Monthly Archives: December 2009

Spice flow: the new street drug pharmacology

Forensic Science International recently published an eye-opening study on a new generation of synthetic cannabinoids that have become popular as ‘legal highs’, provided by a highly organised neuroscience-savvy industry that is ready and waiting with new compounds before the law changes. The study concerns several legal smoking mixtures, ‘Spice‘ being the most well-known (pictured), which […]

A trip to the Gothic tower

We’ve mentioned the famous 19th century neurologist Silas Weir Mitchell several time before on Mind Hacks, as he is well known for his early reports of phantom limbs and his creation of the ‘neurosis of modern life’ diagnosis ‘neuraesthenia’. What I didn’t know was that in 1896 he also wrote an article in which he […]


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