable animal models has proven to be a challenging task due to the complexity and variability of hallucinogen effects in humans. This chapter focuses on three animal models that are frequently used to test the effects of hallucinogens on unconditioned behavior: head twitch response (HTR), prepulse inhibition of startle (PPI), and exploratory behavior...
February 22, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222297/hallucinogenic-drugs-a-new-study-answers-old-questions-about-lsd
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Adam L Halberstadt
LSD induces profound psychedelic effects, including changes in the meaning of percepts. The subjective effects of LSD are fully blocked by a 5-HT2A receptor antagonist. LSD may alter meaningfulness by increasing activity in cortical regions responsible for processing personal attribution.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202410/atypical-antipsychotic-clozapine-reversed-deficit-on-prepulse-inhibition-of-the-acoustic-startle-reflex-produced-by-microinjection-of-doi-into-the-inferior-colliculus-in-rats
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Rodolpho Pereira de Oliveira, Karen Yuriko Nagaishi, Regina Cláudia Barbosa Silva
Dysfunctions of the serotonergic system have been suggested to be important in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia exhibit deficits in an operational measure of sensorimotor gating: prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle. PPI is the normal reduction in the startle response caused by a low intensity non-startling stimulus (prepulse) which is presented shortly before the startle stimulus (pulse). The hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a 5-hydroxytryptamine(HT)2 receptor agonist disrupted PPI in rats...
February 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199917/desomorphine-krokodil-an-overview-of-its-chemistry-pharmacology-metabolism-toxicology-and-analysis
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Diego Hernando Ângulo Florez, Ana Maria Dos Santos Moreira, Pedro Rafael da Silva, Ricardo Brandão, Marcella Matos Cordeiro Borges, Fernando José Malagueño de Santana, Keyller Bastos Borges
BACKGROUND: "Krokodil" or "Crocodile" is an illegal homemade desomorphine drug obtained from chemical reactions of commercial codeine drugs with several other powerful and highly toxic chemical agents increasing its addiction and hallucinogenic effects when compared with other morphine analogues. METHODS: This paper summarizes a complete review about an old drug called desomorphine (Krokodil), presenting its chemistry, pharmacology, metabolism, toxicology and analysis...
January 31, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193713/firearm-carrying-and-concurrent-substance-use-behaviours-in-a-community-based-sample-of-emerging-adults
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Robert N Buschmann, John D Prochaska, Jacques G Baillargeon, Jeff R Temple
INTRODUCTION: This paper examines associations between high-risk gun carrying and substance use in emerging adults (ages 18-22). The coexistence of these high-risk behaviours in a general population of emerging adults can have disastrous consequences. METHODS: Dating it Safe is an ongoing longitudinal (2010-2016) survey of emerging adults recruited from seven high schools in five south-east Texas-area school districts (current sample n=684). Multiple logistic regression modelling was used to examine the association between past-year use of legal and illegal substances and past-year firearm carrying for a reason other than sport or hunting...
February 13, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190678/a-unique-natural-selective-kappa-opioid-receptor-agonist-salvinorin-a-and-its-roles-in-human-therapeutics
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André Cruz, Sara Domingos, Eugenia Gallardo, Ana Martinho
Until the mid-60s, only the Mazatecs, an indigenous group from Oaxaca, Mexico, used Salvia Divinorum (S. divinorum) due to its hallucinogen properties. Later it was found that the hallucinogen effects of this plant were caused by the presence of a neoclerodane diterpene Salvinorin A (salvinorin A), which is a highly selective agonist of kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) that cause more intense hallucinations than the common hallucinogens as lysergic acid, mushrooms, ecstasy and others. In fact, smoking of only 200-500 μg of S...
February 9, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182283/chromatographic-determination-of-harmalans-in-the-urine-of-autistic-children
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Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska, Jagoda Jóźwik-Pruska, Andrea Axt
This paper presents a new approach to autism- a complex and still enigmatic condition. We present the results of our preliminary research which was based on the detection of the hallucinogenic substance 6- (or 10-) methoxyharmalan in the urine samples of autistic children with the use of chromatographic methods. Additionally, we aim to describe the relationship between the level of tryptophan and harmalan, and the influence of supplementation on the level of this compound. We applied HPLC-UV/Vis, HPLC-DAD and LC-MS in order to determine McIsaac's compound in the urine samples obtained from autistic children (n = 132) and healthy individuals (n = 10)...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176400/effect-of-a-hallucinogenic-serotonin-5-ht2a-receptor-agonist-on-visually-guided-hippocampal-dependent-spatial-cognition-in-c57bl-6j-mice
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Gongliang Zhang, David Cinalli, Robert W Stackman
By acting on serotonin 5-HT2A receptors (5-HT2A Rs), serotonergic psychedelic drugs induce perceptual and visual hallucinations by increasing neuronal excitability and altering visual-evoked neuronal responses. The present study was designed to examine whether the perceptual alterations induced by a serotonergic psychedelic drug would affect the integrity of hippocampal-dependent, visually guided spatial cognition. phenylalkylamine hallucinogen TCB-2 is a selective agonist of 5-HT2A Rs. Mice received TCB-2 (1...
February 8, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166863/association-between-alcohol-cannabis-and-other-illicit-substance-abuse-and-risk-of-developing-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-register-study
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S M Nielsen, N G Toftdahl, M Nordentoft, C Hjorthøj
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined whether use of substances can cause schizophrenia. However, due to methodological limitations in the existing literature (e.g. selection bias and lack of adjustment of co-abuse) uncertainties still remain. We aimed to investigate whether substance abuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia, addressing some of these limitations. METHOD: The longitudinal, nationwide Danish registers were linked to establish a cohort of 3 133 968 individuals (105 178 673 person-years at risk), identifying 204 505 individuals diagnosed with substance abuse and 21 305 diagnosed with schizophrenia...
February 7, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158698/two-cases-of-non-fatal-intoxication-with-a-novel-street-hallucinogen-3-methoxy-phencyclidine
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Monika Zidkova, Tomas Hlozek, Martin Balik, Ondrej Kopecky, Pavel Tesinsky, Jan Svanda, Marie Anna Balikova
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154892/differential-effects-of-antipsychotic-and-propsychotic-drugs-on-prepulse-inhibition-and-locomotor-activity-in-roman-high-rha-and-low-avoidance-rla-rats
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Ignasi Oliveras, Ana Sánchez-González, Daniel Sampedro-Viana, Maria Antonietta Piludu, Cristóbal Río-Alamos, Osvaldo Giorgi, Maria G Corda, Susana Aznar, Javier González-Maeso, Cristina Gerbolés, Gloria Blázquez, Toni Cañete, Adolf Tobeña, Alberto Fernández-Teruel
RATIONALE: Animal models with predictive and construct validity are necessary for developing novel and efficient therapeutics for psychiatric disorders. OBJECTIVES: We have carried out a pharmacological characterization of the Roman high- (RHA-I) and low-avoidance (RLA-I) rat strains with different acutely administered propsychotic (DOI, MK-801) and antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol, clozapine), as well as apomorphine, on prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle and locomotor activity (activity cages)...
March 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133938/characterisation-of-hallucinogenic-phenethylamines-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-for-non-targeted-screening-purposes
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Daniel Pasin, Adam Cawley, Sergei Bidny, Shanlin Fu
Hallucinogenic phenethylamines such as 2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamines (2C-X) and their N-(2-methoxybenzyl) derivatives (25X-NBOMe) has seen an increase in novel analogues in recent years. These rapidly changing analogues make it difficult for laboratories to rely on traditional targeted screening methods to detect unknown new psychoactive substances (NPS). In this study, twelve 2C-X, six 2,5-dimethoxyamphetamines (DOX) and fourteen 25X-NBOMe derivatives, including two deuterated derivatives (2C-B-d6 and 25I-NBOMe-d9 ), were analysed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS)...
January 29, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130544/mistaking-2c-p-for-2c-b-what-a-difference-a-letter-makes
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Adrian Stoller, Patrick C Dolder, Michael Bodmer, Felix Hammann, Katharina M Rentsch, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Matthias E Liechti, Evangelia Liakoni
2,5-Dimethoxy-4(n)-propylphenethylamine (2C-P) is a synthetic phenethylamine derivative belonging to the large family of the so-called 2C drugs. These compounds can differ significantly in receptor affinity, potency and duration of action, and an important structural difference is the ligand in the 4 position of the phenyl ring, such as propyl in 2C-P or bromine in 2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine (2C-B). The 2C drugs are known for their hallucinogenic properties. We present a case of a 19-year-old male admitted to the emergency department with severe hallucinations, mydriasis, tachycardia, agitation and confusion following the use of a substance sold as 2C-B...
January 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129538/crystal-structure-of-an-lsd-bound-human-serotonin-receptor
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Daniel Wacker, Sheng Wang, John D McCorvy, Robin M Betz, A J Venkatakrishnan, Anat Levit, Katherine Lansu, Zachary L Schools, Tao Che, David E Nichols, Brian K Shoichet, Ron O Dror, Bryan L Roth
The prototypical hallucinogen LSD acts via serotonin receptors, and here we describe the crystal structure of LSD in complex with the human serotonin receptor 5-HT2B. The complex reveals conformational rearrangements to accommodate LSD, providing a structural explanation for the conformational selectivity of LSD's key diethylamide moiety. LSD dissociates exceptionally slow from both 5-HT2BR and 5-HT2AR-a major target for its psychoactivity. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations suggest that LSD's slow binding kinetics may be due to a "lid" formed by extracellular loop 2 (EL2) at the entrance to the binding pocket...
January 26, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120250/substance-use-disorders-in-adolescence-exist-along-continua-taxometric-evidence-in-an-epidemiological-sample
#15
Richard T Liu
A longstanding nosological question in the clinical literature is whether substance use disorders (SUDs) are best conceptualized as categorical or dimensional phenomena. Taxometric analysis is a statistical approach uniquely developed to address this issue. To date, no taxometric studies have been conducted with SUDs in adolescents. The current taxometric study investigated the latent structure of SUDs in adolescents for four different substances: marijuana, analgesics, hallucinogens, and inhalants. Interview-derived data for DSM-IV SUD symptoms were drawn from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, pooled across the years 2004 to 2013 (unweighted n = 181,573; 48...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101325/role-of-psilocybin-in-the-treatment-of-depression
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Ananya Mahapatra, Rishi Gupta
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring alkaloid, pharmacologically similar to the classic hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Although primarily used as a recreational drug or an entheogen in particular cultural settings, recent population based studies have shown that it does not lead to serious physical or mental health problems or dependent use. In view of recent work demonstrating psilocybin's potential to increase subjective sense of wellbeing and because of its novel mechanism of 5-HT2A serotonin receptor agonism, it is being explored for possible therapeutic utility in mood and anxiety disorders...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097528/pharmacology-and-toxicology-of-n-benzylphenethylamine-nbome-hallucinogens
#17
Adam L Halberstadt
Serotonergic hallucinogens induce profound changes in perception and cognition. The characteristic effects of hallucinogens are mediated by 5-HT2A receptor activation. One class of hallucinogens are 2,5-dimethoxy-substituted phenethylamines, such as the so-called 2C-X compounds 2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine (2C-B) and 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenethylamine (2C-I). Addition of an N-benzyl group to phenethylamine hallucinogens produces a marked increase in 5-HT2A-binding affinity and hallucinogenic potency...
January 18, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088742/patterns-of-drug-use-and-hiv-infection-among-adults-in-a-nationally-representative-sample
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Stephanie Shiau, Stephen M Arpadi, Michael T Yin, Silvia S Martins
BACKGROUND: Little is known about drug use patterns among people living with HIV in comparison to an uninfected group in the general population. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between legal and illegal drug use and HIV infection in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States. METHODS: Public use data files (2005-2014) from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) were used. Respondents were asked whether a medical professional had ever told them that they had HIV/AIDS...
May 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088739/the-effects-of-rurality-on-substance-use-disorder-diagnosis-a-multiple-groups-latent-class-analysis
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Billy Brooks, Matthew McBee, Robert Pack, Arsham Alamian
BACKGROUND: Rates of accidental overdose mortality from substance use disorder (SUD) have risen dramatically in the United States since 1990. Between 1999 and 2004 alone rates increased 62% nationwide, with rural overdose mortality increasing at a rate 3 times that seen in urban populations. Cultural differences between rural and urban populations (e.g., educational attainment, unemployment rates, social characteristics, etc.) affect the nature of SUD, leading to disparate risk of overdose across these communities...
May 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076644/main-mental-disorders-in-crack-cocaine-users-treated-at-psychosocial-care-centers-for-alcohol-and-drugs-in-the-city-of-recife-brazil
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Antonio Gomes de Castro, Diego César Nunes da Silva, Magda da Silva Figueiroa
Introduction: Brazil's Northeast region has the highest crack-cocaine consumption in the country. Crack-cocaine has more intense effects than cocaine powder and can cause greater chemical dependence. Psychosocial Care Centers for Alcohol and Drugs (CAPSad) are public health services that provide treatment for drug dependence. It is common for drug users, and particularly crack-cocaine users, to develop mental disorders. Objective: To evaluate the most common mental disorders in crack-cocaine dependents in treatment at CAPSad in the city of Recife, Brazil...
October 2016: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
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