Russell Hausfeld

Russell Hausfeld

Russell is a staff reporter for Psymposia, and journalist and illustrator living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from the University of Cincinnati. His fascinations lie in the nuances of human consciousness, the ways that drugs influence culture, and the right to bodily freedom.

What happens when you give an octopus MDMA?

A team of researchers bathed octopuses in MDMA. Here's what they learned.

Reclaiming Your Identity As A Drug User

Today, we have a world where we can say: “I’m proud to be a woman” and “I’m proud to be gay.” But we can’t say: “I’m a drug-user.”

How should we be teaching students about drugs?

Rhana Hashemi is the site coordinator for drug and alcohol programs and services for Oakland Unified School District. But, to her students, she is just “the drug lady.”

Becoming a Psychedelic Researcher: Alan Kooi Davis

Why researchers like Alan Kooi Davis — the newest addition to the Johns Hopkins psychedelic research team — decide to devote their careers to studying psychedelics.

You’ve had a life-changing experience with psychedelics. Do you tell your kids?

“Did you ever pick mushrooms off of cow poop when you were biking in Hawaii?” I ask her. “Actually, yes,” she admitted. I take advantage of the ease at which a conversation like this flows with my mom.