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How Moldy Bread Can Change Your Brain

Season 1 Episode 8 | 19m 38s

A grisly medieval plague of holy fire. An experiment gone wrong. And…the CIA? All of these unlikely elements weave together in the story of the accidental discovery that brought us LSD. Plus, why scientists today are studying how psychedelics could be used to treat mental illnesses like depression, addiction, OCD, and more.

Aired: 06/30/24
Funding for FASCINATING FAILS is provided by the National Science Foundation.
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