Scientists Used Placebos to Convince People They Were Tripping on Psychedelics

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After taking a little pink pill that they were told was hallucinogenic, research subjects said they saw the art on posters moving and that conversations were incomprehensible.

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Do you trust your drug dealer? What if your drug dealer wasn’t a shady dude in an alley, and instead wore a white lab coat and took your vitals before handing over the goods? What if that doctor’s office was full of psychedelic posters and visually-stimulating art?

According to a deep dive from VICE, scientific researchers at McGill University in Canada published a new study that used fake hallucinogenic drugs to test...

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