Cocaine, as they say, is a hell of a drug. It affects three of the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel fantastic — dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine — and tolerance for the stuff doesn't seem to dissipate even months after quitting. (It's also expensive and bad for you.) Today, new research published in Translational Psychiatry adds another bizarre facet to one of the world's most popular drugs: The cocaine addicts in your life have unusual deposits of iron in their brains.
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Video: Ghost Recon: Wildlands looks like a massive departure from previous games in the series, swapping out linear missions for a South American open-world adventure in a fictional Bolivia ripped apart by the war on drugs. It's even getting its own companion documentary, called Wildlands, about the continent's massive drug trade and the battles to contain it.
People who have "experimented" with LSD know that its mind-altering effects can last upwards of 18 to 24 hours, which is unusual for a hallucinogenic drug. After nearly 30 years of research, scientists have finally mapped the physical structure of this fascinating molecule, revealing why it tends to linger in the brain.
Ecstasy isn't only for ravers — a small series of clinical trials have demonstrated taking MDMA can be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration granted permission for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA, which is the next step in the process to get it approved as a prescription drug.