Psychedelics and psychiatry: using magic mushrooms to treat depression

Image description: psychedelic graffiti showing a bright mushroom and abstract colourful painting Meaning “mind-manifesting” in Ancient Greek, psychedelic drugs such as LSD, MDMA and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are well-known for their hallucinogenic and psychotropic effects. Despite their reputation as party drugs,  scientists have been trying to harness their mind-bending properties to […]

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Hannah Ryggen: A Retrospective

Woven Histories, Hannah Ryggen’s new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, showcases impressive works from across the lifetime of the Swedish artist in this first major exhibition of her work in the UK. On display are an early painted self-portrait, which dates from 1914, a short video and timeline of Ryggen’s life, and 15 of her […]

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Revisiting The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath is the woman that I’m embarrassed to write about in my degree in case I’m judged as a clichéd mentally ill English student. It’s remarkable how much this embarrassment misses the point of The Bell Jar. It is an incredible book that shows how the protagonist’s experience of sexism contributes to her breakdown. […]

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