New medicines for both body and mind are being developed everyday and new applications of ancient drugs are gaining recognition in the medical field. In particular, advances in brain research and the study of brain chemistry are introducing novel possibilities for neurotherapy, neuropharmacology an even neurotheology. Drug laws and regulations must be carefully analyzed and crafted to preserve an open scientific forum for pharmacological research. The recommendations of doctors and researchers should take precedent over law enforcement. Ultimately, the system should empower individuals to make intelligent and informed decisions about the drugs they decide to take. Under no circumstances should individuals be compelled to take certain drugs, nor be prohibited from doing so, so long as they do not engage in behavior that harms others. The CCLE supports innovation in pharmacological research and application, and respects the cognitive liberty of those who wish to use both ancient and modern medicines in novel ways.

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Ask Dr. Shulgin
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Mental Health

Mental Surviellance

Nootropics
Psychedelics

Resources:

Blockbuster Depression: Drug Deals for Drug Makers
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On July 14th, 2002, in an unprecedented alchemy of corporate drug deals synthesized behind closed doors, a $60 billion transaction allowed Pfizer Inc. to acquire Pharmacia Corporation, creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. With anticipated annual revenues of $48 billion, the newly concocted Pfizer-Pharmacia mega-company will have unsurpassed global dominance on some of the most lucrative pharmaceutical drugs available on the market. The potential side effects of the merger on consumers, seems to have gone unnoticed."

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
FDA's site for information about newly approved prescription drugs.

Consortium on Law and Values in Health Environment and the Life Sciences
"The mission of the Consortium is to support work on the legal, ethical, and policy implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. Our goal is to advance knowledge, public understanding, and sound policy."

FDA Drug Approvals List
Learn which new drugs the FDA has just approved.

Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
FDLI is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving the understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies affecting healthcare technologies, food and cosmetics. FDLI is neutral, nonpartisan and does not lobby or advocate positions on any issue.

Life Extension Foundation
A membership organization that funds pioneering scientific research aimed at achieving an indefinitely extended healthy human lifespan.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) 
MAPS' goals are to promote scientific research designed to evaluate psychedelics and marijuana as potential prescription medicines, and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these drugs.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Their policy page offers viewpoints on the issue of intellectual property patents in regards to new pharmaceuticals.

PharmiWeb
Phamacology Portal with news on new drugs

Provigil Resources
Provigil is a new drug that some people find enhances cognition.

If you would like to expound on any of these issues or suggest additional resources, please contact us at info@cognitiveliberty.org.

 

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